In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Feb. 11, 2013, Matthew Heimer writes that ever since the Federal Reserve started pushing interest rates to new lows, it’s been a common theme for retirees and other conservative investors accepting more risk to get a decent income from their portfolios. Last week LPL Financial Holdings agreed with state regulators to pay $2.5 million in fines and restitution for improperly supervising brokers who sold non-traded real estate investment trusts. (LPL neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing.) Non-traded REITs are high-yielding and popular – assets invested in the product have jumped about 50% since 2009, to $65 billion. But they’re for investors to track and value, since they don’t trade on public exchanges.

As Nathaniel Popper reports this week in the New York Times, opaque investments are becoming increasingly popular with less-sophisticated investors, leaving the investors overexposed to risks they don’t understand or vulnerable to fraud. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a notice expressing concern about products like these that could prove “potentially unsuitable and otherwise problematic for retail investors.” Other investments on FINRA’s list include business development companies, which invest in the debt of small privately held businesses, and private placement securities, which represent direct investments in such firms.

If you sustained investment losses due to your stock broker or financial advisor’s recommendations regarding non-traded REITs, private placements, or other complex products, call for a free consultation on how to potentially recover your losses. To speak with an attorney call 888-760-6552, or visit our website and complete our online form at: https://www.securitieslawyer.com.

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