Structured Notes: Not as Safe as They Seem
The Wall Street Journal' "Structured Notes: Not as Safe as They Seem" discusses the growth in sales of structured products in 2010. The article quotes Craig McCann on the mispricing of structured products in their offerings and mentions SLCG's free database of structured product analysis.
It's Not Nice to Mess With J.R.
"It's Not Nice to Mess With J.R." reports on the $11.6 million award Larry Hagman, who played J.R. in the hit television series Dallas, won against Citigroup. Paul Meyer testified on behalf of Mr. Hagman at the arbitration hearing.
How Safe Is Your Bond Fund?
"How Safe Is Your Bond Fund?" describes the dramatic impact of changes in how Morningstar calculates the average credit quality of bond mutual funds. Morningstar lowered the reported credit quality of more than half the bond funds it covered by at least one whole letter grade with many being reduced by two whole letter grades or more. The change in Morningstar's methodology and FINRA's prior admonishment to the industry to stop using this statistic until its glaring flaws were corrected was...
Crisis-Era Munis Haunt Wall Street
"Crisis-Era Munis Haunt Wall Street" reports on the continued havoc caused by leveraged municipal bond arbitrage hedge funds which had been marketed to retail investors as alternatives to unlevered municipal bond portfolios. SLCG's
"Leveraged Municipal Bond Arbitrage: What Went Wrong?" explains the fundamental flaws in the investment strategy underlying these risky hedge funds.
'100% Protected' Isn't as Safe as It Sounds
"'100% Protected' Isn't as Safe as It Sounds" cites SLCG research on the value of Lehman Brothers Principal Protected Notes sold to retail investors.
JPMorgan's 64 Percent Note Shows Risks of Reverse Convertibles
Bloomberg's "JPMorgan's 64 Percent Note Shows Risks of Reverse Convertibles" cites SLCG's research into reverse convertibles and quotes Craig McCann on JP Morgan's reverse convertible linked to Tivo stock.
Schwab case shows pain of a bond market's collapse on small investors
"Schwab case shows pain of a bond market's collapse on small investors" quotes Craig McCann on the holdings in Schwab's YieldPlus mutual fund portfolio.
About Those Alleged Short-Term Funds... Some Go Long on Bonds, Risk-Study
The Wall Street Journal's "About Those Alleged Short-Term Funds... Some Go Long on Bonds, Risk-Study" reports on newly issued SLCG study that shows that losses in 2008 in mutual funds marketed as short term bond funds occurred because the funds in fact held mostly very long term bond portfolios.
FINRA, SEC and state regulators swarm Morgan Keegan with fraud charges
"FINRA, SEC and state regulators swarm Morgan Keegan with fraud charges" quotes Craig McCann on damning internal documents released by regulators as they announce their actions against Morgan Keegan.
Complex notes with principal guarantees spring back
"Complex notes with principal guarantees spring back" quotes Craig McCann on the resurgence of principal protected notes less than two years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers caused billions of dollars of losses in securities that were supposed to be safe.