Western International Securities Corp. Fraud and/or Investment Loss Customer Complaint Disclosures

Western International Securities Corp.: (CRD#:39262/SEC#: 801-68953,8-48572)

Western International Securities Corp. was formed in Colorado in 1995 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California. The firm is currently licensed in 52 states and territories. Concept Brokerage Holding Corp., is the parent company of Western International Securities, Inc.

Western International Securities Broker, Kenneth McDonald, Is The Subject Of A Complaint For $834,000 Based On Misrepresentation And Unsuitability

By mwolper | Aug 31, 2018

The Wolper Law Firm is currently investigating claims against Kenneth McDonald, a Financial Advisor at Western International Securities in Westlake Village, California.  Kenneth McDonald has been in the securities industry since the 1970s and previously worked at Newport Coast Securities, which has since been expelled from the industry by FINRA. According to publicly available records […] Read More →

Western International Securities Sanctioned by FINRA For Failure to Supervise

According to FINRA, Western International Securities has been a member since 1995. The company’s main office is located in Pasadena, CA, and there are roughly 140 branch offices where more than 450 registered representatives are employed.

Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in October 2022, FINRA sanctioned Western International Securities with a censure, fine of $400,000, and restitution and partial restitution of more than $470,000 plus interest. The company must also strengthen its supervisory and disclosure procedures to meet or exceed FINRA standards.

The FINRA sanction states, “From 2013 to 2017, Western failed to establish, maintain, and enforce a supervisory system, including written supervisory procedures, reasonably designed to achieve compliance with its suitability obligations in connection with recommendations of non-traded real estate investment trusts (non-traded REITs), in violation of NASD Rule 3010 and FINRA Rules 3110 and 2010. In addition, between 2015 and 2022, Western failed to report or timely report approximately 45 written customer complaints, customer arbitrations, and settlements, in violation of Article V, Sections 2(c) and 3(b) of FINRA’s By-laws and FINRA Rules 1122 and 2010.

For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.

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A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a security that invests in real estate directly either through properties or mortgages. Generally, REITs can be publicly or privately held. Publicly held REITs can be sold on an exchange and publicly traded. Non-traded REITs are sold through broker-dealers and are private. REITs are generally classified as equity, mortgage or hybrid.

REITs have traditionally been sold to customers for their high dividend yield. However, many factors impact the ability of the REIT to maintain dividend and share price stability, including the fluctuation in interest rates, the amount and cost of leverage used by the REIT and collectability of the rents or mortgage payments that comprise the underlying assets within the REIT.

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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]