(FINRA Case #2014040644001)
James William Flower (CRD #2817701, Melville, New York) – An AWC (Accept, Waiver & Consent) was issued in which Flower was suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for three months and required, within 60 days of the date of the Notice of Acceptance of the AWC, to attend and satisfactorily complete 10 hours of continuing education concerning complex products, which includes exchange-traded notes, by a provider not unacceptable to FINRA. Within 30 days of following completion of such training, Flower will submit written proof that the continuing education program has been satisfactorily completed. In light of Flower’s financial status, no monetary sanction has been imposed.
Without admitting or denying the findings, Flower consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he recommended that 13 of his customers invest in a highly volatile exchange-traded note without having a reasonable basis for recommending the transactions.