Lisa Blair Hovan – and the firm that employs him or her – is regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
If you are like most people, before you go out to dinner at a new restaurant, you probably take a quick look at the reviews. This makes sense; you are going to pay for an expensive dinner, and you need to be sure that you are getting a good value.
Yet, when choosing a financial advisor, many people fail to conduct this same level of due diligence. Before turning over access to your money, you need to be sure that you have found a financial advisor that you can trust. Here, our audit report, including details of allegations, complaints, and sanctions will help you decide whether or not to invest with Lisa Blair Hovan.
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About Lisa Hovan
Lisa Blair Hovan is an Investment Adviser. Lisa Blair Hovan’s Central Registration Depository (CRD) number is 4659652 and the FINRA Profile can be found at – https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/4659652.
Click here to download a Detailed Audit Report for Lisa Blair Hovan.
Lisa Blair Hovan has previously been reprimanded and has disclosures and/or client dispute(s) listed at FINRA BrokerCheck.
Accusations and Disclosures
You can find below, a quick snapshot of Lisa Blair Hovan’s regulatory actions, arbitrations, and complaints.
DISCLOSURE 1 –
- Event Date: 1/29/2013
- Disclosure Type: Regulatory
- Disclosure Resolution: Final
- Disclosure Detail :: DocketNumberFDA:
- Initiated By: UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
- Allegations: SEC ADMIN RELEASE 34-68756, IA RELEASE 3539, ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING ENFORCEMENT RELEASE 3443, JANUARY 29, 2013: THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (\COMMISSION\) DEEMED IT APPROPRIATE AND IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS BE INSTITUTED PURSUANT TO RULE 102(E)(3)(I) OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES OF PRACTICE AND PURSUANT TO SECTION 203(F) OF THE INVESTMENT ADVISERS ACT OF 1940 (\ADVISERS ACT\) AGAINST LISA B. HOVAN, CPA ( ESPONDENT\ OR \HOVAN\). THE COMMISSION FOUND THAT ON JANUARY 14, 2013, A FINAL JUDGMENT WAS ENTERED AGAINST HOVAN, PERMANENTLY ENJOINING HER FROM FUTURE VIOLATIONS OF SECTION 10(B) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 (\EXCHANGE ACT\), EXCHANGE ACT RULE 10B-5, SECTIONS 206(1), 206(2) AND 207 OF THE ADVISERS ACT, IN THE CIVIL ACTION ENTITLED SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION V. LISA HOVAN, ET AL., CIVIL ACTION NO. CV-11-4795-RS, IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA. HOVAN WAS ALSO ORDERED TO PAY A $50,000 CIVIL MONEY PENALTY. THE COMMISSION’S COMPLAINT ALLEGED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT HOVAN, ACTING WITH HER HUSBAND, MISUSED SO-CALLED \SOFT DOLLARS\ THAT HER INVESTMENT ADVISER FIRM HAD OBTAINED AS REBATES ON COMMISSIONS PAID FOR SECURITIES TRADES EXECUTED IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE ADVISER’S CLIENTS. ACCORDING TO THE COMPLAINT, CONTRARY TO ASSURANCES TO CLIENTS AND OTHERS THAT THE ADVISER WOULD ONLY USE SOFT DOLLARS TO PAY FOR A LIMITED CATEGORY OF SERVICES THAT BENEFITTED THE ADVISER’S CLIENTS, RESPONDENT AND HER HUSBAND AND THE ADVISER USED THE SOFT DOLLARS FOR PROHIBITED PURPOSES, INCLUDING FOR THE ADVISER’S RENT, SALARIES, AND FOR OFFICE EQUIPMENT FOR THE ADVISER. THE COMPLAINT FURTHER ALLEGED THAT RESPONDENT PROVIDED THE MUTUAL FUND CLIENT OF THE ADVISER’S WITH CERTIFICATIONS STATING THAT SOFT DOLLARS HAD NOT BEEN USED TO PAY FOR ITEMS OTHER THAN RESEARCH THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE CLIENT.
