The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) permanently bars former broker

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) permanently barred former Moloney Securities Co., Inc. (CRD# 38535) broker John R. McKinstry (CRD# 1012658) after he failed to continue to provide information and documents regarding allegations against him that he unsuitably recommended oil and gas securities to his customers.

In total, McKinstry has 15 misconduct disclosures on his FINRA BrokerCheck report.  Nine of the 15 have come in the past year, and most of them are FINRA arbitration complaints alleging unsuitable recommendations in oil and gas securities.

In August 2015, McKinstry was discharged from Moloney after the firm conducted an internal review concerning customer complaints and a FINRA cause exam.

Aside from the FINRA permanent bar, this is not McKinstry’s first regulatory misconduct disclosure.  In 1998 and 1997, the New York Stock Exchange Division of Enforcement and the Missouri Secretary of State/Securities Division punished McKinstry for his use of margin in his customers’ accounts.  The Missouri regulatory authority went so far as to bar McKinstry from opening new margin accounts without obtaining written discretionary authority.

Oil and gas securities have never been safe and without risk.  Much of the time, they are unsuitable for most investors due to old age or a conservative risk profile.  Despite this fact, many brokers sold oil and gas securities to many of the investors they spoke to.

Many brokers got caught up in the façade that was ever-increasing crude oil, improperly recommending master limited partnerships (“MLPs”), bonds, private placements, stocks, and other oil and gas securities to conservative investors based upon the high yields of these investments rather than the risk to principal.  Seeming like a sure bet and untouchable, these brokers neglected to conduct due diligence and investigate these investments and negligently recommended them to customers.

Despite market trends, there is no excuse to depart from time-tested principals brokers are required to employ with their customers, such as recommending suitable investments for each customer and diversifying their portfolios.

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