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This blog is written by Robert H. Rex, Esq. who is a securities attorney and a passionate advocate for investors rights. With over 30 years of legal experience, 25 of which have dealt almost exclusively with the recovery of stockmarket and investment losses for mostly elderly clients, he and his... More
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  • LPL Financial Face Issues With Securities Regulators As Result Of Rapid Growth 0 comments
    Mar 22, 2013 3:35 PM

    The New York Times today reported that LPL Financial, an independent broker/dealer with over 13,000 brokers, 6,500 offices and 4.3 million customers is having more and more problems with securities regulators as the company grows.

    LPL is now the fourth-largest brokerage firm after Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch.

    According the NY Times article, LPL's "low cost model that has aided LPL's explosive growth has brought with it shortcomings that point to the difficulties regulators face in overseeing far-flung financial advisers."

    It reports that in the last two years state regulators from Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, Oregon and Pennsylvania have fined LPL for failing to properly supervise the actions of their brokers. We recently reported on LPL's issues in Massachusetts over non traded REITs.

    LPL keeps its overhead low by its franchise like arrangements with brokers, who are independent contractors, rather than employees. The commission split to the broker at LPL is higher leaving less money for compliance per the article.

    If you have questions or complaints about losses in your brokerage account, call us for a no charge consultation.

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    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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