Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) arbitration claim involving a retiree’s investment in a closed-end fund known as Puerto Rico Fixed Income Fund I (CUSIP No. 744907106, hereinafter “Fund I”). The fund was structured by UBS Puerto Rico, a unit of the Swiss banking giant UBS AG (NYSE:UBS). The case is pending in Miami, Florida.
Investors have reported that financial advisors in Puerto Rico sold them closed-end funds based on the representation that the funds paid a steady yield of dividends, but were safe and that investors’ principal was not at risk because of the secure municipal bonds backed by the Puerto Rico government in which the funds invested.
However, Puerto Rico municipal bonds have been anything but secure of late. Since 2000, the Commonwealth has experienced an imbalance between recurring government revenues and total expenditures. In 2009, the deficit reached a record $3.306 billion. Further, as of June 2010, the unfunded public employees’ retirement accounts reportedly had an actuarial shortfall totaling approximately $25 billion. As a result of these poor fundamentals, investors are concerned about the creditworthiness of the Puerto Rico government and as a result the prices of some Puerto Rico government bonds have dropped. Reportedly, certain ten-year Puerto Rico general obligation bonds had a yield of 4.89% as of September 30, 2013 (bond yields rise as bond prices fall).
UBS closed-end funds have lost significant value due to their leveraged exposure to the underlying municipal bonds as well as selling pressure in the market for the funds. Shares that steadily paid dividends and appeared to maintain their value for several years have suddenly collapsed in value by 50% or more. Some investors who borrowed money from credit lines offered by brokerage firms have reportedly received margin calls and even had their UBS Puerto Rico fund shares liquidated.
Clients who invested in the following funds may wish to consider attempting to recover their losses through the FINRA arbitration process: Tax-Free Puerto Rico Fund, Tax-Free Puerto Rico Fund II, Tax-Free Puerto Rico Target Maturity Fund, Puerto Rico AAA Portfolio Target Maturity Fund, Inc., Puerto Rico AAA Portfolio Bond Fund, Puerto Rico AAA Portfolio Bond Fund II, Puerto Rico GNMA & U.S. Government Target Maturity Fund, Puerto Rico Mortgage-Backed & U.S. Government Securities Fund, Puerto Rico Fixed Income Fund, Puerto Rico Fixed Income Fund II, Puerto Rico Fixed Income Fund III, Puerto Rico Fixed Income Fund IV, Puerto Rico Fixed Income Fund V, Puerto Rico Fixed Income Fund VI, Puerto Rico Short Term Investment Fund, Multi-Select Securities Puerto Rico Fund, UBS IRA Select Growth & Income Puerto Rico Fund, Puerto Rico Investors Family of Funds, Puerto Rico Investors Tax-Free Fund, Puerto Rico Investors Tax-Free Fund II, Puerto Rico Investors Tax-Free Fund III, Puerto Rico Investors Tax-Free Fund IV, Puerto Rico Investors Tax-Free Fund V, Puerto Rico Investors Tax-Free Fund VI, Puerto Rico Tax-Free Target Maturity Fund, Puerto Rico Tax-Free Target Maturity Fund II, Inc., Puerto Rico Investors Bond Fund I.
Attorneys are available to review possible cases involving UBS Puerto Rico closed-end funds. Investors who were not told the truth about these funds may have a claim against UBS or the firm that sold them the funds. In addition, investors who could not afford to take the risk of losing money in these funds may also have claims. Investors may fill out the form on this page to arrange to discuss their possible case. Investors may also contact the Christopher Gray firm in New York at (866) 966-9598 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential, no-obligation consultation. Se habla espanol.
Puerto Rico requires that attorneys be licensed in order to appear as counsel of record in FINRA arbitration proceedings. The Gray Firm is not licensed to practice in Puerto Rico and is offering legal advice only to investors in the states. The Gray Firm is working with Puerto Rico attorneys to advise and represent those investors who live in Puerto Rico.