Merrill Lynch—Supervision Violations
Merrill Lynch Fined for Alleged Supervisory Violations Regarding Training Presentation in 2013
Merrill Lynch was recently fined $2.5 million for alleged supervisory violations in connection with a training presentation back in 2013, according to reports from the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Galvin.
Galvin, whose office oversees securities regulation in the state, alleges that the training session allegedly did not include discussion of fiduciary requirements when commission-based assets are moved to fee-based alternatives.
Mr. Galvin reportedly said that, among other things, during the presentation Merrill financial advisers were being trained in how to double their production by transferring existing customer assets from commission-based brokerage accounts to fiduciary fee-based alternatives.
Over 300 Merrill Staff Attended Meeting in Boston; Brokers Allegedly Encouraged to Overlook Clients’ Best Interest
Galvin, in a recent news release, made the following statement regarding the Merrill training: “Financial advisers may have been encouraged to move their clients’ assets based on their own financial interest rather than their clients’ best interest.”
Furthermore, according to reports from Massachusetts, Mr. Galvin stated that the presentation, which was attended by more than 300 Merrill staff in Boston, including financial advisers, was not reviewed ahead of time by Merrill compliance personnel, in violation of the firm’s policy.
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