Tuesday, February 2, 2010

FINRA Fines Firm $300,000 For Failing to Verify Account Identity

For those readers who think that the requirement to verify the identity of account holders is not a big deal, think again. FINRA has fined Pinnacle Capital Markets $300,000 for failing to do exactly that.

The FINRA press release does not have any comments from the firm, but I suspect that because the accounts were sub-accounts, the firm may have believed that verification was not necessary. I am guessing of course, but the point is $300,000 is a pretty hefty fine for not obtaining proper account documentation. More>>>