We are investigating a possible securities fraud claim on behalf of an investor involving an improper and unsuitable investment recommendation made to induce the investor to purchase Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae preferred stocks.
Based on our preliminary investigation, it appears that a large number of clients of full service brokerage firms and banks were misrepresented the true risks associated with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stocks or sold unsuitable and inappropriate amounts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred shares.
It further appears that financial advisors primarily misrepresented the true nature of the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae preferred stocks in one of two ways: (1) Clients were either told that they either could not lose money, or would not lose investment principal in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stocks; or (2) investors were told that in the unlikely event Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac defaulted, the U.S. government would step in and make investors whole or otherwise cover their investment losses.
Such representations misrepresented the nature of preferred stocks and risk associated with investing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stocks. Unlike bonds, preferred stock can be risky and there was absolutely no guarantee that the U.S. government would step in and make investors whole in the event that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in trouble.
As we now know, losses incurred by investors invested in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stocks holders were huge. Unfortunately, preferred stocks of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac carried extreme risks and these risks were either glossed over or downplayed by brokers and financial advisors at major brokerage firms and banks.
If you have any information that may assist us in our investigation on behalf of this investor, please contact us at 312-238-9650.
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