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Some have recouped millions from risky type of debt that plagues CPS

In "Some have recouped millions from risky type of debt that plagues CPS", Heather Gillers reports on the success some municipal issuers have had in recovering losses suffered as a result of following investment banks advice to issue auction rate securities and simultaneously enter into interest rate swaps rather than issue fixed rate debt. Issuers like the Chicago Public School System suffered large losses when the ARS clearing rates rose relative to the floating rate leg of the swap...

The Growth of Non-traded REITs

SLCG's non-traded REIT research is cited in Deirdre Bolton's interview of Bob Rice of Tangent Capital Partners on the growth of illiquid, high-cost non-traded REITs. The non-traded REIT fees discussed in the Bloomberg TV segment is excerpted from Table 2 in our "A Primer on Non-Traded REITs and other Alternative Real Estate Investments".

SEC's Cross Says Shine a Light on Tax-Free Market: Muni Credit

In the Bloomberg News article "SEC's Cross Says Shine a Light on Tax-Free Market: Muni Credit", William Selway and Brian Chappatta quote Craig McCann from SLCG's "Using EMMA to Assess Municipal Bond Markups" for the proposition that municipal bond investors pay as much as $1 billion in excessive markups and markdowns due to a lack of disclosure.

Muni Regulators May Force Brokers to Disclose Bond Trade Prices

William Selway quotes Dr. McCann from SLCG's "Using EMMA to Assess Municipal Bond Markups" in the Bloomberg News article "Muni Regulators May Force Brokers to Disclose Bond Trade Prices".

Five Popular-but Dangerous-Investments for Individuals

Kirsten Grind's "Five Popular - but Dangerous - Investments for Individuals" discusses five retail investments, including non-traded REITs, leveraged and inverse ETFs and complex structured products, investors should avoid. The article quotes SLCG's Craig McCann.

Exclusive: South Carolina jury awards $8.1 million to investor who was misled by BB&T

In "Exclusive: South Carolina jury awards $8.1 million to investor who was misled by BB&T" Suzanne Barlyn reports on an $8.1 million jury verdict arising out of BB&T's recommendation of a variable prepaid forward contract to Frank Maybank. The article quotes Craig McCann who testified about the defects of variable prepaid forwards and on damages at the trial.

Nontraded REITs Are Hot, But Have Plenty of Critics

Robbie Whelan's "Nontraded REITS are Hot, But Have Plenty of Critics" reports on the issues with nontraded REITS. The article quotes Dr. McCann on the problematic issues surrounding nontraded REITS.

Teacher says UBS broker's advice lost her $400,000

Josh Kosman's "Teacher says UBS broker's advice lost her $400,000" reports on the financial losses faced by an investor in UBS Puerto Rico bond funds. The article quotes Dr. Edward O'Neal on the concentration of these funds.

'Learning' From Timothy Sykes

Dan Solin's "'Learning' From Timothy Sykes" explores how to do due diligence on the validity of Timothy Sykes trading methods and success claims. The article quotes Dr. O'Neal on what due diligence he would do on Sykes' method.

Problem Puerto Rico Bond Trades Erased, Survey Shows More Troubled Sales

Kyle Glazier's "Problem Puerto Rico Bond Trades Erased, Survey Shows More Troubled Sales" reports on dozens of cancelled Puerto Rico bond deal sales to customers that were "erased from EMMA or altered as if they never occurred." The article quotes Dr. Craig McCann on the MRSB's failure to take its "investor protection mandate seriously."

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