J.P. Morgan Discharges Financial Advisor, Donovan Hunter, For Sales of Unapproved Outside Business Activities
Donovan St. Anthony Hunter is a former J.P. Morgan Financial Advisor in its Houston, Texas brach office. According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), J.P. Morgan discharged Donovan Hunter in August 2018 for “soliciting investment in an unapproved outside business activity from a Chases Customer, allegedly using the funds for his personal use…”
In a related matter, Donovan Hunter was indefinitely barred by FINRA for his failure to cooperate in FINRA’s investigation of the allegations that led to his termination.
For a copy of the Donovan Hunter CRD, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/6622234#disclosuresSection
For a copy of the FINRA sanction, click http://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/fda_documents/2018059718201%20Donovan%20S.%20Hunter%20CRD%206622234%20AWC%20jm.pdf
Financial advisors have a legal and regulatory obligation to recommend only suitable investments that are appropriate for their clients’ needs and objectives. Their employing brokerage firm has a legal and regulatory obligation to supervise the Financial Advisors’ sales practices and dealings with clients. To the extent any of these duties are breached, the customer may be entitled to a recovery of his or her investment losses.
Unapproved private securities transactions are referred to in the industry as “selling away.” FINRA strictly prohibits financial advisors from “selling away” or selling securities and investments to clients that are not offered by the brokerage firm with which they are employed. For example, it is illegal and a violation of industry rules for a financial advisor to recommend or even suggest that a client invest in the financial advisor’s own business or a business operated by his or her friends or family. It is not necessary that the financial advisor earn any compensation for recommending an outside investment.
The purpose behind this prohibition is to ensure that a financial advisor only offers to sell securities that have been vetted by his or her employer brokerage firm through a rigorous due diligence process. Most brokerage firms have an approved list of investments, products, and research that can be provided or made available to clients. Any deviation by the financial advisor from the approved product list may constitute selling away.
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