FINRA suspends Joe Schroeder of Wunderlich Securities

In September, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that registered representative Joe Schroeder of Dallas, Texas and formerly associated with Wunderlich Securities out of Plano submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $20,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 12 months.

Without admitting or denying the findings, Joe Schroeder consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he participated in undisclosed private securities transactions without giving prior written notice to, or obtaining prior written approval from his member firm. The findings stated that Schroeder recommended and sold $300,000 worth of convertible promissory notes in Titan Energy to several investors, including 12 firm customers. Schroeder recommended these sales to the investors, wired the funds from their accounts at his firm to the entity, and received compensation from the entity for these sales.

The findings also stated that Joe Schroeder borrowed money from his firm’s customer in contravention of his firm’s policies and without prior written notice and the firm’s approval. The findings also included that Schroeder exercised discretion to purchase securities in the same customer’s account but did not receive the customer’s prior written discretionary authority to manage her account in this manner.

The suspension is in effect from July 20, 2015, through July 19, 2016.

Joe Schroeder’s registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, one must either be registered or exempt from registration.

Joe Schroeder was registered with:

08/2008 – 08/2013
WUNDERLICH SECURITIES, INC.
12/2005 – 09/2008
RIVERSTONE WEALTH MANAGEMENT, INC.
09/1999 – 12/2005
UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES INC.
10/1987 – 09/1999
SALOMON SMITH BARNEY INC.

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Joe Schroeder has been the subject of two customer complaints and one regulatory investigation.

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