James Spottswood Tardy – and the firm that employs him or her – is regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
If you are like most people, before you go out to dinner at a new restaurant, you probably take a quick look at the reviews. This makes sense; you are going to pay for an expensive dinner, and you need to be sure that you are getting a good value.
Yet, when choosing a financial advisor, many people fail to conduct this same level of due diligence. Before turning over access to your money, you need to be sure that you have found a financial advisor that you can trust. Here, our audit report, including details of allegations, complaints, and sanctions will help you decide whether or not to invest with James Spottswood Tardy.
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About James Tardy
James Spottswood Tardy is an Investment Adviser. James Spottswood Tardy’s Central Registration Depository (CRD) number is 2530322 and the FINRA Profile can be found at – https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/2530322.
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James Spottswood Tardy has previously been reprimanded and has disclosures and/or client dispute(s) listed at FINRA BrokerCheck.
Accusations and Disclosures
You can find below, a quick snapshot of James Spottswood Tardy’s regulatory actions, arbitrations, and complaints.
DISCLOSURE 1 –
- Event Date: 7/6/2017
- Disclosure Type: Customer Dispute
- Disclosure Resolution: Settled
- Disclosure Detail :: Allegations: In February 2016, an internal investigation by RGT revealed that two partners and employees in RGT’s California office, Third Party and Third Party recommended to a small group of clients certain private equity investments despite the fact that over time these investments had deteriorated financially (the Subject Investments); withheld material information from RGT and its clients regarding the Subject Investments; for a small number of clients, made certain investments without client approval; and, as toThird Party accepted undisclosed finders fees in exchange for orchestrating some of the Subject Investments. RGT terminated the partners, as well as various other staff in the California office. On February 17, 2016, RGT voluntarily disclosed its investigation to the SEC, which subsequently launched its own investigation. The SEC filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas (SEC v.Third Party et al., 3:16-cv-1417-M) against The Ticket Reserve, Inc., (TR) one of the Subject Investments. The suit also named Third Party who served on TR’s board, and two other TR board members as defendants. The court appointed a receiver to take over operation of TR. Neither RGT nor Mr. Tardy was named as a defendant in the SEC’s lawsuit. On June 13, 2017, former RGT clients, Customers (together, the customer), filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court against Third Partylated to Third Party’sactions in connection with the Subject Investments (LASC No. BC664848). The lawsuit alleged that Third Party had committed various acts that harmed the Customers including issuing fraudulent investment reports that overstated the value of the Customer’ investments, failing to disclose conflicts of interest, failing to manage properly the Customer’s assets, misrepresenting his qualifications and violating federal and state law. The customer also alleged, without attributing any allegations to specifically named individuals other than Third Party that RGT and its partners were liable for Third Party’sactions based on various legal theories including negligent hiring, supervision and retention and aiding and abetting. RGT and its partners have reached a full and final settlement with the Customers and the Court approved the settlement and granted the parties’ Joint Motion to Dismiss on October 4, 2017.
- Settlement Amount: $500,000.00
- Broker Comment: On November 21, 2016, upon motion by the SEC seeking approval of a settlement between it and Third Party the court entered a final judgment by consent against Third Party resolving the SEC’s claims against him. Third Party was ordered to pay disgorgement in the amount of $1,498,000 and a $350,000 civil penalty. Under an additional agreement with the SEC, Third Party is barred from associating with any registered investment-related business and has been suspended from appearing or practicing before the SEC as an attorney or accountant. In October 2016, RGT closed its California office. All clients are now being served from the firm’s Texas office. Since discovering Third Party’s actions and the Subject Investments, RGT has worked tirelessly to assist affected clients. First, RGT voluntarily disclosedThird Party’sactions and the Subject Investments to all clients. Next, the firm has reached mutual settlements and releases with clients representing more than 98% of the money invested in the Subject Investments. Finally, RGT continues to assist affected clients who seek to maximize value and mitigate losses associated with the Subject Investments. In addition to naming RGT Capital Management, the Customers named all RGT partners as defendants in their lawsuit regardless of their level of involvement with the customers or their accounts. Mr. Tardy never served as an advisor to the Customers or had any involvement with their accounts. In addition, Mr. Tardy did not begin his employment with RGT until February 1, 2016, well after the period referenced in theCustomers lawsuit.
According to a study prepared for the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, 80 percent of American investors report that they have been solicited to participate in a fraud scheme, while 11 percent of American investors report that they personally lost money as a result of fraud.
FINRA notes that the rate of investment fraud is most likely much higher than it is reported. This is because many victims of financial advisor scams are too ashamed to come forward. Further, the study also found that a significant number of investors do not know how to spot common red flags of investment fraud. The least you should do is share your experience with other potential victims of investment scams.
