terrys tips options and covered calls guru.

Discussion in 'Options' started by Free Thinker, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. http://www.terrystips.com/

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said yesterday it has filed civil charges against Terry's Tips Inc. and its founder, alleging clients lost money after enrolling in "auto trading" programs that falsely promised high returns.

    The SEC said Terry Allen, a self-proclaimed options-picking guru and a graduate of Harvard Business School, had managed more than $14 million (U.S.) in assets through the auto trading programs, which allow investors to designate an online adviser to automatically direct trades for their brokerage accounts.

    Clients turned over access to their accounts, but instead of making 100 per cent a month on an annualized basis, as advertised, some clients lost from 60 per cent to 100 per cent of their investments, regulators said.

    "The filing of this case illustrates that an investor should exercise care and appropriate skepticism before giving another person authority to direct trading in his account, particularly where that person claims to provide unrealistically high returns to the investor," said Ken Israel, director of the SEC's Salt Lake District Office.

    Allen, 65, of Ferrisburg, Vt., founded Terry's Tips in May 2003. As of August 2004, Terry's Tips had about 1,200 auto trading clients, the SEC said.

    The company continues to seek out new subscribers using misleading performance projections, the SEC said.

    It said it is seeking to impose civil penalties on Allen and Terry's Tips and to return money lost by investors.

    "Mr. Allen and Terry's Tips intend to defend the case vigorously," said defence attorney William Nissen.

    He said that the case was "inconsistent" with a Supreme Court ruling known as Lowe V. SEC, which "held that a person who provided impersonal trading recommendations could not be regulated as an investment adviser due to concerns that his first amendment rights to freedom of speech and press would be infringed."
  2. Well,

    At least he didn't try to claim in his defense that he had actually made his clients money...:)
  3. da-net


    If the government can prove its claim and if you agree that there are others that do the same or very similar marketing, I question what if any effect is this going to have on firms that allow auto trading like OE and other BDs that allow people like him into their systems? If they curtail auto trading that should reduce their income.
  4. I would not mind seeing all like him go to jail, there is to much snake oil out there to be a regulated industry.
  5. I do not think the effect on OX's income from commissions will drop any significant amount if auto-trading is taken out. Most of those traders will most likely just subscribe to the newsletters and make the trades themselves or just find other sources of info to trade on. Most auto traders seem more than happy to turn their money over blindly to such services and when one is taken out, they usually step into the next one.

    I agree with the SEC action because if you subscribe to a newsletter it falls under an exemption as a research tool and you and the author do not have a specific investment advisor relationship. But if you give power of attorney over your account for them to manage through their newsletter, then you are basically doing no different than handing your money over to someone who is not a registered investment advisor in a non-hedge fund type of relationship.

    I found it hard to believe Terry lost money last year in a relatively sideways market since he does covered calls. Makes you question his risk management which was sorely lacking. Afterall, once you pay for a subscription, he already has your money.