According to securities arbitration lawyers, investors who suffered losses as a result of their investments in the Inland Western REIT may have a valid securities arbitration claim. As a result of the company’s recent move to go public, for the first time, investors have had the opportunity to evaluate, at a publicly set price, the performance of their investment. Because this is the first time they have had this opportunity, many investors are just now realizing that they have suffered significant losses as a result of their investment in this fund.
Inland Western REIT, also known as Retail Property of America Inc. REIT, is a non-traded REIT. According to investment fraud lawyers, REITs typically carry a high commission, which motivates some brokers to make the recommendation to investors despite the investment’s unsuitability. The commission on a non-traded REIT is often as high as 15 percent, securities arbitration lawyers say. Non-traded REITs like this one carry a relatively high dividend or high interest, which also helps make them attractive to investors. However, they are inherently risky and illiquid, which limits access of funds to investors. This can become a major problem for investors, especially retired individuals who may need to access their funds when the need arises. In addition, frequent updates of the investment’s current price are not required of broker-dealers, causing misunderstandings about the financial condition of the investment. Because frequent updates are not required, investors may believe the REIT is doing much better than it actually is. For more information on REITs, see the previous blog post, “FINRA Investor Alert: Public Non-Traded REITs.”
If you suffered losses as a result of your investment in the Inland Western REIT (also known as Retail Properties of America Inc. REIT), you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact an investment fraud lawyer at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.