If you have suffered as the result of the lack of supervision at Worden Capital – commonly in the form of either excessive broker trading or failing to transfer your funds – call 303-300-5022. Jeffrey Pederson is an attorney who represents investors. Initial consultation is free and confidential.
On December 31, 2020, FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, ordered Worden to pay restitution of over $1 million to investors. The order stems from systemic problems in supervision of Worden brokers.
FINRA found that from January 2015 to October 2019, Worden and the firm’s owner and CEO, Jamie Worden, failed to establish and enforce a supervisory system to achieve compliance with regulatory rules relating to excessive trading, also known as “churning.” As a result, Worden’s brokers and advisors made more than $1.2 million in excessive commissions. In one instance, a Worden investor paid $205,557 in commissions in the course of one year. Worden did not take action to investigate or stop the trading in this investor’s account and others like it.
The Head of FINRA’s Department of Enforcement said, “FINRA has an unwavering commitment to protect investors from excessive and unsuitable trading. Firms must ensure they establish systems and procedures reasonably designed to supervise representatives’ recommendations to their customers, and firms’ supervisory personnel must have in place the necessary tools and training to address red flags.”
FINRA also found that Worden and its CEO interfered with customers’ requests to transfer their accounts to another brokerage.