Posts belonging to Category Charles Schwab

Social Networking Services Present a New Risk for Investors


“Socialized” or “social” investing is the latest way that some brokerage firms are creating a casino-like atmosphere and catering investors’ worst instincts, according to a Forbes article by Zack O’Malley Greenburg called “Tweets on the Street.” “Social networking is coming to the brokerage business. It’s unlikely to do much to enrich your retirement,” Greenburg writes.

Charles Schwab’s Total Bond Market Fund Has Become a Focus of Investor Claims


Charles Schwab’s Total Bond Market Fund is the subject of another class action lawsuit against Schwab, according to a September 12 article by Dan Jamieson of InvestmentNews called “Another lawsuit filed over Schwab bond fund. The lawsuit reportedly alleges that, as of May 31, 2007, Schwab misrepresented the fund to investors as tracking the Lehman […]

Raymond James’ Auction Rate Securities Problems Mount


A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel has ordered Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and one of its registered representatives to pay $925,000 to a Texas couple who purchased $1.4 million of municipal auction rate securities issued by Jefferson County, Alabama, according to August 26th articles in InvestmentNews by Bruce Kelly (“Raymond James pays […]

Bonds – Is It Time To Be Cautious?


Liz Ann Sonders, Charles Schwab’s chief investment strategist, is skeptical about bonds and emerging markets and believes that “[i]nvestors are doing what they do well, which is chase past performance,” according to a recent article by Mina Kims posted on, “Bond investors are chasing the past.”

Is Your Financial Adviser Acting in Your Best Interest?


Brokerage firms’ advertising portrays brokers as trusted members of the family, writes Tara Siegel Bernard in her New York Times article, “Trusted Adviser or Stock Pusher? Finance Bill May Not Settle It.” Anyone who has tried to hold a broker to a fiduciary standard of conduct, however, hears a very different response: “We are mere […]

Charles Schwab Confirms Trend of Brokers Breaking Away from Major Firms


Charles Schwab Corp. added a record number of independent investment advisors in 2009 as thousands of brokers left Wall Street firms, like Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, to launch their own investment advisory firms. See Reuters “Schwab says ‘breakaway broker’ trend has legs,” by Joe Rauch, Jan. 25.

Yes, Wall Street can be Replaced – Independent Brokerage Firms and Investment Advisers are Gaining on Big Wall Street Firms


Independent financial advisers are gaining on Wall Street brokers in the competition to manage more than $5 trillion in Americans’ savings, according to E. S. Browning in his recent Wall Street Journal article, “More Brokers Flee Big Firms, Taking Investors With Them.”

The Beat Goes On – Schwab Loses Another Schwab YieldPlus Case


A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrator awarded damages to Mr. Weigel as a result of losses sustained in the Schwab YieldPlus Fund. The panel awarded the Mr. Weigel $19,400 in a claim submitted under FINRA’s special “simplified” procedure for claims of $25,000 or less (exclusive of interest and costs). Mr. Weigel’s actual trading loss […]

Less Than 15 Days are Left for Schwab YieldPlus Investors to Preserve their Rights


Time is running out for Schwab YieldPlus investors to opt out of the class action. A properly completed Request for Exclusion must be received by the class action administrator no later than December 28, 2009. With the holidays, the time to do that is running very short.

Only 40 Days Left for Schwab YieldPlus Investors to Preserve their Rights


A federal court recently certified a class action against Charles Schwab & Company, Inc. brought on behalf of investors in the Schwab YieldPlus Fund. The certification means that the lawsuit can proceed as a class action; no settlement has been reached. Most importantly for YieldPlus investors with significant losses, the deadline to be excluded from […]