ALBANY—On Tuesday, the New York State Court of Appeals heard the appeal of Chaskie Rosenberg, a registered rep who was fired in 2003 by Metropolitan Life Insurance. The court’s decision could have a major impact on New York laws about what brokerage firms can and cannot put on the U5 forms they file with the NASD when an employee leaves a firm. Initial questions from the judges suggest they may side with reps, some of whom have been fighting back against what they say are false allegations of misconduct on these U5 forms.
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Jan. 24 approved a new code of procedures that govern arbitrations at the NASD Dispute Resolution. The changes were a long time coming: Some of them have been sitting at the SEC since 2003.
Lawyers often see family members get ugly over assets. Rarely, though, does the nastiness literally explode, sending one of the parties to meet his maker. But that's exactly what happened in the case of Dr. Nicholas Bartha and his ex-wife Cordula Hahn. Their War of the Roses divorce became his funeral dirge.
When it comes to switching firms, advisors must plan their transition carefully. It requires thoughtful planning, a desire to run and grow your business, and unwavering dedication to do what is right for your clients....More
Research shows that while the average age of financial advisors has gone up, the percentage of advisors that don't have a succession plan in place has gone up as well. Why don't more advisors have a plan, and how can the industry better prepare for the future.
The U.S. corporate high yield market has grown from $250 billion to a $2.4 trillion industry. High yield has proven to be a solid asset class for investors, over time producing comparable returns to the S&P 500 with approximately half the volatility....More
Why do we make decisions that aren’t always in our own best interest? This group of articles from the Investments & Wealth Monitor takes a fascinating look at behavioral finance and behavioral portfolio management....More
With the wind at their backs, sprinters have broken speed records. Similarly, the tailwind of a bull market has boosted the fortunes of equity investors over the past five years. In both cases, the pace cannot be sustained over a long period of time. Look back no further than the past 10 years for confirmation of the market’s lack of endurance....More