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Martinez-Ayme Securities Sanctioned Again For Securities Law Violations

The Martinez-Ayme Financial Group Inc. D/B/A Martinez-Ayme Securities was recently sanctioned by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for alleged violations of Rule 101 of Regulation M of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the self-regulatory agencies rules in connection with a series of private placement offerings, including a company described as CPWV. This company’s business was the development, commercialization and marketing of a series of electric generating power systems designed to produce electrical power with zero omissions or waste byproducts.

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UBS Puerto Rico Bond Fund Investors Continue To Lose

Although there was a blip in the UBS sponsored Puerto Rico closed-end bond fund prices recently, the net asset values (NAVs) of the various funds have continued their move downward. The decline is a reflection of the Puerto Rican economy which has been in recession for nearly 8 years. The most recent NAV’s published on November 27 and 29, 2013, put the value of the funds as follows:

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Puerto Rico: Default Talk Ramps Up!

A couple of months ago when the press began its aggressive coverage of the Puerto Rican municipal bond market, default was never an option. However, Justin Vélez-Hagan, executive director of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce has called it inevitable. The Chamber of Commerce official has cited more than 10 facts for his opinion: 1) $70 billion of debt is now held by institutional investors and mutual funds; 2) the debt-to-GDP ratio is now nearly 70% and growing; 3) including pension obligations the debt-to-GDP ratio exceeds 90%; 4) the per capita debt load is $19,000 per person on this tiny island, which is many multiples over the debt load in any state; 5) the eight-year recession has contracted the economy by over 16%; 6) the 2014 budget deficit is estimated between $300-$800 million; 7) the repeal of IRS Rule 936 has caused the giant pharmaceutical manufacturers and many other mainland corporations to continue to close their businesses on the island; 8) Puerto Rico has become a welfare state with only 40% of eligible workers seeking employment; 9) federal government assistance programs account for 21% of Puerto Rico’s economy; and 10) debt service is now 20% of the budget and before long, even if interest rates remain at 9%, the debt service will increase to 30, 40 or even 50% of the budget.

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