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Digital investing will bring big changes in 2018

December 14, 2017

If we learned nothing else about the financial advisory business in 2017, we know that the digital revolution is just getting started. Brokers and advisers are facing increasing pressure to be more transparent and reduce fees. Complex regulations...

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...

Why private equity wants a piece of the RIA market

December 9, 2017

The secret is out: The independent financial advisory space is the hottest growth-investment strategy for deep-pocketed private investors. "We've seen private equity money ebb and flow over the years, but over the last few years we've seen a...

Largest fee-only RIAs by region, based on assets under management

December 9, 2017

Northeastern success stories Rank Firm Phone/website Total assets ($M) Total accounts Discretionary assets ($M) Discretionary accounts Nondiscretionary assets ($M) Nondiscretionary accounts Employees 1 Silvercrest Asset Management Group (212)...

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....

Richard Thaler talks about the formation of his RIA ... and winning the Nobel Prize

December 8, 2017

Richard H. Thaler, who earned a PhD from the University of Rochester, will be given the Nobel Prize in Economics on Sunday for integrating economics and psychology. He is a professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago...

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...

What advisers should consider before taking a capital infusion

December 7, 2017

Advisory firm valuations might be nearing a top, but advisers should not expect the appetite for investing in their businesses to drop off anytime soon. "Our industry is all of a sudden very fashionable, and we are awash in capital," said Rich...

Wentworth buys Purshe Kaplan Sterling

December 5, 2017

Independent broker-dealer mergers and acquisitions continue to heat up as a buyer of wealth management businesses, Wentworth Management Services, said on Tuesday afternoon it acquired Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, a boutique firm that...

Blockchain will change the advisory business—someday

December 5, 2017

With the price of bitcoin continuing to soar, advisers find themselves inundated with questions about digital currencies and blockchain, the ledger technology that makes bitcoin possible. Those questions are bound to increase now that the Vanguard...

Wells Fargo adviser jumps to Kingsview

December 5, 2017

Peter Hiltz, who managed $160 million in assets at Wells Fargo Advisors in Cincinnati, has joined Kingsview Asset Management and will open the firm's first office there. Kingsview is a registered investment adviser headquartered in Grants Pass,...

Wells Fargo adviser managing $219 million joins Ameriprise

December 4, 2017

Michael Huffman, who managed $219 million in assets in the Mesa, Ariz., office of Wells Fargo Advisors, has joined the employee channel of Ameriprise Financial. Mr. Huffman began his securities career at Kober Financial in 1991 and spent time...

UBS broker-protocol exit puts firm before clients

November 27, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld has a routine, a "bit", where he makes fun of fans of professional sports. When a player is part of the team you root for, you cheer him on. When he departs, you scream that he's a bum. In fact, he says, you actually are just...

A third-party cyber attack is your firm's problem

November 21, 2017

Recent high-profile cyberattacks underscore the importance of tracking how and where client data is used, transferred and stored by third party vendors to RIAs. The reality is, "the cloud" is not – and never was – a cybersecurity solution....

An American Thanksgiving

November 21, 2017

Last week while I was at the Schwab Impact conference in Chicago, the country I grew up in had a revolt that placed 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe into military confinement. Until yesterday, he had led Zimbabwe since 1980, when I was a...

Women can help themselves and other women in financial advice

November 20, 2017

No question, there is a need for more women in the financial adviser field, given their distinctive capabilities and the changing client demographics. And change in the industry is definitely underway. Yet many firms still haven't achieved a...

'Affiliation arbitrage' is a bad reason to go RIA

November 16, 2017

The past several years have witnessed a surge in the number of independent financial advisers who have established their own RIAs – often motivated by the desire to achieve a form of "affiliation arbitrage." By sidestepping broker-dealer and...

Fidelity's eMoney Advisor partners with Schwab

November 15, 2017

Financial planning technology firm eMoney Advisor plans to integrate with Schwab Advisor Services' OpenView Gateway, eMoney announced today at the annual Charles Schwab IMPACT conference in Chicago. The move is interesting given the competitive...

Schwab execs sound off on Bitcoin, HSAs and Morgan Stanley exit from broker protocol

November 15, 2017

Bitcoin may be quickly gaining popularity as an emerging investment, but it's more likely to be disrupted by governments than to be a disrupter itself, a Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. executive said on Wednesday. Since the beginning of the year,...

Breakaway broker deals a drag on M&A activity in third quarter

November 7, 2017

A recent slowdown in the pace of reps leaving brokerage firms is seen as largely responsible for the sudden dip in merger and acquisition activity in the advisory space, according to the latest report from DeVoe & Co. The question now, is whether...

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