Stock fraud lawyers are currently investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered losses as a result of their investment in Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust Inc. Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust was formed on April 11, 2005 and is a Maryland corporation, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Dividend Capital is located in Denver, Colorado and was designed to invest in a diverse portfolio of real estate-related and real property investments. The targeted investments of the company include direct investments that consist of high-quality retail, industrial, multi-family and other properties. The properties are primarily located in North America. The company also targets securities investments that include mortgage loans which are secured by income-producing real estate, and those issued by other real estate companies.
Securities arbitration lawyers believe that secondary market offers indicate that Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust’s value has appeared to have substantially declined.
Non-traded REIT investments like the Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust typically offer commissions between 7-10 percent, which is significantly higher than traditional investments like mutual funds and stocks. In some cases, the commission generated by these investments can be as high as 15 percent. This higher commission can explain why brokerage firms are motivated to recommend these investments despite their possible unsuitability.
Stock fraud lawyers are investigating the possibility that brokerage firms may be held liable for the recommendation of Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules have established that brokers and firms have an obligation to fully disclose all the risks of a given investment when making recommendations, and those recommendations must be suitable for the individual investor receiving the recommendation given their age, investment objectives and risk tolerance. Furthermore, brokerage firms must, before approving an investment’s sale to a customer, conduct a reasonable investigation of the securities and issuer. The broker-dealers and firms that recommended this investment to clients may have done so improperly, based on information now available about the investment. Non-traded REITs like this one are illiquid and inherently risky and, therefore, not suitable for many investors.
If you invested in Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust and suffered significant losses as a result, you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a securities arbitration lawyer at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.