Recovery of Investment Losses in Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund
The White Law Group continues to investigate FINRA arbitration claims involving Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund and other Dividend Capital investments. Unfortunately for investors it appears that many financial advisors/brokerage firms that sold Dividend Capital understated or misrepresent the risks and liquidity problems associated with a non-traded REIT such as Dividend Capital.
According to its filings with SEC, Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust Inc. is a Maryland corporation located in Denver, Colorado. The REIT was formed on April 11, 2005 to invest in a diverse portfolio of real property and real estate-related investments. The Company’s targeted investments include direct investments in real properties. They also invest in securities, including securities issued by other real estate companies and mortgage loans secured by income-producing real estate.
Secondary Market Offer
According to Central Trade & Transfer, a secondary market website, shares of Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund are listed for just $7.01 per share. Unfortunately for many investors, it appears that the secondary market price would represent a significant loss on their initial capital investment.
Prior to making recommendations to an individual investor, brokerage firms are required by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to disclose all the risks of an investment. Recommendations should only be made if the investment is suitable for an individual investor given their age, investment objections, investment experience and risk tolerance.
Brokerage firms that do not perform adequate due diligence on an investment and/or make unsuitable recommendations can be held accountable for investment losses through securities arbitration.
According to Dividend Capital’s prospectus dated January 27, 2006, the REIT paid 6% commission to the brokerage firm that sold the product. Additionally, approximately 2.5% dealer manager fee and up to 1.0% distribution fee was also deducted from the primary offering price, and up to 1.5% of the proceeds from the sale of shares may have been allocated to the Advisor (Dividend Capital Total Advisors Group LLC) for incurring or paying offering expenses.
Certainly the high commission could be a motivating factor for unscrupulous financial advisors to sell Dividend Capital regardless of whether the investment is in line with the client’s investment objectives and profile. Moreover, the total commissions and expenses make it difficult for the REIT to perform in line with the market.
If you invested in a Dividend Capital and would like to discuss your litigation options, please call the securities attorneys of The White Law Group at 888-637-5510 for a free consultation.
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