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.
In this 3rd and final session of our Social Security webinar series, we will cover the under-served markets for divorced and survivor benefits, where there are special benefits that so many people miss out on....More
Rising Federal tax bills are prompting many Florida investors to take a new look at adding tax-free income from municipal bonds to their portfolios–but low interest rates and headlines about credit risks from issuers like Detroit and Puerto Rico mean advisors need to be more careful about their recommendations in this once-sleep market....More
These articles from the Investments & Wealth Monitor focus on what’s ahead for the new normal, investment management in the new normal, and a forward-looking approach to international equity risk allocation....More
How the U.S. Federal Reserve manages its exit from emergency liquidity programs will have important implications for all asset markets and could increase volatility. Meanwhile, monetary policies are also becoming less synchronized globally....More