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Say goodbye to IBDs, and hello to 'IAB firms'

November 13, 2017

Sometimes inertia wins the day on issues such as nomenclature. Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of this can be found in how many independent firms across the retail financial advice space continue to describe themselves as an "independent...

A $1 billion super OSJ leaves NPC for Royal Alliance

November 7, 2017

Strategic Partners, an office of supervisory jurisdiction that administered more than $1.1 billion in assets while affiliated with National Planning Corp., has affiliated with Royal Alliance Associates, part of the Advisor Group. Founded by...

IBDs can protect good advisers from bad recruits

November 3, 2017

I recently had lunch with an independent adviser affiliated with a firm that had acquired a smaller broker-dealer and most of its reps some time ago. Since then, highly anticipated platform enhancements the acquirer had planned to make that...

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....

Newbridge Securities to be bought by foreign wealth management firm

October 11, 2017

Another independent broker-dealer is changing hands. This time, Newbridge Securities Corp., a mid-size firm with about 200 reps and advisers, will be acquired by a foreign firm, the London-based European Wealth Group. The deal was announced...

Dan Arnold's big gamble at LPL Financial

October 7, 2017

DAN ARNOLD, THE NEW CEO of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., is making bold moves to increase profitability at the nation's largest independent broker-dealer, and while he's pleasing Wall Street, some LPL affiliates and advisers are questioning how...

What to do when your broker-dealer gets acquired

September 27, 2017

You've heard rumors circulating for some time now that your broker-dealer may be merging or outright acquired by another firm. Then, speculation becomes reality — the firm has just been sold. What do you do now? Don't panic, but prepare vigilantly​...

Finra: Who's watching the watchdog?

September 2, 2017

IFyou're a broker, there are three things in life that are certain: death, taxes — and answering to Finra.

SEC charges ex-Connecticut rep with $1 million fraud

September 1, 2017

The SEC has charged Leon Vaccarelli, a former broker who had been affiliated with The Investment Center in Waterbury, Conn., with persuading several elderly customers to invest with him and then spending their money on his own living and business...

DOL seeks to delay fiduciary rule until July 2019

August 9, 2017

Supporters of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule are calling an 18-month implementation delay too long, while opponents are saying the postponement is needed to give the agency time to review the rule. In a brief filed in a Minnesota lawsuit...

Independent broker-dealer Vanderbilt revamps to focus on impact investing

July 25, 2017

An independent broker-dealer with roots dating back 52 years, Vanderbilt Financial Group is growing a new reputation for itself by committing to the socially responsible investing space. The Woodbury, N.Y.-based firm calls itself the sustainable...

Top independent broker-dealers by payout

June 15, 2017

Which independent broker-dealers pay the most? InvestmentNews Research surveyed IBD firms to find out which had the highest average payout per rep. Click through to find out which firms topped the list for 2016 and how their payout compares...

As DOL fiduciary rule takes effect, B-Ds focus on compliance

June 9, 2017

After seven years of rule-making fraught with political intrigue, intense lobbying and an abundance of conjecture, the Labor Department's fiduciary rule is getting its day in the sun. Today marks the beginning of a phased implementation period...

DOL fiduciary rule pushing broker-dealer assets to fee-based accounts, away from commissions

May 24, 2017

There's been a marked shift in the allocation of broker-dealer client assets in the year since the Department of Labor issued its fiduciary rule. Largely, the shift has seen assets flow into advisory accounts, which assess a level fee based...

Cambridge loses $120 million team to LPL

May 22, 2017

A five-person hybrid advisory that manages $120 million in assets has switched affiliation from Cambridge Investment Research to LPL. Based in Reading, Pa., and operating as CFG, the team is led by Michael Krumholz and includes adviser Sheila...

Broker-dealers are seeing a cut in annual SIPC assessments; will advisers see the same?

May 16, 2017

Broker-dealers, which loudly complain about increasing costs due to regulation such as the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, are actually seeing one regulatory expense decrease this year: the annual assessment firms pay to the Securities...

Advisor Group units fined for capital violations

May 4, 2017

Four units of the Advisor Group have been censured and fined by Finra for miscalculating their advisory fee income, resulting in net capital deficiencies and financial reporting inaccuracies. According to a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent,...

Independent broker-dealers with the least revenue growth

May 3, 2017

Here are the 10 independent broker-dealers with the least revenue growth from 2011 to 2016. This data was collected from firms that participated in InvestmentNews' independent broker-dealer surveys. Click through to find out which firms saw...

Fastest-growing independent broker-dealers by revenue

May 2, 2017

Here are the top 10 independent broker-dealers by revenue growth from 2011 to 2016. This data was collected from firms that participated in InvestmentNews' independent broker-dealer surveys. Click through to find out which firms saw the most...

Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly talks taxes and the firm's earnings

April 27, 2017

President Donald J. Trump's proposal this week to cut the tax rate to 15% for pass-through businesses, under which many independent financial advisers operate, "came out of the blue and was a surprise" and, if enacted, would be a boon to those...

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