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$5 Million Complaint Against Seal Beach Advisor Richard Skelton
A recent investor complaint against Woodbury Financial Services advisor Richard Skelton (CRD# 4782331) alleges that his investment advice led to seven-figure losses. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority records show that Mr. Skelton is a broker and investment advisor based in Seal Beach, California.
Mr. Skelton’s BrokerCheck report discloses one investor complaint against him. Filed in June 2022, the complaint alleges that as a representative of Woodbury Financial Services, he recommended unsuitable securities and over-concentrated the claimants’ account in alternative investments. The pending complaint alleges damages of more than $5 million.
For reference, “over-concentration,” also referred to as lack of diversification, is the investment equivalent of putting too many eggs in one basket, according to FINRA’s investor resources. Th regulator advises that investors can avoid the risks of over-concentration by diversifying their portfolios across and within major asset classes, rebalancing on a regular basis, conducting due diligence into the underlying stocks or bonds in any mutual funds and exchange-traded funds they’re investing in, and pay close attention to the liquidity of their various investments.
According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Richard Skelton holds 18 years of securities industry experience. Based in Seal Beach, California, he has been a broker and investment advisor with Woodbury Financial Services since 2004 and 2010, respectively. His credentials include the passage of five securities industry qualifying exams: the Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Representative Examination, or Series 6; the General Securities Representative Examination, or Series 7; the Securities Industry Essentials Examination, or SIE; the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination, or Series 63; and the Uniform Combined State Law Examination, or Series 66. He is licensed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington. (Information current as of July 10, 2022.)
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