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.
On the face of it, the answer is simple. When it comes to financial planning, they want a one-stop shopping experience with all their wealth and risk management needs met by one advisor or agency able to offer them comprehensive, broad-based advice....More
There has been a lot of technology innovation within the wealth management industry in the past 3 years. We have seen the rise of the robo-advisor, a flurry of fin-tech company acquisitions and larger institutions scramble to try and address the digital need of today's investors....More
Today's markets have been as uncertain as ever and several key themes seem to be at the forefront. The strength of the US dollar, the potential rise in US interest rates and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity are just a few of the main headlines we are keeping an eye on...More
These articles from the Investments & Wealth Monitor focus on tax-aware investing and include a look at the trinity of asset location (taxes, returns, and time horizon), tactics and strategies for tax-efficient investing, and an after-tax target few advisors have in their sights....More
More and more trusts are being drafted with a long, long time horizon. At the same time, there's a staggering increase in litigation. Is there a better way to design and administer trusts to emphasize the positive role that trusts can play in the lives of beneficiaries?...More