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Did Bill Addison Recommend Unsuitable Investments?

Sep 18, 2023 Unsuitable Investments

Bill Addison (CRD #: 6152328), a broker registered with LPL Financial, is facing an investor dispute. This is according to his BrokerCheck record, accessed on September 18, 2023. Keep reading if you have questions about his alleged conduct. 

On July 27, 2023, an investor alleged that Bill Addison recommended unsuitable investments. The investor is seeking $700,000. 

FINRA Rule 2111 – Unsuitable Investments 

FINRA Rule 2111 defines suitable investments as securities that fit an investor’s profile. Investor profiles have information on the investor’s age, risk tolerance, tax status, and financial goals. 

  • Investments can be unsuitable because they are high-risk and likely to lose money.
  • Securities may also be unsuitable because they are illiquid, meaning that they are intended to be held for an extended time, and investors may have to pay high fees to cash out.
  • Securities can be quantitatively unsuitable, which means the broker executed an excessive number of trades. The number of trades increases the transaction fees, and these fees cut into the returns for the investor. 
  • These requirements apply to the overall investment strategy as well as the investments themselves. For instance, an investment strategy might be unsuitable if the securities are overconcentrated in a particular stock or sector.

Investors who rely on brokers for investment recommendations can pursue FINRA arbitration to recover their losses.

FINRA Rule 2010

FINRA Rule 2010 holds brokers to high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade. Violations of FINRA Rule 2111 are also violations of FINRA Rule 2010. 

Background Information 

Bill Addison has passed the following exams: 

  • Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination 
  • Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination 
  • SIE – Securities Industry Essentials Examination 
  • Series 7 General Securities Representative Examination 
  • Series 6 Investment Company Products / Variable Contracts Representative Examination 

He is a registered broker in seven states and is a registered investment adviser in South Carolina and Texas. 

Bill Addison has registered with the following firms: LPL Financial (CRD #: 6413) and Independent Advisor Alliance (CRD #: 168267). 

Kurta Law Can Help

If you worked with Bill Addison and have concerns about your investments, please contact us today at 877-600-0098 or for a free consultation.

For over 20 years, Kurta Law has advocated on behalf of investors who want to recover their investment losses from brokers and brokerage firms. Kurta Law is a nationally recognized law firm that exclusively represents investors against brokers and brokerage firms on a contingency basis. This means that the firm only earns a fee if our securities attorneys recover money on your behalf.