Articles Tagged with Alternative investments

Johnny Guan (CRD#: 5711977), a registered representative with Aegis Capital Corp. (CRD#: 15007) in Red Bank, New Jersey, is currently involved in a pending customer dispute in which a client alleges that he recommended unsuitable investments, overconcentrated their portfolio, made unauthorized transactions, and breached his fiduciary duty (putting his interests ahead of the client’s), according to his BrokerCheck record accessed on February 4, 2020.

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This is not the only disclosure on Johnny Guan’s BrokerCheck record. On April 15, 2016, he became involved in a customer dispute in which a customer alleged that the broker recommended unsuitable investments, misrepresented investments, and engaged in negligence. The client originally requested $40,000 in damages; the dispute settled for $7,200.

Over his 10-year career in the securities industry, Johnny Guan has worked for three brokerage firms. In addition to his current role at Aegis Capital Corp., he has also worked for National Securities Corporation (CRD#: 7569) and Newbridge Securities Corporation (CRD#: 104065).

Rob Burns (CRD#: 4066393), a registered representative with Cetera Advisor Networks in Greenwood Village, Colorado, is currently involved in a pending customer dispute in which a client alleges that Rob Burns overconcentrated their portfolio and recommended unsuitable investments in alternative products, according to Rob Burns’ BrokerCheck record accessed on October 2, 2019. They also alleged that Rob Burns’ firm failed to do proper due diligence regarding the alternative investments. The client, who filed the customer dispute on August 9, 2019, is seeking $500,000 in damages.

Rob BurnsAlso known as private placements, alternative investments are only suitable for a small percentage of investors. “Accredited investors” have a high degree of financial literacy and at least an annual income of $200,000 or more. A problem has arisen, however, because these income and net worth guidelines have not changed since 1983. Thus, many individuals and families qualify as accredited investors based on their income but may find themselves in over their heads when it comes to these investments.

On August 3, 2018, a client alleged that Rob Burns recommended unsuitable investments, acted negligently, and breached his fiduciary duty.

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