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Dealerweb

Dealerweb Review Summary

If you are in the market for a good financial advisor or firm, then avoid Dealerweb at all costs. Previous clients have reported and complained about serious financial damages and/or fraud. Dealerweb is also under FINRA’s radar. Previously FINRA has uncovered well-reputed firms and advisors to be guilty of shocking crimes, which include but are not limited to:

  • Misrepresentation
  • Fraud
  • Scam
  • Siphoning Of Client’s Funds
  • Embezzlement
  • Dereliction of Duty

Nefarious Background Of Dealerweb (CRD)

Dealerweb has been a FINRA member since 1987, and its registration remains in effect.
Respondent is a broker-dealer which acts as an interdealer broker in fixed income
securities, facilitating trades between buyers and sellers on electronic and voice
platforms. The firm is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, employs approximately
125 registered individuals, and has three branch offices. Respondent does not have any
relevant disciplinary history.

From April 2016 through March 2019, Dealerweb failed to conduct a documented
comparison required by its WSPs to confirm the accuracy of the Time of Trade reported
to the MSRB. In addition, the WSPs failed to designate the frequency of and supervisor
responsible for the Time of Trade review. As a result, Dealerweb violated MSRB Rule G27 during the period.

Criminal Activity(s) Reported – Dealerweb

This matter stems from a review conducted by FINRA’s Department of Market
Regulation of the firm’s compliance with MSRB Rules applicable to municipal securities
trade reporting.
Inaccurate and Late Trade Reporting of Municipal Securities

  1. MSRB Rule G-14(b)(i) requires each broker, dealer or municipal securities dealer
    to report information about each purchase and sale transaction effected in
    municipal securities to the RTRS in the manner prescribed by Rule G-14 RTRS
    Procedures and the RTRS Users Manual.
  2. Rule G-14 RTRS Procedures (c) states that the RTRS Users Manual is comprised
    of, inter alia, the Specifications for Real-Time Reporting of Municipal Securities
    Transactions. Section 4.2.1 of the Specifications states that when reported to the
    MSRB, “Trade Date” is a mandatory field used on all messages to specify Trade
    Date and Trade Time with seconds being reported if capable.
  3. MSRB Rule G-14 RTRS Procedure (a)(ii) requires dealers to submit municipal
    securities transaction data to the MSRB within 15 minutes of the Time of Trade,
    with limited exceptions. MSRB Rule G-14(b)(ii) requires all dealers to report the
    information in the Rule G-14 RTRS Procedures promptly, accurately and
    completely.
  4. Prior to April 2016, Dealerweb’s trade reporting system reported the seconds in
    municipal transactions. In April 2016, the firm changed its order management
    system, which gave rise to a system issue that resulted in transactions being
    reported with “00” in the seconds field. This persisted until April 2019, when
    FINRA notified the firm of the issue. From April 2016 through March 2019, in
    approximately 147,000 transactions, Dealerweb failed to report the correct Time
    of Trade to the MSRB’s RTRS in increments of seconds. These 147,000
    transactions constituted 100% of the municipal transactions reported by the firm.
  5. From October 2017 through December 2017, due to a manual trade entering
    process, Dealerweb failed to report the correct Time of Trade in 167 municipal
    transaction reports to the RTRS, and failed to timely report the same 167
    transactions within 15 minutes of the Time of Trade.
  6. By virtue of the foregoing, Respondent violated MSRB Rule G-14

