Posted on Nov 20th, 2015
Ryan Neel Bowers of Enviso Capital has been fined $25,000 and suspended from the brokerage industry for five months for failure to make important disclosures to investors.
If your investment portfolio dropped 46%, you would want to know, right? Well, apparently Mr. Bowers failed to provide this information to investors in one of his private funds. At least some of the account statements they received failed to show this stunning drop.
While Mr. Bowers is suspended from the brokerage industry, he continues to provide investment advisory services to the public, which is an area of the securities market outside FINRA’s jurisdiction.
Mr. Bowers is head of the investment advisory firm Enviso Capital, which manages approximately $200 million and is based in San Diego.
Posted on Oct 4th, 2016
If you’re reading this article, there is a good chance you invested in or through an entity that is now in receivership, and you probably have a lot of questions! The purpose of this article is to give you a general overview of how receiverships work so you know what to expect. Every receivership is different, but every receivership goes through four overlapping stages: 1) stabilization; 2) investigation; 3) litigation; and 4) distribution.
These four stages all support the overarching goal of every receivership—the orderly winding down of a business in a manner that maximizes value for investors.
We will come back to these four stages in a minute, but first it is important to understand the background context that gives rise to a receivership.
Posted on Jun 23rd, 2015
Financial advisors love to sell variable annuities. The reason is simple—commissions of up to 8%. If a financial advisor can sell you a $200,000 variable annuity, that means commissions of up to $16,000. Not bad for a day’s work!
Unfortunately, commissions are just about the only thing that is simple about variable annuities.
The one reason why variable annuities are almost always a bad idea is that they are too complicated for ordinary investors (and normal people in general) to understand. Seriously, have you ever tried to read a variable annuity policy? Here is just one example from an actual policy. Try to stay awake through this, because there is a lot more you urgently need to know about variable annuities: