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Thrivent Investment Management Inc (“Thrivent Investment Management”) (CRD#18387) has many different complaints filed by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and state regulatory organizations. At the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, we have investigated Thrivent Investment Management and its regulatory and customer complaints, and  we have also represented investors with claims of fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty against organizations such as Thrivent Investment Management.

If you believe you have a claim against Thrivent Investment Management, you should strongly consider hiring an investment fraud 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 Thrivent Investment Management?

If you’ve lost money caused by Thrivent Investment Management and/or its employees’ misconduct then the answer is, YES, you can sue Thrivent Investment Management, 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 Thrivent Investment Management in FINRA arbitration proceedings but WIN that arbitration. The easiest way to know if you have a viable case against Thrivent Investment Management is to call Attorney Pearce at our office at 800-732-2889.

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What is Thrivent Investment Management?

Thrivent Investment Management(CRD#18387) is a registered broker-dealer. It operates as a full-service independent broker-dealer, providing a range of financial products and services to individual investors and financial advisors.

As a registered broker-dealer, Thrivent Investment Management is subject to regulations and oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). It is required to comply with industry standards and regulations to ensure the protection of its clients’ interests.

A failure to comply with industry standards by either its brokers or the firm itself can result in disciplinary actions, fines, or other penalties imposed by regulatory authorities.

Thrivent Investment Management Has Many Different Regulatory Problems

Thrivent Investment Management’s rapid growth has not been without consequences. There have been approximately 6 state and self-regulatory body disclosure events; that is, final and formal proceedings initiated by a regulatory authority (e.g., a state or federal securities agency like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or self-regulatory body like the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) for a violation(s) of investment-related rules or regulations. In addition, there have been customer complaints about Thrivent Investment Management for misconduct by its securities sales and investment advisory representatives that are not reported by the firm on its Central Depository Record. 

A Brief Overview of Some of the Regulatory Problems Thrivent Investment Management Has Faced Over the Years*

Thrivent Investment Management has been repeatedly censured, warned, and fined for its own misconduct and failure to supervise its army of financial advisors. * A few of the notable FINRA Sanctions for its Supervisory Failures are below:

FINRA Censures Thrivent Investment Management for Failure to Apply Breakpoint Discounts to Eligible Customer Accounts

Brief Overview: Without admitting or denying the findings, Thrivent Investment Management consented to the sanctions and to the entry of FINRA findings that it failed to place eligible customers into the most advantageous mutual fund share classes to ensure that they received the benefits of available breakpoint discounts. Specifically, FINRA stated that the firm failed to establish, maintain, and enforce a supervisory system reasonably designed to ensure that Class A shares held by certain institutional account customers were timely converted to Class I shares. FINRA further stated that many mutual funds waive the up-front sales charges associated with Class A shares, Class I shares, Class S shares, and Class R shares for certain retirement plans, institutions, and/or charitable organizations. Some of the mutual funds available on the firm’s retail platform offered such waivers and disclosed those waivers in their prospectuses. Still, the firm failed to apply the waivers to mutual fund purchases made by eligible customers and instead sold Class A shares with a front-end sales charge or Class B or C shares with back-end sales charges and higher ongoing fees and expenses. As a result of the above-described allegations, the firm was censured.

FINRA Censures and Fines Thrivent Investment Management for Failure to Deliver Mutual Fund Trade Confirmations to Customers

Brief Overview: Without admitting or denying the findings, Thrivent Investment Management consented to the sanctions and to the entry of FINRA findings that the firm failed to deliver thousands of trade confirmations of certain categories of mutual fund transactions to customers due to coding established through an outside vendor to generate and send customer’s confirmations. FINRA stated the firm internally investigated and discovered the causes of the delivery of confirmation failures and reported these failures to FINRA. FINRA further stated an independent consultant retained by the firm determined that the coding errors in the computerized system affected certain categories of the firm’s mutual fund transactions during the approximate nine-year time period, and that the firm failed to deliver customer confirmations for 454,426 transactions, with an aggregate value of $3,324,753,206 in 207,468 mutual fund positions held by 131,194 customers. As a result of the findings, the firm was censured and fined $375,000.

