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Conflicts of Interest in TIC Investments

We have been discussing the value of TICs from a financial standpoint, but like most private placement investments, there are many other factors to consider than just the numbers. TICs have a wide array of problematic features that retail investors might not think to look for.

For example, most TICs require unanimous consent of all investors for major decisions regarding refinancing or selling the property. A TIC can be sold to up to 35 investors, making unanimous consent extremely difficult....

A Look Into the TIC Industry

So far, we've discussed some of the concerns we have with TIC investments and shown how to use discounted cash flow analysis to value a TIC interest with our handy spreadsheet. But you might be asking, just how prevalent are these concerns across all TICs?

To answer that, we examined 194 sets of offering documents for TICs sold from 2004-2009. This totaled $2.2 billion in equity, which amounts to approximately 19% of all equity issued by TICs in that period, and included properties from 32...

How to Value a TIC

For our second post of TIC Week, we would like to describe how to calculate purchase-date valuations of TICs. The vast majority of TIC offering documents include cash flow projections. As we described last week, we can use discounted cash flow analysis to determine the present value of the property based on those projections. While the cash flows from TIC investments are more complicated than those of simple coupon-paying bonds, the underlying analysis is essentially the same.

Discounted cash...

Welcome to Tenancies-in-Common (TIC) Week on the SLCG Blog

Today, SLCG posted a new research paper, Large Sample Valuations of Tenancies in Common . In it, we value 194 TICs, totaling $2.2 billion in equity and representing approximately 17% of the TIC industry from 2004 to 2009. Our paper complements our earlier research on TICs ("What is a TIC Worth?" and "Private Placement Real Estate Valuation"), and is the most extensive empirical study of TICs to date. This week we will be summarizing the results of our research in a series of blog posts. But...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - October 25th, 2013

Jury Finds Mark Cuban Not Liable for Insider Trading
October 23, 2013, (Litigation Release No. 22855)
Last week, "a nine-person federal jury found Mark Cuban not liable for insider trading" in securities.

SEC Obtains Final Judgment Against New Jersey-Based Consultants to Chinese Reverse Merger Companies
October 23, 2013, (Litigation Release No. 22854)
A final judgment was entered against Huakang Zhou (a/k/a David Zhou) and Warner Technology and Investment Corporation for their alleged...

Brokerage Firm Fined for Misrepresentations Made to Former Broker

When brokers sell unsuitable investments to their clients, it is often the case that those clients will sue the broker and the brokerage firm, a process known as 'broker-customer disputes.' What is less common is for brokers to sue the brokerage firm -- their own employer -- for encouraging them to sell risky investments that caused losses for their clients.

In a recent, closely-watched FINRA arbitration, Michael Farah of Newport Beach, California won approximately $4.3 million from his...

SEC Issues Proposal on Crowdfunding

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued proposed rules on crowdfunding to regulate the offer and sale of crowdfunding securities. The press release for the proposed rules can be found on the SEC website. These proposed regulations are meant to fulfill the SEC's requirements under Title III of the JOBS Act . We have previously discussed the JOBS Act crowdfunding provisions in the context of real estate investments, but the proposed rules cover all types of crowdfunded...

Just How Risky Are Leveraged and Inverse ETFs?

Leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are some of the most volatile securities traded in public markets. They are designed to track a specific index, except multiplying daily return of the index by a positive (leveraged) or negative (inverse leveraged) factor. The 'daily' part is important: leveraged and inverse ETFs do not track the leveraged or inverse return of the index for any period longer than a single day due to portfolio rebalancing. You can find more details about...

Study on Expungements Reveals Gap in Investor Protection

We often encourage investors to visit the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (FINRA) BrokerCheck system to check the record of their broker. The broker's record contains information about their qualifications, employment and complaint history. The completeness of the information contained within the complaint history has recently been called into question by the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA).

Last week, PIABA released a study of over 1,600 arbitration cases filed...

SEC Litigation Releases: Week in Review - October 18th, 2013

Court Enters Final Judgment by Consent Against Defendant Ronald Baldwin, Jr.
October 17, 2013, (Litigation Release No. 22847)
A final judgment was entered against Ronald Baldwin, Jr., former CFO of JBI, Inc., for his alleged involvement in "a scheme to commit securities and accounting fraud in 2009." Previously, the SEC charged JBI, Inc. and its CEO, John Bordynuik for their alleged involvement in the scheme. Baldwin consented to the judgment which permanently enjoins him from future...

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