- Resolution: Order
- Sanction Details :: Sanctions: Bar (Permanent)
- Sanction Details :: Registration Capacities Affected: ASSOCIATION WITH ANY BROKER, DEALER, INVESTMENT ADVISER, MUNICIPAL SECURITIES DEALER, MUNICIPAL ADVISOR OR TRANSFER AGENT
- Duration: Indefinite
- Duration Explanation: WITH THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR REENTRY AFTER 5 YEARS
- Start Date: 1/29/2013 Registration Capacities Affected: ASSOCIATION WITH ANY NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED STATISTICAL RATING ORGANIZATION
- Duration: Indefinite
- Duration Explanation: WITH THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR REENTRY AFTER 5 YEARS
- Start Date: 1/29/2013 Sanctions: Suspension
- Sanction Details :: Registration Capacities Affected: APPEARING OR PRACTICING BEFORE THE COMMISSION AS AN ACCOUNTANT
- Duration: AFTER 5 YEARS, MAY REQUEST REINSTATEMENT
- Start Date: 1/29/2013
DISCLOSURE 2 –
- Event Date: 9/28/2011
- Disclosure Type: Civil
- Disclosure Resolution: Final
- Disclosure Detail :: Initiated By: UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
- Allegations: SEC LITIGATION RELEASE 22107, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011: THE SEC ALLEGED HOVAN VIOLATED SECTION 10(B) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934(EXCHANGE ACT) AND RULE 10B-5, SECTION 207 OF THE INVESTMENT ADVISERS ACT OF 1940 (ADVISERS ACT), AND AIDING AND ABETTING VIOLATIONS OF SECTIONS 10(B) AND 20(A) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT AND RULE 10B-5 AND SECTIONS 206(1) AND 206(2) OF THE ADVISERS ACT. HOVAN FALSELY DISCLOSED TO CLIENTS THAT HER FIRM WOULD USE SOFT DOLLARS ONLY FOR CERTAIN RESEARCH SERVICES. INSTEAD, SHE USED $166,667 IN SOFT DOLLARS TO PAY A RELATIVE’S SALARY OVER A 10-MONTH PERIOD IN 2008 AND 2009. TO COVER UP THESE PAYMENTS, SHE AND HER RELATIVES CREATED A SHELL COMPANY, SECRETLY CONTROLLED BY A RELATIVE. THROUGH THIS COMPANY, SHE AND HER RELATIVES INVOICED THE FIRM’S BROKERAGE FIRMS FOR RESEARCH SERVICES THAT HAD NEVER BEEN RENDERED. ONCE HER RELATIVE RECEIVED THE PAYMENTS, HE KICKED BACK APPROXIMATELY 40 PERCENT ($65,000) TO HOVAN TO PAY THE OFFICE RENT. THE SEC FURTHER ALLEGED HOVAN INSTRUCTED A RESEARCH PROVIDER PAID WITH SOFT DOLLARS TO PAD ITS INVOICES BY $12,000 AND KICK BACK THIS AMOUNT TO HELP THE FIRM PAY FOR A NEW COMPUTER SERVER. SOFT DOLLARS ARE CREDITS OR REBATES FROM BROKERAGE FIRMS ON COMMISSIONS PAID BY CLIENTS FOR TRADES EXECUTED IN THE CLIENT ACCOUNTS OF AN INVESTMENT ADVISER. IF APPROPRIATELY DISCLOSED, AN INVESTMENT ADVISER MAY RETAIN THE SOFT DOLLAR CREDITS TO PAY FOR A LIMITED CATEGORY OF BROKERAGE AND RESEARCH SERVICES THAT BENEFIT CLIENTS.
- Resolution: Judgment Rendered
- Sanction Details :: Sanctions: Civil and Administrative Penalty(ies)/Fine(s) Sanctions: Injunction
According to a study prepared for the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, 80 percent of American investors report that they have been solicited to participate in a fraud scheme, while 11 percent of American investors report that they personally lost money as a result of fraud.
FINRA notes that the rate of investment fraud is most likely much higher than it is reported. This is because many victims of financial advisor scams are too ashamed to come forward. Further, the study also found that a significant number of investors do not know how to spot common red flags of investment fraud. The least you should do is share your experience with other potential victims of investment scams.
Under federal securities law and securities industry regulations, registered investment firms have a legal duty to supervise their financial advisors. Section 15(b)(4)(E) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 makes a securities firm liable for the conduct of representatives.
