Lawyers are investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses in exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) issued by Credit Suisse and other full-service brokerage firms.
According to Bloomberg, the $45,000 loss suffered by Jeff Steckbeck in TVIX, a Credit Suisse Group AG note, has set off a probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reportedly, ETNs became more popular with the TVIX in February 2012. That month, Credit Suisse stopped selling the ETN and rising demand caused the investment to veer up to 89 percent from the index. When Credit Suisse began issuing the notes again in March of that year, a FINRA warning cautioned investors that ETNs could trade at a price that was higher than their underlying index.
Bloomberg data indicates that the estimated initial value of the securities is typically 2 to 4 percent less than the price investors paid. Exchange-traded notes like TVIX mimic assets through the use of derivatives and their value is based on volatility shifts in the market. However, the ETN market is small beans compared to the ETF market, which has around $2.4 trillion in assets.
In addition, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that it will reconsider a 2008 rule proposal regarding ETFs. Reportedly the proposal will address the underlying and direct instrument transparency, differences between active and index funds, creative flexibility and inverse leverage. Reportedly, unauthorized trading and the unsuitable sale of inverse and leveraged ETFs increased following the 2008 economic downturn. As a result, securities arbitration lawyers have filed numerous arbitration claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses in inverse and leveraged ETFs.
If you purchased unsuitable ETFs or ETNs from Credit Suisse or another full-service brokerage firm, you may be able to recover your losses through securities arbitration. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a securities arbitration lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a no-cost, confidential consultation.