New Fraud Charges After Investment Advisor Tries Paying Old Fraud Charges blog update is courtesy of InvestmentNews’ Mason Braswell.

Jacob Cooper, investment advisor at  Total Wealth Management

Jacob Cooper, investment advisor at Total Wealth Management

Investment Advisor firm, Total Wealth Management, was ordered to pay SEC fraud fines in April. After paying the fine, the firm is now being charged with using clients’ money to pay the initial fraud fines.

Investment adviser Jacob Cooper and his firm, Total Wealth Management, face a fresh set of fraud charges after they attempted to use client funds to settle an earlier fraud case with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a new complaint filed Wednesday.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed the charges against Mr. Cooper and his San Diego-based firm after, according to the complaint, they misused investor money for the original settlement and defrauded clients through unexplained “administrative” fees.

The SEC is now seeking to freeze the firm’s assets, appoint a receiver to oversee remaining funds and assess civil penalties.

Total Wealth Management, which Mr. Cooper founded in 2009 and built up through a weekly radio show on investing, allegedly borrowed $150,000 in client funds to help settle an SEC administrative action from April. In that action, the SEC accused him of fraud for pooling around 75% of clients’ $100 million assets into a private fund, which he then invested in unaffiliated funds that paid an undisclosed revenue-sharing fee back to clients.

In addition, the SEC alleged in its most recent complaint that Mr. Cooper was using investor money to pay for legal fees on a related class action brought by clients, who have not been able to withdraw their money or terminate their relationship.

He allegedly charged several Total Wealth investors between $3,500 and $7,500 per account under the guise of “administrative” fees, the agency said.

Then, in a mass email from Total Wealth Management, the firm purportedly told clients: “Many of you were aware of a class action lawsuit brought on by only a few clients causing fee increases for all.”

“The irony is that [the class action] counsel and a very small group of investors have caused a significant amount of those increased fees they have complained about,” the email added.

The SEC disagreed.

“[Mr.] Cooper has an inherent conflict of interest since he is using investor money to defend himself in a lawsuit brought against him by investors,” the complaint stated.

A lawyer for Mr. Cooper, Charles Field of Chapin Fitzgerald Knaier, declined to comment. A number listed for Total Wealth Management was not in working order.

Mr. Cooper has stated that he is in a period of “deep financial stress,” and that he has “no income” and “no job opportunities,” according to the complaint.

He has been writing fantasy novels, however, including one published last July called “Circle of Reign (The Dying Lands Chronicle Book 1).”

Total Wealth Management had about $103 million in assets under management and 773 client accounts, according to its Form ADV from December. The firm found clients through a weekly radio show Mr. Cooper hosted and through free lunches, the SEC said.

For the original article from InvestmentNews, click here JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon Diagnosed With Cancer blog update: JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, indisputably one of the global banking industry’s most recognized leaders announced via internal memo to the investment bank/broker-dealer’s employees that he was recently diagnosed with throat cancer and is scheduled to undergo treatment beginning immediately.


JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon

According to Dimon’s e-mail, the cancer is curable and “the prognosis from doctors is excellent” after multiple tests confirmed the cancer is confined in the lymph nodes on the right side of his neck. The memo said Dimon will undergo eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and curtail his travel, but he does not plan to take time off from his day-to-day leadership of the firm.

Dimon’s announcement came on the very day he celebrates his 10th anniversary at the helm of the bank, which makes him the longest-tenured CEO among the major U.S. banks. That tenure, which began when JPMorgan acquired Dimon-led Bank One a decade ago, has had plenty of highs and lows.

Investment Banks and BrokerDealers: Getting on Train or Getting Run Over By It

Steven M. Davidoff, the Law Professor and Deal Junkie of New York Times, explained in his recent blog at DealBook NYTimes that investment banking business is getting highly effected by not only poor economic conditions, but also increasingly new regulatory changes are constraining the potential of investment banking.

The world of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and the rest of the investment banks is being remade, squeezed by new regulations and record low volatility in the markets.


So what will the new world look like?

Gary D. Cohn, the president of Goldman Sachs, described the current market well last month when he noted the “difficult environment” for investment banks. He said that “what drives activity in our business is volatility.” If markets never move, he continued, “our clients don’t need to transact.”

The decline in volatility has sharply reduced already low investment bank trading revenue. Citigroup’s chief financial officer, John C. Gerspach, said at a recent conference that Citigroup’s trading revenue could be down 20 to 25 percent in the next year. Other banks are expecting similar declines.

The continuous amendment of new rules and regulations in the investment banking are now viewed by investors and broker-dealers as roadblocks to their investment goals. In this situation, investment banks are being forced to find new ways to maintain revenue or to shrink. Conventionally, investors and broker-dealers believed that these banks are open to make to choices to reorient their business structure, but in reality their options are confined now.

