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Melanie Gilmore Allegedly Recommended Unsuitable Investments

Melanie Gilmore (CRD #: 4945629), a broker registered with Wells Fargo Clearing Services, is the subject of an investor dispute. This is according to her BrokerCheck record, accessed on May 24, 2024. Details concerning this dispute are provided below. 

Investor Allegations 

On March 19, 2024, an investor alleged that Melanie Gilmore made unsuitable securities recommendations in light of the investor’s investment experience and risk tolerance. The investor is seeking $500,000. 

Unsuitable Investments 

FINRA Rule 2111 requires brokers to evaluate whether an investment fits their investor’s financial goals.

Some common violations of this rule include:

  • Excessive trading, which violates the need for quantitative suitability. This means that the number of trades must suit an investor’s goals. Excessive trading is also known as “churning.” 
  • Recommendations of unsuitable investment strategies. For instance, overconcentration of securities in a certain stock or sector is typically unsuitable due to the degree of risk.
  • Recommendations of high-risk or illiquid investments. These investments may lead to high fees for the investor.

Investors who rely on brokers for recommendations may be able to recover their losses by pursuing FINRA arbitration.

Background Information 

Melanie Gilmore has passed the following exams: 

  • Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination 
  • Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination 
  • SIE – Securities Industry Essentials Examination 
  • Series 7 General Securities Representative Examination 

During her 17 years of experience, she has registered with five firms: 

  • Wells Fargo Clearing Services (CRD #: 19616) 
  • Morgan Stanley (CRD #: 149777) 
  • Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith (CRD #: 7691) 
  • UBS Financial Services (CRD #: 8174) 
  • A.G. Edwards & Sons (CRD #: 4) 

Kurta Law Can Help 

If you have worked with Melanie Gilmore and have concerns about your investments, do not hesitate to contact us at 877-600-0098 or email info@kurtalawfirm.com for a free consultation. 

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