Monday, August 31, 2009

Getting the Word Out

I'm compiling a list of finance related blogs that might be interested in adding a post about the lawsuit against EverBank and the millions of dollars that have been lost by purchasers of their WorldCurrency CDs. Perhaps by getting the word out we can prevent others from losing money by investing with this bank. Please consider emailing any finance related blog that you read with links to the Everbank Lawsuit Info as well as this blog.

To that end, I have edited EverBank's Wikipedia entry (which apparently was composed by their public relations department) with information about the lawsuit. Everbank on Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Investors Suffer Massive Losses in EverBank WorldCurrency CDs

According to the Executive Vice President of Everbank, Frank Trotter, investors in all WorldCurrency CDs (including Icelandic Krona CDs)incurred a net loss of alomst $50,000,000 over the past four years. On average, those who invested in WorldCurrency CDs and subsequently converted their investment back into US dollars during this period were almost twice as likely to lose money as realize a gain. That's a pretty poor performance for an FDIC insured "certificate of deposit", don't you think?

Meanwhile, by charging 1% commission to convert dollars into a foreign currency, and an additional 1% commission to convert the foreign currency back into US dollars, EverBank made millions from these WorldCurrency investors.

That said, since its unclear whether EverBank ever actually converted the money invested with them, at least in the case of Icelandic Krona CDs, into a foreign currency, its equally unclear what the commission they charged was meant for.

Everbank Lawsuit case notes

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Everbank Class Action Lawsuit

According to a court document filed by Everbank in response to a class action lawsuit initiated in California, a total of 225 investors lost $4,007,662.81 as a result of Everbank's forced closing of their Icelandic Krona denominated "CDs". That averages out to about $18,000 per account.
Everbank Lawsuit Info

Sunday, March 1, 2009

More Everbank World Currency CDs Implode

The financial crisis in Eastern Europe has caused the Polish Zloty, the Czech Koruna and the Hungarian Forint to lose close to 50% of their value against the US dollar. Everbank's "European Opportunity CD" is made up of these three currencies. Likewise, $10,000 invested in an Everbank Mexican Peso certificate of deposit in August, 2008, is now worth about $6500.

Meanwhile the Icelandic Krona continues to stabilize, and has appreciated about 12% against the US dollar since the beginning of the year.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Government Collapses, Yet Icelandic Krona Still Higher Than the Rate Everbank used to Close CDs

You may have read that the Icelandic government collapsed this week. Despite the political turmoil, the Icelandic Krona is still trading significantly higher than the rate at which Everbank used to unilaterally close out several Icelandic Krona "CDs" as recently as last month. According to Forbes, the Icelandic Krona is trading at 160 to the US dollar. This is the offshore rate. In Iceland, the Krona was trading at the even higher rate of 122 to the dollar. In October and again in December, Everbank closed out several CDs at around 250 to the dollar.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Everbank WorldCurrency "CDs"- All of the Risk, One Third of the Return

In a previous post, I compared Everbank's WorldCurrency "Certificates of Deposit" to foreign currency exchange traded funds (ETFs). Foreign currency ETFs are far superior investments, in my opinion. When you invest in a foreign currency ETF, you can specify a rate of exchange (by way of a limit order) and move in and out of the ETF at will, since it trades like a stock. When you invest in a WorldCurrency "CD", Everbank decides the rate of exchange and your investment is locked in for the term of the "CD".

Moreover, the foreign exchange ETF pays a higher interest rate than Everbank. For example, the rate the CurrencyShares euro ETF currently pays is almost three times the rate that Everbank pays for its euro "CD". You read that right, the euro ETF pays about 300% the interest that the WorldCurrency euro "CD" does. In fact, in every case where an interest rate is paid, the CurrencyShares ETF pays a substantially higher rate than the comparable Everbank WorldCurrency "CD" rate.

Compare for yourself:

Everbank rates:

CurrencyShares rates:

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Latest Icelandic Krona/US Dollar Quote

The latest quote for the ISK/USD exchange rate is 145/$. This comes from Everbank's own publication the "Daily Pfenning" as of today. Everbank closed out my first "CD" two months ago at 250/$ and my second "CD" two weeks ago at 175/$. Both were converted back to $ against my wishes. If they had remained open as I had requested, the first "CD" would today be worth 40% more, the second "CD" 15% more. What exchange rate did Everbank use to close out your "CD"?