Bob Simons of International Assets suspended by FINRA

Bob Simons suspended over discretionary trading

In June, 2016 FINRA suspended International Assets Advisory broker Bob Simons for 45 days and fined him $5,000 over allegations that Simons used a private email account to conduct firm business and exercised  discretion in customer accounts without complying with firm protocol for doing so. Simons consented to the findings without admitting or denying them, and agreed to the suspension and fine.

Simons, of Brooklyn, Connecticut was affiliated with International Assets Advisory from October, 2014 to May, 2016.  Prior to that he was affiliated with Center Street Securities from September, 2011 to August, 2014.  Before that he was with NY Life Securities.

Registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public,  a registered rep must either be registered or exempt from registration.  Bob Simons terminated his affiliation with International Assets Advisory in May, 2016.  Per FINRA rules he has two years to re-associate himself with another FINRA member to keep his license active.

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

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