Nationwide Planning Associates Inc. (“Nationwide Planning”) (CRD# 31029) has many different complaints filed by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), state regulatory organizations, and investors such as yourself. At the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, we have investigated Nationwide Planning, its regulatory and customer complaints, and have also represented investors with claims of fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty against this organization and its financial advisors.
If you believe you have a claim against Nationwide Planning, you should strongly consider hiring an investment loss lawyer. You should not wait until it’s too late to file a claim. The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., offers free consultations. Give us a call at 800-732-2889. Let’s discuss your case and see what we can do to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Can I Sue Nationwide Planning Associates Inc.?
If you’ve lost money caused by Nationwide Planning and/or its employees’ misconduct then the answer is, YES, you can sue Nationwide but the odds are you signed away your right to sue in court and agreed to resolve your dispute in a FINRA arbitration proceeding. Attorney Robert Wayne Pearce has over 40 years of personal experience in FINRA arbitration proceedings and knows very well how you can not only sue Nationwide Planning in FINRA arbitration proceedings, but WIN that arbitration. The easiest way to know if you have a viable case against Nationwide is to call Attorney Pearce at our office at 800-732-2889.
What is Nationwide Planning Associates Inc.?
Nationwide (CRD# 31029) has been registered with the SEC and FINRA as a broker dealer since 1993. The company is controlled by Michael De Pol and and Peter Abramenko headquartered in Paramus, New Jersey with small branch offices located throughout the United States. Its independent broker-dealer Business Model has grown through acquisition and organic development of primarily one and two person registered representative offices supervised remotely. Today there are over 130 registered representatives in every state. It is now one of the 50 largest independent broker-dealer and investment advisory firms in the United States.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF REGULATORY PROBLEMS NATIONWIDE PLANNING ASSOCIATES INC. HAS FACED
Nationwide Planning has been censured, warned, and fined by FINRA for its own misconduct and failure to supervise its army of financial advisors in connection with advertising materials that contained unbalanced, exaggerated and misleading statements. In addition, FINRA found the Nationwide Planning failed to adequately perform and document internal office inspections, failed to retain all business-related email, and failed to establish, maintain, and enforce an adequate supervisory system relating to the review of email. As a result, FINRA sanctioned Nationwide Planning for violations of NASD Conduct Rules 2210(d)(1)(A), 2210(d)(1)(B), 3010(a), 3010(c), 3010(d)(2), 3110(a) and 2110, and FINRA Rules 451 1 and 2010 and Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) Rule 17a-4 and censured and fined the firm $55,000.
Nationwide Planning Associates Customer Complaints
There have been many complaints filed against Nationwide Planning stockbrokers and investment advisors over the years. We have launched a number of investigations of current and former Nationwide Planning advisors, including:
If you have lost money investing with a Nationwide Planning advisor or others within this brokerage firm, it’s important that you reach out to an investment loss attorney quickly because the statutes of limitations can bar your claims. Call us at 800-732-2889.
Why Does Nationwide Planning Associates Inc. Have So Many Regulatory Problems And Customer Complaints?
Independent broker-dealers are notorious for their lax supervisory practices and procedures. The business model of these franchise type operations is to open many offices nationwide for steady growth of fixed monthly revenues without the costs attendant to a full-service branch office with on-site manager, compliance officer and operation personnel. The registered representatives of these independent broker-dealers generally operate as separately incorporated businesses. They are not employees of the broker-dealer and therefore not controlled in the same manner as full-service brokerage firm representatives. The registered representatives control their structure and costs to maximize profits and often leave the protection of investors’ rights and interests as their lowest priority.
The typical supervisory organization of independent broker-dealer operations is to have other independent contractors operate Offices of Supervisory Jurisdiction (OSJs) to monitor the registered representatives from geographically remote offices and then report to the main franchisor’s compliance office at national headquarters. The supervisors at the OSJs are not employees of the franchisor and often run their own brokerage, insurance and other businesses. They are not devoted full-time supervisors of the smaller branch offices. Consequently, OSJ managers cannot and do not supervise the day-to-day operations of the registered representatives of these Independent broker-dealers.
Generally, there is no immediate review of new accounts opened, securities transactions, business records, cash or securities receipts and deliveries, correspondence and business activities unrelated to the securities brokerage operation at these independent brokerage firms. The lax supervision leaves investors who have transferred their accounts to the smaller independent broker-dealer vulnerable to sales of securities that have not been reviewed or authorized by anyone other than the sales representative earning a commission. There may be no one onsite to detect forgeries of clients’ signatures on documents, the placement of inaccurate information about a client’s investment objectives and financial condition to document the suitability of a particular investment recommendation. Oftentimes there is no daily review of sales literature and client correspondence to protect against misrepresentations and misleading statements being made to investors. In fact, it is not unusual for there to be only one compliance audit visit per year at many of these offices.
These Independent brokerage business operations are worrisome to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), which has documented more instances of sales abuse and consequently investor losses at these firms than the traditional brokerage firms with branch offices with on-site managers and compliance personnel.
Did Nationwide Planning Associates Inc. Advisor Misconduct Cause You Investment Losses?
When financial advisor misconduct has caused you to lose substantial value to your investment accounts, you have the right to seek reimbursement from the responsible parties. Nationwide is responsible like any employer for its financial advisors acts and omissions. In addition, it has an independent duty to supervise its stockbrokers and investment advisors. These cases can be extremely complex, and so having the support of a reputable attorney who is experienced in recovering investment losses for investors is key to your success. Many customers make the mistake of contacting Nationwide without representation with an attorney about their complaints and have their complaints denied.
Consult With An Attorney Who Recovers Investment Losses Caused By Nationwide Planning Associates Inc. Today!
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., have helped countless investors over the last 40 years recover the losses from their investment accounts that were caused by broker negligence or misconduct. The firm has extensive experience with Nationwide Planning cases, and Attorney Pearce is committed to seeing that those responsible for the losses you have suffered are held fully accountable.
Give us a call at 800-732-2889. Let’s discuss your case and see what we can do to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.