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Texas REIT subpoenaed after FBI raid

February 22, 2016

Management of distressed real estate investment trust United Development Funding IV — which a hedge fund claims is no more than a Ponzi scheme — has been subpoenaed to hand over company documents to a grand jury. The FBI last Thursday raided...

FBI raids offices of Texas REIT

February 18, 2016

The FBI on Thursday raided the suburban Dallas offices of a publicly traded real estate investment trust, United Development Funding IV. The firm, which also manages nontraded REITs, has seen its stock price fall 81% in the past two months after...

Small B-D's clients overly concentrated in illiquid alts: Finra

February 16, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. last week filed a complaint against a small broker-dealer that allegedly generated almost 95% of its revenue from the sale of nontraded real estate investment trusts and other illiquid investments....

Dislocations give alt funds a chance to shine

February 14, 2016

Stock market volatility that has been giving investors and financial advisers so much angst over the past several weeks is having an entirely different effect on those who subscribe to the virtues of alternative-strategy mutual funds. While...

W.P. Carey CEO exits as company undergoes strategic review

February 11, 2016

In an unexpected move, the large net lease real estate investment trust and REIT manager W.P. Carey Inc. said Wednesday its CEO and a member of its board, Trevor Bond, was stepping down. He is being replaced by current Carey board member and...

Will Blackstone build or buy a nontraded REIT business?

February 9, 2016

With private equity giant The Blackstone Group potentially pushing its way into the nontraded real estate investment trust business, the question for many on Wall Street is whether Blackstone will make an acquisition of a current REIT sponsor...

Finra: Broker charged $11M in commissions for nontraded REITs and BDCs and lied about it

February 5, 2016

A broker has been charged by Finra for lying to a Native American tribe about the $11 million in commissions he charged when he sold the tribe $190 million in nontraded real estate investment trusts and business development companies. From June...

Blackstone considering getting into nontraded REIT market

February 4, 2016

Private equity giant The Blackstone Group is considering launching a nontraded real estate investment trust business that would both create and manage nontraded REITs for brokers and advisers to sell as well as market and wholesale those investments....

New Finra pricing rules for illiquid investments shaking up IBD industry

January 26, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.'s new pricing rule for illiquid investment products is shaking up both the sponsors that create and issue products such as nontraded real estate investment trusts as well as the broker-dealers...

Questions burn for shareholders after RCAP's demise

January 10, 2016

Nicholas Schorsch and his partners a year and a half ago grossed nearly $100 million by selling shares of RCS Capital Corp., the soon-to-be defunct brokerage holding company he founded and that announced last Monday it would file a pre-arranged...

LPL faces heavy burden in complying with state settlements over REIT sales

December 22, 2015

A close reading of two of the recent state settlements with LPL Financial concerning the firm's poor supervision of the sale of nontraded real estate investment trusts shows the intense effort required to act in compliance with the orders and...

Raising the bar for nontraded REITs

December 20, 2015

Nontraded real estate investment trusts, the oft-criticized high-commission alternative investments sold primarily by independent broker-dealers, are under siege. After reaching record sales of nearly $20 billion in 2013, nontraded REITs may...

Texas REIT provides new details on charges that it is the victim of short sellers

December 15, 2015

United Development Funding IV, the Texas REIT hit by anonymous allegations late last week that it was operating like a Ponzi scheme, provided fresh details Monday on an unnamed hedge fund or funds that it claims have been illegally distorting...

Third Avenue rattles the junk bond market

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's unprecedented move last week of blocking investor redemptions from its junk-bond fund has clearly rattled the bond markets, but it doesn't mean this is the end of days for fixed income investors. Try not to freak out...

Cantor Fitzgerald to hire nearly 30 RCS wholesalers

December 11, 2015

Renowned bond shop Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is muscling its way into the nontraded real estate investment trust business and is hiring up to 28 former Realty Capital Securities wholesalers to lead the effort, according to two sources with knowledge...

Texas REIT in free fall after Ponzi allegations

December 11, 2015

Shares of United Development Funding IV have plummeted after an investor website published a report that alleged the real estate investment trust has operated for years like a Ponzi scheme. On Thursday, Harvest Exchange, an online professional...

The challenge of keeping clients away from shiny new investing trends

December 9, 2015

Over the last decade, we've heard a lot about "alternative" investments. From hedge funds to startups, investors often wonder if they need something different in their portfolio. Plus, it looks like easy money. A billion-dollar startup? A zero-risk...

Bringing REIT commissions to light

December 6, 2015

It's amazing what a little bit of sunshine will do. Now that a new rule is to take effect that will make nontraded REIT investor charges more transparent, real estate investment trust sponsors are changing their commission structure. As outlined...

Crowdfunding IPO for mortgage REIT launches for non-accredited investors

December 3, 2015

Investment crowdfunding, which is already dominated by real estate-focused platforms, is now taking a swipe at the nontraded REIT market with the first-ever crowdfunded real estate investment trust for retail-class investors. Fundrise, a real...

RCAP to close wholesaling REIT division after charges of fraud, declining sales

December 2, 2015

RCS Capital Corp. said Wednesday it is shutting down its wholesaling brokerage division in the wake of declining sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts and allegations of fraud. The company said closing the division would result in...

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