Veteran Advisor Guy Clemente Faces $750K Complaint at Andrew Garrett

As a financial analyst and legal expert with over a decade of experience, I’ve seen my fair share of cases involving bad financial advisors. The recent $750,000 complaint filed against former Andrew Garrett advisor Guy Clemente is a serious matter that warrants attention from investors and industry professionals alike.

According to FINRA records, the complaint alleges that during his time at Andrew Garrett, Mr. Clemente breached his fiduciary duty, recommended unsuitable investments, executed excessive trades, and breached contract. These are grave accusations that, if proven true, could have severe consequences for both the advisor and the affected investors.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first complaint against Mr. Clemente. His BrokerCheck report reveals another disclosure from December 2023, stating that he voluntarily resigned from Andrew Garrett after an internal review concluded he had violated firm policies following an investment-related, consumer-initiated complaint.

A Closer Look at Guy Clemente’s Background

Guy Clemente boasts an impressive 40 years of securities industry experience. Based in New York City, he’s currently registered as a broker and investment advisor with Aegis Capital, where he’s been since 2023. Prior to that, he spent over 15 years with Andrew Garrett (2007-2024).

Throughout his career, Mr. Clemente has passed eight securities industry qualifying exams and holds 20 state licenses. However, the recent complaints raise red flags that investors should take seriously.

Understanding FINRA Rules and Consequences

Financial advisors are bound by FINRA rules, which are designed to protect investors and maintain market integrity. Some key rules that may apply in this case include:

  • FINRA Rule 2111 (Suitability): Advisors must have a reasonable basis to believe their investment recommendations are suitable for the customer.
  • FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade): Advisors must observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.

Violations of these rules can result in disciplinary actions, including fines, suspensions, or even permanent barring from the securities industry. Additionally, investors may be entitled to recover their losses through FINRA arbitration or legal action.

Lessons for Investors

As the old saying goes, “Trust, but verify.” When working with a financial advisor, it’s crucial to do your due diligence. Here are a few tips:

  • Check the advisor’s background and disciplinary history using FINRA’s BrokerCheck.
  • Ask questions and ensure you understand the risks and costs associated with any recommended investments.
  • Monitor your accounts regularly and speak up if something doesn’t seem right.

Remember, even seemingly experienced advisors can engage in misconduct. In fact, a 2019 study found that 7.3% of financial advisors have a history of misconduct, highlighting the importance of remaining vigilant.

As the case against Guy Clemente unfolds, it serves as a reminder of the trust placed in financial advisors and the dire consequences when that trust is broken. By staying informed and proactive, investors can better protect themselves and their financial futures.

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