Newly minted advisors, fresh out of training program, more often fail than succeed. Add a credit crisis, a market crash and a recession to the mix, and most green FAs quit before year one is up. Here's a handful who are bucking the odds.
Fidelity announced a new and improved online trading platform today, significantly expanding its international and foreign currency investment capabilities for financial advisors, broker-dealers and retail investors. With U.S. long-term growth forecasts looking slim compared to other developed markets and some emerging economies, the timing of the release is certainly no coincidence.
With all that’s occurred in the past 18 months, financial advisors have had a lot to ponder. Is Modern Portfolio Theory sufficient? Is buy and hold a sucker’s bet (more like “buy and hope”)? Is 60/40 stocks to bonds diversification enough? Or do clients need exposure to other asset classes? As tends to happen when a crisis hits, traditional ways of thinking get challenged and new theories emerge.
The market continues its remarkable recovery from March lows. The short-term outlook from many is that it could continue—Barry Ritholtz explains why in this post on his site. The long-term outlook for the markets and the economy is a lot less clear, but certainly colored by the gloomy forecasts of some well-known players.
The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced Wednesday that they expect to release a report within two weeks that explains the regulatory responsibilities of each agency and recommends ways to improve their functioning. Among other securities industry reforms, Congress and the Obama Administration are considering harmonizing the duties of the two agencies.
Former Merrill brokerage chief Bob McCann discussed everything from the future of wealth management (“very positive”) to client portfolios—underweight equities, hold some cash—while attending the Global Irish Economic Forum over the weekend.
Bob McCann wants to get to work. But where? The former Merrill Lynch brokerage head told a Manhattan federal judge yesterday that his new employer is losing patience, and he should be relieved of a non-compete clause in his BofA contract.
One year after the beginning of the end of Wall Street as we know it, the future of regulation, the stability of the banking system and the fortitude of the economy and the stock market are still a big question mark.
You may not remember our April 2008 cover story on Gary Gross, the Boca Raton, Florida, (where else?) broker with a 100-page, customer-complaint laden CRD. Gross apparently preyed on elderly people and a FINRA arbitration panel recently awarded $7 million to his victims, whom he defrauded.
I'm at EJ now in my 3rd year. I'm in a difficult market for EJ and I'm a true scratch starter. I'm above expectations, but getting tired of hunting money. I'm considering going to work at Wells Fargo, who has a huge presence in my town. The postion would be a bank advisor (WBS) and to me this sounds like a "piece of cake" after being at EJ. Am I clueless or is the grass really greener? If you're at WF or at another bank, please give me your thoughts. ...More
Hello, I am currently in the process of setting up my own FA firm. Actually it is a financial service firm including bookkeeping and budgeting services with financial planning as well. My business model is to be a flat fee to review portfolios, make suggestions & assist client with paperwork etc . I do not want to actually manage the investments which I feel allows me to recommend low expense products such as index funds etc.. My clientele will be the small accounts that every other FA would not want....More
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Thirty-two members of Congress from minority caucuses have sent a letter to the Department of Labor, arguing that the agency's fiduciary proposal could disadvantage their constituents and limit minority access to financial advisors....More
Over the past decade, a tremendous amount of pressure has been laid on the shoulders of the small broker-dealers of the securities industry. Like the iconic Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, these small and/or independent brokerages are allotted a significantly shorter leash than they have been in years past......More