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Concentrated Position Risk Drawing Regulatory Scrutiny

On December 7, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a comprehensive report (“Report on FINRA Examination Findings”) which “focuses on selected observations from recent examinations that FINRA considers worth highlighting because of their potential significance, frequency, and impact on investors and the markets.” Among the issues discussed in this report were significant concerns […]

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Auto-Callable Structured Products – the Wall Street House Always Seems to Win

The Wall Street Journal, on September 12, 2018 (“FANG Stock Play Can Fall Short”), noted that investors looking to reap the gains of highflying technology stocks while avoiding risk – through the purchase of “auto-callable” structured note products – are finding they can’t do both. These structured notes “are often sold to mom-and-pop investors seeking […]

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Energy Related Bonds & Structured Notes – A Potential Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

As noted in a February 5, 2016 article in The Wall Street Journal (“The Oil Rout’s Surprise Victims”), the epic collapse in the price of oil, from more than $100 per barrel less than two years ago to below $30 last week, has “crushed investors in the futures market, energy partnerships, high-yield corporate bonds and […]

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Many equity structured products linked to Apple may now be underwater

Last year, at least 450 new structured products were linked to Apple, according to SLCG. Three-quarters of them were issued when the stock was at least $550. The shares closed Friday at $439.88, down $60 for the week. As a result, the value of Apple-linked products suffered a one-week drop of more than 15%, estimates […]

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Structured CDs examined by FINRA

FINRA is examining sales of certificates of deposit tied to derivatives after banks sold a record number of the investments last year. The industry-backed regulator wants to make sure the so- called structured CDs, where principal is protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., are properly understood by investors given their increasing complexity and lengthening […]

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