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New MK fund managers tight-lipped

On Aug. 18, we reported that Regions Morgan Keegan had shifted management of its seven failed investment funds to Hyperion Brookfield Asset Management company. This week, a report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal said the new managers have begun reworking the funds, but in a conference call with investors would not make any guarantees about results. Hyperion is working to reposition and revamp the funds, which faltered badly as a result of ties to subprime mortgage lending. It is estimated that investors, who were promised low-risk funds but were instead placed into high-risk securities, suffered losses up to 90 percent ... Read More

Regions hit by double whammy

A combination of defaulted loans in the plunging housing market and unique woes with its Morgan Keegan & Co. investment arm caused shares of Regions Financial Corp. stock to plunge 73 percent in the past year, according to a report in The Birmingham News. The company is headquartered in Birmingham. The housing market’s decline is affecting the bottom line at banks nationwide, but the situation has dealt Regions a double-whammy in the shape of fallout from its Morgan Keegan mutual fund investments. The financial giant is facing a number of lawsuits with investors saying they were promised low-risk funds but ... Read More

Predicted Regions dividend drop

The Birmingham News reported this week that Regions Financial Corp. may cut its dividend to shareholders as a result of defaulting real estate loans and a series of lawsuits in relation to Morgan Keegan investment fraud. Morgan Keegan is a subsidiary of Regions, as a brokerage unit. The dividend reduction was predicted by Standard & Poor’s Corp. Currently, the News reports, Regions’ 38-cent quarterly dividend yields around 11 percent. The paper said banks are reducing dividends across the industry, largely due to the crisis in the housing market, as losses from home loans continue to climb. ... Read More