There has been increased attention paid to the financial brokerage industry with regard to a non-fiduciary mindset on Wall Street. Investors are continually looking for the answer to one question. “How can I beat the market?” Not only is it a matter of increased return, but bragging right to their friends on how much money their broker makes them. These same braggers neglect to tell when their broker loses their money. Wall Street is more than happy to accommodate this greed.
It is much like gamblers at a casino, you never hear about the losses only the wins. Investors are continually moving to the hot broker. As I call it musical brokers. An article in the New York Times in 2012 brings this out in the open. This is what most of us suspected.
A Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith resigned his job by writing a scathing op-ed in the New York Times. In that column, written as an exit letter, he accuses top management of encouraging predatory sales practices that actively hurt customers:
“I attend derivatives sales meetings where not one single minute is spent asking questions about how we can help clients. It’s purely about how we can make the most possible money off of them.”
While he insists that he’s seen no behavior that’s actually illegal, he explains that:
“People push the envelope and pitch lucrative and complicated products to clients even if they are not the simplest investments or the ones most directly aligned with the client’s goals? Absolutely. Every day, in fact.”
Recently I learned that 1 out of 25 people or 4% in the U’S. is a sociopath. The definition if a sociopath is a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.
In contrast the ratio of sociopaths on Wall Street increases to 1 out of 10 or 10%.
This is alarming news for investors relying on Wall Street representatives for investment advice. Is their advice in your best interest or theirs?
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