Did Your Financial Advisor Recommend Watermark Lodging Trust (WLT)?

Soreide Law Group is reviewing possible investor lawsuits against financial advisors and securities brokers who may have recommended Watermark Lodging Trust Inc. Namely, Watermark Lodging Trust suspended dividends, suspended its redemption program, and is trading in the secondary market for a fraction of its offering price.

What Is Watermark Lodging Trust?

Evidently, Watermark Lodging Trust is a non-traded REIT created by a merger between Carey Watermark Investors 1 (“CW 1”) and Carey Watermark Investors CW 2 (“CW 2”) on April 13, 2020. The internally-managed REIT supposedly contains a portfolio of lodging assets and aims to take advantage of current and future opportunities in the lodging industry. WLT’s objective is to produce attractive, risk adjusted returns and long-term growth in value.

WLT Suspends Distributions

Evidently, on March 18, 2020, WLT announced a temporary suspension of distributions. The move was made in light of reduced travel demand and other financial setbacks relating to the coronavirus pandemic. Evidently, half of the hotels under WLT’s umbrella suspended operations. Reportedly, the remainder of properties which are still operational are at limited capacity. Not only that, but the Board of Directors suspended a redemption program which has effectively precluded investors from selling their shares.

WLT Shares Selling For Approximately 40% Of Its Offering Price

As of December 31, 2018, Class A shares and Class T shares both have a net asset value of $11.41, the company reports. However, shares in the secondary market have sold for under $4.00 per share according to Central Trade & Transfer. Notably, investors who purchased shares at the offering price of $10.00 per share could face substantial losses by selling the shares on the secondary market.

Financial Advisors Recommending Unsuitable Non-Traded REITS

Non-traded REITS are illiquid investments since there is no public marketplace for you to freely purchase and sell your units. Not surprisingly, this is a serious concern for investors who require liquidity. Secondly, fees or commissions on these investments are typically high, and early redemptions can erode your returns. Thirdly, although non-traded REITs try to produce attractive income, there are no guaranteed distributions. Not only that, but non-traded REIT distributions can come from principal.

Some financial advisors fail to recommend investments which are suitable for investors based on their risk tolerance, investment objectives and liquidity needs. Some of these professionals are driven solely by the commissions or fees that they can generate. Further, some financial advisors might negligently misrepresent the risks or the terms of investing in these products. These types of sales practice violations serve as a basis for you to sue your financial advisor to recover your investment losses.

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