Raymond James and Associates Inc. and financial advisor Larry Milton must pay Rex and Sherese Glendenning $925,000, says a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority panel. The Texas securities case involved an auction-rate securities dispute. brokerage firm advisor Milton has been accused of misrepresenting that the ARS the couple invested in was extremely liquid.
The Glendennings opened their Raymond James (NYSE: RJF) account in 2008 right before the ARS market failed. They claim that Milton, who had invested $1.4 million of their funds in an ARS that consisted of sewer revenue bonds, did not tell them that there was an inherent possibility that the securities might fail. Instead, they allege, he lead them to believe that the ARS could be easily sold. You can imagine their dismay when Raymond James refused their request to repurchase the ARS at full value.
The Gleddenings are not the only ones that the broker-dealer has been ordered to compensate. In just the last two months, Raymond James has been ordered to buy back $3.5 million in ARS from investors. A FINRA panel ordered the brokerage firm to repurchase $2.5 million in ARS from investor Greg Merdinger, who claims that not only was he told that auction-rate securities were safe and very liquid (even more than market funds), but also he contends that no one apprised him that there was an illiquidity risk. Raymond James affiliates Raymond James & Associates Inc. and Raymond James Financial Services Inc. were ordered to make the ARS repurchase.
Related Blog Posts:
Raymond James Ordered to Buy Back $2.5M in ARS by FINRA, http://www.stockbrokerfraudblog.com, July 28, 2010
Raymond James and RBC Capital Markets Fined $1.4 Million in Total Over Improper Stock Lending Activities, http://www.stockbrokerfraudblog.com, June 22, 2009
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