- April 17, 2023
- Excel Wealth Management
Duane Pellman (CRD#: 2426979) is a previously registered Broker and previously registered Investment Advisor.
He entered the securities industry in 1999 and previously worked for Intercarolina Financial Services, Inc.; Principal Securities, Inc.; WR Rice Financial Services, Inc.; GWN Securities, Inc.; Lincoln Investment; Waddell & Reed, Inc.; and Dean Witter Reynolds, 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 February 2023, Duane Pellman was permitted to resign from Excel Wealth Management, LLC. The allegation states, “Mr. Pellman was permitted to resign after suitability based concerns were discovered surrounding the investment management of client assets. After the discovery of the loss of investment, individual sought to recoup the losses by investing in additional speculative investments, resulting in larger losses.”
In addition, Duane Pellman has been the subject of one customer complaint, including the following:
- September 2016 — “Customer asked current registered representative, in writing, if there is a way to retrieve the money Pellman took from him.” The customer dispute was closed with no action.
For a copy of Duane Pellman’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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