The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP filed a claim on behalf of a retired 66 years old widow concerning the mismanagement of her retirement savings. The case alleged that Wells Fargo representative Allen Wilson (Wilson) recommended an overconcentration in unsuitable structured products that caused devastating losses to the Claimant’s portfolio jeopardizing her retirement.
Claimant alleged that she and her husband met Wilson in 2001 and for some time her savings were concentrated mostly in corporate and municipal bonds. The Claimant alleged that she told Wilson that she was retired, collected social security, and wanted additional income from her accounts to cover expenses while preserving principal. However, Wilson began recommending very complex structured products that the ordinary investor would not be able to understand. These structured products were alleged to not be appropriate investments for income and a desire for preservation of capital.
The structured products at issue referenced two different bond yield curves and one stock market index in order to compute both if interest is owed paid and how much. As alleged, a probability and statistics degree is needed to even begin to comprehend the probabilities of payment on this instrument.