For instance, Morgan Stanley Group is diverting its focus more in wealth management from traditional investment banking as they get aware of market trends in the investment banking sector. However, they do not leave investment banking sector entirely, but they start capital allocation in other finance sectors to stabilize the overall revenue, if for any uncertain reasons investment banking get saturated.

Other banks like Citigroup and Bank of America, are getting focused in retrenchment activities. While, smaller investment banks like Barclays’ are in free fall, departing top executives. Some have announced to cut their bank’s working capital in half, and some reduced their quarter of human capital.

If you are wondering whether the investment banking comes to an end, well this might not be the case. Except all these rushes in the investment banking sector, Goldman Sachs, has played its strengths and remain focused towards trading and traditional investment banking. Goldman is looking to change as little as possible, betting that the economy will boost again. One good reason is that there are more chances that new entrants will try to avoid investment banking sector and rather invest in other capital investments.

As Gary D. Cohn, the president of Goldman Sachs, described, “What drives activity in our business is volatility.” If markets never move, he continued, “Our clients really don’t need to transact.”

GoDaddy to Tap Public Markets for IPO blog extends thanks to NYT DealBook for below news extract.

GoDaddy, the domain name registration giant, plans to sell its shares to investors in an initial public offering.

Courtesy of NYT DealBook

Courtesy of NYT DealBook

The company, which filed a prospectus with regulators on Monday, is preparing to tap the public markets about two-and-a-half years after it was bought by a group led by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Silver Lake. GoDaddy previously sought to go public in 2006, but a deal never materialized at that time.

GoDaddy allows individuals and small businesses to set up Internet domain names, offering services like website building, hosting and security. The company had 57 million domains under management as of Dec. 31. It generates the majority of what it calls bookings — gross sales before refunds — from sales of domain names.

K.K.R. and Silver Lake, along with the venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures, paid about $2.25 billion for GoDaddy in December 2011. The company plans to use some of the money raised in the I.P.O. to reduce its debt.

It also plans to make a $25 million payment to its private equity and venture capital owners, to terminate an agreement under which the owners have collected fees.

For the full story, please visit NYT DealBook article.

Do’s and Don’ts When Raising Capital thanks the Sydney Morning Herald for below extracts re: profile of top gun entrepreneur Greg Taylor and guidance on best ways to raise capital for start-up enterprises..

Entrepreneur Greg Taylor

Entrepreneur Greg Taylor

“..Raising capital is stressful and incredibly time consuming. It’s a full time job. So if you embark on a money raising mission, make sure your business is at a stage where it can survive (and hopefully flourish) with minimal input from you. The raise will demand most of your time and attention for the next little while.

It’s actually a lot like internet dating. You write a profile (information memorandum) you go on a first date (swipe right), you decide if you’d like to see each other again, (thank-you text), one party plays hard to get (valuation), meet the parents (due diligence), buy a ring (appoint lawyers), ask the question, (term sheet) and get married (settlement).

Once you’ve got a little seed money to work with, it really then becomes an issue of timing. If you go to the market looking for money before you have a concept or product, you don’t have as much leverage with investors and could potentially be beaten down on your valuation. So founders are generally better off building the product and getting as much traction as possible before courting investment to reduce the risk profile of their venture.The longer you can hold off, the more leverage you have with investors. But the longer you wait, the more risk there is that your competitors will land funds and get the jump on you. And it can be hard to play catch up.

Preparing the business for a capital raise correctly is critical. My advice is to find yourself someone who knows what they are doing. I was incredibly fortunate to have met a trusted adviser who works in the digital space.



  • Have all your legal documents prepared and in order.
  • Ensure the information you provide to potential investors is easily understandable and clear. Some aspects of the business may seem simple to you but complex to them. It’s always better to put more information than less.
  • Have all of your company information (ABNs, insurance, contracts) centralised and easily accessible so that it can be supplied to potential investors upon request.
  • You will end up getting married, so make sure your new partners and you both have the same goals (exit strategy, founders’ roles etc) and that the culture is right.
  • Be prepared to negotiate and get a deal done.


  • Don’t think you have the cash in the bank until it’s in the bank
  • Don’t be cocky. You need to show investors that you not only have a good idea, but are willing to listen and learn off them. Most of the time, they are investing 80 per cent in you and 20 per cent in the product.
  • Don’t have an unrealistic goal on valuation – its better to have 10 per cent of something huge than 100 per cent of nothing.

Greg Taylor is the co-founder and CEO of Clipp, an app that allows consumers to open, view, share and pay their bar tab or restaurant bill seamlessly and securely. Clipp secured $1.55m investment in November 2013. Greg sold his previous venture, eCoffeCard for an undisclosed amount earlier this year.

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