Erez Law is currently investigating Century Securities Associates, Inc. financial advisor Bernard McLaughlin Jr. (CRD# 601178) regarding negligence and breach of fiduciary duty related to energy investments. Mclaughlin has been registered with Century Securities Associates, Inc. in Chaska, Minnesota since 2001.
Over the past few years, oil prices have significantly declined. A supply glut in 2014 and 2015 led to some of the lowest prices the market has seen in recent years. In turn, securities values also dropped. The volatile energy sector experienced significant turmoil, and many energy companies were negatively impacted when global crude oil prices fell below $40 per barrel at the end of 2015. This was the lowest level since early 2009, as supply was in excess of global demand. Oil and gas companies experienced a spike in bankruptcies, which have left many investors reeling.
McLaughlin has been the subject of one customer complaint, according to his CRD report:
April 2018. “Customers allege that registered representative was negligent and breached a fiduciary duty by recommending purchases of an energy company in the customers’ accounts from 2012 through 2015.” The customer is seeking $1,125,000 in damages and the case is currently pending.
Pursuant to FINRA Rules, member firms are responsible for supervising a broker’s activities during the time the broker is registered with the firm. Therefore, Century Securities Associates, Inc. may be liable for investment or other losses suffered by McLaughlin’s customers.
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