Under federal securities law and securities industry regulations, registered investment firms have a legal duty to supervise their financial advisors. Section 15(b)(4)(E) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 makes a securities firm liable for the conduct of representatives.
- CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES (USA) LLC (CRD#: 816) :: 1/17/2003 – 3/2/2016 :: DALLAS, TX
- DONALDSON, LUFKIN & JENRETTE SECURITIES CORPORATION (CRD#: 7560) :: 9/28/1994 – 1/17/2003 :: JERSEY CITY, NJ
The duty to supervise securities representatives is a strong legal requirement. Registered investment firms must take many different steps to ensure that they are protecting their customers from irresponsible and criminal financial advisors.
Legit or Not?
Unfortunately, stockbroker fraud is more common than many investors would like to think. And yes, stockbrokers (including James Spottswood Tardy, but not limited to) can (and do) steal money from their clients. While it’s rare that a broker will literally steal his client’s money (though that does happen), typically the “theft” of investment funds comes in the form of other fraudulent violations of securities law and FINRA rules which leads to significant investment losses.
Investors generally understand that there are risks associated with buying and selling securities. The market can go up, and the market can go down. No matter how skilled of an investor you are, there are always risks. With that being said, sometimes investment losses cannot be blamed on simple back luck.
There are 10 major types of complaints we receive against Investment Brokers –
- Outright Theft (Conversion of Funds)
- Unauthorized Trading
- Misrepresentation or Omission of Material Facts
- Excessive Trading (Churning)
- Lack of Diversification
- Unsuitable Investment Recommendations
- Failure to Disclose a Personal Conflict of Interest
- Front Running of Transactions
- Breakpoint Sale Violations
- Negligent Portfolio Management
Do your due diligence before investing. Public records are available for everybody to review and decide on the safest bet.
How to Protect Yourself
We, as citizens, place a great deal of trust in the financial advisors who are tasked with helping us achieve and maintain financial security. Most of the time financial advisors and stockbrokers are honest folks who work diligently in their client’s best interests. However, on occasion financial advisors and the brokerage firms who employ them mess up and cause serious financial harm to their clients. Sometimes these losses are caused by simple negligence. Other times fraud or other serious misconduct is to blame.
Here are 5 signs that your broker needs to be reported –
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, certain investment professionals, known as registered investment advisors (RIAs), owe fiduciary obligations to their customers. Your investment broker must always look out for your best interests. If you lost money because of your broker’s breach of fiduciary duty, you may be entitled to compensation for the full value of your damages.
- Unsuitable Investments: Many financial advisors are not fiduciaries. Instead, they are held to the suitability standard. These stockbrokers and financial advisors can only sell and recommend financial products that are appropriate for a customer’s unique investment profile. If you lost money in unsuitable investments, you should consider reporting them.
- Material Misrepresentations or Omissions: Brokers have a duty to make fair and honest representations to their clients. If they fail to do so, and an investor loses money due to a misrepresentation or a material omission, the broker may be liable for the investor’s losses.
- Lack of Diversification: Brokers must also act with the appropriate level of professional skill. Pushing a customer into over-concentrated investments is highly risky. Brokers can be held liable for losses sustained because of an investor’s inappropriate lack of diversification.
- Excessive Trading (Churning): Stockbrokers and financial advisors must have a well-grounded, reasonable basis to execute all trades. Unfortunately, there are cases in which brokers will frequently trade on a customer’s account, simply to increase their own fees. This unlawful practice is known as churning.
- Unauthorized Trading: Brokers must have the proper legal authority to make transactions on behalf of a client. If you lost money because your broker made trades that you never approved of, you may have been the victim of unauthorized trading. You should consult with an experienced attorney.
Report James Tardy
In order to prevail in an investment fraud lawsuit or FINRA arbitration cases, you must be able to assert a viable ‘cause of action’.
James Spottswood Tardy – and the firm that employs this broker – is regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FINRA provides an online form to allow investors to file a formal complaint against their financial advisor, stockbroker, or brokerage firm.
Click here to go to FINRA’s Online Complaint Form →
This form will ask you for specific information related to your complaint. Be prepared by gathering the following:
- Name and symbol for the investment product in question.
- The CRD number (2530322) for the broker – James Spottswood Tardy
- Your complete contact information.
Remember, it is advised to report your broker to FINRA, only after you have exhausted all of your other remedies and carefully prepared a compelling complaint. Once you file a complaint against your broker at FINRA, your case will be bound by FINRA’s rules and the arbitration panel’s eventual decision. The time clock will start, and your complaint will be served on your broker or broker-dealer.
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