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.
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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.
Despite global market conditions that lowered asset-based fees and transaction-based income, UBS Wealth Management Americas ended 2011 on firmer footing, earning $573 million for the year on revenues of $5.96 billion.