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GPB paid B-Ds and reps steep commissions to sell troubled private placements

June 24, 2019

Broker-dealers and their reps who sold private placements for GPB Capital were paid tens of millions of dollars in commissions, but now must face clients whose investments have dropped in value dramatically. According to a GPB document sent...

The future of the business is clear: It's advice, not investing

June 22, 2019

Many investors still think of advisers as the financial services equivalent of used-car salesmen. Even if it's an unfair stereotype — both for advisers and the auto sales industry — changing the perception is critical if the advice industry...

Give us a break, active managers say

June 22, 2019

Ten years into a historic bull market run that has proved an ideal environment for passive, index-based investing, active managers are champing at the bit for a break in the cycle that would let them strut their stuff. "We need a bust," said...

Fed signal sends advisers into fixed-income scramble

June 21, 2019

The Federal Reserve Board's signal earlier this week that it is preparing for its first interest-rate cut in 10 years sent a chill through some corners of the financial planning industry, as rate cuts typically indicate rough times ahead. "We...

GPB Capital reports decline in value of two biggest funds

June 21, 2019

In a blow to investors, GPB Capital on Friday reported significant losses in the value of its investment funds, which are in the form of private partnerships that invest primarily in auto dealerships and waste management businesses. The two...

SEC bars Virginia state investment adviser over Ponzi scheme

June 21, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred Edward Moody Jr., an investment adviser registered with the state of Virginia, for operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors. (More:​ Woodbridge Group execs charged with criminal fraud...

A lack of visuals could be your blind spot

June 20, 2019

Most learning and communication happen through visual experiences. The human brain is designed to process visual information quickly, and the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words," has become iconic partly because there's so much truth...

Weatherbie team turns Alger fund into a top performer

June 20, 2019

In the two years since Weatherbie Capital took over management of the Alger SMid Cap Focus Fund (ASMZX), the $570 million fund has pushed its way to top of the mid-cap growth category. Key changes under the management team of Joshua Bennett,...

Galvin plans sweep over pot-related investment fundraising

June 19, 2019

The Massachusetts Securities Division said it will begin a sweep of the growing number of business entities based in the state that are raising money from marijuana-related investments. (More: Advisers struggle with the highs and lows of marijuana...

DoubleLine CEO Gundlach sees golden opportunity to hedge market risk

June 19, 2019

As fears of an economic slowdown and a recession continue to climb, including new signs that the Federal Reserve​ is​ on track to cut interest rates later this year, financial advisers are revisiting the pros and cons of turning to gold...

Fed scraps 'patient' rate approach in prelude to potential cut

June 19, 2019

The Federal Reserve indicated a readiness to cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade to sustain a near-record U.S. economic expansion, citing "uncertainties" in their outlook. While chairman Jerome Powell and fellow policy...

4 things to look for when picking an ESG manager

June 19, 2019

Environmental, social and governance investment strategies continued to enjoy a significant increase in assets, rising $8.7 trillion in just two years to $12 trillion in the U.S. alone, according to a 2018 report from the US SIF Foundation....

Everyone knows the wholesaling model is flawed. Here's what to do about it

June 19, 2019

The financial adviser business model has evolved numerous times over the past 40-plus years. In the 1970s and '80s, for instance, mutual fund commissions were as high as 8%. When those rates eventually came down, advisers adjusted. More recently,...

Tax considerations when gifting stock

June 19, 2019

Gifting stock to friends and family members can be tricky — there are several ways investors can get tripped up and make a poor decision from a tax standpoint. Below are some considerations for financial advisers to ensure their clients are...

Tapping into the anomaly of low-volatility investing

June 18, 2019

Regardless of what's going on in the markets or the economy, financial advisers know that most clients like their portfolio volatility in small portions, if at all. Even though the practical meaning of volatility includes both up and down moves,...

SEC exploring how to give more investors access to private placements

June 18, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for ways to allow more investors to buy unregistered securities and enable emerging companies more easily to raise capital. The agency issued a concept release Tuesday that examines ways to "simplify,...

New sources for data on model portfolios could help increase adviser adoption

June 18, 2019

As the number of model investment portfolios available to advisers continues growing alongside digital marketplaces for advisers to buy them, some see an opportunity to help advisers evaluate this expanding ecosystem. One company making the...

Don't bet your retirement on a fake track record

June 17, 2019

Suppose you like to play the horse races, and your bookie tells you he has developed a surefire, computer-generated formula for picking winners. It's based on hundreds of variables such as the weather and a horse's age, and he has "backtested"...

Wealthy families are adding forests to their portfolios

June 17, 2019

Tom Crowder spent much of his two-year career in the NFL running away from men who weighed upwards of 300 pounds. These days? He worries about bears and snakes. As a senior vice president at Bank of America Corp., Mr. Crowder spends most days...

Fidelity's National Financial raises more questions about GPB private placements

June 17, 2019

National Financial Services, the clearing and custody unit of Fidelity Investments, is telling broker-dealer clients they have 90 days to move private placements issued by beleaguered GPB Capital off its platform or work with the custodian as...

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