Raymond James agrees to pay $15 million to settle SEC investigation
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As reported in InvestmentNews, three Raymond James entities have agreed to pay over $15 million to resolve an investigation by the SEC. The settlement and SEC order focused on Raymond James’s actions in improperly charging certain clients advisory fees when the clients had dormant accounts and advisory fees were therefore unsuitable. Further, the SEC determined that Raymond James was improperly recommending that its customers sell Unit Investment Trusts (UITs) before their maturity date and buy new UITs, which caused its customers to pay unnecessary commissions. To resolve the charges, Raymond James agreed to disgorge (return) around $12 million in advisory fees and excess UIT commissions, as well as pay a $3 million civil penalty.
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