Financial Advisor Christopher Polinaire Suspended by FINRA

Christopher Polinaire (CRD#: 4330879) is a previously registered Broker.

Broker’s Background

He entered the securities industry in 2004 and previously worked for Network 1 Financial Securities, Inc.; Arive Capital Markets; First Standard Financial Company, LLC; Rockwell Global Capital, LLC; Salomon Whitney, LLC; CBG Financial Group, Inc.; Dalton Strategic Investment Services, Inc.; First Midwest Securities, Inc.; Cape Securities, Inc.; Avalon Partners, Inc.; Liberty Partners Financial Services, LLC; American Capital Partners, LLC; America’s Choice Equities, LLC; J.P. Turner & Company, LLC; Milestone Financial Services, Inc.; and LH Ross & Company, Inc.

Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in November 2022, FINRA sanctioned Christopher Polinaire with a civil and administrative penalty/fine of $7,500, restitution of $128,000, and suspension from all capacities for eight months beginning November 7, 2022 and ending July 6, 2023.

The FINRA sanction states, “Without admitting or denying the findings, Polinaire consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in excessive and unsuitable trading in customer accounts. The findings stated that Polinaire recommended that his customers place trades in their accounts, some of which were executed using margin, and the customers routinely accepted his recommendations. Polinaire’s trading resulted in annual turnover rates ranging from 10.01 to 45.23 and annualized cost-to-equity ratios ranging from 35.65 percent to 152.56 percent. In total, the customers paid a combined $128,000 in commissions and fees based on the trades Polinaire recommended.”

For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.

In addition, Christopher Polinaire has been the subject of four disclosures, including the following:

  • August 2015 — A civil judgment/lien in the amount of $10,581.76 was levied against Christopher Polinaire.
  • July 2007 — A civil judgment/lien in the amount of $1,082 was levied against Christopher Polinaire.
  • January 2007 — A civil judgment/lien in the amount of $623 was levied against Christopher Polinaire.
  • November 2004 — A civil judgment/lien in the amount of $3,355.37 was levied against Christopher Polinaire.

For a copy of Christopher Polinaire’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.

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