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Blaming the DOL fiduciary rule, LPL sees recruiting stall for second straight quarter

October 26, 2017

For the second consecutive quarter, recruiting stalled at LPL Financial, typically an industry powerhouse when it comes to hiring new advisers. In its third-quarter earnings release issued Thursday, parent company LPL Financial Holdings Inc....

Ameriprise attracts 88 advisers in third quarter

October 25, 2017

Eighty-eight advisers joined Ameriprise Financial Inc. from other firms in the third quarter, in addition to 215 who joined the firm as part of the acquisition of Investment Professionals Inc., Ameriprise said in announcing its third-quarter...

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 watching $100 million in NPH production move to rivals, executives say

October 23, 2017

Three key rivals of LPL Financial are scooping up advisers affiliated with the National Planning Holdings broker-dealers who annually generate $100 million in fees and revenues, known as gross dealer concession or GDC in the industry, according...

Finra's fine money whets appetites of investor advocates, experts, industry representatives

October 23, 2017

The $176.3 million in total fines Finra levied last year has mouths watering like a succulent burger coming off the grill. Investor advocates, members of Congress, scholars and industry representatives all want to take a bite. In the last couple...

Finra's stats reveal an industry in decline

October 20, 2017

Recent statistics released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. indicate that the brokerage industry is in decline, at least when measured by the total number of individuals and firms that the industry-funded broker-dealer regulator...

LPL retains $570 million with super-OSJ deal

October 19, 2017

Kansas-based nVision Wealth Group, a regional super-OSJ and hybrid RIA group managing $570 million in assets, is affiliating with IHT Wealth Management, a Chicago-based national super-OSJ. Both firms are affiliated with LPL, where nVision and...

Finra rule would let investors take arb claims to court if broker goes bankrupt during proceeding

October 19, 2017

Finra is seeking to allow investors in arbitration to take their claim to court if the brokerage or broker involved goes out of business during the proceedings. The regulator claims it will help plaintiffs collect their awards but a critic asserts...

LPL retains $2 billion firm affiliated with NPC

October 19, 2017

Trilogy Financial, with over $2 billion in client assets one of the largest financial planning firms affiliated with National Planning Corp., said on Thursday afternoon it was joining LPL Financial. LPL in mid-August said it acquired the assets...

Private equity eyes advisory firms, but at what cost?

October 18, 2017

Private equity investors have their eyes on the financial advice market, but there's a debate brewing among industry executives over the merits of using that private capital. "Here's a news flash, Charlie: the independent space has been discovered....

SunTrust group managing $540 million moves to Raymond James ​

October 18, 2017

A group that managed $540 million in assets at SunTrust Investment Services in Georgia has joined the Raymond James employee unit. The group consists of two brokers and five staffers, and will operate from offices in Savannah, Sea Island and...

Morgan Stanley sees slower fee-based asset flows on fiduciary rule delay

October 17, 2017

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management continues to see assets surge into fee-based accounts, but that flow began slowing noticeably in the third quarter, following more certainty of a delay in the implementation of major parts of the Department of...

Wisconsin advisory firm leaves broker-dealer NPC for Woodbury Financial Services

October 17, 2017

Another firm that had been affiliated with National Planning Corp. has decided not to sign on with LPL Financial, which bought NPC as part of its acquisition of the National Planning Holdings broker-dealer network. The Feucht Financial Group,...

Brokers support Finra ranking of reps to identify bad apples as long as list stays private

October 17, 2017

Brokers and securities compliance experts support Finra's effort to rank registered representatives and target those it believes pose the biggest threat to investors — as long as the broker-dealer regulator keeps the list to itself. Susan...

Finra ranking brokers in effort to crack down on industry's bad apples

October 16, 2017

As part of its crackdown on rogue brokers, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has ranked all 634,403 registered reps it regulates and is targeting those who it believes pose the biggest threat to investors, a Finra executive said...

$1.3 billion advisory firm leaves NPC for Commonwealth

October 16, 2017

Paris International, a $1.3 billion financial advisory firm based in Great Neck, N.Y., has chosen Commonwealth Financial Network as its broker-dealer, the two companies said Monday. "We are extremely pleased to welcome Paris International to...

Finra orders Wells Fargo to pay $3.4 million over risky ETFs and ETNs

October 16, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has ordered Wells Fargo's clearing and retail brokerage units to pay more than $3.4 million in restitution to customers affected by the B-Ds' unsuitable recommendations of volatility-linked exchange-traded...

Advice firms need to invest in training and staff development

October 14, 2017

It's no secret that the advice business is having trouble finding new talent to replace retiring advisers, but a new study from InvestmentNews shows just how much that is hurting the financial health of advisory firms. Because firms can't hire...

Employee retention linked to career paths and training

October 14, 2017

As competition heats up among independent advisory firms for both clients and financial advisers, training and guided career paths are emerging as crucial components of recruiting and keeping advisers on board. Yet at a lot of advisory firms,...

Advice firms in a tricky financial position

October 14, 2017

Efficiency will have to become the new mantra at independent financial advisory firms as revenue continues to slide and compensation climbs. Median annual revenue growth for advisory firms, which has been trending downward since peaking at 16%...

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