Wealth Management

(San Francisco)

In what looks like a continuation of the recent meltdown of the Wells Fargo brand, a new scandal has come to light. The company is having several senior executives resign as a new Justice Department investigation is underway into bad practices in its wealth management unit. The accusations surround overcharging customers and inappropriate advice to wealth management clients.

FINSUM: Who knows how big this one might blow up? The scandal in its core banking business had not really affected the wealth management unit so far, but that may change.

(New York)

Rockefeller is a storied US name, but not exactly so in wealth management. That may be set to change as a new Rockefeller-branded wealth manager, Rockefeller Capital Management, has just launched with some high profile backing and executives. Industry star Greg Fleming, a former president at Merrill Lynch and former head of wealth and asset management at Morgan Stanley, is leading the young firm, which has its eye on getting $100 bn under management. The firm is backed by a Rockefeller family trust as well as a number of other investors.

FINSUM: The name alone will probably attract capital, but $100 bn is a lofty goal for a brand new wealth manager.


The SEC appears to be following through with the President’s mandate to lower the regulatory burden across all industries. The regulator is in the middle of easing disclosure requirements on companies. According to the Wall Street Journal, the new changes include “expanding the definition of small reporting companies, refurbishing risk-factor disclosure guidelines and streamlining the requirements for registered debt securities and acquired business disclosures”. Companies may now also secretly file IPO documents.

FINSUM: The US, and especially the financial sector, had, in our opinion, become over-regulated in the last decade, so it is good to see an easing of the burden.

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