Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating claims on behalf of the customers of JPMorgan Chase, specifically investors of Chase Strategic Portfolios and JPMorgan Chase proprietary mutual funds. Reportedly, when JPMorgan acquired Washington Mutual, the firm’s advisors may have engaged in improper mutual fund switching.
Last month, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators reportedly initiated inquiries into the fund sales practices of JPMorgan. A recognized fund researcher, Morningstar, reported that around 42 percent of JPMorgan’s funds did not surpass the average performance of similar funds over the past three years. Furthermore, a New York Times article published last month stated that JPMorgan financial advisors were allegedly “encouraged, at times, to favor JPMorgan’s own products even when competitors had better-performing or cheaper options.” Investment fraud lawyers’ investigations will establish whether the firm or its advisors can be held responsible for investor losses that resulted because of improper sales practices.
The Chase Strategic Portfolio is reportedly one of the main products that has been pushed by JPMorgan. The investment is made up of a combination of around 15 mutual funds. Some of these funds are developed by JPMorgan. Securities fraud attorneys say the Chase Strategic Portfolio is designed to allow ordinary investors access to holdings in stocks and bonds, with varying levels of risk, accomplished through the use of six main models. The fund was launched in 2008 and reportedly has around $20 billion in assets. Chase Strategic Portfolio carries an annual fee on assets of 1.6 percent, but also includes a fee on underlying JPMorgan funds. The aforementioned New York Times article also stated that the actual annual return of the fund after fees was 13.87 percent per year, which trailed the hypothetical 15.39 percent return included in the marketing materials.
If you suffered losses as a result of your investment in Chase Strategic Portfolio or other JPMorgan mutual funds, 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.