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Exchange Traded Interest Rate Swap Futures

We've talked briefly about interest rate swaps in the past, but I wanted to write about a recent development in the securities industry that relates to these conventionally over-the-counter (OTC) instruments.

Back in the summer of 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (PDF) was signed into law and as a result many OTC products have began the process of standardization in preparation for exchange trading. The idea is essentially that exchange traded products offer...

Two New Exotic Products from the CBOE

The CBOE has begun the offering process on two new and highly innovative volatility-related products that could have broad implications for the exchange traded products market and index investing in general.

The new S&P 500 Variance Futures are futures contracts on the realized variance of the S&P 500 index. This is in contrast with VIX futures, which trade on the impliedvolatility of the S&P 500; however, according to a CBOE press release, the ability to combine the two may have motivated...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - September 28th, 2012

Court Enters Final Judgments by Consent Against SEC Defendants Shay Keren and Lawrence Steven Cohen
September 27, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22498)
The SEC announced that final judgments have been entered against Shay Keren and Lawrence Steven Cohen which permanently enjoins them from violating sections of the Securities Act and Exchange Act as well as bars them from "participating in an offering of penny stock for a period of five years." The SEC filed a complaint in September 2008 against...

Repackaging Securities Means Repackaging Risks: the Case of STRATS 2005-2

On July 12, an exotic structured security that was trading at approximately $25 per share was suddenly redeemed at $14.69 by its issuer, Wells Fargo Advisors. Needless to say, some investors were surprised by the event, which did not appear to be anticipated by the market. Indeed, the securities -- Floating Rate Structured Repackaged Asset-Backed Trust Securities Certificates, Series 2005-2 (abbreviated STRATS 2005-2) -- had embedded risks that resulted from repackaging the same underlying...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - September 21st, 2012

SEC Charges Atlanta-Based Adviser with Operating Ponzi-Like Scheme Involving Private Investment Funds
September 19, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22485)
Earlier this week, the SEC filed a civil complaint charging Angelo A. Alleca with "defrauding investors in a purported "fund-of-funds" and then trying to hide trading losses by creating new private funds to make money to pay back the original fund investors in Ponzi-like fashion." Rather than investing investor funds in Summit Investment Fund,...

ETFs: Easy Come, Easy Go

Last month we pointed out a growing number of ETF closures across a variety of issuers. Hot on their heels, several issuers announced new ETF issuances offering a wide variety of strategies, including many actively managed ETFs, which seem to be all the rage these days.

UBS recently announced that it would redeem 12 of its 13 volatility-linked ETNs on September 12. These twelve funds are actually six pairs of 1x long and 1x inverse notes linked to the performance of VIX futures portfolios...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - August 31st, 2012

SEC Charges Brokers for Defrauding Brazilian Public Pension Funds in Markup Scheme
August 29, 2012, (Litigation Release No. 22462)
According to the complaint (opens to PDF), Fabrizio Neves conducted a markup scheme while working at LatAm Investments LLC. The complaint alleges that from 2006 to 2009 Neves, with the assistance of Jose Luna, overcharged customers around $36 million "by using hidden markup fees on structured note transactions." Neves allegedly made millions in inflated sales...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - August 24th, 2012

SEC Charges New York-Based Firm and Owner in Penny Stock Scheme
August 23, 2012,(Litigation Release No. 22457)
Edward Bronson and his company, E-Lionheart Associates LLC (which also conducts business under the name Fairhills Capital Inc.), have been charged by the SEC with conducting a penny stock scheme in which they allegedly reaped over $10 million in illegal profits. The alleged scheme involved buying shares at deep discounts from over 100 penny stock companies and then selling them...

SEC Investor Bulletin on ETFs

The SEC recently released an Investor Bulletin on ETFs which provides background information about ETFs in general and defines several terms which may be confusing to investors. ETFs can be complex and risky investments, as they allow nearly anyone to purchase portfolios which would typically only be suitable for sophisticated investors or traders.

Some commentators were not satisfied with the Bulletin, particularly its lack of new guidelines related to leveraged and inverse products. Paul...

FINRA Targets Conflicts of Interest

FINRA has announced its intention to conduct a targeted examination (or sweep) of its members' practices relating to the identification and management of conflicts of interest. The importance of this effort cannot be overstated. Conflicts of interest in the securities industry are particularly troublesome because customers usually do not stand in an arm's-length, caveat emptor relationship to their broker. Instead, most customers trust and rely upon their broker's superior knowledge and...

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