Cetera Advisors: Investors Should Know its Record of Complaints and Disputes
Cetera Advisors (CRD #: 10299) has a record of regulatory fines that investors should know about. These disclosures include allegations that the brokerage firm allegedly failed to supervise certain brokers and did not sufficiently safeguard private client information.
Cetera Advisors Background
Cetera Advisors is part of Cetera Financial Group, which is a network of independent retail firms, including Cetera Investment Services and Cetera Financial Specialists. The firm’s headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. Since forming in 2012, the firm has grown to over 810 branch offices and over 1,600 registered representatives.
Can I Sue Cetera Advisors?
Yes, but probably not in civil court. Most brokerage firms require investors to sign a pre-dispute arbitration clause. This clause compels investors to resolve any disputes with brokerage firms through FINRA arbitration rather than a civil case. FINRA arbitration is meant to be a quicker and more straightforward process than a civil case, but the process still comes with potential pitfalls for investors.
What Does Cetera Do?
Cetera Advisors offers both brokerage accounts and investment advisory accounts.
- According to the Customer Relationship Summary (CRS), investors may prefer brokerage accounts if you plan to buy and hold trades for long periods of time.
- Cetera Advisors discloses that they do not provide ongoing monitoring of investments in brokerage accounts.
- Many financial professionals offer both investment advisory and brokerage services. They may have an incentive to recommend you purchase investments in a brokerage account based on the commissions they receive.