Investors who have been involved in the Capital Markets for an extended period of time and who have owned Mutual Funds may want to keep an eye out for settlement checks from long ago investments.
In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s multiple Mutual Funds companies were found to have participated in after market trading. The end result were multiple settlements, which to this day are being paid out to investors.
Unfortunately, advisors have little if any insights into the payment amount, timing, and delivery of these settlements.
Most amounts are relatively small, but certainly worth watching out for and receiving.
A Gift/Payback that Bites:
If you received the settlement from an IRA and you do not deposit the check into an IRA the you will have been deemed to have taken a distribution for the amount. If you happen to be 591/2 years of age or younger, you will owe a penalty on the distribution. If in doubt, call your advisor and always keep good records.
While it may seem a bit unorganized, at least investors are receiving their money back, even if in some cases from events occurring 10 years ago.
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