Kovack Securities, Inc. Fraud and/or Investment Loss Customer Complaint Disclosures

Kovack Securities, Inc.: (CRD#:44848/SEC#: 8-50847)

This firm’s head office is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Other names this firm uses are:

  • Kovack Securities Inc.
  • RK Advisors
  • RK Advisors, Inc.

They are licensed in 53 U.S. States and Territories and are owned by Kovack Financial LLC. Kovack Securities was approved by FINRA in 1998 and approved by NASDAQ in 2006. Ron Kovack owns 55 percent of the firm and Brian Kovack owns 45 percent.

Kovack International Advisors Inc., Kovack International Securities Inc. and Kovack Advisors, Inc., are under common control with the firm.

Kovack Securities Financial Advisor, Andrew Scheirer, Has Pending Customer Complaint For The Alleged Improper Sale Of Alternative Investments

By mwolper | Nov 11, 2018

The Wolper Law Firm is currently investigating claims against Andrew Scheirer, a Financial Advisor at Kovack Securities in Lake Mary, Florida. Andrew Scheirer has been in the securities industry since 2000 and previously worked at First Allied Securities before being terminated. According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on […] Read More →

Kovack Securities Sanctioned by FINRA For Mutual Fund Violations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA recently sanctioned Kovack Securities, Inc. (KSI) because the broker’s supervisory practices didn’t meet regulatory standards. This general securities broker is based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and its more than 350 registered representatives work out of more than 230 branches. KSI has been a member firm since 1998.

Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in August 2022, FINRA sanctioned Kovack Securities, Inc. The FINRA sanction states, “From March 2015 to May 2017, KSI did not establish, maintain, and enforce a supervisory system, including written procedures, reasonably designed to achieve compliance with FINRA’s suitability rule as it pertains to short-term trading of mutual fund class A shares, which are designed to be long-term investments. In particular, KSI did not allocate reasonable resources to reviewing such trades, did not establish a process reasonably designed to detect short term trading of class A share mutual funds, and did not reasonably respond to red flags of unsuitable mutual fund trading by one of its former representatives. As a result, the firm violated FINRA Rules 3110 and 2010.”

As a result of the sanction, KSI received a censure and was ordered to pay a fine of $210,000. In addition, the firm is required to review and establish supervisory systems and procedures that address the flaws identified as part of the FINRA investigation, and submit proof of those changes within 90 days.

For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.

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Attorney Matthew WolperMatt Wolper is a trial lawyer who focuses exclusively on securities litigation and arbitration. Mr. Wolper has handled hundreds of securities matters nationwide before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), JAMS, and in state and federal court. Mr. Wolper has handled and tried cases involving complex financial products and strategies ranging from traditional stocks and bonds to options, margin and other securities-based lending products, closed/open-end mutual funds, structured products, hedge funds, and penny stocks. [Attorney Bio]