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.
Margin pressure, upheaval in advisory business models, lack of certainty in the market – most of the current trends in the wealth management industry can be traced back to the global financial crisis in 2008. Three years after the world fell apart, the industry is still adjusting to the aftershocks.
Robert J. McCann’s responsibilities at Swiss bank giant UBS dramatically expanded with a new appointment Thursday. CEO since October 2009 of UBS Wealth Management Americas (WMA), McCann was appointed to the additional role of CEO of the entire Americas Group today as part of a larger management shuffle instituted by the new CEO Sergio Ermotti.
Financial advisors at UBS Wealth Management Americas (WMA) are about to go more mobile -- in a far-reaching pilot program that enables them to use an extensive array of UBS tools and other applications. At the heart of the technology is an application engineered by a Silicon Valley startup.
Despite the compliance hurdles, more than one third of financial advisors see direct handling of clients’ assets by FAs acting as their portfolio managers clearly outpacing other fee-based management styles in the next three years, according to a new survey by the Aite Group.
Financial advisors are finally catching up with their clients in mobile computing. They are accelerating their use of mobile communications gadgets, and prepared to buy a whole lot more, according to a new survey by Aite Group. That emerged today as one in three FAs said they had recently switched from standard mobile to smart phones and tablet devices for accessing business applications, according to the survey.
The U.S. wealth management arm of UBS is accusing some headhunters of playing dirty tricks. That’s as the business, UBS Wealth Management Americas (WMA), rides out the sensational trading scandal at the London offices of UBS, pushing forward with recruitment plans and gathering assets, people familiar with the firm told Registered Rep.
UBS Wealth Management Americas continues to improve, today reporting pretax profit of $165 million for the second quarter ended June 30. That compares with a loss of $61 million in the same period last year—and a jump of 39 percent from the first quarter of this year when the brokerage unit had pretax profit of $119 million.
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