Inaccurate Books and Records Related to Municipal Securities

  1. MSRB Rule G-8 requires every broker, dealer and municipal securities dealer to
    create and maintain order memoranda that reflect, among other things: the date
    and time of order receipt; price and date of execution; and, to the extent feasible,
    the time of execution.
  2. During 4Q17, Dealerweb created and maintained 167 municipal security order
    tickets that failed to reflect an accurate time of execution.
  3. By virtue of the foregoing, Respondent violated MSRB Rule G-8.
    Supervision
  4. MSRB Rule G-27(a) requires each broker, dealer and municipal securities dealer
    to supervise the conduct of the municipal securities activities of the dealer and its
    associated persons to ensure compliance with Board rules and the applicable
    provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and rules thereunder.
  5. MSRB Rule G-27(c) requires each dealer to adopt, maintain and enforce WSPs
    reasonably designed to ensure that the conduct of the municipal securities
    activities of the dealer and its associated persons are in compliance with MSRB
    Rule G-27(a).
  6. From April 2016 through March 2019, Dealerweb’s WSPs required a review for
    the accuracy of municipal transaction reporting, including a review for the
    accuracy of the Time of Trade reported to the MSRB. The WSPs called for a
    comparison of the firm’s records and the corresponding contra party trade report.
    The completion of the review was to be evidenced by maintaining the sample and
    related notes in a review file. The firm, however, failed to conduct the
    documented comparison required by its WSPs to confirm the accuracy of the
    Time of Trade reported to the MSRB.
  7. Additionally, the WSPs failed to designate the frequency of and supervisor
    responsible for the Time of Trade review.
  8. By virtue of the foregoing, Respondent violated MSRB Rule G-27

Penalty For The Terrible Crimes

■ Censure; and
■ A fine of $25,000 ($15,000 for the MSRB Rule G-14 and G-8 violations and $10,000
for the MSRB Rule G-27 violation).

Respondent agrees to pay the monetary sanction upon notice that this AWC has been accepted and that such payment is due and payable. Respondent has submitted an Election of Payment form showing the method by which it proposes to pay the fine
imposed.
Respondent specifically and voluntarily waives any right to claim an inability to pay, now
or at any time after the execution of this AWC, the monetary sanction imposed in this
matter.
The sanctions imposed in this AWC shall be effective on a date set by FINRA.

Recent Illegal Activity(s)Of The Individual/Firm

From April 2016 through March 2019, Dealerweb failed to report approximately 147,000
trades to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (MSRB) Real-time Transaction
Reporting System (RTRS) in increments of seconds. As a result, Dealerweb violated
MSRB Rule G-14 during the period.
From October 2017 through December 2017, Dealerweb failed to report the correct Time
of Trade in 167 reports to the RTRS and failed to timely report those transactions to the
RTRS in violation of MSRB Rule G-14. In the same 167 instances, Dealerweb failed to
record the correct Time of Trade on its trade memorandum in violation of MSRB Rule G8.

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Help For Victims Of Dealerweb

If you have lost funds because of misrepresentation, unsuitable investment, or unsuitable investment strategy from Dealerweb. Then you can take legal action and get justice. Fraud, Malpractice & dereliction of duty should not be taken lightly, especially in this industry. We highly suggest that you notify authorities or seek legal action if your financial advisor or brokerage firm fails to abide by FINRA’s rules are regulations.

Financial advisors are regulatory & legally obligated to suggest (recommend) the most suitable investments/investment strategies to their clients. Their suggestions should have their client’s best interests and should be appropriate for their client’s goals and needs. Similarly, the brokerage firm which hires financial advisors also has a regulatory & legal obligation to keep a close watch and supervise their Financial Advisors’ practices & behavior. They need to make sure that the financial advisor is not being manipulative or having an unreasonable bias towards certain investments. If the financial advisor and/or the brokerage firm breaches these duties, then the client/customer may be entitled to a full or partial recovery of their losses.

Financial advisors need to have the interest of their clients when giving suggestions related to investments and investment strategies. Reasonable basis suitability requires the advisor to do their best to analyze & identify the risks and rewards associated with their suggested investment and/or investment strategy.

2.5 Total Score
Not Recommended!

Dealerweb has been involved in fraudulent activities and is an unsafe professional entity. We strongly recommend you avoid any association with such a shady figure.

Trust
2
Honesty & Transparency
3
Reliability
3
Experience
4
Reputation
3
Fees & Commission
3
Safety
2.5
CONS
  • Shady Activity
  • Swindling Activity Reported By Clients
  • Under Govt. Organization's Radar
  • High Risk of Fraud
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