Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses as a result of the unsuitable recommendation of investments sold by BBVA Securities of Puerto Rico representatives. Reportedly, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel recently awarded $1.2 million to claimants Felix Bernard-Diaz, Julian Rodriguez and Luz Rodriguez. The defendants in the hearing were BBVA Securities of Puerto Rico Inc., Rafael Colon Ascar, Jorge Bravo, Sonia Marbarak and Julio Cayere.
The claimants asserted gross negligence regarding a naked option trading strategy that was allegedly unsuitable. In addition, they alleged breach of fiduciary duty, churning, margin use and excessive trading.
According to stock fraud lawyers, firms have an obligation to fully disclose all the risks of a given investment when making recommendations, and those recommendations must be suitable for the individual investor receiving the recommendation given their age, investment objectives and risk tolerance. Churning, on the other hand, is a form of broker misconduct in which the broker performs excessive trading to generate personal profit.