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LPL spent big on recruiting in 2016

March 17, 2017

After reporting that 2016 was its best recruiting year ever, adding 323 net financial advisers, LPL Financial is now revealing that it paid handsomely for those recruits. As of the end of last year, LPL had a forgivable loan balance of $136.7...

Hall of famer Mike Piazza's 'distant cousin' leaves Merrill Lynch for Raymond James

March 15, 2017

An adviser related to a recent inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, who shares the player's name and even played for the minors, has left Merrill Lynch for Raymond James. Mike Piazza, a "distant cousin" of his namesake, the former...

Wells Fargo loses a $500M team to Ameriprise ​

March 14, 2017

A four-person advisory team has left Wells Fargo Advisors and joined Ameriprise in Charleston, S.C. Donald Alderman, Robert Holt, Jamie O'Brien and Scott Laney, who together managed $500 million in assets, have joined Ameriprise's employee channel....

Merrill Lynch pair with $200M in AUM move to HighTower

March 13, 2017

Two former Merrill Lynch advisers, Jim Ewing and Michael Cona, have formed Ewing/Cona Wealth Management and affiliated with HighTower Advisors. The team, which managed nearly $200 million in assets at Merrill Lynch, is based in Marlton, N.J.,...

The bull market for wirehouse recruiting deals is over. What will happen next?

March 10, 2017

For years, wirehouse executives privately complained about the high cost of recruiting experienced advisers. Yet the transition packages, commonly called "up-front money," only became more and more lucrative. Shrewd advisers would often play...

Cetera adds $1B bank wealth platform

March 9, 2017

American Savings Bank, based in Honolulu, is moving its wealth management program to the broker-dealer unit of Cetera Financial Group that specializes in banks and credit unions. With approximately $6.1 billion in assets and 51 branches across...

7 changes firms need to make to attract more female advisers

March 9, 2017

Women still want mentors and to see other women reach leadership positions, but other surprising workplace changes could draw more females into the financial advice industry. These seven ideas were born from a two-hour discussion by leading...

Raymond James recruits $138M Merrill Lynch team

March 9, 2017

A team that managed $138 million in client assets while at Merrill Lynch has left the wirehouse for Raymond James, the regional firm said. Patricia Bennett and two associates have joined the Louisville, Ky., office of Raymond James & Associates,...

Merrill Lynch team with $150M AUM joins Janney Montgomery Scott ​

March 6, 2017

Janney Montgomery Scott has hired Noah Doyle, Charles Princiotto and Sean Martin from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in New York. The three will join veteran Janney financial advisers Stanley Hochhauser and Alice Coraggio in forming Battery...

LPL gets mixed reviews for recruiting more to corporate RIA platform

March 3, 2017

LPL Financial's decision to overhaul how it pays for recruits to join the firm is receiving mixed reviews from LPL branch managers, who rely on the independent broker-dealer to support and underwrite their efforts to bring in new advisers. In...

OSJs: Add Value and Increase Rep Stickiness with Well-Planned Branch Events

March 1, 2017

To attract and retain top advisors, super branches need value-add services that differentiate them from other firms. Camaraderie and peer knowledge often top the list of reasons independent advisors decide to join a branch rather than operate...

DOL rule slows down wirehouse recruiting and crimps bonuses ​

February 27, 2017

After months of secretive planning, seven teams of financial advisers had new business cards and client lists in hand, poised to dump their employers and join Morgan Stanley with more than $500 million of assets in tow. But the wealth managers...

Wells Fargo loses $375M team to Raymond James

February 27, 2017

Preston Covington III and team have joined Raymond James & Associates, the firm's traditional employee broker/dealer, from Wells Fargo Advisors. The team, known as the Covington Financial Group, managed approximately $375 million in client assets...

Triad nabs Resources Investment Advisors, the $5 billion hybrid that left LPL

February 23, 2017

Resources Investment Advisors, a registered investment adviser and super office of supervisory jurisdiction, has affiliated with Triad Advisors, an independent broker-dealer that specializes in serving hybrid RIAs. In late January, as reported...

How Super Branches Spell Opportunities for Advisors

February 23, 2017

Many advisors know of colleagues who have left wirehouses or other firms and affiliated with an independent broker-dealer. They may not be as aware, however, that an increasing numbers of advisors are discovering that another path to independence...

A Unique Opportunity for B-D Managers and Principals

February 23, 2017

For branch managers and executives of smaller broker-dealers who seek independence and business growth, the Super Branch model represents an increasingly popular choice. Several characteristics of Super Branches, also known as large Offices...

Raymond James attracts $460 million team from Morgan Stanley

February 13, 2017

A seven-person team formerly with Morgan Stanley has joined the Mt. Laurel, N.J., office of Raymond James & Associates, the firm's employee broker-dealer. The team. which manages more than $460 million in assets and had nearly $5 million in...

LPL reports robust recruiting in 2016

February 9, 2017

After a slow start to recruiting in 2016, LPL Financial Holdings Inc. picked up steam and on Thursday afternoon it said had added net 323 financial advisers in 2016, a 2% increase when compared to the number of advisers at the end of 2015. At...

Trouble keeping Next Gen advisers motivated? It may be normal

February 7, 2017

Maybe the much-discussed difficulty of keeping Next Gen advisers motivated isn't that much different from keeping other workers happy. Professionals with between one and two years on the job are more stressed, less happy and less interested...

Two wirehouse reps join forces at HighTower

February 2, 2017

Joel Talish, formerly of Wells Fargo Advisors in Westchester County, N.Y., and John Buffa, from Morgan Stanley's office in Paramus, N.J., have combined forces as Cognetic Capital Advisors and will affiliate with HighTower, according to a Reuters...

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