Silver Law Group Investigating California-Based Securities America Broker Timothy Ballard After Suspension From FINRA
Timothy D. Ballard
Silver Law Group is investigating former Livermore, California-based Securities America broker Timothy D. Ballard after FINRA indefinitely suspended him following his failure to respond to a FINRA request for information.
According to FINRA’s BrokerCheck report on Ballard, a complaint alleging unsuitable investment recommendations and lack of margin explanation. Damages in this compliant where alleged to be more than $5,000.
Ballard was employed by Securities America Inc. from April 2015 until November of 2016 at their Livermore, CA location. Previously he was employed by National Planning Corporation from 2005-2015.
Among other investment tenets, brokers are required to recommend suitable investments to their clients. This requires that the broker: Investigates and conducts due diligence into the investment’s attributes including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors to form a reasonable basis for the recommendation of the product; and appropriately matches the investment with the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives, such as the customer’s retirement status, long or short-term goals, age, disability, income needs, or any other relevant factors.
The misrepresentation or omission of material facts concerning investment recommendations by a brokerage firm and its representatives may be a cause of action in a FINRA arbitration claim for damages. There are two types of misrepresentations and omissions; those that are fraudulent and those that are negligent.
Misrepresentations often occur during the offering process or prior to investing in a particular product. Misrepresentation can vary in appearance and, if made intentionally, are often times made in order to induce an unwitting investor to invest. An example of a misrepresentation can include promises of high dividends or that the company of the underlying investment will go public in a year.
If proven, an intentional misrepresentation can have serious consequences, as it is a violation of Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
FINRA arbitration is a fast, efficient way to recover your lost investment funds due to misrepresentation or unsuitable investment recommendations. The Silver Law Group works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us nothing unless we recover money for you.
If you invested with Timothy D Ballard. and Securities America Inc. and have lost money doing so, you may be able to recover some or all of your losses. We are experienced in recovering investor losses due to broker/brokerage firm misconduct and mismanagement through FINRA arbitration.
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