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Broker accepted kickbacks for IPO access: SEC

December 19, 2017

A broker was charged Tuesday by the Securities and Exchange Commission with illegally accepting more than $1 million in undisclosed kickbacks for giving certain clients preferential access to lucrative IPOs, enabling them to reap major profits...

Ex-Morgan Stanley execs pick up firm's advisers

December 18, 2017

Eager to clamp down on advisers leaving the firm, Morgan Stanley last week announced it was given a temporary restraining order from a federal judge in New Jersey against a broker who had earlier jumped to an independent broker-dealer. In October,...

TD Ameritrade report says brokerage industry driving reps out the door

December 18, 2017

The breakaway broker trend is real and only getting more so, according to the latest research from TD Ameritrade Institutional, which Monday morning released its 2017 Breakaway to Independence Survey. "There is an undercurrent of discontent...

Finra bars former LPL broker for 'misrepresentations'

December 15, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former LPL broker Leslie Koonce for misrepresenting his involvement in the sale of private securities. Finra said Mr. Koonce participated in several private securities transactions...

For brokers, tax bill could bring shakeups and job changes

December 15, 2017

Some brokerage firms are concerned that the tax overhaul could lead to upheaval, pushing their employees to set up their own shops or switch firms to lower their tax bills. At the heart of the issue is how the business is organized. Some brokers...

Broker-dealer asset growth outpaces rival channels, Cerulli says

December 15, 2017

It's been a good year for broker-dealers, compared with rival channels. The latest data from research and consulting firm Cerulli Associates found that national and regional B-Ds grew assets at a rate of 9.1% year-over-year, faster than all...

Morgan Stanley's aggressive move against former employee puts brokers on notice

December 14, 2017

Morgan Stanley's pursuit last week of a temporary restraining order against a New Jersey broker who resigned December 8 is a clear sign the firm will aggressively enforce one-year non-solicititation agreements in contracts with brokers, industry...

UBS team managing $440 million moves to Raymond James

December 14, 2017

A team with three advisers and two associates managing $440 million at UBS has joined the employee channel of Raymond James Financial in Winter Park, Fla. Michael Zizmer, one of the lead advisers on the team, began his financial services career...

UBS replaces wealth management chief

December 14, 2017

Juerg Zeltner, the head of UBS Group AG's $1.3 trillion wealth-management unit, is stepping down in January and will be replaced by Switzerland chief and former Commerzbank AG head Martin Blessing. The move is the second high-profile private...

Finra bars former MML broker for refusing on-record testimony

December 14, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has barred Brian Michael Travers, a former Long Island, N.Y.-based broker with MML Investors Services, for refusing to appear for on-the-record testimony in connection with a Finra investigation. In...

Three big effects of the shifting broker protocol

December 13, 2017

About a month ago, Morgan Stanley announced it was leaving the protocol. A few weeks later, UBS followed suit. The protocol is the mutual agreement that lays the ground rules for advisers to leave their existing brokerage firm and take specified...

Morgan Stanley wins restraining order, but former broker can contact clients

December 13, 2017

A federal judge in New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon issued a temporary restraining order against a former Morgan Stanley broker who left the firm last week and moved to Commonwealth Financial Network but left the door wide open for the broker...

Finra bars former Next rep over incomplete information

December 13, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former Next Financial broker JoeAnn Walker for not producing the complete documentation it had requested in connection with an inquiry. Ms. Walker was terminated by Next Financial in...

Finra fines three former Cetera firms over sales

December 11, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has censured three former units of Cetera—Investors Capital Corp., J.P. Turner & Co. and VSR Financial Services—for selling Class A shares with a front-end load, or Class B or Class C shares to...

Morgan Stanley will boost savings with broker-protocol exit, UBS analysts say

December 8, 2017

Morgan Stanley's decision to exit the broker protocol for recruiting at the end of October will result in savings on recruiting and boost the bank's bottom line, according to a report from analysts at UBS Securities, a competitor that has also...

Barred Florida broker goes on to sell millions in defunct Woodbridge loans

December 8, 2017

A Florida broker who was barred from the securities industry for selling high-risk collateralized mortgage obligations in the run up to the credit crisis has since sold millions of dollars worth of commercial mortgage loans issued by the Woodbridge...

Raymond James gets Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley advisers managing $560 million

December 8, 2017

An adviser who managed $230 million at Merrill Lynch on Long Island and three advisers who managed $330 at Morgan Stanley offices in Westchester and Long Island have joined offices of the employee unit of Raymond James in the New York suburbs....

As firms pull out of protocol agreement, wirehouse brokers show more interest in breaking away: execs

December 8, 2017

As the broker protocol recruiting agreement increasingly becomes endangered, more wirehouse brokers are making inquiries about becoming independent advisers, according to industry executives with knowledge of such activity. Firms such as Dynasty...

LPL retains $4.3 billion at The Planners Network

December 7, 2017

The more than 75 advisers who constitute The Planners Network—and manage, administer or advise on more than $4.3 billion in assets—have individually decided to stay with LPL Financial. Most of TPN's advisers operate as single-person or small...

Hybrid firm managing $900 million switches affiliation to Triad Advisors

December 7, 2017

Continuum Advisory, an independent hybrid firm managing approximately $900 million in total advisory and brokerage client assets, has ended its affiliation with Signator Investors and affiliated with Triad Advisors. Based in Pleasanton, Calif.,...

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