While investors are surely enjoying the recent performance of the market, they’ve yet to fully come around and embrace Wall Street. It seems recent scandals have taken their toll.
Only 53% of investors trust investment management firms to do what is right, according to a recent survey by the CFA Institute. Financial services remains the industry least trusted by the general population.
The situation is even more dire in the West. Just 44% of U.S. investors and 40% of U.K. investors trust the people and firms that handle their money. This is despite overall confidence in the how the market operates. Roughly 70% of U.S. investors are optimistic about their fair opportunity for profit in capital markets.
For investors, it’s a people problem, not a performance issue. When asked which actions help cement a positive, trusting relationship with their money manager, investors surprisingly didn’t point to performance as a key indicator. The three most important attributes were transparent and open business practices; responsible actions to address an issue or crisis; and ethical business practices. Amazingly, performance didn’t even crack the top five.
While negative at first glance, the report may be read with optimism by some money managers. Investors no longer demand Madoff-like double-digit returns. They just want someone who’s not going to screw them over. It’s good to see that there is more room at the table for those folks.
Here’s a list of actual interview questions asked of Ivy League MBA students by U.S. investment banks, along with suggested answers compiled by the candidates themselves.
Administering Dodd-Frank isn’t cheap. The Federal Reserve passed a rule on Friday that will enable it to collect $440 million annually from 70 of the nation’s largest financial firms to cover additional oversight costs. Banks can’t feel great writing that check.
The Merrill Lynch name will continue to exist, but the legal brand has just a few months remaining. Bank of America plans to dissolve the subsidiary, taking on all of its obligations and debt, within the next few months.
SAC Capital’s top talent is highly hirable despite any taint brought on by the insider trading probe. Several traders have already left. Meanwhile, SAC has reportedly refused investor requests to speed up asset redemptions. Of course they have.
Regulators are looking into whether securities firms are taking advantage of “mom and pop investors” who may not understand the costs and risks associated with alternative products. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority says it plans on filing civil actions by the end of the year.
PNC Financial has named BlueMountain Capital Management co-founder Andrew Feldstein to its board.
Two billionaire hedge fund managers got robbed of more than $100,000 worth of jewelry at a glitzy Park Avenue apartment building.
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Not every construction worker has fancy tools like pulleys or elevators, so when you need to haul cement up to the roof, you get creative. Skip to the :42 mark for some good fun.
List of the Day: Tips for Bosses
Newly promoted? Here are a few tips to get your new employees on your side.
- Announce an open door policy, and mean it.
- Meet with each person individually to hear their ideas and concerns.
- Treat everyone fairly, but not necessarily equally.