Each state has its own securities laws. The following are selected sections of the Maryland securities laws that are generally applicable in FINRA arbitrations.
B. Prohibited Practices. An investment adviser 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 may not engage in unethical business practices, including the following:
(1) Recommending to a client to whom investment supervisory, management, or consulting services are provided the purchase, sale, or exchange of a 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 or acquired by the investment adviser after reasonable examination of the client’s financial records.
(5) Inducing trading in a client’s account that is excessive in size or frequency in view of the financial resources, objectives, and character of the account.
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