Former financial advisor Scott William Palmer (CRD# 817586), who was most recently affiliated with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC (“Janney”) (BD# 463), has voluntarily consented to a bar from the securities industry pursuant to a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (“AWC”) accepted by FINRA Enforcement on April 10, 2018. Without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, the Hackensack, NJ-based former broker consented to the industry bar following his June 13, 2017 termination from employment by Janney.
Mr. Palmer’s career in the securities industry dates back to 1973, and included stints at now defunct Darby & Co., Dean Witter, Citigroup, and — most recently, Janney — from 2007-2017. In June 2017, Janney permitted Mr. Palmer to resign; according to publicly available information and as disclosed on Mr. Palmer’s Form U-5, his discharge from employment was due to Janney’s “Loss of confidence related to complaint disclosure history.”
FINRA records indicate that Mr. Palmer has been subject to twelve customer disputes, including one case in which relief was denied, and another case that settled in July 2016 for $75,000 alleging that Mr. Palmer had made unsuitable investments in the customer’s account. According to FINRA BrokerCheck, of the ten customer complaints pending arbitration, a number of them allege that Mr. Palmer purportedly recommended unsuitable investments in certain energy stocks, and further, overconcentrated certain customers in energy sector investments.
Pursuant to the AWC, FINRA Enforcement alleged it was carrying out an investigation surrounding potential suitability violations concerning Mr. Palmer. Moreover, FINRA sent a request on February 2, 2018 to Mr. Palmer, for his appearance for on-the-record testimony pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210. While Mr. Palmer purportedly acknowledged the request for testimony, according to FINRA he failed to appear.
When recommending an oil and gas investment to a customer, a brokerage firm — and by extension the broker — has a duty to first conduct due diligence on the investment. In addition, an oil and gas investment is unique and carries certain risks associated with the volatile nature of the underlying commodity. Further, the financial advisor recommending such an investment has a duty to determine if the investment is suitable pursuant to Rule 2111 in light of the investor’s profile and stated investment objectives. In instances where an investor’s account becomes over-concentrated in oil and gas investments, or a broker fails to disclose the risks associated with such an investment or investment strategy, the broker and his or her firm may well be liable for losses on the investment.
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