Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating potential claims on behalf of customers who suffered losses as a result in their investment in a Bank of America-created structured product or products. In some cases, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority-registered brokerage firms may be held liable for having improperly sold structured products to their clients, such as those created by Bank of America.
Typically, structured products are notes or debt instruments created by investment sponsors. These products are linked to assets such as stock, which are linked to another asset or assets. These investments are extremely complex and, as a result, are not appropriate for unsophisticated investors who are not capable of understanding the risks and complexity of the investment.
Because an income component is typically offered with structured products, they are appealing to fixed income individuals, such as retirees. Despite the fact the investment is not suitable for many individuals, they continue to be pushed by brokerage firms because of the high commissions offered in association with their creation and sale. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules have established that 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, securities arbitration lawyers say that brokerage firms must, before approving an investment’s sale to a customer, conduct a reasonable investigation of the securities and issuer.
According to securities arbitration lawyers, some of the Bank of America structured products currently being investigated are Bank of America Return Linked Notes, Bank of America Equity Appreciation Growth Linked Securities (Basket EAGLES), Bank of America Strategic Equity Exposure Performance Linked Securities, Bank of America Capital Protection Equity Performance Linked Securities (CYCLES) and Bank of America Columbia Strategic Cash Portfolio.
If you were unsuitably recommended a Bank of America Structured Product 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 fraud attorney at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.