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.
Innovation may be difficult to define and hard to identify, but academic research suggests that innovative companies outperform. In this whitepaper Portfolio Managers explore what is Innovation, its role in successful companies and how Guinness Atkinson identifies Innovators for the Global Innovators Fund....More
Many small business owners want to plan for their company’s long-term future and their own retirement. In the past, addressing a small business owner’s retirement and buy-sell needs often meant proposing two independent solutions....More
Shedding non-core activities can free advisors to focus on what’s really important; meeting with clients and engaging in other revenue generating activities. Outsourcing the investment management function of the practice is one way to do so. For those still skeptical—the proof is in the results....More
The advisory practice of the future is alive and well today, but most firms have not future-proofed their practices to stay ahead of the curve. Are you prepared to adapt to the shifting landscape?...More