ELKs are sometimes called reverse convertibles and can carry high risks. As a hybrid debt security, the return on this type of investment is linked to an underlying equity, most commonly a stock. Usually, ELKs mature in a year and, if the value of the ELK falls below a pre-set price, the investor will not receive cash but, instead, the investment is converted into shares in the underlying security. The value of these shares can be worth less than the investor’s initial investment. According to stock fraud lawyers, ELKs are structured products that are, in some cases, part of a speculative investment strategy that is unsuitable for many investors.
According to the Statement of Claim in this case, the 91-year-old female investor was allegedly sold an investment strategy that involved asset allocation that was unsuitable and materially flawed for an investor seeking conservation of principle. The claim is seeking $200,000 in damages for the investor and alleges fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unsuitable sales.
According to securities fraud attorneys, 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 his or her age, investment objectives and risk tolerance.
If you received an unsuitable recommendation of an investment strategy involving risky ELKs from Citigroup, or any other full-service brokerage firm, you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a stock fraud lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.