Previously Registered Financial Advisor Nicholas Travascio III Has Four Customer Complaints
Nicholas Travascio (CRD#: 2581756) is a previously registered Broker and previously registered Investment Advisor. He entered the securities industry in 1995 and previously worked for LPL Financial LLC; WM Financial Services, Inc.; Griffin Financial Services; Wells Fargo Securities, Inc.; Edward D. Jones & Co., LP; and Olde Discount Corporation.
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in December 2020, a customer dispute was filed against Nicholas Travascio. The allegation states, “CLAIMANT ALLEGES THAT HIS UNCLE’S FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDED THAT HE INVEST IN A REIT WHICH WAS UNSUITABLE FOR HIS INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO AND ULTIMATELY CAUSED DAMAGES TO CLAIMANT AS THE BENEFICIARY OF HIS LATE UNCLE’S ACCOUNT. ACTIVITY PERIOD: 2/2020 TO 12/20200.” Damages of $90,000 were requested. The customer complaint was withdrawn.
In addition, Nicholas Travasio has been the subject of four customer complaints, including the following:
● November 2020—”CLAIMANTS ALLEGE THAT THEIR FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDED THAT THEY INVEST IN SEVERAL REITs WHICH WERE UNSUITABLE FOR THEIR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO. CLAIMANTS ALLEGE THAT THEIR ACCOUNT WAS OVERLY CONCENTRATED IN AT LEAST FOUR REITs AND NOT APPROPRIATELY DIVERSIFIED. ACTIVITY PERIOD: 8/2013 TO 11/2020. “The customer dispute was settled for $14,999.
● October 2019—“REP ALLEGED TO HAVE RECOMMENDED AN UNSUITABLE REIT TO CUSTOMER WHO ALLEGES LOSSES IN CONNECTION WITH THE INVESTMENT.” The customer dispute was settled for $8,000.
● July 2019—”CUSTOMER ALLEGES THAT IN 2013 AND 2014 REPRESENTATIVE MADE UNSUITABLE INVESTMENT RECOMMENDATIONS INTO TWO SPECULATIVE ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS.” The customer dispute was settled for $19,000.
● March 2010—”ALLEGES REP MISREPRESENTED REIT INVESTMENT.” The customer dispute was denied.
For a copy of Nicholas Travascio’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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