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The duty to supervise securities representatives is a strong legal requirement. Registered investment firms must take many different steps to ensure that they are protecting their customers from irresponsible and criminal financial advisors.
Legit or Not?
Unfortunately, stockbroker fraud is more common than many investors would like to think. And yes, stockbrokers (including Lisa Blair Hovan, but not limited to) can (and do) steal money from their clients. While it’s rare that a broker will literally steal his client’s money (though that does happen), typically the “theft” of investment funds comes in the form of other fraudulent violations of securities law and FINRA rules which leads to significant investment losses.
Investors generally understand that there are risks associated with buying and selling securities. The market can go up, and the market can go down. No matter how skilled of an investor you are, there are always risks. With that being said, sometimes investment losses cannot be blamed on simple back luck.
There are 10 major types of complaints we receive against Investment Brokers –
- Outright Theft (Conversion of Funds)
- Unauthorized Trading
- Misrepresentation or Omission of Material Facts
- Excessive Trading (Churning)
- Lack of Diversification
- Unsuitable Investment Recommendations
- Failure to Disclose a Personal Conflict of Interest
- Front Running of Transactions
- Breakpoint Sale Violations
- Negligent Portfolio Management
Do your due diligence before investing. Public records are available for everybody to review and decide on the safest bet.
How to Protect Yourself
We, as citizens, place a great deal of trust in the financial advisors who are tasked with helping us achieve and maintain financial security. Most of the time financial advisors and stockbrokers are honest folks who work diligently in their client’s best interests. However, on occasion financial advisors and the brokerage firms who employ them mess up and cause serious financial harm to their clients. Sometimes these losses are caused by simple negligence. Other times fraud or other serious misconduct is to blame.
Here are 5 signs that your broker needs to be reported –
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, certain investment professionals, known as registered investment advisors (RIAs), owe fiduciary obligations to their customers. Your investment broker must always look out for your best interests. If you lost money because of your broker’s breach of fiduciary duty, you may be entitled to compensation for the full value of your damages.
- Unsuitable Investments: Many financial advisors are not fiduciaries. Instead, they are held to the suitability standard. These stockbrokers and financial advisors can only sell and recommend financial products that are appropriate for a customer’s unique investment profile. If you lost money in unsuitable investments, you should consider reporting them.
- Material Misrepresentations or Omissions: Brokers have a duty to make fair and honest representations to their clients. If they fail to do so, and an investor loses money due to a misrepresentation or a material omission, the broker may be liable for the investor’s losses.
- Lack of Diversification: Brokers must also act with the appropriate level of professional skill. Pushing a customer into over-concentrated investments is highly risky. Brokers can be held liable for losses sustained because of an investor’s inappropriate lack of diversification.
- Excessive Trading (Churning): Stockbrokers and financial advisors must have a well-grounded, reasonable basis to execute all trades. Unfortunately, there are cases in which brokers will frequently trade on a customer’s account, simply to increase their own fees. This unlawful practice is known as churning.
- Unauthorized Trading: Brokers must have the proper legal authority to make transactions on behalf of a client. If you lost money because your broker made trades that you never approved of, you may have been the victim of unauthorized trading. You should consult with an experienced attorney.
Report Lisa Hovan
In order to prevail in an investment fraud lawsuit or FINRA arbitration cases, you must be able to assert a viable ‘cause of action’.
Lisa Blair Hovan – and the firm that employs this broker – is regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FINRA provides an online form to allow investors to file a formal complaint against their financial advisor, stockbroker, or brokerage firm.
Click here to go to FINRA’s Online Complaint Form →
This form will ask you for specific information related to your complaint. Be prepared by gathering the following:
- Name and symbol for the investment product in question.
- The CRD number (4659652) for the broker – Lisa Blair Hovan
- Your complete contact information.
Remember, it is advised to report your broker to FINRA, only after you have exhausted all of your other remedies and carefully prepared a compelling complaint. Once you file a complaint against your broker at FINRA, your case will be bound by FINRA’s rules and the arbitration panel’s eventual decision. The time clock will start, and your complaint will be served on your broker or broker-dealer.