John Churchhill

Jailed Financial Advisor Resorts to Voodoo
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 Blew It With Madoff, Inspector General Says
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.
Look Out Below
Bears have become increasingly confident that the current equity market rally 49 percent in the S&P 500 from the March trough is due for a substantial
You Can Open a Bank
Starting your own bank is laborious but profitable
The Importance of Client Service
According to advisors and management, clients aren’t getting the service they deserve
Blotter, September
Brokers Facing Life in Jail: Eric Butler, a 37-year old former Credit Suisse broker, was convicted in August of fraudulently selling hundreds of millions
IRS Extracts More Client Names from UBS In Tax Settlement
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.
Wealth Managers Fall Short With Client-First Service
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.
Morgan Stanley Analyst Says China Bubble Will Burst
There is a growing chorus of analysts and money managers who say that China is bubble that is bound to pop.
When Kenny Met Sallie - Bank of America hires Krawcheck
Sallie Krawcheck, one of the most powerful women on Wall Street, has ended her year-long absence from the wealth management industry with an auspicious return.
Market Timing: Fool’s Errand or Prudent Strategy?
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.
Anybody Home?
The U.S. housing market still has a huge surplus
Not Approved: The SEC charged Morgan Stanley and one of its investment advisor reps for misleading clients about the money managers being recommended
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