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Back in October, we told you about Kyusun Kim (CRD #2864085), a broker who was barred by FINRA after it was discovered he approached individuals who were near or at retirement age, and urged them to liquidate their pensions to invest in “alternative investments.” These investments included risky, non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs.)

Are-or-Were-Unsuitable-Non-Traded-REITs-in-Your-Portfolio-300x224-300x224BrokerCheck now reports that Sandlapper Wealth Management, LLC has discharged him from their employment as of 8/31/2018 after he was barred by FINRA.

The allegations against Kim included wrongful conduct, breaches of fiduciary duty, contract and conduct, violations of securities laws, fraud, financial elder abuse, negligent misrepresentation, inappropriate investments and unsuitable recommendations, as well as one allegation of forged signatures.

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Stephen Joe Williams (CRD #2395948) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed by NEXT FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. (CRD #46214) of Madison, AL, since 2007. His previous employers are Securities Service Network, Inc. (CRD #13318) of Huntsville, AL, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (CRD #6694) of St. Petersburg, FL, and Edward Jones (CRD #250) of St. Louis, MO. He has been in the industry since 1994.

Are-or-Were-Unsuitable-Non-Traded-REITs-in-Your-Portfolio-300x224Williams’ most current customer dispute is pending, and was filed on 2/26/2018. The case centers on allegations that during June of 2008, Williams recommended non-traded REITS (real estate investment trusts) and didn’t disclose the nature and risks of these kinds of private securities. The customer is requesting damages of $350,000.

On 2/2/2018, another customer’s attorney filed a similar allegation with a 2008 time frame. Williams allegedly solicited the client to invest $50,000 in UDF III without informing him of the inherent risks of this illiquid investment. Although the customer requested remediation of $50,000, the dispute was denied.

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Bradley Taylor Pace (CRD #2097427) is a previously registered broker whose last employer was LPL Financial LLC (CRD #6413) of Orlando, FL. His previous employers include A.J. Pace & Co., Inc. (CRD #24228), also of Orlando, TD Waterhouse Investor Services, Inc. (CRD #7870) of Omaha, NE, and Quick & Reilly, Inc. (CRD #11217) of New York, NY. No current employment information is available. He began in the industry in 1991.

Are-or-Were-Unsuitable-Non-Traded-REITs-in-Your-Portfolio-300x224FINRA sent Pace a request for information, which he did not respond to by the requested deadline. FINRA then suspended Pace, indefinitely and in all capacities, effective 06/28/2018. Should Pace fail to request termination of his suspension within a 3-month time frame, he will be barred by FINRA from any association with any FINRA member firm. There is no indication of what prompted the request, or if any complaints were involved.

Pace is also the subject of a customer dispute, filed on 1/26/2018. In it, the customer alleged “unsuitability relating to the purchase of a REIT investment and misrepresentation relating to the liquidity of the REIT investment.” However, the claim was denied, and no additional information is available.

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Silver Law Group is investigating claims on behalf of investors who purchased American Finance Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFIN) – a real estate investment trust (REIT) sponsored by AR Global with a focus on the management and acquisition of a service-focused tenant portfolio.

Are-or-Were-Unsuitable-Non-Traded-REITs-in-Your-Portfolio-300x224AFIN REIT LOSSES?

According to a report from investment bank, Robert A. Stranger & Co. Inc., AFIN American Finance Trust’s listing has been described as a “belly flop,” and has “eroded approximately $1,000,000,000.00 of the company’s equity value.”

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http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20180730/FREE/180739993/schorsch-reit-listing-a-billion-dollar-disaster-for-investors

Are-or-Were-Unsuitable-Non-Traded-REITs-in-Your-Portfolio-300x224As many brokers and other investment professionals know, investing in a REIT, or Real Estate Investment Trust, is something that’s best left to experienced, sophisticated investors. There’s a reason for that, and some recent activities have proven, once again, that illiquid REITs are definitely not for amateurs.

There are two types—publicly traded and nontraded. While both file papers with the SEC, file regular reports and must return 90% to shareholders, there are obvious differences. Of course, one is traded publicly, and the other isn’t. The idea is that eventual dividends come from the real estate that it’s invested in.

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