Financial Advisor Michael Grande Subject of Pending FINRA Complaint

Michael Charles Grande (CRD#: 1219255) is a previously registered broker.

Broker’s Background

He entered the securities industry in 1984 and previously worked with Richardson Greenshields Securities Inc; H. Burckhardt & Company, Inc.; Advest, Inc.; Shochet Securities, Inc.; Bluestone Capital Corp.; Sands Brothers & Co., Ltd.; Meyers Associates, L.P (FINRA expelled the firm in 2018); and Newbridge Securities Corporation.

Allegations of Misconduct

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in April 2024, Michael Grande was named a respondent in a FINRA complaint alleging that he failed to provide information requested by FINRA in connection with its investigation into the suitability of his recommendations to his customers to engage in short-term trading of mutual funds.

The complaint alleges that during a call with FINRA, Grande stated that he did not have access to the paperwork related to the customers identified in an information request and that he could not recall the specific strategies that were in place for the identified customers. FINRA explained to Grande that he was required to submit a written response to the information request and Grande stated that he needed time to think about how he was going to respond. Subsequently, FINRA sent Grande a second request for the same information.

Grande failed to respond to both requests by their due dates, and he did not request extensions of time to respond. The information requests sought material information about the suitability of Grande’s mutual fund transactions and his failure to provide the requested information significantly impeded the completion of FINRA’s investigation into his potential misconduct.

The FINRA complaint is still pending.

For a copy of the complaint, click here.

For a copy of Michael Grande’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.


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