Financial Advisor Matthew Steinberg Subject of $2.5M Customer Dispute

Matthew Steinberg (CRD#: 2430032) is a registered broker at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in Jenkintown, PA.


Broker’s Background

He entered the securities industry in 1993 and he previously worked with Dean Witter Reynolds Inc.


Allegations of Misconduct

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in November of 2023, Matthew Steinberg became the subject of a customer dispute. Claimants alleged, “claims of failure to supervise, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud, and violations of FINRA Rules relating to investments in municipal bonds and two private equity investments, as well as the use of margin in connection with those investments. From 4/1/2017 to Present.” The damage amount requested is $2,500,00 and the customer dispute is still pending.


The complaint allegedly involves a program offered by Oppenheimer, known as the Oppenheimer Portfolio Enhancement Program.  In the Oppenheimer Portfolio Enhancement Program, margin is used to purchase other securities in the fixed income or alternative investment space.  The idea is that the securities purchased offer lower volatility and, thus, the risks associated with margin are mitigated.  If volatility occurs or interest rates change, or both, customers can experience margin calls, which may lead to liquidation of securities.


For a copy of Matthew Steinberg’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.


We Help Investors Recover Investment Losses

Financial advisors have a legal and regulatory obligation to recommend only suitable investments that are appropriate for their clients’ needs and objectives. Their employing brokerage firm has a legal and regulatory obligation to supervise the Financial Advisors’ sales practices and dealings with clients. To the extent any of these duties are breached, the customer may be entitled to a recovery of his or her investment losses.


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.


Quantitative suitability requires a brokerage firm or financial advisor with actual or de facto control over a customer’s account to have a reasonable basis for believing that a series of recommended transactions – even if suitable when viewed in isolation – is not excessive and unsuitable for the customer when taken together in light of the customer’s investment profile. No single test defines excessive activity, but factors such as the turnover rate, the cost-equity ratio, and the use of in-and-out trading in a customer’s account may provide a basis for a finding that a member or associated person has violated the quantitative suitability obligation.


Customer-specific suitability requires that a member or associated person have a reasonable basis to believe that the recommendation is suitable for a particular customer based on that customer’s investment profile. Among the criteria that a financial advisor must evaluate to satisfy his or her customer-specific suitability obligations include the investor’s age, tax status, time horizon, liquidity needs, and risk tolerance; a client’s other investments, financial situation and needs, investment objectives, and any other information disclosed by the customer should also be considered.


The Wolper Law Firm represents investors nationwide in securities litigation and arbitration on a contingency fee basis. Matt Wolper, the Managing Principal of the Wolper Law Firm, is a trial lawyer who has handled hundreds of securities cases during his career involving a wide range of products, strategies and securities. Prior to representing investors, he was a partner with a national law firm, where he represented some of the largest banks and brokerage firms in the world in securities matters. We can be reached at (800) 931-8452 or by email at mwolper@wolperlawfirm.com.

Attorney Matthew Wolper

Attorney Matthew WolperMatt Wolper is a trial lawyer who focuses exclusively on securities litigation and arbitration. Mr. Wolper has handled hundreds of securities matters nationwide before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), JAMS, and in state and federal court. Mr. Wolper has handled and tried cases involving complex financial products and strategies ranging from traditional stocks and bonds to options, margin and other securities-based lending products, closed/open-end mutual funds, structured products, hedge funds, and penny stocks. [Attorney Bio]