Each state has its own securities laws. The following are selected sections of the Colorado securities laws that are generally applicable in FINRA arbitrations.
51-4.7 Unfair and Dishonest Dealings
The following practices shall be deemed to be “unfair and dishonest dealings” for purposes of section 11-51- 410(1) (g), C.R.S.:
B. Recommending to a customer the purchase, sale or exchange of any security without reasonable grounds for believing that the recommendation is suitable for such customer upon the basis of the information furnished by the customer after reasonable inquiry concerning the customer’s investment objectives, financial situation and needs, and any other information known by the broker-dealer or sales representative;
51-4.8(IA) Dishonest and Unethical Conduct
A person who is an investment adviser or an investment adviser representative is a fiduciary and has a duty to act primarily for the benefit of its clients. While the extent and nature of this duty varies according to the nature of the relationship between an investment adviser and its clients and the circumstances of each case, an investment adviser or investment adviser representative shall not engage in dishonest or unethical conduct including the following:
A. Recommending to a client, to whom investment supervisory, management or consulting services are provided, the purchase, sale, or exchange of any security without reasonable grounds to believe that the recommendation is suitable for the client on the basis of information furnished by the client after reasonable inquiry concerning the client’s investment objectives, financial situation and needs, and any other information known by the investment adviser.
C. Inducing trading in a client’s account that is excessive in size or frequency in view of the client’s financial resources, investment objectives and the character of the account in light of the fact that an adviser in such situations can directly benefit from the number of securities transactions effected in a client’s account.
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