Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
American Fund Distributors
Penalty: 
$5,000,000
Year: 
2008
Date: 
April 30, 2008
Offense Group: 
financial offenses
Primary Offense: 
investor protection violation
Secondary Offense: 
financial institution supervision failures
Violation Description: 

A $5 million fine imposed against American Fund Distributors (AFD) for directed brokerage in 2006 was upheld by the National Adjudicatory Council, the appeals body of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). The Council upheld a FINRA Hearing Panel decision finding that AFD violated FINRA's Anti-Reciprocal Rule when it directed more than $98 million in brokerage commissions between 2001 and 2003 to the 46 retail securities firms that were the top sellers of its mutual funds.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Notes: 

FINRA is a securities industry self-regulatory body authorized by the federal government.

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