Expected Market Volatility During 2019 Could Spell Trouble for “Iron Condor” Investors

The “iron condor” is an extraordinarily complex investment product. A form of “yield enhancement strategy,” or “YES,” it involves making at least four separate options trades with the hope that none of the options will actually reach their strike price so that the investor can pocket a modest “option premium.” With an iron condor, the …

Collateral Yield Enhancement Strategy (CYES) Offered by Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Other Firms

Zamansky LLC is investigating an options-based investment strategy utilized by various brokerage firms — including Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch — sometimes referred to as the Collateral Yield Enhancement Strategy, or “CYES”. The CYES is a complicated and risky options strategy, managed by Harvest Volatility Management, LLC. The CYES utilizes “iron condor” options trades and …

UBS, Credit Suisse and Other Wall Street Firms Continue to Face Scrutiny for Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES) Investments Sold to Individual Investors

Similar to all other consumer industries, there are fads in the retail investment market. One recent fad promoted by big Wall Street banks like UBS and Credit Suisse is the “yield enhancement strategy,” also known by the acronym, “YES.” Despite its catchy name, and despite being pitched as a low-risk alternative to traditional investing, the …

Wall Street Continues to Push Yield Enhancement Strategies (YES) Despite the Risks

There is no question that yield enhancement strategies (YES) present substantial risks for individual investors. There is also no question that most individual investors lack the in-depth knowledge of options, margin, puts, calls and other relevant investment concepts needed to make informed decisions about investing with yield enhancement strategies. But, this has not stopped Wall …

Duty-of-Prudence Claim Asserted Even Under Stricter Standard Used to Dismiss Lawsuit – New York Law Journal

IBM employees appealed dismissal of claims that fiduciaries of IBM’s employee stock option plan violated their duty under ERISA to manage plan assets prudently because they knew, but did not disclose, that IBM’s microelectronics division was overvalued. District court found a prudent fiduciary could have concluded an earlier corrective disclosure would have done more harm than good. …

Rare Win for Stock Drop Participants – NAPA

The participant-plaintiffs in a stock drop case have won a rare victory in federal court. The plaintiffs alleged that the IBM defendants (IBM itself, along with the Retirement Plans Committee of IBM; Richard Carroll, IBM’s Chief Accounting Officer; Martin Schroeter, IBM’s CFO; and Richard Weber, IBM’s general counsel) failed to prudently and loyally manage the …

Appeals court overturns dismissal in IBM stock-drop case – Pensions & Investments

A federal appeals court in New York ruled against International Business Machines Crop., overturning a lower court dismissal of a lawsuit by IBM 401(k) plan participants, who alleged plan managers violated their fiduciary duties. The three-judge appellate court panel reversed and remanded a September 2017 dismissal by a District Court judge regarding a company stock …

Zamansky LLC Investigates GPB Capital Holdings Private Funds

On December 18, 2018, media reports revealed that Massachusetts’ securities regulators are investigating GPB Capital Holdings, which sold approximately $1.8 million of its private funds. The funds were sold through independent brokerage firms that reportedly received 10% commissions for pushing these funds on investors. These investments, however, were highly speculative and risky private placements that …

Surprise IBM Stock-Drop Ruling Puts Fiduciaries on Notice – Bloomberg Law

Win or lose, the distressed workers challenging IBM’s handling of its overinflated stock-filled retirement plan have opened a door for others pursuing similar fraud cases. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision to resuscitate the years-old case of Jander v. Retirement Plans Committee of IBM is a rare victory in a …