The Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services and its affiliate, Securities Management & Research of Marion, Ohio, $775,000 for supervisory deficiencies, including Berthel Fisher's failure to supervise the sale of non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs).
FINRA found that from January 2008 to December 2012,Berthel Fisher had inadequate supervisory systems and written supervisory procedures for the sales of alternative investments such as non-traded REITs, managed futures, oil & gas programs, equipment leasing programs and business development companies. It was also found that some investors were sold these investments in too high a level of concentration making them unsuitable.
Follow this to read FINRA's February 24, 2014, press release on this sanction of Berthel Fisher.
March 2014-Rex Securities Law files FINRA arbitration seeking damages from Berthel Fisher for sale of alternative investments to retired single lady from St. Paul,MN.
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