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Cetera Investment Services LLC, Kevin McCoy II, Has Had Four Customer Complaint Disclosures Since December 2019

Kevin McCoy (CRD #4557189 ) is a Financial Advisor at Cetera Investment Advisers LLC and Cetera Investment Services LLC in The Woodlands, TX. Kevin McCoy has been in the securities industry since 2002 and previously worked at LPL Financial LLC, BBVA Securities Inc., and BBVA Weatlh Solutions Inc.

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), since December 2019, Kevin McCoy has been the subject of four (4) customer complaints, alleging sales practice misconduct:
• May 2020—”The customer alleges misrepresentation of structured product.”
• May 2020—”The claimant alleges misrepresentation of structured product and asks for principal to be returned.”
• March 2020—”The customer alleges misrepresentation of structured product.”
• December 2019—“Customer alleges misrepresentation and unsuitable investment recommendations.”

For a copy of Kevin McCoy’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/4557189#disclosuresSection

Structured products are investment vehicles based on or derived from a single security, a basket of securities, an index, a commodity, a debt issuance and/or a foreign currency. Structured products have a fixed maturity date and are designed to offer specific risk-return tradeoffs, which pre-set formulas for both the potential risk and potential return. These calculations are complex and well beyond the capabilities of a retail investor.

Investors are lured into a structured product with a promise of better returns and principal protection. This is generally not the case. Structured products traditionally pay investors a teaser interest rate in the first 12-36 months of ownership, at which time the formula for calculating interest changes. The investor may be forced to hold the security until maturity at a significantly lower interest rate, sometimes zero, rendering the average interest rate earned on the structured product virtually the same as a traditional, but less costly or more liquid, investment alternative. When the structured products are long-term the principle value also fluctuates, making early liquidation difficult, if not impossible.

FINRA has issued investor notices with regard to unconventional investments like structured products. NASD (now FINRA) Notice 05-59, which provides specific guidance on structured products, states that “NASD staff is concerned that members may not be fulfilling their sales practice obligations when selling these instruments, especially to retail customers. FINRA mandates that “members must train registered personnel about the characteristics, risks, and rewards of each structured product before they allow registered persons to sell that product to investors….Training…should emphasize that, due to the unique nature of these products, many investors, especially retail investors, may not understand the features of the product, and may not fully appreciate the associated risks of investing in them.”

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.

The Wolper Law Firm represents investors nationwide in securities litigation and arbitration on a contingency fee basis. Matt Wolper, the Managing Principal of the Wolper Law Firm, is a trial lawyer who has handled hundreds of securities cases during his career involving a wide range of products, strategies and securities. Prior to representing investors, he was a partner with a national law firm, where he represented some of the largest banks and brokerage firms in the world in securities matters. We can be reached at 800.931.8452 or by email at mwolper@wolperlawfirm.com.

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