Category: Blog Posts

Securities Regulators Scrutinize Potentially Unethical Commissions

Anyone contemplating an investment in a private or unlisted Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, should consider the motivations of the broker and brokerage firm hawking it. Unlisted REITs are investments that aren’t traded on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq market. As such, they can be difficult for investors to sell and difficult for investors to value. To overcome marketplace concerns, the managers and operators of private REITs […]

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Private and Unlisted REITs: Are They Safe

May 19, 2014 / Blog Posts , Tags: ,

As attorneys who regularly represent investors, we believe the unique problems and risks associated with unlisted REITs are now coming home to roost. Although unlisted REITs may tout the fact they have outperformed public REITs, we believe these products have added risks relating to valuation and redemption rights. These risks and concerns call in to question the appropriateness of these products for many investors, especially those with a limited liquid […]

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Investors Must Avoid These Tax Mistakes

May 16, 2014 / Blog Posts

Approximately half of all financial advisers with Series 6 or Series 7 licenses and an insurance license are now recommending variable annuities for his or her clients, according to a new survey on variable annuities by AllianceBernstein and the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI).  Some financial advisers are pitching variable annuities as “guaranteed investments” with great features that include the possibility to get a “guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit.” What You Need […]

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Investor Class Action Notices: What are your options

May 14, 2014 / Blog Posts

Unfortunately, for those who must decide whether to participate in a class action, there are no hard and fast rules that apply to every case. However, the following general guidelines should help you to make the right decision: FIRST:  Do not set the class action notice aside to deal with at a later time. Most class action notices have relatively short deadlines. SECOND:  Promptly determine the amount you have personally […]

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