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FINRA FINES RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, LLC OVER UNFAIR CMO MARKUPS/MARKDOWNS TO INVESTORS NATIONWIDE

RBC Capital Markets, LLC recently submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which the firm was censured and fined $25,000.

Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that in Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs) transactions with mostly retail, non-institutional customers, it charged markups and markdowns that were as high as 16.9 percent.

The findings stated that these charges exceeded the firm's own internal guidelines based on the type and maturity of each security. The firm's internal guidelines were intended to ensure that charges were fair, reasonable and compliant with NASD Rule 2440.

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