A recent securities arbitration proceeding regarding Weyerhaeuser stock has investors seeking representation for potential claims. According to the recent claim, which was filed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a retiree who held a concentrated position in Weyerhaeuser stock sustained $200,000 in damages. The claimant inherited the stock upon the passing of his mother; he then sought investment advice from Merrill Lynch.
Allegedly, despite the risk management strategies available to them — such as stop loss orders, exchange funds, a collar and/or protective put options —Merrill Lynch failed to protect some or all of the concentrated Weyerhaeuser stock positions under its advisement. Protective Puts allow the investor to create, at the put’s strike price, a price floor. This allows the investor to participate in the stock’s appreciation, customize the maturity of the put and stripe price, while providing downside protection. A collar, on the other hand, simultaneously Sells a call and purchases a put so that the proceeds and cost of the call and the put offset one another, which allows for hedging without requiring out-of-pocket expenses.
In addition to the company’s failure to utilize risk management strategies, Merrill Lynch failed to explain the risks associated with the holding of a concentrated stock position to clients. Merrill Lynch had a duty to protect the investment but failed to do so. This arbitration claim is still pending, but others who sustained losses as a result of the same mishandling of funds also are encouraged to seek the recovery of their losses through securities arbitration.
Other Weyerhaeuser shareholders, both current and former, who have sustained losses as a result of their holdings may have a valid securities arbitration claim. Methods for acquiring Weyerhaeuser stock include compensation and inheritance. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact an investment attorney at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.