Did you lose money investing in Columbia Equity Trust?
Galvin Legal, PLLC is launching an investigation on behalf of investors who may have suffered losses investing in Columbia Equity Trust at the recommendation of their financial advisor. If you suffered losses investing in the investment, then Galvin Legal, PLLC may be able to help you recover your losses in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA“) arbitration claim against the broker-dealer and/or registered representative that recommended the investment.
What are Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)?
A Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) is a complex investment that is generally only suitable for sophisticated high-net worth investors, and then only in certain circumstances. A REIT is an entity that owns, and may also manage, income producing real estate. REITs pool capital from multiple investors and use it to purchase properties, similar to mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles.
A Real Estate Investment Trust can be offered in several different forms. A Public Exchange Listed REIT is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and is publicly traded on a national securities exchange. A Public Non-Listed REIT is registered with the SEC, but does not trade on a major securities exchange. Finally, a Private REIT, also known as a private-placement REIT, is not registered with the SEC and does not trade on a national securities exchange.
Columbia Equity Trust Due Diligence Requirement
FINRA requires brokerage firms to conduct due diligence on investments, such as Columbia Equity Trust, and to conduct a suitability analysis when recommending securities to a customer that takes into account the customer’s knowledge and experience. FINRA Rule 2111(a) states that “a member or an associated person must have a reasonable basis to believe that a recommended transaction or investment strategy involving a security or securities is suitable for the customer, based on the information obtained through the reasonable diligence of the member or associated person to ascertain the customer’s investment profile. A customer’s investment profile includes, but is not limited to, the customer’s age, other investments, financial situation and needs, tax status, investment objectives, investment experience, investment time horizon, liquidity needs, risk tolerance, and any other information the customer may disclose to the member or associated person in connection with such recommendation.”
Rule 2111 is composed of three main obligations: reasonable-basis suitability, customer-specific suitability, and quantitative suitability. Brokerage firms that fail to conduct adequate due diligence on investments they recommend, such as Columbia Equity Trust, or that make unsuitable recommendations can be held responsible for the customer’s losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.
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