Investigating Potential Claims Involving Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I
Have you suffered investment losses in Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration.
Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I launched in August 2010 and raised nearly $1.8 billion before closing the offering in the first quarter of 2014. The company’s portfolio consists of 154 properties with a combined purchase price of approximately $2.5 billion.
Shares of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I were recently listed by Central Trade and Transfer, a secondary market for private placements, for just $9.30/share. This is unfortunate for investors since shares were originally sold for $10.00 each.
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 Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I. Many investors are not fully aware of the problems and risks associated with these investments before purchasing them.
REITs are Risky Products
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 I 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 I and would like a free consultation with a securities attorney, please call The White Law Group at 888-637-5510.
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.
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