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After 16 years with Merrill Lynch, a Bank of America company, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based advisor Christy Campbell has joined Thrive Advisory Group, a unit of Alex. Brown, the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based division of Raymond James. The 21-year veteran, who has about $112 million in assets under management, will be a vice president and senior institutional consultant at the new firm. She will continue her focus on offering financial planning, wealth management, and customized strategies to a variety of clients including individuals, institutions, and small businesses. According to the website, Cambell will primarily concentrate on plan sponsors and investment committees to optimize their defined benefit, defined contribution, and non-qualified plans through tailored strategies that fit each business and its employees. Before Merrill, she previously held positions at BB&T (now Truist Financial Corp.) and Citigroup Global Markets. As part of the announcement, Campbell stated, “The decision to move my practice to Alex. Brown has allowed me to truly focus on individual and institutional client needs, which drives the investment and fiduciary process.” She added, “The systems, data security, technology, efficiencies, and expansive investment platform enable me to build customized strategies that prioritize my client’s goals.”
Finsum: Christy Campbell, a 21-year industry veteran, made the move from Merrill Lynch to Alex. Brown due to the firm’s expansive investment platform that will allow her to build customized strategies that prioritize her client’s goals.
Merrill Lynch recently announced that a $1 million plus producer from Ameriprise Financial has joined its private wealth unit team. Alex Miller, who was part of an Ameriprise Financial team with a billion-dollar book in Houston, joined Merrill’s Massey Schmidt Harper Group in Houston. The team is led by managing director Craig Lambert Massey and has $2.1 billion in team assets. At Ameriprise, Miller was part of Pennington Wealth Management, led by Darrell Pennington. The announcement follows several other new hires at Merrill in recent months, including producers in community markets that are outside its parent Bank of America’s branch footprint and junior brokers with fewer than 12 years of experience. The firm has also expanded its search to include higher offers for veteran brokers. For instance, last month it hired a team of private bankers managing around $1 billion from Citigroup in New York. They also nabbed a million-dollar producer from Morgan Stanley in Huntsville, Alabama, who joined through the firm’s community markets initiative. However, the firm is still seeing several high-producing teams heading for the door.
Finsum:As Merrill Lynchcontinues to lose several high-producing teams, the firm is making a recruiting push with the addition of a $1 million plus producer from Ameriprise Financial.
Earlier last week, the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission disclosed that they levied fines of more than $1.71 billion on several Wall Street firms. The regulators issued penalties to 16 financial companies for the failure to monitor the use of unauthorized messaging apps. The banks that were penalized include some of the largest firms on Wall Street, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Barclays. The SEC’s probe revealed that between January 2018 and September 2021, employees of the aforementioned firms used WhatsApp, personal email, and other unauthorized services on their personal devices to communicate work-related matters. Personal devices can pose risk to an organization's data since it may not be as protected from cyberattacks as a secure company device, which enforces corporate security policies. Making matters worse, the 16 companies also failed to adequately maintain records of the communication, which hindered the investigation. In fact, the firms were not charged for the lax security, but their negligence in the documentation.
Finsum: The SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined 16 Wall Street firms a combined $1.71 billion for not maintaining documentation on the use of unauthorized messaging apps.
Bank of America put out a stern warning this week. A team of Bank of America equity strategists led by Ohsung Kwon says that the current market looks eerily like the one in the fourth quarter of 2018, when stocks fell 20%. The market is experiencing some concerns on near-term earnings as companies cut back forecasts. According to Kwon, “The nearest memory of early cycle companies' impact on the market is almost exactly three years ago when companies warned about tariffs and slowing macro conditions during 3Q18 earnings … Those warnings and a hawkish Fed resulted in a 20% decline in the S&P 500”.
FINSUM: 2018 came within a hair of a full bear market. That feels too bearish given the overall trajectory of growth. If Congress doesn’t get the debt ceiling raised, though, all bets are off.
Bank of America just put out a big warning that advisors need to pay attention to. The bank is warning that earnings growth could get “vaporized” across a couple of sectors. The reason why is tax hikes. BofA's Savita Subramanian posits that in a scenario where taxes rise to 25% next year (from 21% this year), 5% would be wiped off earnings growth, a huge margin in a year that is already set up to see some cooling after the red hot earnings growth of 2021.
FINSUM: Investors don’t seem to be adequately accounting for this risk. Despite the fact that Biden’s proposals will likely get watered down, there appears a high likelihood that taxes will rise next year.