- August 8, 2023
- Equitable Advisors
Alan Margolies (CRD# 1442195) is a Registered Broker and Investment Advisor at Equitable Advisors, LLC in Woodbury, NJ.
Alan Margolies entered the securities industry in 1985 and previously worked for Signator Investors, Inc.; John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company; Hartford Equity Sales Company, Inc; Reliastar Financial Marketing Corp; Nathan & Lewis Securities, Inc.; and A.F Best 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 July 2023, a customer dispute was filed against Alan Margolies. The allegation states, “the RR (Registered Representative) misrepresented the terms of a VUL (Variable Universal Life Insurance) sold in 2017.” The customer dispute is pending.
In addition, Alan Margolies has been the subject of one other customer complaint, including the following:
- April 2022—“Client alleges the RR misrepresented the terms of a variable life policy sold in 2021.” The customer dispute was denied.
For a copy of Alan Margolies FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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Variable universal policies are complex hybrid investment and insurance products. Many investors do not realize that the premium funding may be changed at the election of the issuer and/or the instrument itself may require higher premium contributions over the life of the policy. If those premium demands are not met, the policy will lapse. These policies are attractive to brokers because they do not require active management and generally pay the broker a high commission. If the product is not properly explained to the client, it can have disastrous results.
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