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Massive investment fraud fueled by slick marketing, hot dinners

January 5, 2018

For almost five years, the SEC said the Woodbridge Group of Companies operated a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, taking advantage of 8,400 investors, many of them elderly. What is striking about the alleged fraud is that it operated in plain sight....

Broker protocol for recruiting a boon for clients

November 20, 2017

Turns out the broker protocol for recruiting among securities firms not only helps advisers more easily relocate where they work, it also has unexpected benefits for clients. The protocol, first agreed to by a handful of large firms more than...

How confusing are the fees brokers charge?

November 9, 2017

Financial advisers get itchy when talking about fees they charge clients. They tend to sweat a bit, looking down at the ground like it was littered with hundred dollar bills. In other words, fee chat makes some advisers uncomfortable. It's no...

Painful end for advisers who bought RCAP shares

October 5, 2017

For advisers and executives who owned shares of RCAP, the defunct, mammoth brokerage firm formerly controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, a painful financial chapter of their lives ended last month. A federal judge in New York approved the settlement...

Stripped of fat commissions, nontraded REIT sales tank

December 7, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary standard, and new securities industry account statement rules for greater clarity in the prices of products, have forced nontraded real estate investment trusts to slice their commissions. Since then, sales...

Nick Schorsch's presence at Brian Block's trial unseen, but keenly felt

June 25, 2017

Nicholas Schorsch has been physically absent from the courtroom of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the securities fraud trial of his longtime business associate Brian Block, which started June 12. But for the...

Wedbush Securities, once again, in trouble with regulators

October 25, 2017

From time to time, this column focuses on firms and individuals in the investment advice business who continue to screw up — those who seem destined to repeat the past and harm investors, damage their own reputations or both. It can be maddening....

LPL's new CEO intent on moving beyond problems

August 3, 2017

It's obvious that Dan Arnold, LPL Financial's new CEO, is trying to move beyond problems that have dogged the firm over the last several years, strike a positive tone and, as he emphasized repeatedly, delight the more than 14,000 advisers who...

LPL broker in battle with IRS over how he structures his business

October 30, 2016

An LPL Financial adviser is in a thorny tax battle with the IRS, and its outcome could have wide implications for financial advisers who own their practices and use a flow-through tax structure known as an “S corporation” to pay themselves....

Dawn Bennett's alleged Ponzi a sign of dark times

September 7, 2017

"Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble," are lines recited famously by the Three Witches in Shakespeare's "Macbeth," but notorious financial adviser Dawn Bennett has allegedly been calling on similar dark forces to...

And the Golden Bull goes to ...

January 20, 2017

It's awards season in Hollywood, so the editorial staff at InvestmentNews thought it would be a good idea to hand out some prizes to those bad boy and girl brokers who have fascinated readers so with their rule-breaking performances that got...

DOL regulation translates into pay cut for some advisers

July 20, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule has morphed into a pay cut for some advisers, who are left wondering whether a reduction in their compensation is being used to bolster the bottom lines of the broker-dealers with which they work. Sure,...

Trump may kill DOL rule, but financial advice industry still needs fiduciary regulation

November 21, 2016

Many in the financial advice industry reacted with jubilation after Donald Trump's upset victory in the presidential election. As a pro-business Republican, there was little doubt to many investment advisers and brokerage executives who voted...

Odd letter highlights fiduciary concerns in Puerto Rico

September 21, 2017

Even when a broker is a fiduciary, he can certainly fail to act like one. Take, for example, the case of Oriental Financial Services Corp. It is a small broker-dealer that is part of a larger financial services company based in San Juan, Puerto...

Morgan Stanley sales contests among advisers didn't help clients

October 11, 2016

Everyone's a winner at Morgan Stanley when the largest retail brokerage in the United States starts a contest to boost lending products, including “portfolio loan accounts,” known as PLAs at the firm. Everyone but the client, that is. The...

Plenty of advisers eager to scoop up 'orphaned' accounts

August 17, 2017

The financial services industry would like to kill the Department of Labor's fiduciary standard. It's expensive to put into place, and the industry's grave fear is that it leaves brokers open to substantial legal risk. As part of its effort...

Are brokers really ready to be fiduciaries?

June 1, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule for retirement accounts will take effect Friday, and advisers and their broker-dealers better get ready for a new wave of risk: lawsuits and legal complaints by investors who believe they have been harmed...

In this Finra program, the eyes have it

May 11, 2014

The financial advice industry is becoming increasingly fascinated — some would say preoccupied — with robo-advisers. Hardly a week goes by when at least one story doesn't appear in InvestmentNews or other media serving the financial advice...

Finra arb panel sends reps a message

March 2, 2014

A Finra arbitration panel last month hit a former registered representative with a stinging order to pay a client $250,000 in punitive damages, an almost unheard-of award for a client. The steep punitive damages ordered by the Financial Industry...

Face it: Americans resent how well industry is paid

September 29, 2013

Talking about big-time bonuses for bankers, traders and investment adviser reps has turned into a bedeviling matter for those in the financial services industry. Recent conversations about who gets paid what in the business have revealed two...

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