Thomas Duggan (CRD #2757615) is a Financial Advisor at Aegis Capital Corp. in Melville, NY. Thomas Duggan has been in the securities industry since 1996 and previously worked at Maxim Group LLC and Investec Ernst and Company.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Thomas Duggan has been the subject of three (3) customer complaints during his career, alleging sales practice misconduct, including two since 2019. The complaints allege the following:
• January 2020—”Time frame: 6/2017 – 8/2019; Unsuitability, common law fraud, gross negligence, breach of contract, elder abuse.” Alleged damages are $1,079,155.08 and the matter remains pending.
• January 2019—”TIME FRAME: JUNE 2017 – PRESENT. BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY, BREACH OF CONTRACT, MISREPRESENTATION.” Alleged damages are $80,000 and the matter remains pending.
• July 2001—”UNAUTHORIZED PURCHASE AND SALE.” The matter settled for $700.
For a copy of Thomas Duggan’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/2757615#disclosuresSection
Financial advisors have a legal and regulatory obligation to recommend only suitable investments that are appropriate for their clients’ needs and objectives. Their employing brokerage firm has a legal and regulatory obligation to supervise the Financial Advisors’ sales practices and dealings with clients. To the extent any of these duties are breached, the customer may be entitled to a recovery of his or her investment losses.
Reasonable basis suitability requires that a recommended investment or investment strategy be suitable or appropriate for at least some investors. Reasonable basis suitability requires an advisor to conduct adequate due diligence so that he or she can determine the risks and rewards of the investment or investment strategy.
Quantitative suitability requires a brokerage firm or financial advisor with actual or de facto control over a customer’s account to have a reasonable basis for believing that a series of recommended transactions – even if suitable when viewed in isolation – is not excessive and unsuitable for the customer when taken together in light of the customer’s investment profile. No single test defines excessive activity, but factors such as the turnover rate, the cost-equity ratio, and the use of in-and-out trading in a customer’s account may provide a basis for a finding that a member or associated person has violated the quantitative suitability obligation.
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• Other investments
• Financial situation and needs
• Tax status
• Investment objectives
• Time horizon
• Liquidity needs
• Risk tolerance
• Any other information disclosed by the customer
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