Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against ProShares' UltraShort Real Estate ProShares Fund.
The complaint names ProShares; ProShare Advisors LLC, SEI Investments Distribution Co., Michael L. Sapir, Louis M. Mayberg, Russell S. Reynolds, III, Michael Wachs, and Simon D. Collier, as defendants (collectively, "Defendants"). ProShares sells its Ultra and UltraShort ETFs as "simple" directional plays. As marketed by ProShares, Ultra ETFs are designed to go up when markets go up; UltraShort ETFs are designed to go up when markets go down. The SRS Fund is one of ProShares' UltraShort ETFs. The SRS Fund seeks investment results that correspond to twice the inverse (-200%) daily performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index ("DJREI"), which measures the performance of the real estate sector of the U.S. equity market. Accordingly, the SRS Fund is supposed to deliver double the inverse return of the DJREI, which fell approximately 39.2 percent from January 2, 2008 through December 17, 2008, ostensibly creating a profit for investors who anticipated a decline in the U.S. real estate market. In other words, the SRS Fund should have appreciated by 78.4 percent during this period. However, the SRS Fund actually fell approximately 48.2 percent during this period--the antithesis of a directional play.
The complaint alleges the Defendants violated the Securities Act by failing to disclose that the SRS Fund is altogether defective as a directional investment play. Defendants failed to disclose the following risks in the Registration Statement: (1) inverse correlation between the SRS Fund and the DJREI over time would only happen in the rarest of circumstances, and inadvertently if at all; (2) the extent to which performance of the SRS Fund would inevitably diverge from the performance of the DJREI -- i.e., the probability, if not certainty, of spectacular tracking error; (3) the severe consequences of high market volatility on the SRS Fund's investment objective and performance; (4) the severe consequences of inherent path dependency in periods of high market volatility on the SRS Fund's performance; (5) the role the SRS Fund plays in increasing market volatility, particularly in the last hour of trading; (6) the consequences of the SRS Fund's daily hedge adjustment always going in the same direction as the movement of the underlying index, notwithstanding that it is an inverse leveraged ETF; (7) the SRS Fund causes dislocations in the stock market; (8) the SRS Fund offers a seemingly straightforward way to obtain desired exposure, but such exposure is not attainable through the SRS Fund.
No class has yet been certified in the above action. Until a class is certified, you are not represented by counsel unless you retain one. If you purchased shares in the SRS Fund pursuant to the Registration Statement, you have certain rights, and have until October 5, 2009, to move for Lead Plaintiff status. To be a member of the class you need not take any action at this time, and you may retain counsel of your choice. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this Notice or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020, by telephone at (215)638-4847, Toll-Free at (888)638-4847, by email to email@example.com or visit our website at www.howardsmithlaw.com.
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|Date:||Aug 10, 2009|
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