Former Financial Advisor Thomas Reyes Barred by FINRA

Thomas Reyes Jr. (CRD#: 3168338) was a previously registered broker and investment advisor.

Broker’s Background

He entered the securities industry in 1999 and previously worked with IDS Life Insurance Company; American Express Financial Advisors, Inc.; MML Investors Services, Inc.; Securities America, Inc.; Pruco Securities, LLC; Securian Financial Services, Inc.; First National Capital Markets; Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.; and Next Financial Group, Inc.

Allegations of Misconduct

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in June 2024, “Without admitting or denying the findings, Reyes consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he refused to appear for on-the-record testimony requested by FINRA in connection with an investigation into the circumstances giving rise to Form U5 Amendments filed by his member firm. The findings stated that the first Form U5 Amendment disclosed an internal review concerning potential undisclosed OBAs by Reyes and a second amendment disclosed that the internal review concluded that Reyes sold annuities that were not on the firm’s approved product list away from the firm.”

As a result, Reyes consented to the imposition of the following sanctions:

  • A bar from associating with any FINRA member in all capacities.

For a copy of the FINRA Disciplinary Action Details, click here.


In addition, Thomas Reyes has three other FINRA Disclosures:

  • April 2020—“Client alleges unauthorized trading and an unsuitable investment, misrepresentation of the investment. Alleged Activity Dates: 3/3/20 – 4/3/20.” The customer dispute settled for $9,749.44.
  • November 2015—“CLIENT ALLEGES RR MISREPRESENTED CONTRACT AT THE TIME OF THE SALE.” The damage amount requested was $5,000 and the customer dispute was denied.

For a copy of Thomas Reyes’ FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.


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Pursuant to FINRA Rule 3270, outside business activities in which Financial Advisors become involved must be disclosed.  FINRA Rule 3280 prohibits Financial Advisors from engaging in Private Securities Transactions, which are securities transactions that take place away from the employing brokerage firm.  The purpose of these rules is to ensure that Financial Advisors do not engage in selling away.  The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) strictly prohibits financial advisors from “selling away” or selling securities and investments to clients that are not offered by the brokerage firm with which they are employed. For example, it is illegal and a violation of industry rules for a financial advisor to recommend or even suggest that a client invest in the financial advisor’s own business or a business operated by his or her friends or family. It is not necessary that the financial advisor earn any compensation for recommending an outside investment.


The purpose behind this prohibition is to ensure that a financial advisor only offers to sell securities that have been vetted by his or her employer brokerage firm through a rigorous due diligence process. Most brokerage firms have an approved list of investments, products, and research that can be provided or made available to clients. Any deviation by the financial advisor from the approved product list may constitute selling away.


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.


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