WARNING! Impending Investigation – MICHAEL OROMANER
Michael Oromaner, formerly with Salomon Whitney Financial, Suspended from Securities Industry for Two Years
Have you lost money with financial advisor Michael Oromaner from Farmingdale, New York? We are investigating allegations made by FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, against Michael Oromaner. FINRA alleged that Oromaner excessively traded or churned a customer’s account. To settle these allegations, Oromaner agreed to a two-year suspension from the securities industry, a fine of $25,000, and restitution of over $62,000. However, brokers who have no intention to return to the industry rarely pay these fines and restitution.
FINRA alleged that Oromaner engaged in excessive trading or churning between May 2014 and January 2017, while he was associated with various firms. Some of the excessive trading had turnover ratios ranging between 13.1 and 83.3, with cost-equity ratios between 16.6% and 147.25%.
One of the most common ways to determine whether the account was excessively traded or churned is to determine the annual turnover ratio. This ratio shows how often the securities in the account are bought or sold within a year. Authority has held that an annual turnover of 4 or more is a “presumption” of churning, and an annual turnover of 6 or more is a “conclusion” of churning. Thus, if the accounts had turnovers over 13, then there would be a conclusion that there was churning or excessive trading.
Another way to determine whether there was excessive trading is the cost equity ratio. This ratio takes the commissions generated by the trading, divided by the average value of the account. This ratio essentially determines the returns that an account needs to make just to break even. Thus, an account with a cost-equity ratio of 50% would need to earn profits of 50% just to break even from all the costs of trading.
Michael Oromaner was a financial advisor and registered representative of Salomon Whitney Financial from March 2016 to September 2016. He worked with various other firms between 2014 and January 2017. He worked at branch offices in Farmingdale, Syosset, and Huntington, New York.
Brokerage firms like Salomon Whitney Financial have a responsibility to adequately supervise all representatives who are registered through their firm. Brokerage firms also must take steps to ensure that their financial advisors follow all securities rules and regulations, as well as internal firm policies. When brokerage firms fail to adequately supervise their registered representatives, they may be liable for investment losses sustained by customers.
Our attorneys have represented over one thousand investors who have been defrauded by their financial advisor or stockbroker. While we have offices in Denver and the Seattle area, we have also previously represented numerous investors throughout New York.
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