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.
The advising industry is constantly evolving. These changes influence all aspects of the industry, from the technology available to advisors to the regulatory environment in which they must operate....More
Today, more than 100 million Americans are members of a credit union. Yet surprisingly, 97% of these members don't have an established advisor relationship through their credit union. And the only thing standing between you and this sea of potential clients may be your broker/dealer....More
A new era of health care innovation looms on the horizon. Andy Acker, Portfolio Manager of the Janus Global Life Sciences Fund, explains why he still sees considerable growth potential ahead for the health care sector, even after a strong three-year run....More
Obergefell v. Hodges is a consolidated Supreme Court case involving same-sex couples, some of whom sought marriage licenses in Michigan and Kentucky despite state laws restricting marriages in the state to opposite sex couples...More