13 Firms Fined for Communicating F-Squared’s False Performance Claims

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 at 12:36 PM
13 Firms Fined for Communicating F-Squared’s False Performance Claims

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued penalties against 13 investment advisory firms found to have violated securities laws by spreading false claims.

The SEC found that the 13 firms negligently relied upon claims by F-Squared Investments that its AlphaSector strategy for investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) had outperformed the S&P Index for several years. 

The 13 firms communicated the false claims about the AlphaSector Strategy to their own clients without obtaining sufficient documentation to substantiate the information being advertised.  Before this investigation, F-Squared Investments admitted that its claim about the performance of the AlphaSector strategy was substantially inflated.

Without admitting or denying the findings, the 13 investment advisers consented to the entry of orders finding that they violated Sections 204 and 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and Rules 204-2(a)(16) and 206(4)-1(a)(5).
                                                                                                                                                           SEC Orders and Penalties

AssetMark – $500,000

BB&T Securities – $200,000

Banyan Partners – $200,000

Congress Wealth Management – $100,000

Constellation Wealth Advisors – $100,000

Executive Monetary Management – $100,000

HT Partners – $100,000

Hilliard Lyons – $200,000

Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management – $200,000

Prospera Financial Services – $100,000

Risk Paradigm Group – $100,000

Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors – $100,000

Shamrock Asset Management – $200,000

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