Stock fraud lawyers are currently investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses as a result of their investment in a Highland Floating Rate Fund. The sales literature for this fund understates the risk of the fund when it states that the funds seek “capital preservation and the management of credit risk while utilizing leverage to increase yield potential.” In recent years, the Highland Floating Rate Funds have suffered significant declines in value. These funds include the Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund, the Highland Floating Rate Advantage Fund and the Highland Floating Rate Fund. For example, in 2008, the Highland Floating Rate Advantage Fund’s value declined by more than half. Even relative to the market’s overall decline in 2008, these are significant losses.
According to securities arbitration lawyers, the increase in floating rate funds sales has caused the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to pay more attention to these funds — specifically how they are marketed and sold. A recent FINRA Investor Alert exhibited concern related to how financial advisors may place emphasis on high potential returns while placing less emphasis on the potential risks associated with floating rate funds.
FINRA rules have established that brokers and 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. As a result, stock fraud lawyers are investigating whether firms and advisers registered with FINRA recommended floating rate funds unsuitably, given investors’ risk tolerance.
If you suffered significant losses as a result of your investment in a risky Highland Floating Rate Fund, you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a securities arbitration lawyer at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.