FINRA is investigating Frederick David Holloway based on allegations that he replaced lower-cost variable annuities with higher-cost variable annuities without ensuring the new annuities were suitable or in their clients’ best interests. Specifically, FINRA alleged that Mr. Holloway, whose firm is based in Easton, Maryland recommended that customers exchange one deferred variable annuity contract for another without having a reasonable basis for his recommendations. As a result, FINRA has instituted disciplinary proceedings against Frederick David Holloway, the owner of Holloway & Associates Inc., to disgorge alleged ill-gotten gains from recommendations he made to clients to exchange their variable annuities.
FINRA alleged that Mr. Holloway persuaded clients to make 43 transactions in which they exchanged lower-cost variable annuities for high-cost variable annuities “without making adequate efforts to ensure that the proposed exchanges were suitable for, and in the best interests of, his customers” during the time-period of January 2013 to June 2016. According to FINRA, Holloway, who was the sole registered representative in his office, derived 70% of his income from variable annuity sales. FINRA also charged that between January 2010 to September 2016, Holloway falsified or inappropriately changed variable annuity transaction paperwork. FINRA alleged that Holloway had clients sign uncompleted paperwork, which he and his assistant filled in later and/or photocopied for use in other transactions. FINRA also charged Holloway with forging or directing his assistant to forge client initials to make changes to documents. FINRA further alleged that Holloway directed his assistant to impersonate clients and employees of an insurance company in telephone conversations regarding variable annuity transactions.
According to FINRA’s Broker Check, Frederick Holloway was registered with the securities industry for 44 years, and was registered with the following firms:
Holloway & Associates, Inc.
Investors Diversified Services, Inc.
CRD # 6320
IDS Marketing Corporation
IDS Life Insurance Company
Cardell and Associates, Inc.
Integrated Resources Equity Corp.
Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.
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