Surprise, You Own Chinese Bonds!

Imagine your financial adviser selling you a bond fund that you thought was invested in low risk index or municipal securities only to find out that much of your holdings are in high-risk Chinese or Puerto Rico bonds. Unfortunately, that is the situation facing investors who may have unwittingly bought bond funds without realizing they …

Shareholder Lawsuits: Should You File a Direct Claim or a Derivative Claim?

As a shareholder in a publicly-traded or privately-held corporation, your top priority should be protecting your investment. The value of your shares is directly related to the corporation’s profitability, and you need to feel confident that the people who are in control of the company (its officers, directors and majority shareholders) are acting with your …

Zamansky LLC attorney James Ostaszewski conducted an interview with the New York City Bar

Zamansky LLC attorney James Ostaszewski, who also serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Puerto Rico, recently conducted an interview with New York City Bar President Roger Juan Maldonado and New York State Bar President Michael Miller, regarding a report that the bar associations jointly issued regarding the impact of the …

Is Your 529 Savings Plan a Target for Fraud?

When you started saving for your children’s college tuition with a 529 savings plan, you probably did not give much thought to the risk of investment fraud. As a tax-advantaged investment tool that is sponsored by states across the country, you, like most people, probably assumed that the worst-case scenario would be not earning quite …

Dangerous Manufactured Defaults May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

A shady deal in 2017 between Wall Street behemoth Blackstone and Hovnanian Enterprises, a leading homebuilder, has shaken investor confidence in the markets. These “manufactured defaults” occur when an otherwise solvent company deliberately defaults on its debt. Powerful investment firms are making big money by encouraging companies to miss bond payments they could otherwise make. …

The Yield Enhancement Strategy Hits Wealthy Investors Hard

Financial advisors pitched the so-called “UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy” – or YES strategy – to their mostly ultra-high net worth customers. They sold it as a supposedly safe and efficient mechanism to enhance yield from generally conservative portfolios. Wealthy investors were told that the YES strategy was a neutral or low-risk “Iron Condor” options trading …

How Did the Supposedly “Low Risk” UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy Go So Wrong?

Imagine being able to limit your losses and predict your profits. Sounds too good to be true, right? UBS investors were told that the firm’s Yield Enhancement Strategy, or YES, was a sure thing. UBS pitched the YES strategy to clients as a neutral or low risk way to generate returns through an options trading …

Puerto Rico Bond Restructuring Is Up In The Air

Puerto Rico’s efforts to restructure its $120 billion debt load rested largely in the hands of a federal board that was empowered in 2016 under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA. PROMESA’s board, known in Puerto Rico as “La Junta” or fiscal control board, has been making significant progress in …

Breaking Down Yield Enhancement Strategies and How They Fail

Yield enhancement strategies (YES) are high-risk investments that can result in substantial losses. They are also highly-complex; and, as a result, they are only suitable for the most-sophisticated of investors. If you have lost money in a YES investment, here are some of the key terms you need to know: Yield Enhancement Strategy A “yield …

Yield Enhancement Strategy Turns Into Wealth Destruction Strategy

Last month, this blog reported that a complex, risky investment strategy had blown up as the market plunged at the end of 2018. The so called “Yield Enhancement Strategy,” or YES was pitched by UBS financial advisors to their customers as a supposedly safe and efficient mechanism to enhance yield from a generally conservative portfolio. …