Morgan Stanley Smacked by NY AG For Mortgages


Law360, New York (February 11, 2016, 10:11 AM ET) — 6-Pack Bank and Global BrokerDealer Morgan Stanley agreed today to pay $3.2 billion to resolve claims that it misled investors about mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

The settlement is the latest among big banks related to the financial crisis, and ends government claims that Morgan Stanley misrepresented to investors the mortgages it packaged into securities. 

The settlement is the latest among big banks related to the financial crisis, bringing to a close government claims that Morgan Stanley told investors that the mortgages it packaged into securities were of higher quality than was actually the case. The firm’s misstatements cost investors billions of dollars and the problematic mortgages helped cause many homeowners to lose their homes or suffer significant financial losses, Schneiderman said.

“Today’s agreement is another victory in our efforts to help New Yorkers rebuild in the wake of the financial devastation caused by major banks,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

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Morgan Stanley CDO Fraud Update-Trial Time


Morgan Stanley Must Face Fraud Claim Over $500M CDO

Law360, New York (January 4, 2016) A New York state appeals court has upheld a trial judge’s refusal to dismiss fraud claims against brokerdealer Morgan Stanley brought by a Cayman Islands vehicle that bought $17 million in high-risk notes tied to residential mortgage-backed securities in a $500 million collateralized debt obligation (CDO) that were wiped out.

For those not familiar with the background story, this is a long-tailed civil litigation that began 3 years ago…

(Huffington Post Jan 13 2013) It’s becoming depressingly familiar: Bankers joke openly in emails about a toxic investment they’re creating. Bankers sell said toxic investment to clients while betting against it. Everybody loses money, nobody goes to jail. Rinse, repeat, crash the economy.

The latest round of emails was produced in a lawsuit by a Chinese bank suing Morgan Stanley over a $500 million subprime-mortgage collateralized debt obligation the bank created and marketed as “Stack 2006-1.” ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger writes that documents in the case show Morgan Stanley bankers had very different ideas about what it should be called.

Those names, according to internal emails from early 2007 unearthed in the case, included “Shitbag,” “Nuclear Holocaust,” “Subprime Meltdown” and “Mike Tyson’s Punchout.”

Morgan Stanley, Scottrade Settle Insufficient Supervisory Charges


The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Monday that it fined Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and Scottrade Inc. a combined $950,000 for insufficient supervisory systems to monitor the transmittal of customer funds to third-party accounts.

Morgan Stanley was fined $650,000 after Finra found that, from October 2008 to June 2013, three registered representatives in two different branch offices converted a total of about $500,000 from 13 customers by creating fraudulent wire transfer orders and branch checks from the customers’ accounts to third-party accounts. Supervisory failures allowed the conversions to go undetected, Finra said.

Scottrade, which was fined $300,000, didn’t obtain customer confirmations for third-party wire transfers of between $200,000 and $500,000 from October 2011 to October 2013, according to Finra. The agency alleged Scottrade processed transfers totaling about $880 million during that period.

Morgan Stanley, which has around 16,000 brokers and advisers, and Scottrade, which has around 2,000 registered brokers, agreed to the sanctions without admitting or denying the charges.

A spokesman for Scottrade, Whitney Ellis, said in a statement that the firm has resolved the issue after updating its procedures in 2013 and improving the notification process for third-party transfers.

A representative for Scottrade said clients now receive multiple notifications of pending wire transfers, and the appropriate supervisory procedures are in place.

Any Grads Want to Join a BrokerDealer? These Banks Want You!


If you or your college grad who you just financed 4 years of college for has yet to secure that sought-after Wall Street job, profiles 9 different types of people that Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley are looking to hire at this point in the year. Here is what said:

1. Goldman Sachs wants private wealth management and fund management professionals

2. Sachs wants technology professionals in Warsaw

3. Sachs wants derivatives clearing professionals in London and Warsaw

4. J.P. Morgan wants ‘client rationalization’ professionals in London

5. Morgan wants associates for its London investment banking team in London

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6. J.P. Morgan wants someone to join a new team working on ‘VaR methodology’ in London

7.  Morgan Stanley wants a cyber intelligence analyst in Glasgow

8. Stanley wants over the counter collateral analysts in Glasgow

9. Morgan Stanley wants top university graduates for glorified data monitoring and presentation roles

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AppFolio Follows The Tech Trend And Files For IPO


With two tech companies already set to launch their IPOs this week, another tech company has filed for an IPO, on Monday, May 18, 2015, with  the SEC.   AppFolio is most known for its web-based real estate property management system. That allows property managers to market and manage their portfolio. It includes accounting and property management functions with the ability to email work-orders, owner statements and resident communications. AppFolio are hoping to raise up to $100 million from this IPO. This IPO update is courtesy of Reuters Canada’s article, “Property management software maker AppFolio files for IPO“, with ab excerpt below.

AppFolio Inc, a maker of online property management software, filed with U.S. regulators on Monday for an initial public offering of common stock.

Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Pacific Crest Securities and William Blair are underwriters to the IPO.

The California-based company, whose investors include BV Capital and IGSB, provides software to small and medium-sized property managers and also offers legal software for small law firms under the brand “MyCase”.

AppFolio’s revenue rose 61 percent to $15.8 million for the quarter ended March 31. Net loss widened to $3.6 million from $1.2 million a year earlier.

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