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August 16, 2008

According to an August 15, 2008 InvestmentNews article, the brokerage and capital markets divisions of Wachovia Corp. have agreed to repurchase $8.8 billion in auction rate securities. The agreements, like those reached with Merrill Lynch, UBS, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase, came after investigations by state regulators into the sales practices surrounding these securities. Billions of investor dollars have been frozen since the market for ARS collapsed in February.

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August 08, 2008

According to a August 8, 2008, Business Week article, Memphis brokerage firm Morgan Keegan is under fire for allegedly failing to disclose the subprime risks of seven mutual funds. The subprime securities that created massive losses to Wall Street investment firms have created tragic losses for individual investors as well.

Regulators in at least five states are investigating whether the Memphis brokerage firm failed to disclose the level of risk associated with seven mutual funds... Read More

August 07, 2008

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo issued a press release indicating he has reached a settlement worth more than $7 billion with Citigroup that requires the company to buy back auction-rate securities from about 40,000 customers in the U.S.

In order to garner the settlement, the AG had threatened to charge the Citi with fraudulent sales practices regarding auction-rate securities as well as the destruction of key documents.

One of the terms of the settlement requires... Read More

August 04, 2008

According to a newly released Bloomberg article, four days before Merrill Lynch & Co. (ML) stopped supporting the auction-rate securities market and left and thousands of individual investors stuck with securities they couldn’t sell, the firm’s analysts recommended clients buy the toxic paper.

For example, one analyst wrote in a Feb. 8, 2008 research note “Reports of the imminent demise of the auction market seem to be greatly exaggerated, again.” The same analyst also remarked “... Read More

August 03, 2008

According to an article in the July 28, 2008 Wall Street Journal, Merrill Lynch (ML) announced a series of moves intended to lower the firm’s risk exposure and further strengthen its balance sheet.

In a further blow to investors already reeling from subprime related investment losses, ML intends to raise approx. $8.5 billion by issuing new shares thereby diluting the stock value of current shareholders by approximately 34%. Sadly this story is looking more and more like Bear Stearns... Read More

August 03, 2008

According to Market Wire, Jul 29, 2008 Hyperion Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. (“Hyperion Brookfield”) announced its appointment as Investment Advisor to certain funds that were previously managed by Morgan Asset Management, Inc., investment adisory arm of Morgan Keegan, Inc. (collectively, the “Funds”).

Hyperion Brookfield was approved by stockholders and, effective today, has assumed its duties as Investment Advisor to the following Funds:
- RMK Advantage Income Fund, Inc... Read More

August 03, 2008

According to an August 1, 2008 Dow Jones Newswire, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Friday he intends to take legal action against Citigroup Inc. for their marketing and sales of auction-rate securities.

According to Cuomo’s office, Citigroup “repeatedly and persistently” made material misrepresentations and omissions in its underwriting, distribution and sale of auction-rate securities.

Citigroup represented that auction-rate securities were safe, liquid, and... Read More

July 22, 2008

In a July 22, 2008 Wall Street Journal article it was reported
Wachovia took a loss of $8.66 billion for the current period, after posting a net profit of $2.34 billion a the prior year.

In response to the huge loss, the bank slashed its quarterly dividend to five cents a share and decided to exit the business of wholesale mortgage origination. Like many of its banking and brokerage peers, Wachovia was stung by taking huge gambles in the subprime mortgage sector. Wachovia’s... Read More

July 13, 2008

Stocks ended Friday’s session in the red after continued turmoil in the credit markets again pulled down the broader indexes. Amid other negative news, new questions were asked about the overall health of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage institutions whose shares have been ravaged over the past week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled below the 11000 level for the first time in two years during the session but finished at 11100.54, off 128.48 points... Read More

June 04, 2008

Many investors who were told they could safely place their money in an Auction Rate Security (ARS) with the assurance the investment would be liquid. However, recent turmoil in the credit markets has created a living nightmare for those in need of their cash.

Practically every major bank and investment firm marketed these products to their clients as a safe alternative to money markets, even certificates of deposit. Now, as the auctions have failed, many investors wonder if they will... Read More