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High Net Worth Individual Investor Alleges That UBS Group AG Persuaded Him To Buy On Margin 

Guo Wengui, a rich Chinese businessman exiled in New York, has filed a lawsuit against UBS Financial Group after losing $500M. 

Wengui contends that the bank pressured him into borrowing funds to invest in shares of Haitong Securities, Co., a brokerage firm in China. This high net worth institutional investor alleges that in 2015, UBS forced the stock’s sale during both a 45% drop in Haitong’s shares, which were traded in Hong Kong and a market route. Guo said that he lost his entire investment.

New York Stockbroker and Investment Advisor is Accused of Misrepresentations and Unsuitability  

Eric Andrew Wittenberg, a managing director and private wealth advisor at UBS Group AG (UBS) in the New York metropolitan area, is being blamed by a number of the firm’s customers for investment losses they suffered after he recommended the UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES) to them.

Wittenberg is one of many UBS registered representatives named in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claims over this program.

Investors May Have Been Subject to Unsuitable Recommendations & Misrepresentations

If you are a UBS customer whose broker persuaded you to invest in Noble Corporation, you likely have lost money. The offshore drilling company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 31 in Houston, Texas. 

Noble Corp. took a huge financial hit this year as COVID-19 caused oil and gas prices to plunge in value, making oil wells below the sea too costly. However, the company’s financial woes did not stop UBS Financial Group from recommending Noble stock shares to investors all the way leading up to its bankruptcy filing.

Florida Financial Advisor is Named in at Least 10 FINRA Cases, Including One $25 Million Claim 

If you suffered losses while working with UBS Financial Services (UBS) stockbroker, Jose Manuel Cornide, Jr., you may be able to file a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim for your losses. Cornide, who is based out of Coral Gables in South Florida, is the head of Edinroc Financial Group, which is a UBS private wealth management group.

Jose Cornide is named in multiple FINRA arbitration cases brought by customers for losses they suffered from the firm’s Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES Strategy). They are just some of the UBS clients who were sold on what was supposed to be a  low-risk trading strategy that would allow them to earn enhanced yield. Instead, many of these UBS customers are now contending with significant losses. 

Pending Allegations Likely Involve UBS YES Strategy 

Frederick Maximillian Kort, a former UBS Financial (UBS) broker, is facing allegations that he made misrepresentations when making unsuitable investment recommendations to customers. 

According to his BrokerCheck record, there are two pending customer disputes against him,  both involving an options overlay strategy. While the disclosure does not specifically state so, this is likely UBS’s Yield Enhancement Strategy, in which many of the firm’s registered representatives have come under fire for selling to investors. 

Senior Investor Sues UBS Financial For Losses Caused by Yield Enhancement Strategy 

A Texas retiree says UBS’s Yield Enhancement Strategy (“YES”) is to blame for investment losses he suffered over a short time period at the end of 2018.  According to the claim filed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the YES program was unsuitably recommended to him as it is a highly risky investment program. Now, the claimant is seeking up to $100,000 in damages.

Our broker-dealer fraud lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas (“SSEK Law Firm”) are representing this investor as well as several others seeking to recoup wrongful losses from UBS Financial’s YES program. SSEK Law Firm represents investors nationwide, including in UBS YES claims.  The most recent case SSEK Law Firm has filed will be held in Dallas. 

Claimants Lose Retirement Funds in Complex Options Trading Strategy

A retired couple is suing UBS Financial Services (UBS) after they sustained at least $800,000 in losses from investing in the firm’s Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES). 

The investors contend that their UBS broker made misrepresentations and omissions when recommending this unsuitable investment strategy to them and discouraged them from leaving the YES program even as their losses mounted. Now, the investors are seeking up to $1,000,000 in damages, losses, and other costs.

Investors Claim UBS YES Strategy Was Mismarketed To Them: SEC Looking Into the Allegations

If you are an investor whose UBS broker recommended that you employ the UBS YES (Yield Enhancement Strategy) and you’ve since suffered significant losses, you may have grounds for an investment fraud claim. 

Unfortunately, UBS and its registered representatives may have been making unsuitable recommendations of this complex investment strategy to customers, as well as misrepresenting the risks involved. 

UBS To Offer Redemptions to ETRACS ETN Investors After Coronavirus-Spurred Crash

If you are an investor who was sold UBS ETRACS exchange-traded notes (ETNs), please contact our investor lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm) today. ETRACS ETNs are complex and risky investments and they are not suitable for every investor. 

UBS recently announced that it was offering mandatory redemptions for certain ETRACS ETNs while freezing trading of others after the market crashes spurred by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. UBS ETRACS ETN investors have lost a lot of money. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: YES Strategy Is Vulnerable To Losses Now Markets Are Rough

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared the coronavirus a pandemic, with the United States President Donald Trump announcing a travel ban involving more than two dozen nations. As if these health concerns weren’t bad enough, the latest Coronavirus update has also placed the markets in a panic. Dow Jones dropped by thousands of points and the S&P 500 index has also taken a dive. 

While the stock markets do typically rebound after a sharp plunge, we are currently living in uncertain times due to COVID-19. As one Bank of America Merrill Lynch report cited in a Reuters article, the coronavirus is the type of “slow-moving train wreck” in which the market “slowly and progressively” realizes its “magnitude.”

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