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.
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