Recovery of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT Investment Losses

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Have you suffered investment losses in Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration.

The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud claims involving broker-dealers’ improper recommendation that investors purchase high-risk non-traded REIT investments, like Industrial Income Trust. Many investors are not fully aware of the problems and risks associated with these investments before purchasing them.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are complex and inherently risky products. Compared to traditional investments, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds, REITs are significantly more complex and often better suited for sophisticated and institutional investors.

Another problem often associated with REIT recommendations is the high sales commissions brokers typically earn for selling REITs – as high as 15%. Brokers have an obligation to make investment recommendations that are consistent with their clients risk tolerance, net worth, investment objectives and experience in the market. Unfortunately, in many cases, the high sales commission may provide some brokers with enough incentive to make unsuitable investment recommendations.

In addition to the high risks, non-traded REITs, like Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT often lack liquidity. Investors looking to sell these investments often have difficulty finding a buyer, and if they are able to find one can suffer significant losses on the sale.

Broker dealers are required to perform adequate due diligence on any investment they recommend and to ensure that all recommendations are suitable for the investor. Firms that fail to do so, may be held responsible for any losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.

If you suffered losses investing in Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT and would like a free consultation with a securities attorney, please call The White Law Group at (312)238-9650.

The White Law Group is a national securities arbitration, securities fraud, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida.

For more information on The White Law Group, visit www.whitesecuritieslaw.com.

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Recovery of Industrial Income Trust Inc. Investment Losses

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Have you suffered investment losses in  Industrial Income Trust? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration.

The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud claims involving broker-dealers’ improper recommendation that investors purchase high-risk non-traded REIT investments, like  Industrial Income Trust. Many investors are not fully aware of the problems and risks associated with these investments before purchasing them.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are complex and inherently risky products. Compared to traditional investments, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds, REITs are significantly more complex and often better suited for sophisticated and institutional investors.

Another problem often associated with REIT recommendations is the high sales commissions brokers typically earn for selling  REITs – as high as 15%.  Brokers have an obligation to make investment recommendations that are consistent with their clients risk tolerance, net worth, investment objectives and experience in the market. Unfortunately, in many cases, the high sales commission may provide some brokers with enough incentive to make unsuitable investment recommendations.

In addition to the high risks, non-traded REITs, like Industrial Income Trust often lack liquidity. Investors looking to sell these investments often have difficulty finding a buyer, and if they are able to find one can suffer significant losses on the sale.

Broker dealers are required to perform adequate due diligence on any investment they recommend and to ensure that all recommendations are suitable for the investor. Firms that fail to do so, may be held responsible for any losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.

If you suffered losses investing in Industrial Income Trust and would like a free consultation with a securities attorney, please call The White Law Group at (312)238-9650.

The White Law Group is a national securities arbitration, securities fraud, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida.

For more information on The White Law Group, visit www.whitesecuritieslaw.com.

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Recovery of Corporate Property Associates 17 – Global Inc. Investment Losses

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Have you suffered investment losses in Corporate Property Associates 17 REIT? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration.

The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud claims involving broker-dealers’ improper recommendation that investors purchase high-risk non-traded REIT investments, like Corporate Property Associates 17. Many investors are not fully aware of the problems and risks associated with these investments before purchasing them.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are complex and inherently risky products. Compared to traditional investments, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds, REITs are significantly more complex and often better suited for sophisticated and institutional investors.

Another problem often associated with REIT recommendations is the high sales commissions brokers typically earn for selling  REITs – as high as 15%.  Brokers have an obligation to make investment recommendations that are consistent with their clients risk tolerance, net worth, investment objectives and experience in the market. Unfortunately, in many cases, the high sales commission may provide some brokers with enough incentive to make unsuitable investment recommendations.

In addition to the high risks, non-traded REITs, like Corporate Property Associates 17 often lack liquidity. Investors looking to sell these investments often have difficulty finding a buyer, and if they are able to find one can suffer significant losses on the sale.

Broker dealers are required to perform adequate due diligence on any investment they recommend and to ensure that all recommendations are suitable for the investor. Firms that fail to do so, may be held responsible for any losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.

If you suffered losses investing in Corporate Property Associates 17 and would like a free consultation with a securities attorney, please call The White Law Group at (312)238-9650.

The White Law Group is a national securities arbitration, securities fraud, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida.

For more information on The White Law Group, visit www.whitesecuritieslaw.com.

 

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UBS Puerto Rico Ordered to Pay Investor $1 Million

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

According to Investment News, a FINRA arbitration panel awarded $1 million to an investor whose portfolio was over-concentrated in UBS Puerto Rico closed-end bond funds. The 66 year-old conservative investor reportedly “lost $737,000 of his nearly $1 million portfolio when the value of UBS’ Puerto Rico municipal bond funds collapsed in the fall of 2013.”

Investment News reports that when the client expressed his concern about his declining account, he was told “even a skinny cow could give milk.” The arbitration panel wrote that the investor’s portfolio was “clearly unsuitable” and provided a lengthy explanation for their award, which pointed the finger at UBS’s sales practices and alleged that brokers were under pressure to sell the closed-end funds and keep clients in them.

The arbitration panel reportedly wrote that “Claimant’s lifetime pattern has been one of frugality, saving and employment of resulting capital and his own labor in business opportunities that he understands can earn a good return.”

UBS was ordered to pay $400,000 to buy back the investor’s portfolio and pay $600,000 in compensatory damages. The investor’s request for $1 million in punitive damages was reportedly denied by the arbitration panel.

The foregoing information, which is publically available on Investment New’s website, is being provided by The White Law Group.

Unfortunately it appears that many investors suffered devastating losses as a result of UBS Puerto Rico closed-end funds. Brokers that sold UBS closed-end funds had a responsibility to make sure the investment recommendation was suitable for their client. The White Law Group continues to investigate claims against the brokerage firms that pushed Puerto Rican municipal bonds and bond funds.

If you are concerned about your investment in Puerto Rico bonds and would like to speak to a securities attorney, please call The White Law Group at 312-238-9650 for a free consultation.

The White Law Group, LLC is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, investor protection, and securities regulation/compliance law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida.

To learn more about the firm, please visit www.WhiteSecuritiesLaw.com.

 

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Investigation into Moody National Springhill Suites

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Have you suffered investment losses in Moody National Springhill Suites Houston tenant-in-common (TIC)? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through a FINRA arbitration claim against the brokerage firm that recommended the investment.

Many investors are attracted to the potentially high returns offered by TICs, especially retired investors seeking a source of income. Unfortunately, TICs are high risk, speculative investments and arguably unsuitable for most investors since the TICs performance and ability to make distributions to investors is dependent on the underlying real estate property and the overall health of the real estate market.

TICs can involve high risks and liquidity problems and in many cases brokerage firms misrepresent these risks and instead focus on the potential income stream. Furthermore, TICs typically pay a high commission – often as much as 10%. Unfortunately the these high commissions provide enough motivation for some brokers to overlook suitability issues when recommending TICs to clients.

Brokerage firms that sell TICs, like Moody National, have a fiduciary duty to recommend investments that are in line with the client’s investment objectives, risk tolerance, age, net worth, investment experience, and liquidity needs. In addition, brokerage firms are required to adequately disclose all the risks associated with any given investment, and to perform adequate due diligence to determine if the investment has a reasonable likelihood of success.

To determine whether you may be able to recover investment losses incurred as a result of your purchase of a risky TIC investment, please contact The White Law Group at (312)238-9650.

The White Law Group, LLC is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, investor protection, and securities regulation/compliance law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida.

For more information on The White Law Group, visit www.WhiteSecuritiesLaw.com.

 

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