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INVESTOR ALERT—Raymond James Discharges Financial Advisor, Robert Sean Howard, For “Concerns” Relating To Sales of UITs

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Raymond James & Associates, Inc. terminated Financial Advisor, Robert Sean Howard, in January 2019 “due to concerns relating to the nature of advisor’s UIT activity.” 

Robert Howard has been in the securities industry since 1992 and previously worked at The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, Equico Securities, Inc., Fidelity Brokerage Services, Inc., Compass Brokerage, Inc., Offerman & Company, CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc., WM Financial Services, Inc., Southtrust Securities, LLC, Wachovia Securities, LLC, UVest Financial Services Group, Inc., Colonial Brokerage, Inc., and Morgan Keegan & Company. 

For a copy of the Robert Howard CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/2201547#disclosuresSection

A Unit Investment Trust is a closed-end investment company typically issues redeemable securities (or “units”), like a mutual fund, which means that the UIT will buy back an investor’s “units,” at the investor’s request, at their approximate net asset value (NAV).  A UIT typically will make a one-time “public offering” of only a specific, fixed number of units (like closed-end funds). Many UIT sponsors, however, will maintain a secondary market, which allows owners of UIT units to sell them back to the sponsors and allows other investors to buy UIT units from the sponsors.

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.  

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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]