COVID-19 causes investor panic and massive losses in oil, gas, and energy sectors
Sonn Law Group is investigating investment losses related to the Spirit of America Energy Fund (SOAEX). If you or a family member has suffered losses investing, we want to discuss your case. Please contact us today for a free review of your case.
Spirit of America mutual funds are available exclusively at David Lerner Associates, a privately-held securities broker-dealer headquartered in Syosset, New York. SOAEX was launched in July 2014 and invested 80% of its assets in several aspects of the oil and gas industry. The Fund sought to provide shareholders with long-term capital appreciation and current income.
David Lerner and Associates has over $4.5B in client assets. It is also the distributor of the mutual funds:
- Energy 11
- Energy Resources 12
All of these funds invest in the oil, gas, and energy sectors, which were already speculative markets. Amid investor panic due to COVID-19, the volatility of the market has caused investors to suffer massive losses in these areas.
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