Fidelity Charged with Unethical Behavior
Generating fees for the firm and unregistered advisers has been deemed unethical behavior by the commonwealth of Massachusetts. According to a statement from the secretary of commonwealth, William Galvin, at least 13 unregistered Massachusetts investment advisers used Fidelity’s broker-dealer platform.
Gavin said, “Fidelity served as a haven from regulatory oversight as it ignored blatant unregistered investment advisory activity.”
Fidelity has issued a public statement defending itself. Adam Banker, a Fidelity spokesman said, “We do not believe that Fidelity has violated any laws or regulations in connections with this matter. We look forward to reviewing the details of this matter and addressing them appropriately.”
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