Archive for Category: "Unsuitability"


Gold Investor’s Beware

The price of gold that recently touched an all-time high and might be considered a “bubble” as evidenced by aggressive marketing and advertising of gold investments on television, radio, and on every street corner where there is a pawn shop or jewlery “store.”  The Internet is loaded with numerous websites, blog posts, investment newsletters and social media posts devoted to the topic of investing in gold. But some of the securities and “investing” opportunities being promoted have little value or interest in the precious metal, [&hellip

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Principal Protected Investments

FINRA recently issued an Investor Alert providing guidance and information for investors on the popular investment product called structured notes with principal protection.  The term “structured note with principal protection” refers to any structured product that combines a bond with a derivative component—and that offers a full or partial return of principal at maturity. Structured notes come by different names and often refer to promises of “principal protection,” “capital guarantee,” “absolute return,” “minimum return” or similar terms.  THEY ARE NOT [&hellip

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Muni Bond Checklist

Municipal securities—often called “muni bonds”—are bonds issued by states, cities, counties and other governmental entities to raise money to build roads, schools and a host of other projects for the public good.  Munis are relatively conservative investments but they do carry risk.  Investors should be aware that: 1.      There is a risk of defaults. 2.      A muni’s value may change for reasons having nothing to do with the financial condition of the issuer, such as a change in interest rates. [&hellip

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Buyer Beware: Reverse Convertible Notes

The Securities and Exchange Commission has commenced an investigation of reverse convertible notes.  Reverse convertible notes are a financial product that pays interest but is also tied to the performance of an underlying stock.  The notes pay a fixed interest rate and guarantees a return of the investor’s initial investment after a specified period of time unless the underlying stock price falls below a certain trigger price.  If the trigger price is reached, then there may not be a guaranteed return of [&hellip

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The Risks of Inverse and Leveraged ETFs

Exchange-Traded Funds (“ETFs”) are a relatively new investment product that may be an appropriate investment depending on an investor’s investment experience, objectives, risk tolerance, and investment time horizon. A new breed of ETFs have appeared in the market place, inverse and leveraged ETFs, that pose significant risks to investors. FINRA and the SEC have issued news releases warning investors and financial advisors about the unique risks and strategies attributable to inverse and leveraged ETFs. Below are excerpts from FINRA’s Investor [&hellip

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Auction Rate Securities

Auction rate securities are fixed-income debt instruments for which the interest rate is regularly reset through an auction process. Auction rate securities were marketed as liquid, safe, and cash equivalent investments.  However, many broker-dealer firms failed to disclose that the liquidity was entirely dependent upon the success of the auction process. Auctions were once held every 7 to 35 days by the brokerage firms that dealt in auction rate securities, but because of the deteriorating mortgage lending crisis and its [&hellip

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Recouping Investment Losses

Investors can lose money as direct result of unethical and wrongful conduct of their financial advisors who abuse the trust and confidence of their clients

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Chasing Yield

Many investors and financial advisors get caught in the chase to obtain higher yield on their investments. Yield is the income return on an investment

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