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Ross v Charles Schwab - $173,498 YieldPlus (SWYSX) Award

In July 2009, a FINRA arbitration panel in San Diego, CA ordered Charles Schwab to pay the Claimant $173,498 including $16,000 in expert witness fees. The award was made after a hearing wherein the Claimant alleged that Schwab misrepresented its YieldPlus (SWYSX) bond fund as a low risk alternative to a money market fund for cash holdings. Dr. McCann testified on behalf of the Claimant that the YieldPlus fund was much riskier than money market funds, that its portfolio was dominated by illiquid private-label mortgage backed securities containing considerable credit risk and that Schwab apparently overstated the fund's NAV in late 2007 and early 2008.

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Craig J. McCann
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