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Network 1 Broker Eric Nicolassy Suspended by FINRA

Eric Nicolassy (CRD#: 6244539) is a registered Broker at Network 1 Financial Securities, Inc., in Red Bank, NJ.

Broker’s Background

He entered the securities industry in 2020 and only has been registered with Network 1 Financial Securities, 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 March 2022, FINRA sanctioned Eric Nicolassy, ordering restitution of $32,134.09, and suspending him from all capacities for four months, beginning April 18, 2022 and ending August 17, 2022. The FINRA sanction states, “Without admitting or denying the findings, Nicolassy consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he excessively and unsuitably traded a senior customer’s account. The findings stated that although the customer’s account had an average month-end equity of $106,293, Nicolassy executed purchases with a total principal value of $5,138,740 which resulted in annualized turnover ratios of more than 23. Collectively, the trades Nicolassy executed caused the customer to pay $71,409.09 in commissions and $10,410 in trade costs and margin interest, which resulted in an annualized cost-to-equity ratio in excess of 76 percent – meaning the customer’s account would have to grow by more than 76 percent annually just to break even. As a result of Nicolassy’s unsuitable recommendations, the customer suffered more than $125,000 in losses. The findings also stated that Nicolassy exercised discretion in customers’ accounts without having obtained prior written authorization from the customers.”

For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click here.

In addition, Eric Nicolassy has been the subject of three disclosures, including one customer dispute that remain pending, including the following:

  • October 2021 — “Suitability, Excessive Trading, Unauthorized Trading, Breach of Fiduciary Duty.” The customer dispute is pending.
  • August 2019 — A tax judgment/lien in the amount of $20,819 was imposed.
  • November 2018 — A tax judgment/lien of $5,946 was imposed.

For a copy of Eric Nicolassy’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.

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Reasonable basis suitability requires that a recommended investment or investment strategy be suitable or appropriate for at least some investors. Reasonable basis suitability requires an advisor to conduct adequate due diligence so that he or she can determine the risks and rewards of the investment or investment strategy.

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