The attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating BrokerCheck records reports that Mark Alexander Reffett (Reffett), currently employed by Arkadios Capital, has been subject to at least one customer complaint his career. According to records kept by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Reffett’s customer complaint alleges that Reffett engaged in unsuitable investment strategy and alternative investments.
In May 2020, a customer complained that Reffett violated the securities laws by alleging that Reffett engaged in unsuitable investment strategy and alternative investments beginning in 2014 and continuing to 2016. The claim alleges $1,575,881 in damages and is currently pending.
Alternative investments include a class of products including DDPs such as non-traded REITs, oil and gas offerings, equipment leasing products, and other alternative investments. These alternative investments virtually never profit investors and are almost always unsuitable for investors because of their high fee and cost structure. Brokers selling these products are paid additional commission in order to hype these inferior quality investments providing a perverse incentives to create an artificial market for the investments.
Several studies have confirmed that Non-traded REITs underperform publicly traded REITs with some showing that Non-Traded REITs cannot even beat safe benchmarks, like U.S. treasury bonds. Brokers selling these products must disclose to the investor that non-traded REITs provide lower investment returns than treasuries while being high risk and illiquid – but almost never do. Because investors are not compensated with additional return in exchange for higher risk and illiquidity, these kinds of alternative investment products are rarely, if ever, appropriate for investors. Continue Reading