- May 31, 2023
- Stifel Nicolaus & Company
James Cvetkovic (CRD#: 5387856) is a previously registered Broker and previously registered Investment Adviser.
He entered the securities industry in 2007 and previously worked for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.; and Butler, Wick & Co., Inc.
Current And Past Allegations Of Conduct Leading To Investment Loss
According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in February 2023, James Cvetkovic, was discharged by Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. The allegation states, “Registered representative utilized a customer’s personal identifying information to register and enroll the customer on a 3rd party annuity provider’s website, without the customer’s knowledge or authorization.”
James Cvetkovic has no additional disciplinary actions on file with FINRA.
For a copy of James Cvetkovic’s FINRA BrokerCheck, click here.
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