The law firm of Oakes & Fosher is presently investigating the alleged misconduct of securities broker Edward Murphy. According to his publicly available FINRA BrokerCheck report, Edward Murphy has been the subject of multiple customer disputes over the course of his career.

Edward Murphy is an Illinois based securities broker. He has worked in the securities industry for thirty-four years. During his career, he has been registered with four different securities firms.

His Registrations

  • The Milwaukee Company (1985-1988)
  • Dain Bosworth Incorporated (1988-1990)
  • Hamilton Investments (1990-1994)
  • David A. Noyes & Company (1994-Present)

The Allegations

  • In September 1994, a customer alleged that Edward Murphy made material misrepresentations. This case was settled for $17,549 in damages.
  • In November 2011, a customer alleged that they experienced losses due to unsuitable UIT investments. This case was settled for $40,000 in damages.
  • In October 2017, another customer alleged that Edward Murphy executed highly unsuitable UIT trades.

What Does This Mean?

Securities brokers have a duty to their customers to always act in their best financial interests. This is their duty as a fiduciary. This means that brokers can only recommend investments that their customers are actually suited for. Brokers like Edward Murphy can determine if a particular investment is suitable for their customer by looking at various different factors provided to them by the customer. This includes the customer’s investment objectives, financial situation, liquidity needs, and risk tolerance. Brokers who invest their customers contrary to these needs have either done so in a fraudulent manner, placing their own financial interests ahead of their customer’s, or in a negligent one. Regardless if the broker’s intent was fraudulent or negligent, managing a customer’s account unsuitably disqualifies them from the ability to perform their duties in the required manner.

Oakes & Fosher Can Help

Many investors are unaware of the legal recourse available to them after losing money due to securities broker fraud and/or negligence. The truth is that investors who have lost money in this fashion may actually be entitled to damages. Oakes & Fosher dedicates its entire legal practice to helping investors across the nation. If you, or someone you know, have lost money investing with Edward Murphy, please contact Oakes & Fosher for a free and private consultation. Oakes & Fosher handles cases on a contingency basis, which means there are no fees charged unless we collect for you.