We recently posted about the Behringer Harvard family of REITs and the devastation that these funds have had on investors’ portfolios. Some investors have now begun to seek answers. Investment News reports that a 70 year old woman who has seen her share in Behringer Harvard Short-Term Opportunity Fund drop 96% has recently filed a letter with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to complain about her investment.
The shares of BH Short-Term Opportunity Fund have dropped to $.40 from $6.48 just one year ago, and from the $10 per share they were offered at just six years ago. Since the BH Short-Term Opportunity Fund had $130 million in total assets, it is clear that this investor is not alone. Many firms, such as Capital Financial Services, Inc. sold these products to senior citizens.
Since REITs can deliver regular income of up to 7-8% a year, they are attractive to seniors who live off the income generated by their investments. Since these products offer high commission, they are very attractive to the brokers who sell these products. However, all too often, the risks involved with investing in REITs are hidden from investors by their brokers, and these same seniors can see their entire life’s savings disappear in the blink of an eye. Downplaying and failing to fully disclose the risks of an investment to a client is illegal, and investors who have suffered losses as a result may have the right to recover their entire loss.
It is the right of any and all investors who believe they may have suffered losses to contact our offices to explore their legal rights and options. If you or a family member suffered losses in Behringer Harvard REITs, contact the securities fraud lawyers at Malecki Law for a free consultation and case evaluation.