Raymond James Payouts to SEC Reach $37 Million

Posted on September 25th, 2019 at 11:18 AM
Raymond James Payouts to SEC Reach $37 Million

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

Raymond James agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") allegations of collecting excess commissions and failing to conduct adequate suitability reviews. The latest case came after Raymond James settled two client overcharging lawsuits in June for $15 million and agreed to pay disgorgement of $6.9 million in March under the SEC. It's the firm's third major settlement of the year for a combined $37 million.

According to the SEC order, Raymond James entities improperly charged inactive advisory accounts and received excess commissions for sales of unit investment trusts. The firm earned $4.9 million in advisory fees over 4, 5 years from 7,708 accounts it failed to adequately review after they were inactive for at least one year. It also received $5.5 million in excess sales charges from 2,044 brokerage accounts that sold investment trust ("UIT") positions before maturity and repurchased often-similar products, according to SEC. 

C. Dabney O'Riordan, the Co-Chief of the SEC Division of Enforcement's Asset Management Unit, said in a statement that "Investment advisors and broker-dealers have ongoing obligations to their client and customers and that Raymond James' failures cost their advisory clients and brokerage customers millions that will be repaid as part of [the] settlement."

Raymond James will pay disgorgement of $15.2 million, restitution and a civil penalty.

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