Mutual Fund Fraud

If you purchase a mutual fund, you can basically choose between Class A and Class B shares. The difference between Class A and Class B shares is critical for an investor: with class A shares you pay an upront fee only, whereas with Class B shares you pay an upront fee and a backend fee when you sell the fund if you do so before having held the shares for less than five or six years. Another difference is that Class A shares offer the investor discounts on commissions charged whereas Class B shares do not. Again, we see a conflict of interest between the investor and the stockbroker; an unscrupulous stockbroker will try to steer the investor into Class B shares in order to increase his/her commission even when Class B shares are not suitable for the investor.

Sometimes Class B shares are convenient for an investor. Some of the variables to consider in order to decide whether you should go for Class A or Class B shares are:

  • How long you plan to hold the fund.
  • The return you think you will get from the Class B shares.
  • Whether you qualify for commission discounts if you purchase Class A shares

If you think that your stockbroker has unnecessarily put your investment into Class B shares and therefore charged your account with higher commissions you might have a case against your stockholder and should contact a securities arbitration lawyer. call us at (504) 526-2921 or e-mail us at: kirk@reasonoverllc.com.