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From the C Suite with Janney's Timothy Scheve: Patience really is a virtue

October 21, 2015

The young Timothy Scheve dreamed of being an architect, a profession that blended science with more creative passions. Trouble is, even after earning a college degree in the subject, he just wasn't any good at it. Plan B was business school,...

$258M UBS team goes independent with Wells Fargo FiNet

October 14, 2015

A team of financial advisers have parted ways with UBS to join a Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network practice in Irvine, Calif. Curtis Rach and Jud Crary, former senior vice presidents of wealth management at UBS in Irvine, resigned from...

Advisers seek independence, but less often as entrepreneurs

October 8, 2015

Going it alone isn't nearly as attractive for financial advisers as it used to be. Today, financial advisers are more likely to join an established RIA than to create their own independent advisory firm, a new report by Cerulli Associates found....

FPA aims to connect advisers with business help in Boston this weekend

September 25, 2015

Financial advisers are gathering in Boston this weekend to learn how to unlock the value in their business, help clients with diminished mental capacity and pick up a few tricks to improve their firm operations and service. The Financial Planning...

Adviser's Consultant: Hiring the best employees requires teamwork

September 17, 2015

It take a village to bring together the best people to staff an advisory firm, said Sabrina Lowell, financial adviser and chief operating officer of Mosaic Financial Partners. Building her firm's roster from seven when she arrived in 2002 to...

Retiring boomers lead to increase in number of RIA firms, clients and AUM

August 3, 2015

Who says financial advisers are going the way of the dodo bird? It turns out that the need for advice is stronger than ever, thanks to the flood of baby boomers at or near retirement. The 15th annual Evolution Revolution study by the Investment...

How to attract clients with a female-friendly culture

July 21, 2015

At The Advisor Center, we help financial advisers dissect their businesses in an effort to help them find new affiliations, broker-dealers or RIAs. Going through this exercise, advisers often find they don't actually need to move to improve....

I took the test, I talked the talk. Now you can call me a CFP!

July 21, 2015

I didn't think this day would ever come, but on July 15, I received an email from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. that said: “Congratulations! You are now a certified financial planner.” I completed the financial...

HBO's 'Ballers' and its star, 'The Rock,' play fast and loose with the financial advice industry

July 8, 2015

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has played the role of a wrestler, a security agent, the tooth fairy, soldier, the Scorpion King and Hercules. Now he's playing a financial adviser. In the latest HBO television series, "Ballers," Mr. Johnson's character,...

Banks are cutting broker-dealer units from their 'living wills'

July 8, 2015

The nation's biggest banks are lumping their broker-dealer units in with other 'non-essential' operations. In appeasing regulators, banks show B-Ds where they rank. In case of emergency, dump the securities operations The bear has found China....

7 signs clients look for in trusted advisers

June 3, 2015

Survey after survey have revealed that the vast majority of investors do not know the difference between fiduciary and suitability standards — nor do they care. What they care about is whether or not they can trust their financial adviser....

How does adviser pay in your city stack up?

June 3, 2015

Note. Source for all data: 2013 InvestmentNews/Moss Adams Adviser Compensation & Staffing Study and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bubble sizes are determined by Service Adviser compensation; values for all three...

InvestmentNews Research, BlackRock launch new study of “Elite” RIAs

May 28, 2015

New York, May 28, 2015 – With the business of providing financial advice fast evolving – presenting advisers with new service opportunities as well as urgent practice challenges – InvestmentNews Research, in partnership with BlackRock...

The top 10 reasons to become a financial adviser

May 28, 2015

With over 40 years of combined experience working with veterans of the financial services industry, our team knows all of the benefits a career path as a financial adviser or financial planner can bring. And while speaking to advisers who absolutely...

7 signs the fiduciary movement is coming to an end

May 20, 2015

The significant difference between the fiduciary movement past and present is that it was once a point of positive inspiration, but has now become a source of negativity. There are seven clear signs that the 30-year fiduciary movement is coming...

Adviser explains how firms improve business with study groups

May 6, 2015

David Schneider never misses the monthly meeting of the New York Financial Planning Association study group. It's too important to his business. Mr. Schneider, who has an eponymous firm in New York City, has been part of various adviser study...

How the biggest independent broker-dealer networks stack up

May 1, 2015

After looking at the independent broker-dealers with the most producing reps and the biggest year-over-year gains in assets and revenue in 2014, attention now shifts to the industry's big networks and the various firms under their umbrellas....

Bernanke joins Pimco as senior adviser

April 29, 2015

Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben S. Bernanke is joining Pacific Investment Management Co. as a senior adviser, his second consulting agreement with a top money manager in as many weeks. Mr. Bernanke will contribute his economic expertise...

Is adviser compensation rising in tandem with advisory firm revenues?

April 29, 2015

Our research studies have shown again and again that independent adviser compensation stacks up well against some of the best-paid professional careers. Two years ago, after the results were in from our 2013 InvestmentNews/Moss Adams Adviser...

The latest ranking of independent broker-dealers by rep head count

April 28, 2015

Even if recruiting at independent broker-dealers has hit a wall, the industry still features a number of firms with expanding numbers of registered reps. Here's a snapshot of the number of reps at the biggest independent broker-dealers, including...

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