Financial Advisor John A. Dougherty Terminated by LPL Financial

John A. Dougherty (CRD#: 3018615) was a previously registered broker and investment advisor at LPL Financial LLC, in Bluebell, PA.

Broker’s Background

He entered the securities industry in 1998 and previously worked for LPL Financial LLC; Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated; New England Securities; LPL Financial Corporation; Wachovia Securities, LLC; Morgan Stanley DW 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, LPL Financial LLC discharged John Dougherty for engaging in outside business activity without firm approval and participating in private investments without Firm approval.

In addition, John Dougherty has been the subject of a customer dispute, which includes the following:

  • January 2023—“Customer alleges representative recommended a wealth management strategy which was inappropriate for his investment objectives and risk tolerance, and that he allegedly incurred losses as a result of the strategy. Time period: April 2012 to October 2021.” The customer dispute is still pending.

For a copy of John Dougherty’s FINRA BrokerCheck, Click here.

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