Serious Allegations Against Advisor Philip Riposo and United Planners’ Financial Services

In a recent development, a serious allegation has been brought against Philip Riposo, a financial advisor associated with United Planners’ Financial Services of America a Limited Partner (CRD 20804). The case, filed on August 14, 2023, and currently pending, involves claims of breach of regulatory requirements, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, gross negligence, and breach of contract.

The gravity of the allegation

The seriousness of this allegation cannot be overstated, as it strikes at the core of the trust that investors place in their financial advisors. The claims suggest that Philip Riposo may have violated the fundamental principles of his profession, potentially causing significant financial harm to his clients. According to a Forbes article, investment fraud and bad advice from financial advisors can have devastating consequences for investors, leading to substantial losses and shattered financial goals.

Implications for investors

For investors who have entrusted their financial well-being to Philip Riposo and United Planners’ Financial Services of America a Limited Partner, this allegation raises grave concerns. The potential breach of fiduciary duty and negligence could have far-reaching consequences, impacting the stability and growth of their investment portfolios.

Haselkorn & Thibaut’s investigation

Haselkorn & Thibaut, a national investment fraud law firm, is currently investigating Philip Riposo and United Planners’ Financial Services of America a Limited Partner in relation to this allegation. Investors who have worked with Philip Riposo are encouraged to contact Haselkorn & Thibaut for a free consultation to discuss their legal options.

Understanding the allegation

The allegation against Philip Riposo involves several critical aspects of financial advisor conduct:

  • Breach of regulatory requirements: Financial advisors are bound by strict regulatory standards set forth by entities such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). A breach of these requirements suggests a failure to adhere to the industry’s best practices and guidelines.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty: Fiduciary duty is the legal obligation of a financial advisor to act in the best interests of their clients. A breach of this duty implies that the advisor may have prioritized their own interests over those of their clients.
  • Negligence and gross negligence: Negligence occurs when a financial advisor fails to exercise the level of care that a reasonably prudent advisor would under similar circumstances. Gross negligence is a more severe form of negligence, indicating a reckless disregard for the consequences of one’s actions.
  • Breach of contract: Investment agreements between advisors and clients often include specific terms and conditions. A breach of contract suggests that the advisor may have violated these agreed-upon terms.

FINRA rules and investor protection

FINRA, the primary regulatory body for the financial industry, has established rules to protect investors from misconduct by financial advisors. These rules cover various aspects of advisor behavior, including suitability of investments, disclosure of conflicts of interest, and fair dealing with clients.

The importance of investor vigilance

The allegation against Philip Riposo underscores the importance of investor vigilance. It is crucial for investors to regularly review their investment accounts, question unusual or unauthorized transactions, and promptly report any suspicions of misconduct to the appropriate authorities.

Red flags for financial advisor malpractice

Investors should be aware of certain red flags that may indicate financial advisor malpractice:

  • Unauthorized or excessive trading in client accounts
  • Failure to disclose material information or conflicts of interest
  • Recommending unsuitable investments or strategies
  • Misrepresentation or omission of key facts about investments
  • Refusing to provide clear explanations for investment decisions

Recovering losses through FINRA arbitration

Investors who have suffered losses due to financial advisor misconduct may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. This process allows investors to present their case before a neutral panel of arbitrators who have the authority to award monetary damages.

Haselkorn & Thibaut: Advocates for investor rights

Haselkorn & Thibaut, with offices in Florida, New York, North Carolina, Arizona, and Texas, has over 50 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of investors. With a remarkable 98% success rate and a “No Recovery, No Fee” policy, they have helped countless investors recover losses stemming from financial advisor misconduct.

If you have invested with Philip Riposo or United Planners’ Financial Services of America a Limited Partner and suspect that you may be a victim of malpractice, contact Haselkorn & Thibaut today for a free consultation at 1-800-856-3352.

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