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February 18, 2010
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Dallas firms Frontline Financial, Inc. and Frontline Advisors LLC ordered to permanently withdraw from NFA membership
February 18, Chicago - National Futures Association (NFA) has accepted a settlement offer from Frontline Financial, Inc. (FFI) and Frontline Advisors LLC (FAL) to permanently withdraw from NFA membership. FFI and FAL are Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors located in Dallas, Texas. The Decision, issued by an NFA Hearing Panel, is based on an NFA Complaint filed in August 2009 and a settlement offer submitted by FFI, FAL and its principal, Charles G. Rice. Rice agreed to withdraw from NFA membership for a period of five years. Rice must pay a fine of $10,000 in the event that he reapplies for NFA membership after the five-year bar.
The Complaint charged that FFI and Rice failed to disclose material information to the participants in a pool which they operated, e.g., that the pool would loan money to third parties in exchange for promissory notes; that the issuers of these promissory notes defaulted on the notes causing the pool to incur losses; that FFI charged pool participants a monthly management fee even after one of the notes was in default; that FFI redeemed its interest in the pool; and that FFI ultimately wrote off the notes without providing details of the write-offs to pool participants. Additionally, the Complaint charged that FFI failed to file an exemption notice, disclosure document or annual financial statement for the fund.
The complete text of the Complaint and Decision can be found on NFA's website (www.nfa.futures.org).
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