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.
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
Though high yield is often considered one category, its two components—high yield bonds and leveraged loans—perform differently in rising rate environments. Bonds pay the same rate of interest regardless of the risk-free rate—a feature attractive in low or declining rate environments. Leveraged loans are generally safer investments that are more senior in the capital structure, have lower volatility and provide floating interest rate exposure...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
There are over a hundred behavioral biases that investors can be subject to, leading to poor investment decisions. To educate your clients and help counsel them to more appropriate investment decisions, you need an understanding of the market and how investor biases take root....More
With many client portfolios barely outperforming the market, and many investors still driven by fear-based thinking and irrationality, advisors need effective strategies for portfolio construction now more than ever....More
Technology is a critical differentiator in today's digital age for running an efficient and effective practice. Those entrepreneurial financial advisors and wealth managers who are leveraging technology in their firms are creating better client experiences, improving cash flow, generating new revenue streams, and scaling their services....More