Brokers Bilk Customers With GWG L-Bonds

GWG L bond investors are facing significant losses as GWG Holdings navigates both bankruptcy and class action lawsuits. Despite the bonds offering high interest dividends, the GWG L Bonds were poorly secured, unlisted and unsellable once purchased, while also being aggressively auto-renewed. This combination of high risk and illiquidity should have meant that they [...]

DRIP Plans Are Not For Everyone

Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs or DRIP plans) are popular products for investors who wish to take advantage of compounded dividends, often (but not always) low fees, and easy-to-execute investing. This is how it works: DRIPs are offered either through brokers or directly from the dividend-paying company. When a dividend is distributed, it is automatically [...]

2020-06-04T17:45:46-05:00June 15th, 2020|Investment Losses, Stockbroker Negligence|

Leveraged Exchange-Traded Notes (ETNs): Bad For Retail Investors

After the 2008 financial crisis, many investors began looking for investment opportunities that would allow them to “catch up” on losses suffered in retirement plans. With interest rates at historic lows, traditionally “safe” investments such as bonds offered little income. Banks and brokerages began to expand and advertise Exchange-Traded Notes (ETNs) as lucrative, steady [...]

2020-06-04T17:26:28-05:00June 8th, 2020|Investment Losses, Stockbroker Negligence|

Did you Lose Money in Allianz Structured Alpha?

Allianz Global Investors (AGI), an investing arm of the large German insurance company Allianz SE, announced on March 25 that two of its hedge funds, managing nearly $2.3 billion, would be liquidated. The hedge funds - Structured Alpha 1000 and Structured Alpha 1000 Plus – took unexpected heavy losses in March 2020’s coronavirus stock market [...]

2020-06-04T17:11:54-05:00June 4th, 2020|Investment Losses, Stockbroker Negligence|

Investment Advisors Scrutinized for Pushing USO ETF

April 2020 - Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF)s are popular investment products that allow consumers to invest in a basket of stocks that capture certain markets or industries. When purchased knowledgeably, they can help investors diversify their portfolios or buy into an industry they believe in. ETFs also create risk by making it more difficult to see [...]

2020-04-30T10:48:44-05:00April 30th, 2020|Investment Losses, Stockbroker Negligence|

Did You Lose Money in Oil Investments?

April, 2020 – In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and on top of historic stock losses, investors were hit with another record-breaking “first”: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures went negative. For the lay person not familiar with the oil futures market, this probably makes little sense. Here’s an analogy to help: Imagine you [...]

2020-04-30T10:49:39-05:00April 30th, 2020|Investment Losses, Stockbroker Negligence|

Have You Lost Money in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)?

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are investment vehicles that hold income-generating properties. Investors earn dividends from the properties without having to own them individually. Some REITs specialize in specific market sectors – such as office buildings or hotels -  while others are more diverse. REITs have been heavily promoted by investment advisors and stockbrokers in [...]

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