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.
When it comes to switching firms, advisors must plan their transition carefully. It requires thoughtful planning, a desire to run and grow your business, and unwavering dedication to do what is right for your clients....More
Research shows that while the average age of financial advisors has gone up, the percentage of advisors that don't have a succession plan in place has gone up as well. Why don't more advisors have a plan, and how can the industry better prepare for the future.
The U.S. corporate high yield market has grown from $250 billion to a $2.4 trillion industry. High yield has proven to be a solid asset class for investors, over time producing comparable returns to the S&P 500 with approximately half the volatility....More
Why do we make decisions that aren’t always in our own best interest? This group of articles from the Investments & Wealth Monitor takes a fascinating look at behavioral finance and behavioral portfolio management....More
With the wind at their backs, sprinters have broken speed records. Similarly, the tailwind of a bull market has boosted the fortunes of equity investors over the past five years. In both cases, the pace cannot be sustained over a long period of time. Look back no further than the past 10 years for confirmation of the market’s lack of endurance....More