Posts belonging to Category Employment Issues

J.P. Morgan to Cut Thousands of Jobs


J. P. Morgan Chase has announced plans to cut 17,000 jobs over a two-year period and cut $1 billion of expenses this year.  The announcement was made at an Investor Day presentation in New York.  The bank employs nearly 260,000 people worldwide.  Over the past several years, CEO Jamie Dimon reportedly had been adamant that [...]

Financial Advisers – What Are They Hiding?


Financial advisers continue to object to a recent rule that grants securities regulators more access to potentially relevant documents under the adviser’s control. The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a rule change proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that significantly increases FINRA’s ability to discover a member firm’s documents.  FINRA is now [...]

Merrill Lynch Settles Wage and Hour Class Actions


Merrill Lynch has agreed to pay $12 million to settle wage and hour class action lawsuits filed by employees seeking compensation for overtime.  The period in dispute is between 2010 and 2012.  The employees are referred to as “client associates,” whose job is to support the financial advisers by serving clients and developing new business [...]

Will More Brokers Switch Firms this Year?


The number of brokers switching firms is expected to be higher than average this year for a number of reasons.  Among the reasons is a proposed new rule requiring brokers to disclose signing bonuses to clients, which is viewed as very likely to be approved.  If brokers switch firms before the rule becomes effective, they [...]

The Internet Impacts Your Reputation


The internet (like automation) is a blessing and a curse. On the curse side, sometimes bad things happen to good people. A financial adviser may be named in a splashy lawsuit and then quietly dropped later when it turns out others were to blame ? but the original story pops up on page 1 of [...]

It is Important for Investors to Know about their Broker’s Recruitment Compensation Package


The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is considering a rule change that would require firms to disclose brokers’ recruitment compensation packages to transferring customers. Brokers who are recruited to change firms often receive financial incentives that may subtly encorage them to engage in unlawful sales practices, such as churning and unsuitable sales, in order to generate [...]

UBS to Shed 10,000 More Employees


UBS has announced a major a cost-cutting overhaul that will eliminate 10,000 jobs. The positions will be eliminated mostly from its investment banking division. UBS cited increased regulatory capital requirements and persistent problems in the global economy as reasons for the cuts. The move also follows scandals involving the investment banking division, including a $2.3 [...]

Whitleblower Claims Rise as Wall Street Fires Employees


Even senior Wall Street bank employees are finding the new whistleblower laws beneficial. Wall Street banks fought tooth and against the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections. The big banks claimed that protecting employees who report violations to outsiders would compromise their own supposedly robust internal reporting and compliance programs. But critics responded that Wall Street banks simply [...]

Corporate America Seeks to Reduce Pension Liabilities


Equifax and NCR have reportedly joined a growing number of large U.S. corporations that are offering employees lump sum payouts in lieu of their guaranteed, lifetime monthly pension payments. Other notable companies offering pension buyouts include General Motors, Ford, Sears, Archer Daniels Midland, automotive industry supplier Visteon, and the New York Times Co.

Inflated Credentials – A Growing Problem Among Financial Advisers


Investors beware – advisers who make up or inflate their credentials are committing fraud upon their clients. This is often the first step leading to the devastating losses to investors we read about almost every day. Overburdened and underfunded though they are, the SEC announced that it will take action to combat this growing problem.

Is the Unemployment Rate in the U.S. Really 16%?


Serious questions have been raised regarding the accuracy of the United States reported 8.1 percent unemployment rate. In fact, one respected expert has stated that the real unemployment rate in the United States is probably 16 percent.

District Court Confirms $10,250,000 Arbitration Award Against Merrill Lynch


The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida confirmed an award in favor of two former financial advisers and against Merrill Lynch in the amount of $10,250,000. Merrill Lynch had petitioned the district court to vacate the award arguing, in essence, that the record of the arbitration proceeding demonstrated bias on the part [...]

Middle Class Reality


While sometimes perception and reality are the same, perception and reality are very different when it comes to the lifestyle expectations of ordinary Americans. Ever since World War II there has been the expectation of upward mobility for future generations. That is how we see ourselves. Realistically that is not true anymore. The rich are [...]

Wall Street Continues to Perpetuate the Same Old Abuses


A former UBS research analyst has filed a lawsuit filed against the bank alleging that he was fired for refusing to write inaccurate research reports to benefit (or avoid harming) UBS’s trading positions in the commercial mortgage-backed securities market. The analyst reportedly seeks reinstatement with 2.5 times accrued back pay. (“Former UBS Research Analyst Sues [...]

Food for Thought: Does the U.S. Face a New Great Depression?


Many developed nations have borrowed and spent beyond their ability to repay their debt. Central banks around the world are faced with complex decisions on the best policies to improve liquidity. When economists weigh in with solutions, they fall into one of two groups ? those who want to borrow more and put more money [...]