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Office of Indiana Secretary of State Diego Morales
200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Indiana Joins Multiple States in $10 Million Settlement with Robinhood for Failing Investors
INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2023) - The Indiana Securities Division announced that it has joined a multi-state settlement with Robinhood Financial LLC, which will pay up to $10.2 million in penalties for operational and technical failures that harmed Main Street investors. Indiana will receive $200,000 as its share of this settlement.
The settlement stems from an investigation spearheaded by state securities regulators in Alabama, Colorado, California, Delaware, New Jersey, South Dakota and Texas coordinated through the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) regarding Robinhood’s operational failures with respect to the retail market.
The investigation was sparked by Robinhood platform outages in March 2020, a time when hundreds of thousands of investors were relying on the Robinhood app to make trades. In addition, prior to March 2021, there were deficiencies at Robinhood in its review and approval process for options and margin accounts, weaknesses in the firm’s monitoring and reporting tools, and insufficient customer service and escalation protocols that in some cases left Robinhood users unable to process trades even as the value of certain stocks was dropping.
“This multistate agreement represents states at their best – working together for the benefit of Main Street investors,” said NASAA President Andrew Hartnett. “Robinhood repeatedly failed to serve its clients, but this settlement makes clear that Robinhood must take its customer care obligations seriously and correct these deficiencies.”
The order sets out the following violations:
Robinhood neither admits nor denies the findings as set out in the States’ orders.
Robinhood will provide access to a FINRA-ordered compliance implementation report to settling states. Robinhood retained an independent compliance consultant who made recommendations for remediation, which Robinhood has generally implemented.
One year after the settlement date, Robinhood will attest to the lead state, Alabama, that it is in full compliance with the FINRA-ordered independent compliance consultant’s recommendations or has otherwise instituted measures that are more effective at addressing the recommendations.
“This agreement reflects the ongoing efforts by state securities regulators to protect investors, including Hoosiers to ensure that they are treated fairly by financial services firms,” said Indiana Secretary of State Diego Morales. The settlement funds will be distributed between the Securities Enforcement Fund and the State of Indiana General Fund.
Indiana Securities Division found no evidence of willful or fraudulent conduct by Robinhood, and that Robinhood fully cooperated with the investigation. Further, the settlement does not affect any individuals or class action suits against Robinhood.