Joel Paul Kichline, Broker with Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Fined by FINRA Following Allegations of Unauthorized Trading

INVESTORS: Stifel, Nicolaus & Company broker Joel Paul Kichline was fined $5,000 by FINRA following allegations that he exercised discretion on 1,519 occasions in five customers’ accounts.



Joel Paul Kichline (CRD#: 1416219) is registered as a broker and investment adviser with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, where he’s been employed since 2020. Previously, Kichline was registered as a broker and investment adviser with Raymond James & Associates from 2009 until 2020.

Kichline has three disclosures on his BrokerCheck report. One customer dispute filed against Kichline was closed with no action taken.

January 2022 Regulatory Judgment

Status: Final

Initiated By: FINRA

Allegations: Without admitting or denying the findings, Kichline consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he exercised discretion on 1,519 occasions in five customers’ accounts. The findings stated that although the customers gave Kichline oral discretion to purchase or sell securities, none of the customers provided prior written authorization for him to exercise discretion in their account. Additionally, Kichline’s former firm did not accept any of the customer accounts as discretionary account.

Resolution: Acceptance, Waiver & Consent (AWC)

Sanctions: Civil and Administrative Penalty(ies)/Fine(s)

Amount: $5,000.00

Sanctions: Suspension

Registration Capacities Affected: All Capacities

Duration: One month

Start Date: 2/7/2022

End Date: 3/6/2022

July 2020 Employment Separation After Allegations

Firm Name: Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Termination Type: Discharged

Allegations: FA violated firm policy by exercising discretion without authorization from certain clients prior to placing trades in those clients’ non-discretionary accounts, and by exceeding time and price discretion authority with regard to other clients.

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