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Morgan Stanley's wealth management unit sees record profits

April 18, 2018

Morgan Stanley's wealth management division saw assets fall slightly in the first three months of the year, but its profits hit a record high, according to the quarterly earnings report released Wednesday. The bank's wealth management unit notched...

Earnings season only pouring 'fuel on fire' for stocks

April 11, 2018

Don't pin your hopes for stock markets in the U.S. and Europe on first-quarter profit updates. That's the message from London & Capital's Roger Jones, who argues that now is not the time to load up on risk assets. As investors prepare to shift...

Morgan Stanley's wealth management fees climb to all-time high

January 18, 2018

Record stock markets have been good to Morgan Stanley. The firm's wealth management fees climbed to a record in the fourth quarter as the S&P 500 Index reached an all-time high. The company beat its target cost ratio for the year and posted...

Jeffrey Saut: Be conservative, but not conventional

April 17, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the commentary of Jeffrey Saut, Chief Investment Strategist and Managing Director of Equity Research at Raymond James & Associates, for Monday, April 16. To read the full commentary, click here. Since the SPX's...

Approaching international growth with a valuation focus: where ClearBridge sees opportunities

December 13, 2017

ELISA MAZEN Managing Director and Head of Global Growth ClearBridge Investments Growth investing provides attractive returns, but high valuations of growth stocks can also bring volatility. The international growth team at ClearBridge Investments,...

Raymond James looks to replicate recruiting success on West Coast

July 28, 2017

Go West, young adviser. That was the message of Paul Reilly, CEO of Raymond James Financial Inc., during Thursday morning's earnings call with analysts. An analyst asked Mr. Reilly about the company's recent success in recruiting in the Northeast...

Relying on trainees, Merrill Lynch boosts adviser headcount in 2017

January 17, 2018

Despite cutting back on recruiting experienced financial advisers, Merrill Lynch increased its adviser headcount by 2% in 2017, adding 333 people for a total of 14,953 at the end of last year, according to Merrill's parent company, Bank of America,...

LPL's head count drops by almost 100 advisers in 2Q

July 28, 2017

LPL Financial, a recruiting powerhouse, said today it lost nearly 100 advisers since the end of March, reducing its head count of brokers and advisers to 14,256. That's down 98 from the end of the first quarter but an increase of 63 over the...

Raymond James adds 200 advisers in fiscal 2017

October 26, 2017

Raymond James Financial's net addition of 200 advisers, to a record 7,346, helped it post record revenue and net income for its fourth quarter, ended Sept. 30, and its fiscal year. The company said that the growth of assets in fee-based accounts,...

U.S. companies having best earnings season in 13 years

August 11, 2017

Overseas demand is driving the best earnings season for U.S. companies in 13 years, with top executives from Dow Chemical Co. to Morgan Stanley citing rising foreign sales, a dynamic that should help propel gains in the second half. With nearly...

BofA wealth management untouched by 2Q losses

July 24, 2011

Bank of America Corp. continues to invest in its wealth management division while reining in other lines of business to prepare for new Basel III capital requirements. BofA posted a record quarterly loss of $8.83 billion last week, due in part...

National Financial Partners and its firms struggle

November 9, 2008

National Financial Partners Corp., the amalgamator of financial planning firms whose shares have plunged 90.7% in the past 52 weeks, is renegotiating its bank credit lines, suspending its dividend and share buybacks and temporarily ceasing acquisitions...

Wells Fargo scandal cost the bank another 225 reps

April 13, 2017

The fallout surrounding Wells Fargo & Co.'s infamous practice of opening checking and credit accounts that customers didn't know about continues to hurt the bank's reputation, but apparently not it's bottom line. The first-quarter earnings report,...

Suds stocks' flat returns go down smooth

October 5, 2008

Beer drinkers are keeping their mugs full even as the economy heads south and Wall Street suffers week after week. Market veterans say beer stocks and other so-called sin stocks outperform the market during periods of economic downturn because...

WaMu's executive bonuses ignite backlash

March 17, 2008

Washington Mutual Inc.'s annual shareholder meeting April 15 will be no love fest. Last month, an investor group targeted the Seattle company's risk committee directors with a "no" vote campaign, claiming that their failure to manage mortgage-related...

Will cash-rich Apple peel off a few bills for shareholders?

February 29, 2012

Apple Inc. (AAPL), approaching a $500 billion market capitalization, will probably start paying a dividend this year, attempting to appease investors who have said the electronics maker is hoarding too much cash. The company is likely to declare...

Third-quarter weak for wealth division at Wells Fargo

January 22, 2012

Wells Fargo & Co. last week reported weak fourth-quarter results for its wealth management division, reflecting the impact of volatile investment markets and reduced customer activity in the firm's giant brokerage business. Overall, the bank...

Higher earnings are creating a dividend bonanza

March 20, 2011

Record earnings fueled by the highest profit margins since 1993 are giving executives more leeway than ever to boost dividends as the bull market enters its third year. Margins will climb to 8.9% this year, the highest level in at least 18 years,...

Corporate earnings will eclipse expectations, optimists contend

December 20, 2009

Forget the “new normal” of lower profit growth. Many market watchers expect corporate profits to surpass even the present rosy expectations, due to aggressive expense control and improved demand. This optimism stands in contrast to the view...

TD Ameritrade keeps lid on RIA metrics

July 26, 2009

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. reported a better-than-expected fiscal-third-quarter profit last week, but company executives had little to say about the firm's business for servicing independent registered investment advisers. “We don't see a...

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