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.
Given many investors' goal of maximizing return, it's not surprising that some investors select funds based primarily on the funds' recent performance record. But is this performance-chasing approach a prudent strategy?...More
How might the Fed begin to move rates? Who is buying negative-yielding European sovereign debt and why? How might investors approach today's environment of constrained liquidity? In this webinar, Delaware Investments portfolio managers Paul Grillo, David Hillmeyer, and Cynthia Isom provide some perspective on the big issues influencing today's market and offer their outlook for the future....More
Specialization is critical for advisors looking to differentiate themselves—with their firms and with their clients. But how do you go about matching your strengths with a specialty that truly interests you, and fits your talents?...More
The vast majority of WealthManagement.com readers are either unfamiliar with life settlements, or are familiar with them but have never recommended them to clients. Many advisors associate life settlements with either an option for the terminally ill, or with unethical activities such as a stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI)....More
Millennials stand to inherit $41 trillion but will any inherit you? Don’t assume you can work with the Millennial children the same way you did their parents. Learn what each generation is looking for in an advisor in this white paper....More