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    1. College Scandal Mastermind Says He Worked with Wealth Firms

      College Scandal Mastermind Says He Worked with Wealth Firms

      Morgan Stanley and UBS are among the firms that the mastermind of the college admissions scandal used to source wealthy clients, according to his firm’s website and social network postings.

      William “Rick” Singer, who pled guilty on Tuesday to receiving about $25 million to help children of the very rich get admitted to colleges through bribes and test-cheating, said his “life coaching and college counseling” firm’s core business, The Key, hooked up with wealth management firms to find prospects.

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    2. How Brexit Has Affected U.K. Stocks, ETFs

      How Brexit Has Affected U.K. Stocks, ETFs

      While United Kingdom stocks rebounded Wednesday after the no-deal vote, the country-related ETFs remain depressed with lingering concerns weighing on the market. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (NYSEArca: EWU), the largest U.K.-related ETF, was up 1.2% Wednesday and gained 10.8% year-to-date. Nevertheless, the big unknown with just over two weeks until a deadline for [...]

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    3. International Women’s Day, ESG and How We All Benefit From Gender Diversity

      International Women’s Day, ESG and How We All Benefit From Gender Diversity

      Imagine trying to live without balance. It would be nearly impossible to do some of the most basic tasks such as carrying a glass full of water or even walking. We recognize that balance is a key, if often overlooked, aspect of life and we’d argue the same can be said about gender balance in [...]

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    4. The most likely cause of financial ruin — and few prepare for it

      Clients are advised to have considerable savings for their future health care expenses, as most bankruptcies are caused by staggering medical costs, according to this article on MarketWatch. Even middle-class households who have health insurance are at risk, as a researcher points out that they are the ones who filed for the most bankruptcies.

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    5. Consumers May Have ‘Blind Spot’ When It Comes to Retirement Fraud

      Consumers May Have ‘Blind Spot’ When It Comes to Retirement Fraud

      Consumers tend to worry about “high-touch” products, such as credit cards and bank accounts, more than they worry about long-term savings accounts, such as their workplace retirement plans and IRAs, a new study warns.

      Nearly 80% of American consumers are concerned about financial fraud, according to a LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute study, “Financial Fraud and Retirement Accounts: An Opportunity to Engage, Educate and Build Trust.” And even though a quarter report they have been a victim of financial fraud, the levels of concern vary significantly across the different types of financial products.

      Concern about credit card fraud was found to ...

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    6. Financial adviser stole ‘at least $65 million’ in 10-year crime spree, feds allege

      Financial adviser stole ‘at least $65 million’ in 10-year crime spree, feds allege

      Twelve years ago, Chicago banking tycoon Roger Weston sold his family bank and retired, at age 64, with a fortune of more than $200 million. He placed it in trust and moved to Naples, Fla.

      He probably had no idea what was going to happen next.

      According to federal charges filed this month by the U.S. attorney’s office in the Northern District of Illinois, Weston’s financial manager and long-standing accountant Sultan Issa allegedly used the money to go on an extraordinary 10-year crime spree, forging documents and stealing money. He may have plundered over $100 million from ...

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    7. UBS Forming Business to Service Independent Advisors

      UBS Forming Business to Service Independent Advisors

      UBS is setting up a business to sell products and services through independent advisors in the U.S., the second big traditional brokerage firm to see opportunity—or at least expedience—in servicing the burgeoning independent channel.

      Joseph P. Connellan, a managing director who joined the Swiss banking giant’s wealth arm last month after 31 years at Citigroup, is listed as head of Wealth Management USA Independent Advisor Channel in a firm directory, according to UBS sources.

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    8. Zero-fee funds cast Fidelity-sized cloud over passive issuers

      There’s a Fidelity-sized cloud hanging over asset managers gathering at the marquee event for ETFs this week.

      After the $2.6 trillion Boston-based behemoth started selling mutual funds without an annual management charge last year, fees — and how to get them — have loomed over the industry. The annual “Inside ETFs” conference in Hollywood, Florida is no exception.

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    9. How one investor used ESG principles to avoid being gored by the PG&E bankruptcy

      How one investor used ESG principles to avoid being gored by the PG&E bankruptcy

      Investors may find it hard to overlook the irony that PG&E Corp., a California utility that ranked high on environmental, social and governance investing scorecards, may be the first corporate bankruptcy linked to climate change.

      But one investor, Julie Gorte, senior vice president for sustainable investing at Pax World Funds, said PG&E’s spectacular fall not only underlined the dangers of simply ticking boxes when it comes to the environmental, social and governance, or ESG, investing criteria, it revealed an area of neglect for the popular investment trend: Investors aren’t fully considering the risks around climate-change adaptation ...

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