It was Smith Barney brokers who gave Sandy Weill the idea to hire Sallie Krawcheck, former head of Sanford C. Bernstein. Brokers had suggested that the Citigroup Chairman buy the independent research firm from Alliance Capital. Instead, he wound up hiring Krawcheck to head a new business unit of Citigroup that will operate under the name Smith Barney, and include the private client group.
Merrill Lynch advisors are now going to offer participants in Merrill-run retirement plans specific buy and sell recommendations. Indeed, participants may elect to turn over all investment decisions to Merrill advisors.
The Massachusetts Securities Division is investigating UBS PaineWebber’s supervisory and compliance procedures in connection with allegations of a broker stealing more than $4 million from clients, according to the state’s Securities Division.
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