NASD Fines Thrivent Investment Management for Failure to Supervise Private Securities Transactions by Employee

Brief Overview: The NASD initiated an investigation into Thrivent Investment Management that led to an acceptance, waiver, and consent with the regulator following allegations that the firm failed to establish, maintain, and enforce written supervisory procedures designed to prevent or detect a registered representative’s participation in a private securities transaction. According to the NASD, the employee purchased or procured stock for his or her own personal benefit. As a result of the above-described findings, Thrivent Investment Management paid a fine.

State of Missouri Securities Division Fines Thrivent Investment Management for Failure to Disclose Customer Complaint Against Agent

Brief Overview: The State of Missouri Securities Division initiated an investigation into Thrivent Investment Management that revealed that a registration application for one of its agents failed to disclose a prior customer complaint against the agent and did not file a correcting amendment of the agent’s Form U4 within the required thirty-day period. The firm neither admitted nor denied the allegations made or the findings of fact or conclusions of law but entered into a consent order. As a result, the firm was fined.

State of Illinois Securities Department Fines Thrivent Wealth Management for Failure to Maintain Books and Records

Brief Overview: The State of Illinois Securities Department initiated an investigation into Thrivent Investment Management that revealed the firm failed to maintain appropriate books-and-records in violation of the Illinois Securities Act. According to the Department, the firm’s violation related to certain instances in which firm representatives and supervisors failed to make appropriate documentation regarding the suitability of certain variable annuity replacement transactions. The firm neither admitted nor denied the findings of fact or conclusions of law but acknowledged that the consent order could be entered. As a result, the firm was fined $400,000.


*Above are only some of the regulatory disciplinary actions filed against Thrivent Investment Management by FINRA. NASAA and other state securities regulator investigations and enforcement actions account for another BrokerCheck disclosure.

Thrivent Investment Management Customer Complaints

There have been scores of customer complaints filed against Thrivent Investment Management stockbrokers and investment advisors over the years. We have launched many investigations of current and former Thrivent Investment Management advisors:

  1. Erik Teig of Thrivent Investment Management
  2. Steven Sievers of Thrivent Investment Management
  3. John Wright Formerly With Thrivent Investment Management
  4. Jonathan Hendrickson of Thrivent Investment Management, Inc
  5. John Eckhardt Formerly With Thrivent Investment Management
  6. Nathan Dunn of Thrivent Investment Management
  7. Christopher Grant of Thrivent Investment Management
  8. Lana Gore of Thrivent Investment Management
  9. Travis Hansberger Formerly With Thrivent Investment Management
  10. Erik Haworth of Thrivent Investment Management
  11. Brian Hessong Formerly With Thrivent Investment Management
  12. Eric Brady of Thrivent Investment Management
  13. Alan Caulkins of Thrivent Investment Management
  14. Bradley Blodnick of Thrivent Investment Management
  15. Michael Buric of Thrivent Investment Management
  16. Doris Cheek of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  17. Elvira Makarevich formerly with Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  18. John Jenneke formerly with Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  19. Mark Peterson of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  20. Neil Zeller of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  21. Nicholas Baecker formerly with Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  22. Robert Klein of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  23. Stephen Miller of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  24. Barry Hesse of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  25. Benjamin Eastman of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  26. Kevin Gleim of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  27. Todd Trautmann of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  28. Tracy Boorman of Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
  29. Brandon Larsen formerly with Thrivent Investment Management Inc

If you have lost money investing with any of these Thrivent Investment Management advisors 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 Thrivent Investment Management Have So Many Regulatory Problems And Customer Complaints?

Independent broker-dealers are notorious for their lax supervisory practices and procedures. The business model of many 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 Thrivent Investment Management 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. Thrivent Investment Management 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 Thrivent Investment Management without representation with an attorney about their complaints and have their complaints denied.

Related Read: Can You Sue Your Brokerage Firm?

Investment Losses? We Can Help

Discuss your legal options with an attorney at The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.

Get A Free Consultation

or, give us a ring at (800) 732-2889.

Robert Pearce

Consult With An Attorney Who Recovers Investment Losses Caused By Thrivent Investment Management Today!

The investment loss 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 Thrivent Investment Management 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.

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Robert Wayne Pearce

Robert Wayne Pearce of The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has been a trial attorney for more than 40 years and has helped recover over $170 million dollars for his clients. During that time, he developed a well-respected and highly accomplished legal career representing investors and brokers in disputes with one another and the government and industry regulators. To speak with Attorney Pearce, call (800) 732-2889 or Contact Us online for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION with Attorney Pearce about your case.

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