The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating investor losses in Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust (Benefit Street) a non-traded real estate investment trust (Non-Traded REIT). Benefit Street was formerly known as Realty Finance Trust. However, in September 2016 Realty Finance Trust appointed Benefit Street as its new advisor replacing AR Global Investments.
According to the firm’s website, Benefit Street originates, acquires, and manages a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate debt secured by properties located in the United States. The funds manager is a leading credit-focused alternative asset management firm with over $20 billion of assets under management. The manager claims it has an experienced real estate team and lends against all commercial property types across the United States. The REIT invests throughout the capital structure with a focus on generating attractive risk-adjusted returns.
However, according to secondary market sources for non-traded REITs, shares of Benefit Street are currently listed for $12.99 per share a far drop from the sale price of $25 per share.
Our firm often handles cases involving direct participation products (DPPs), private placements, Non-Traded REITs, and other alternative investments. These products are almost always unsuitable for middle class investors. In addition, the brokers who sell them are paid additional commission in order to hype inferior quality investments providing perverse incentives for brokers to sell high risk and low reward investments.
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 only appropriate for a narrow band of investors under certain conditions due to the high costs, illiquidity, and huge redemption charges of the products, if they can be redeemed at all.
However, 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.
Investors often fail to understand that they have lost money until many years after agreeing to the investment. In sum, for all of their costs and risks, investors in these programs are in no way additionally compensated for the loss of liquidity, risks, or cost.
The investment lawyers at Gana Weinstein LLP represent investors who have suffered investment losses due to allegations of wrongdoing. The majority of these claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.