Popular Securities, Inc. n/k/a Popular Securities, LLC – Boca Raton, Florida Puerto Rico Bond and Closed-End-Fund Over Concentration and Unsuitablity FINRA Arbitration Attorney:
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February 2015 Disciplinary and Other FINRA Actions:
Popular Securities, Inc. nka Popular Securities, LLC (CRD #8096, San Juan, Puerto Rico) submitted an AWC in which the firm was censured and fined $125,000. Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that it failed to establish, maintain, and enforce a supervisory system and procedures reasonably designed to identify and review concentrated securities purchases, including PR municipal bonds and PR closed-end funds. The findings stated that when the PR general obligation bond rating was downgraded, the firm’s customers continued purchasing concentrated positions of PR securities. The firm’s WSPs did not outline the steps that the firm should have taken to review its customers’ securities purchases for concentration, and apart from a procedure that required quarterly reviews of “elderly” customer accounts for concentration of one product in the client’s account, the firm did not establish, maintain, or enforce any systems or procedures that required supervisors to review for concentrated purchases (i.e., concentration in a single security, substantially similar securities, or securities of a single geographic region), including PR securities, or document their reviews.(FINRA Case #2013035309401).
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