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Mr. Christopher M Dowden

Mr. Christopher M Dowden

Harger and Company, Inc.
(225) 767-7228
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Year CFP® Certification Received

Planning Services Offered

  • Comprehensive Financial Planning
  • Insurance Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Investment Planning
  • Retirement Planning

Your Minimum Investable Assets

  • $100,000


  • English


CFP Board Public Disciplinary History

Effective Date: 3/25/2020

C. Michael Dowden (Baton Rouge): In March 2020, the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (Commission) and Mr. Dowden entered into a settlement agreement in which Mr. Dowden agreed that CFP Board would issue a 60-day suspension of his right to use the CFP® certification marks. In the settlement agreement, Mr. Dowden consented to findings that he altered variable annuity exchange forms to supply dates for undated customer signatures using the date on which he had approved each transaction, causing his firm to create and maintain inaccurate books and records. Mr. Dowden also consented to a finding that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) found in a 2019 Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) that his conduct violated FINRA Rule 4511, and its predecessor NASD Rule 3110, which require FINRA members to make and preserve accurate books and records, and FINRA Rule 2010, which requires registered representatives to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade. As part of the AWC, Mr. Dowden consented to a suspension for two months and a fine of $10,000. Additionally, Mr. Dowden consented to findings that he failed to notify CFP Board in writing of his FINRA suspension within 30 calendar days after the date on which he was notified of the suspension. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Mr. Dowden also consented to findings that his conduct violated Rules 4.3, 4.5, 5.1, 6.1, and 6.4 of the Rules of Conduct, providing grounds for discipline pursuant to Articles 3(a) and 3(d) the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures. Accordingly, the Commission issued to Mr. Dowden a suspension for 60 days. The suspension was effective from March 25, 2020 until May 25, 2020.

Disclosure Under CFP Board’s Prior Bankruptcy Disclosure Procedures
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Until June 30, 2020, CFP Board made public disclosures about CFP® professionals who had filed a personal or business bankruptcy. These were disclosures and not disciplinary actions or sanctions. These disclosures stay on CFP Board’s website for 10 years. There are more details below on this page.


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About Bankruptcies

Effective June 30, 2020, CFP Board may publicly sanction a CFP® professional for a personal or business bankruptcy that violates CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. (There is no violation if the CFP® professional can make a case that the bankruptcy does not reflect on the professional’s ability to responsibly manage his or her own financial affairs or the financial affairs of the business.) You can find public sanctions in the “CFP Board Public Disciplinary History.” Under the “Prior Bankruptcy Disclosure Procedures” that applied from July 2012 – June 2020, CFP Board published information about a CFP® professional’s verified single bankruptcy in a press release and on CFP Board’s website. These were disclosures, not discipline or sanctions, and remain on CFP Board’s website for 10 years. You may learn more about the disclosure procedures here. You can learn more information about a bankruptcy filing at the U.S. Court’s website. You will be required to register and pay a nominal fee to view the information on that website.