Over the past decade, a tremendous amount of pressure has been laid on the shoulders of the small broker-dealers of the securities industry. Like the iconic Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, these small and/or independent brokerages are allotted a significantly shorter leash than they have been in years past......More
Times are great. The market is soaring. Stocks are generally doing well. And the woes of 2007 and 2008 are a faded memory. And, of course, all customers are singing the praises of their registered representatives – until the next crises....More
As financial advisors take over more and more of their clients’ needs, the case of best-selling author Patricia Cornwell’s $51 million verdict against Anchin, Block & Anchin presents a cautionary tale....More
In Stewart v. Kono (2012 Westlaw 4427096) we’re reminded of the often delicate balance needed when representing the fiduciary. In this case, John Stewart was trustee of his deceased brother’s living trust and executor of his estate....More
More Demonizing the Banking System?
So, now the government is back at it. Blaming the housing bubble on every institution but itself (too much liquidity and Clinton’s Community Reinvestment Act are to blame.
The scapegoat this week is Wells Fargo in the crosshairs. Here is a snippet from the WSJ:
“The U.S. government filed a civil lawsuit against Wells Fargo & Co., accusing the biggest U.S. mortgage lender of behaving recklessly in issuing federally backed home loans....More
Well, another theif buys the farm. I just don't know what gets into people. Why do people think --- not just in financial services, but in any field --- they can get away with cheating and theiving? Oh, yeah. It's called hubris.
Richard Roth, Esq., of The Roth Law Firm, opines, now that the dust has settled on the controversial decision in Rosenberg, which deemed Form U-5 statements immune from defamation litigation, the New York courts simply got it all wrong....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.
Technology is a critical differentiator in today's digital age for running an efficient and effective practice. Those entrepreneurial financial advisors and wealth managers who are leveraging technology in their firms are creating better client experiences, improving cash flow, generating new revenue streams, and scaling their services....More
Shedding non-core activities can free advisors to focus on what’s really important; meeting with clients and engaging in other revenue generating activities. Outsourcing the investment management function of the practice is one way to do so. For those still skeptical—the proof is in the results....More