FINRA Charges Chris Ariola

Chris Ariola charged by FINRA.

Chris Ariola Charged by FINRA

In a complaint filed by the FINRA Department of Enforcement in July, 2016 Chris Ariola of Santa Monica, CA, a former registered representative with Bay Mutual Financial and Financial Telesis was named as a Respondent in a complaint charging him with making unsuitable recommendations to elderly customers.

The allegations include that Ariola improperly concentrated his clients’ accounts in shares of gold and energy stocks without regard to their risk tolerances or their ability to bear the loss of the funds.  As a result of the improper recommendations the customers sustained losses of nearly $150,000.

The claim filed by FINRA is not final, and until the allegations have been proven in a court of law, no adverse inferences should be drawn.

Chris Ariola’s registration and disciplinary history

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

11/2012 – 09/2014
09/2004 – 09/2012

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Chris Ariola has been the subject of four customer complaints and one regulatory investigation.

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When investors contact our firm they can expect prompt attention, and a detailed analysis of their issues.  Typical claims that we are asked to review  involve “unsuitability (where a financial advisor makes investment recommendations that are inconsistent with a customer’s investment objectives), claims for “churning” (where a broker enters into an excessive number of trades for the purpose of generating commissions), claims involving illiquid investments such as private placements (I.e., real estate investment trusts, limited partnerships, equipment leasing and oil and gas drilling programs) as well as claims for violations of state securities laws, which often provide investors remedies like attorney’s fees and interest, if they are successful on the claim.

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