UBS Wealth Management Americas (WMA) crossed the threshold in the first quarter with a string of new records: pretax profit of $251 million, net new money of $9.2 billion, and invested assets of $891 billion.
Wealthy Americans are on edge, worried about their investments as Washington drags its heels on a permanent deal to avoid a fiscal-cliff type disaster. So not surprisingly, the economy and the politics of wealth are among this year’s Top 10 trends to watch, according to a new report by the Aite Group. On the plus side: advances in trading and technology.
As Hurricane Sandy brutally pounded the North East coast of America, fears of another Facebook or Flash Crash-style technology disaster played heavily on the decision to shut down US stock exchanges...
UBS Wealth Management Americas (WMA) expanded its advisor force by 48 to 7,015 financial advisors in the last quarter as the brokerage unit of the Swiss banking giant posted both record pre-tax profit and invested assets. In first-quarter earnings released today, UBS WMA reported a pre-tax profit of $209 million -- up 34 percent from $156 million in the fourth quarter, and an increase of 75 percent from $119 million a year ago. It had invested assets of $807 billion, up seven percent from $756 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.
A management shakeup by CEO Bob McCann at the Americas brokerage unit of Swiss bank UBS AG will see two of his top executives assume more direct responsibility over its financial advisors, according to people familiar with the changes.
Variable annuities can offer a number of potential benefits: They can help plan retirement income, generate tax-deferred growth and, with some contracts, protect principal. Yet even advisors, who recognize the benefits of variable annuities acknowledge their drawbacks—particularly their fees and the tax treatment of gains....More
As the industry continues to shift toward fee based business, many advisors are taking a deeper look into their current practice in an effort to align with this trend. The good news is that shifting away from a commission-based model can transform your practice in powerful ways—including increasing the stability of your revenue streams, enhancing client loyalty and potentially boosting the value of your businesses....More