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COMPLY-U.S. Regulator Intensifies Scrutiny of Fee-Based Accounts

Suzanne Barlyn's "COMPLY-U.S. Regulator Intensifies Scrutiny of Fee-Based Accounts" quotes Paul Meyer on the concerns of fee-based accounts and commission-based accounts.

Sales of Callable Stock-Tied Notes Soar on Markets as Risks Loom

Dr. Tim Husson discussed the properties and risks of autocallable structured products in Kevin Dugan's Bloomberg News report titled "Sales of Callable Stock-Tied Notes Soar on Markets as Risks Loom." Dr. Husson notes the reinvestment risk that can arise from notes that are called back by the issuer.

Michael Piwowar Sworn in as SEC Commissioner

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the swearing in of former SLCG Principal as a Commissioner nominated by President Obama replacing Commissioner Troy Paredes. Dr. Piwowar was an employee of SLCG after leaving the SEC's Office of Economic Analysis in 2006 until joining President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers in 2008.

Market-Linked Certificates of Deposit Overpriced, Report Says

Kevin Dugan's "Market-Linked Certificates of Deposit Overpriced, Report Says" of Bloomberg News interviewed Dr. Husson about SLCG's recent whitepaper on structured (or market-linked) certificates of deposit. They explain the results of the study, which indicate that structured CDs are often overpriced and that the market-linked component is often of little value to investors.

Libor moving to NYSE Euronext

Alanna Petroff reports to CNNMoney.com that Libor is moving to the NYSE Euronext. Dr. Tim Dulaney was quoted as saying that the move to NYSE Euronext was unlikely to restore confidence in LIBOR unless it was accompanied by fundamental change in the calculation methodology.

Study Claims Billions of Dollars of Excessive Muni Markups

Kyle Glazier's "Study Claims Billions of Dollars of Excessive Muni Markups" summarizes the results of SLCG's comprehensive municipal bond markup study. We estimated that brokerage firms and underwriters charged $1 billion a year in excessive markups leading to higher borrowing costs for municipal issuers and lower returns for investors. Mr. Glazier's story led SIFMA's Michael Decker to criticize our work in a June 18, 2013 letter to the Bond Buyer editor, Fatal Flaws in Markup research...

The Intelligent Investor: What's Eating Your Munis?

Jason Zweig's "The Intelligent Investor: What's Eating Your Munis?" in this weekend's Wall Street Journal revisits excessive markups in the municipal bond market. His article cites SLCG's recently completed analysis of 20 million trades in long term municipal bonds between 2005 and 2013. Geng Deng and Craig McCann are the principal authors of the study. Their findings are reported in "Using Emma to Assess Municipal Bond Markups".

TIC Awards Show Brokers Still Grappling with Real Estate Bubble Fallout

In "TIC Awards Show Brokers Still Grappling with Real Estate Bubble Fallout," Bruce Kelly of InvestmentNews discusses tenant-in-common (TIC) real estate securities with Dr. Tim Husson. Dr. Husson notes that even though TIC interests were mostly purchased before 2008, TIC investors are still struggling with the effects of these deals and several arbitration claims are still pending. To learn more about TIC interests, please see our blog posts and research paper.

Structured Note Rules May Fail to Resolve Confusion Over Pricing

Kevin Dugan's "Structured Note Rules May Fail to Resolve Confusion Over Pricing" discusses the remaining obstacles to the efficacy of fair value estimations of structured products following the April 2012 sweep letter from the SEC. Dr. Tim Dulaney is quoted as saying that "if you change your volatility assumptions...you could get a vastly different valuation." To read more about this story, feel free to visit our blog on Structured Product Issuers Under Pressure to Disclose Estimated Value.

How Apple Bit Bond Holders, Too

Jason Zweig's "How Apple Bit Bond Holders, Too" in this weekend's Wall Street Journal describes the impact on investors in Apple-linked structured products of the decline in Apple's stock price from $700 in September 2012 to under $450 in January 2013. His article relies heavily on SLCG's structured products research including " The Rise and Fall of Apple-linked Structured Products". All eight of SLCG's working papers on structured products can be found on our website. SLCG's database of...

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