Month: July 2016

Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the Walt Disney Company retirement plan committee is facing a class-action lawsuit for offering the Sequoia Fund in its portfolio of investment choices for employees.  Why?  Because Sequoia lost 7.3% last year and is down over 13% this year, mostly due to one bad investment: Valeant Pharmaceuticals.  Over the last…
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Five Steps To Avoid Investment Advisor Fraud

This blog was prompted by an article in the SJ Mercury News reporting that Jake Peavy, the San Francisco Giants pitcher, had been defrauded out of more than $15M by Ash Narayan, a financial advisor with RGT Capital Management in Irvine, CA. According to the SEC lawsuit, Narayan had fraudulently shifted $33M from client accounts…
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Time To Worry About Underfunded Pensions?

I recently attended a seminar about public pension reform led by Chuck Reed, formerly mayor of San Jose and currently board member of the Retirement Security Initiative. As you probably recall, Reed led the effort to pass a pension reform measure for San Jose in 2012.  Here are some of the implications of the underfunded…
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