Posts belonging to Category Lehman Brothers

What are Structured Products and Why are They so Dangerous?


Investors in today’s markets, particularly seniors, are caught between extremely low interest rates and the risk of pursuing higher returns they want or need. Brokerage firms are capitalizing on that dilemma by selling structured products as a way to earn above-market returns purportedly without market risk. But as Robert Powel, editor of MarketWatch’s Retirement Weekly, […]

Improper Sales of ‘100% Principal Protected Notes’ Wallop UBS Again


In one of the largest dollar awards to date in a Lehman note case against UBS Financial Services Inc., a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel “walloped” UBS, ordering it to pay former Philadelphia 76ers President Pat Croce more than $2 million for losses in so-called “100% Principal Protected” Lehman notes that were sold […]

Experts Conclude that Structured Products are ‘Absurdly Destructive’


Retail investors in structured products that were sold as safe and secure investments have lost at least $113 billion, according to a report by the nonpartisan policy center Demos and The Nation Institute. “In my three decades of Wall Street experience, I have not seen any other product as absurdly destructive as retail investments linked […]

Even the Most Sophisticated Investors can be Defrauded


Immediately before its bankruptcy in 2008, Lehman Brothers conjured up a way to pick up extra cash that apparently not even the experts at JPMorgan figured out until it was too late. Bob Ivry alerted the public to the scam in an article in Bloomberg Markets magazine after an extensive investigation by Bloomberg News uncovered […]

When ‘Principal Protected’ Doesn’t Really Mean an Investor’s Principal is Protected


The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) continue to warn that the so-called “principal protection” feature of structured notes is misleading, according to an InvestmentNews article by Liz Skinner entitled “Principal-protected notes don’t always protect principal, regulators warn.”

Study: Structured Products Pose Huge Risks to Investors’ Portfolios


Simply stated, senior investors (in fact, all investors) should be very leery of high-risk structured products. Author John Wasik, in conjunction with Demos and The Nation Institute, has published a white paper entitled “How Safe Are Your Savings? How Complex Derivative Products Imperil Seniors’ Retirement Security.” The paper’s focus is on structured products and how […]

Attention Investors – Beware of Structured Products


FINRA CEO Richard Ketchum recently stated that structured products are “areas of concern” for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), according to a Bloomberg article by Jesse Hamilton and Alexis Leondis entitled “Finra’s Ketchum Says Structured Products Are ‘Areas of Concern.’” If FINRA is concerned, it better act fast. “Sales of structured products rose 46 […]

Was FINRA’s Recent Settlement with UBS Concerning Lehman 100% Principal Protected Notes a “Whitewash?”


On Monday, April 11, 2011, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that UBS had accepted and consented to a settlement deal in which UBS would pay a fine of $2.5 million and restitution in the amount of $8.25 million to certain investors for its misconduct regarding Lehman Brothers 100% Principal-Protection Notes sold by UBS. […]

Regulators Sanction UBS for Improper Sales of Lehman Principal Protected Notes (a/k/a Structured Notes)


The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it has fined UBS Financial Services, Inc., $2.5 million, and required UBS to pay $8.25 million in restitution to certain investors for its misconduct regarding Lehman Brothers 100% Principal-Protection Notes (PPNs) sold by UBS. UBS’s misconduct includes misleading investors about: (1) the principal protection feature, (2) the […]

Structured Products Aren’t What You Think They Are


Structured products are little more than IOUs from issuers and brokers who have come up with complex ways to take investors’ money. They are marketed as “low risk and high yield” ? an oxymoron when dealing with stocks and the market. But to many older, fixed income investors and those tired of low interest money […]