Facing 22 years in jail for stealing $19 million from client retirement plans, Barry Stokes made creative use of his jail time while awaiting sentencing: He crafted voodoo dolls of his financial victims and stuck pins in them.
SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro announced the release today of the Office of the Inspector General’s report on the Bernard Madoff fraud. In short, the SEC screwed up in every way possible. Along with the announcement, Schapiro outlined how the agency is reforming itself.
After months of negotiations, UBS announced it has signed a formal agreement with the IRS to end the cross-border dispute regarding alleged tax-evading UBS American clients. As a result, the names of approximately 4,450 American clients of the firm may be handed over to U.S. authorities.
The economic crisis has damaged revenues, business plans and most importantly, the trust of wealth management clients. According to an extensive survey conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and released at the end of July, advisors who succeed in this “new era” will need to truly put the client first…Yes, you’ve probably heard that before.
Tactical asset allocation—sometimes referred to by the more maligned term, market timing—can lower portfolio volatility, limit dramatic losses and improve gains in otherwise fickle bear markets, all things that can help advisors keep clients in uncertain times like these. But challenges are many, not least of which is convincing clients to go along with it.
Investors tend to look at portfolio risk in terms of geographic exposure or asset classes—but that's not always an accurate gauge. Taking a broader view of risk assessment can provide a better sense of how the portfolio will perform in volatile markets....More
When practitioners meet with clients who are near death, they're tasked with making valuable contributions to the client's estate plan within a limited time frame. Using a 20-point checklist, our speakers will outline how eleventh hour planning may help clients achieve favorable outcomes for their beneficiaries and avoid missing valuable opportunities....More
You'll discover the ways ETFs allow you to construct more nimble and unique portfolios for your clients, based on a sector approach to the market. Marc Chaikin, creator of Chaikin Money Flow, demonstrates how to find trends in equity sectors—and use ETFs to construct strong client portfolios....More
This complimentary webinar will explore the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils model for collaboration, as articulated in a recently released white paper, "High Performance Teaming and Professional Collaboration", and the 5 critical best practices our speakers have observed in teams who collaborate most effectively....More