Gana LLP Investigates Investor Losses Tied to Oil and Commodities Linked ETNs

shutterstock_103681238The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP are announcing their investigation into potential securities claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendation of exchange traded notes (ETNs) and other structured notes linked to oil & gas and commodities. These products are issued by UBS (NYSE:UBS) under the name ETRACS.

List of Commodity and Oil & Gas releated ETNs

Symbol           Fund Name

DJCI                ETRACS Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN

UBG                ETRACS CMCI Gold Total Return ETN

UBM              ETRACS CMCI Industrial Metals Total Return ETN

UBN               ETRACS CMCI Energy Total Return ETN

UCI                 ETRACS CMCI Total Return ETN

UCIB               ETRACS CMCI Total Return ETN Series B

USV                ETRACS CMCI Silver Total Return ETN

AMU               ETRACS Alerian MLP Index ETN

AMUB            ETRACS Alerian MLP Index ETN Series B

FMLP             ETRACS Wells Fargo® MLP Ex-Energy ETN

LMLP             ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Wells Fargo MLP Ex-Energy ETN

MLPB             ETRACS Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN Series B

MLPG             ETRACS Alerian Natural Gas MLP Index ETN

MLPI               ETRACS Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN

MLPL             ETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged Long Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN

MLPS             ETRACS 1xMonthly Short Alerian MLP Infrastructure Total Return Index ETN

MLPV             ETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged S&P MLP Index ETN

MLPW            ETRACS Wells Fargo MLP Index ETN

Our offices continue to report on investment losses suffered by investors in energy, commodities, and oil and gas related investments that brokerage firms have increasingly recommended to retail investors in recent years. According to Bloomberg, U.S. high-yield debt issued to junk-rated energy companies grew four-fold to $208 billion. Most of these companies are now struggling to stay afloat with oil prices at $45. Investors have been exposed to energy investments through a variety of investment vehicles including private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and even individual stocks.

Oil and gas and commodities related investments have been recommended by brokers under the assumption that commodities prices would continue to go up. Some experts are saying that if production volume continues to be as high as it currently is and demand growth weak that the return to $100 a barrel is years away.

Before recommending investments in oil and gas and commodities related investments, brokers and advisors must ensure that the investment is appropriate for the investor and conduct due diligence on the company in order to understand the risks and prospects of the company. Many of these companies relied upon high energy prices in order to sustain their operations. As reported by the Wall Street Journal the drop in oil and energy prices and the industry downturn has made it difficult for many companies to refinance their debts.

Brokers who sell oil and gas and commodities products are obligated to understand the risks of these investments and convey them to clients. Investors who have suffered losses may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.

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