MFDA Hearing Panel issues Reasons for Decision in the matter of Lloyd Snyder

TORONTO, March 17, 2015 /CNW/ - A Hearing Panel of the Atlantic Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada ("MFDA") has issued its Reasons for Decision in connection with a settlement hearing held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on December 9, 2014 in the matter of Lloyd A. Snyder (the "Respondent"). The Reasons for Decision relate to the Hearing Panel's acceptance of the settlement agreement (the "Settlement Agreement") entered into between the Respondent and Staff of the MFDA. In its Reasons for Decision dated March 13, 2015, the Hearing Panel confirmed the sanctions imposed on the Respondent:

a)     

shall, for a period of ten (10) years, be prohibited from conducting securities related business while in the employ of or associated with any MFDA Member;

b)     

shall pay a fine in the amount of $50,000;

c)     

shall pay costs in the amount of $50,000;

d)     

If the Respondent fails to comply with (b) and (c) above, then without further notice to the Respondent, he shall summarily be permanently prohibited from conducting securities related business in any capacity while in the employ of or associated with any MFDA Member; and

e)     

shall in the future comply with MFDA Rules 2.2.1 and 2.1.1.

In the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent admitted that:

a)     

between 2005 and 2007, he failed to fully and adequately explain the risks, benefits, material assumptions, features and costs of the leveraged investment recommendations that he implemented in the accounts of at least 15 clients, thereby failing to ensure that the leveraged investment recommendations were suitable and appropriate for the clients and in keeping with their investment objectives, contrary to MFDA Rules 2.2.1 and 2.1.1; and

b)     

between 2005 and 2007, he failed to ensure that the leveraged investment recommendations that he implemented in the accounts of at least 15 clients were suitable and appropriate for the clients and in keeping with their investment objectives, having regard to the clients' relevant "Know Your Client" factors including, but not limited to, the clients' ability to afford the costs associated with the investment loans, their ability to withstand investment losses, and their risk tolerance, contrary to MFDA Rules 2.2.1 and 2.1.1.

A copy of the Reasons for Decision is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Reasons for Decision, the Respondent carried on business in Prince Edward Island.

The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its 105 Members and their approximately 80,000 Approved Persons with a mandate to protect investors and the public interest. For more information about the MFDA's complaint and enforcement processes, as well as links to 'Check an Advisor' and other Investor Tools, visit the For Investors page on the MFDA website.

SOURCE Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada

For further information: Hugh Corbett, Managing Director, Enforcement, 416-943-4685, hcorbett@mfda.ca

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