The investment fraud attorneys with Gana Weinstein LLP continue investigate oil and gas and commodities related investment losses. Investors may have potential legal remedies due to unsuitable recommendations by their broker to invest in this speculative and volatile area. Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fund (Ticker Symbol: GER) is a Master Limited Partnership (MLP) closed-end mutual fund. The Fund opened at about $20 per share in September 2014. However, since that time, due to the fund’s holdings in MLPs, the value for the fund has plummeted to $4.19 representing an almost 80% loss.
About 86% of the total MLP securities market, a $490 billion sector, can be attributed to energy and natural resource companies. According to Bloomberg, many oil companies are in trouble and are going bankrupt as U.S. high-yield debt issued to junk-rated energy companies grew four-fold to $208 billion. The bankruptcies have been devastating causing forced selling at fire sale prices.
Moreover, our firm has been receiving an alarming number of complaints concerning how these speculative investments are being marketed and sold to investors. Often times these products are pitched as ways to ride the boom in U.S. oil and gas production and receive steady streams of income. However, in the past year, investors have lost $20 billion in publicly traded in master limited partnerships and publicly traded oil funds. This amounts to an astonishing $8 of every $10 they had invested, according to a report prepared for The Associated Press article. The research does not include losses from $37 billion of bonds sold by the partnerships in the five years since 2010 or losses from private placement partnerships. However, banks like Citigroup, Barclays, and Wells Fargo made an estimated $1.1 billion in fees for selling these products to investors.