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Capital Financial Services Financial Advisor, William Byrd, Has Five Customer Complaints Alleging Sales Practice Misconduct

William Dean Byrd (CRD 1334634) is a Financial Advisor at Capital Financial Services, Inc. in Tampa, FL.  William Byrd has been in the securities industry since 1985 and previously worked at Invest Financial Corporation, TransAmerica Financial Advisors, PRUCO Securities, Merrill Lynch, American Express, IDS, Cigna and Security First Financial. 

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), since 2014, William Byrd has been the subject of five customer complaints alleging the following:

  • March 2019 – “Claimant Alleges That They Were Sold Unsuitable Concentrated Mutual Fund Transactions And Production, Lacking Any Reasonable Investment Strategy, Designed Solely to Maximize Commissions.”  The customer alleges $300,000 in damages, and the matter is currently pending.
  • January 2017 – “Claimant alleges representative made unsuitable investments ignoring claimant’s changing circumstances.  Claimant further alleges the representative made material misrepresentations regarding the recommended investments.”  The matter settled for $42,000.
  • June 2016 – “Claimant alleged the rep made unsuitable recommendations, misrepresented investments and breached his fiduciary duty.”  The matter settled for $42,500.
  • October 2014 – “THE CLIENT’S HAVE ALLEGED MR. BYRD MADE UNSUITABLE RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH RESULTED IN INVESTMENT LOSSES.  THE ALLEGED ACTIVITY PERIOD OCCURRED AUGUST 2010 UNTIL SETTLEMENT, DECEMBER 7, 2015.”  The matter setted for $83,500.

For a copy of William Byrd’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/1334634.

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.

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