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February 28, 2018

Posted  June 1, 2018

The SEC announced that Minnesota-based broker-dealer and investment adviser Ameriprise Financial Services  has agreed to settle charges for recommending and selling higher-fee mutual fund shares to retail retirement account customers and for failing to provide sales charge waivers. According to the SEC’s order, Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. disadvantaged certain retirement account customers by failing to ascertain their eligibility for less expensive mutual fund share classes.  Ameriprise recommended and sold these customers more expensive mutual fund share classes when less expensive share classes were available.  Ameriprise also failed to disclose that it would receive greater compensation from the purchases and that the purchases would negatively impact the overall return on the customers’ investments. The SEC’s order instituted a settled administrative and cease-and-desist proceeding. Ameriprise consented to a cease-and-desist order, a censure, and a penalty of $230,000. SEC

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