Monday, December 24, 2012

Dangerous to give investment advice

An elderly lady, whom I shall refer to as "Nancy", made a loss of nearly $200,000 from her investments. She is not knowledgeable about investments, but was assured by the relationship manager of a local bank that he would recommend good investments to her, based on his expert knowledge.

Nancy trusted the young man, who gave the impression of being knowledgeable and called her to make many recommendations. Nancy accepted some of the recommendations and invested her money. She trusted that the young man would monitor her investments and contact her about the progress.

He only called her about the investments that made a profit and encouraged her to sell them and re-invest in other investments. Nancy asked about the other investments, but the young man assured her not to worry and he would call her when they made a profit.

As the months go by, some of the investments went really bad. In one case, the loss was nearly 50% on an investment of $200,000. It was a terrible blow to Nancy as she was not aware that such a large sum was being invested. Nancy held on to this investments but decided to sell some other investments at big loss.

This is my advice to the young people who think that they can advise other people about investments. Investing is not easy. If someone ask me for advice on specific shares and whether the shares would move up in value, my standard reply would be, "the current price of the share reflects the views of all the people in the market. The share price can move up or it can move down. Nobody knows for sure".

If, with my experience, I have no clue about which shares are good value for money and which shares would move up, how can a young person know better? It is dangerous for an ignorant and inexperienced person to pretend to be an "expert" and to mislead elderly people into making investments that can lose a lot of money. It is dangerous to allow them to give investment advice to elderly people under the banner of a trusted bank.


3 comments:

zhummmeng said...

The RMs , like the insurance agents have only tikam tikam certs from the College of insurance. As I said somewhere even your pets can pass these exams. Does that mean your pets can also be investment advisers?
In fact if your pets have the same certs they make better advisers because they don't have conflict of interest . At random they can pick better investment..
Only fools will trust the insurance agents and RMs to manage their money...
Attend Mr. Tan financial talks and learn how not to trust these salesmen whose only interest is to make money out of you.

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zhummmeng said...

MAS must set a standard and make it an offence if insurance agents or RMs. fail to meet it.
This is the only way to get rid of salesmen and no standard or sub standard or product peddling insurance salesmen. Product and koyok peddling should be banned.
Koyok peddling roadshow should be banned for they are public nuisance. No professional financial advisers will solicit for business like prostitutes.They cannot be allowed to solicit anywhere except Geylang where other similar trades are done.
How can consumers' financial future
be transacted at the roadside , only quickies or other short time gratifications can.
MAS should protect the public from these quickie insurance agents whose only interest is commission.

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