LEK Securities Corporation Broker, Ramute Zukas, Is The Subject Of An Arbitration Claim, Alleging Over $2.8 Million In Damages
Ramute Zukas (CRD # 3026650) is a Financial Advisor at LEK Securities Corporation in New York, NY. Ramute Zukas has been in the securities industry since 1998 and previously worked at Wright Brothers & Co., Inc. and Nutmeg Securities, LTD.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in June 2020, Ramute Zukas is the subject of an arbitration claim, alleging sales practice misconduct:
• June 2020—”Ramute Zukas was named as a respondent in an arbitration against Lek Securities Corp and its employees alleging possible violations of several FINRA rules by the Firm including Rule 2010, 5310, 2150, 3110 from October 2018 to April 2019.” Alleged damages are $2,804,880.05 and the matter remains pending.
For a copy of Ramute Zukas’s CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/3026650
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.
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• Other investments
• Financial situation and needs
• Tax status
• Investment objectives
• Time horizon
• Liquidity needs
• Risk tolerance
• Any other information disclosed by the customer
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