UBS’s Flawed Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES)

The so-called  “Yield Enhancement Strategy,”  or “YES,” has seen a major rise in popularity at large investment firms, especially UBS,  as a vehicle for investors  to “enhance” returns relatively safely.  “YES” has been pitched as a relatively safe way to generate enhanced returns on a consistent basis, especially when markets are flat.   Fairly stable markets have been norm for many years, until recently, making  this approach attractive  to many  investors.  However, because of this historic stability,  the inherent risks of the investment have not been widely known to investors. As a result, because “YES” relies on stability in the market place,  when significant volatility does hit, as it has at various times in the last 18 months,…

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