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SEC Fines OppenheimerFunds $35M For Misleading Investors

The Securities & Exchange Commission found that during the financial crisis, OppenheimerFunds did not adequately disclose the use of derivatives in two funds to investors:

  • Oppenheimer Core Bond Fund- OPIGX
  • Oppenheimer Chamption Income Fund -OPCHX

The Core Bond Fund lost 36% and the Champion Income Fund lost 72% of its value. According to SEC Enforcement Officer Robert Khuzami, "Mutual funds have an obligation to clearly and accurately convey the strategies and risks of the products they sell. Candor, not wishful thinking, should drive communications with investors, particularly during times of market stress."

The derivatives added leverage supposedly to add substantial exposure to commercial mortgage backed securities in the funds, however, according to the SEC it backfired in 2008 when the market collapsed.

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