Posts belonging to Category Oppenheimer

Wealthy Individuals Have Been Victimized By Wall Street’s CDO Fraud


Merrill Lynch and other Wall Street firms sold the riskiest tranches of collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”), not just to institutions, but to individual investors, as safe investments, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Dan Fitzgerald titled “Didn’t See Risk, and Got Stung.” Now that the CDOs have imploded, and investors are seeking […]

Local Governments and Non-Profits Have Suffered Catastrophic Losses as a Result of Wall Street’s Excesses


According to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “at least a dozen local governments and other institutions that used derivative deals called swaps to try to lower the cost of bond issues have ended up owing as much as $394 million in fees to the Wall Street investment banks that set up the […]

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 […]

It’s Official – Most Americans Despise Wall Street


According to a recent Bloomberg National Poll, more than 50% of Americans despise Wall Street and favor punishment of the bankers who caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The majority of poll participants — 56 percent — say big financial companies are more interested in enriching themselves at the expense of ordinary […]

The Auction Rate Securities Debacle Continues – Corporate America Takes on Wall Street


The Wall Street Journal reports that “hundreds of businesses are fighting to recover billions of dollars tied up in frozen auction-rates securities, a year after Wall Street firms agreed to $60 billion in settlements over the collapsed market for the investments.” See “Firms Fight Banks Over Billions in Frozen Notes,” WSJ 1/2/10. While regulators stepped […]

Wall Street Trade Association Supports Fiduciary Standard


The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, an important Wall Street lobbying group, has decided to support the Obama administration’s proposal to hold brokers to the same standard as a fiduciary when they provide investment advice, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. While investors who sue their brokers have long argued, […]

Investors Left Out of the Auction Rate Securities Regulatory Settlements Are Suing to Recover Losses


A new wave of lawsuits and arbitrations are being filed on behalf of investors who purchased auction rate securities but have not been eligible to participate in redemptions offered by big banks as a result of regulatory settlements. See article entitled “‘Stranded’ ARS investors sue for a share of pie” by Jed Horowitz in the […]

Regulators Require Financial Firms to Provide More Public Disclosure Regarding Customer Complaints


On May 13, 2009, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a rule change that requires brokers to disclose alleged sales practice violations made by a customer against a securities broker in the body of a civil lawsuit or arbitration claim, even if that broker is not named as a defendant or respondent. The […]

Ashland, Inc Sues Oppenheimer for Mismarketing Auction-Rate Securities


Ashland Inc., the maker of Valvoline motor oil, has filed sit against Oppenheimer & Co. for selling the company $194 million of illiquid auction-rate securities after lying about the nature of auction-rate securities and the stability of the auction-rate securities market. So reported Morgan Bettax in an April 17, 2009 article entitled “Valvoline Maker Lodges […]

Things Continue to Get Worse for Auction-Rate Securities Investors


Investors who still hold auction-rate securities are facing many increasing problems, according to an article in today’s by Michael McDonald. Last February, the $330 billion market for auction-rate securities essentially froze when major Wall Street firms discontinued supporting auction-rate securities. A year later, investors are still stuck with as much as $176 billion of […]