Advisor Ashley Woodard Subject to Complaints Over REITs and Alternative Investments

shutterstock_176198786-300x200Advisor Ashley Woodard (Woodard), currently employed by NYLife Securities LLC (NYLife Securities) has been subject to at least five customer complaints, one tax lien or judgment, and one bankruptcy.  According to a BrokerCheck report some of the customer complaints concern alternative investments and direct participation products (DPPs) such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil & gas programs, annuities, and equipment leasing programs.  The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have extensive experience handling investor losses caused by these types of products.

Woodard operates under the d/b/a name West End Financial Strategies LLC out of Greenville, South Carolina.  In addition, Woodard has several other disclosed outside business activities including Mancora Enterprises LLC and 9/6 Productions LLC.

In May 2019 a customer complained that Woodard violated the securities laws by alleging that the financial advisor invested them in various alternative, illiquid, and unsuitable securities causing $1,000,000 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

In April 2019 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Woodard violated the securities laws by alleging misrepresentations and suitability related to the alternative/illiquid securities that were recommended. The claim alleged $100,000 in damages and is currently pending.

Our firm often handles cases involving direct participation products, Non-Traded REITs, oil and gas offerings, equipment leasing products, and other alternative investments.  These products are almost always unsuitable for investors.  In addition, the brokers who sell them are paid additional commission in order to hype inferior quality investments which provides a perverse incentives by brokers to create an artificial market for products that no honest advisor would sell.

According to studies, non-traded REITs have historically have underperformed even safe benchmarks, like U.S. treasury bonds – meaning that non-traded REITs provide paltry investment returns considering the risk an investor takes.  Alternative investment products like oil and gas partnerships, REITs, and equipment leasing programs are rarely, if ever, appropriate for investors due to their high costs, illiquidity, high risks, and huge redemption charges of the products, if they can be redeemed at all.  Investors often fail to understand that they have lost money until many years after agreeing to the investment.

Unfortunately, due to the high commissions brokers earn on these products they sell them to investors who cannot profit from them.  These products have become so popular among brokers without providing any benefit to investors that many states now limit investors from investing more than 10% of their liquid assets in Non-Traded REITs.  Many states impose these limitations because its understood that that they provide virtually no benefit to investors in relationship to their risks.

Woodard entered the securities industry in 2003.  From July 2011 until June 2013 Woodard was registered with Capital Investment Group, Inc.  From June 2013 until February 2017 Woodard was registered with Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.  Then from February 2017 until November 2017 Woodard was associated with IFS Securities.  Finally, since December 2017 Woodard has been registered with NYLife Securities out of the firm’s Greenville, South Carolina office location.

Investors who have suffered losses are encouraged to contact us at (800) 810-4262 for consultation.  At Gana Weinstein LLP, our attorneys are experienced representing investors who have suffered securities losses due to the mishandling of their accounts.  Claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA.  Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.