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Consultant explosion hits adviser industry

February 21, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - With the stock market and economy on the mend, the demand for consultants that focus on financial advisers is skyrocketing. As a reflection of that demand, two financial services industry heavyweights, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc....

Reform efforts could mean boost for proprietary funds

February 14, 2005

NEW YORK - Proprietary funds offered by brokerage houses, banks and other distributors could see something of a resurgence if 12(b)-1 fees or mutual fund revenue-sharing agreements are compromised as a result of the fund reforms being debated....

Funds' recouping of settlement $ for investors eyed

February 14, 2005

WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating how mutual funds go after money owed to investors from settlements in class actions. The commission late last month began getting in touch with fund companies for information...

TD Waterhouse snatches up Merrill exec

February 14, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - The Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. executive hired away from Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. to build up its fledgling asset custody group for independent advisers has left. Derek Bruton vacated his position as head of the asset custody...

Questions abound about AEFA spinoff

February 7, 2005

DETROIT - American Express Co.'s announcement last week that it plans to spin off American Express Financial Advisors Inc. has sent ripples across the financial services industry regarding the future of the brokerage and money management unit....

Heir-y situation for Schwab?

February 7, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - Since reassuming the reins of the company he founded, Charles R. Schwab has begun turning things around. Price and staff cuts have helped boost the San Francisco-based broker's stock more than 30% since mid-October. The things...

Clean rap sheet rates high with reps

January 31, 2005

DETROIT - Brokers and advisers continue to punish those asset management firms that have been linked to major scandals involving mutual fund trading over the past few years, according to the results of an industry satisfaction survey slated...

Un-American activity: Fees on rollovers to Class A shares

January 31, 2005

BOSTON - As a result of scrutiny from regulators, American Funds is taking a hard-line approach to IRA rollovers which will result in higher fees for some investors. Starting Feb. 1, the mutual fund arm of Capital Research and Management Co....

SIA taking aim at NYSE proposal on asset-based fee programs

January 31, 2005

WASHINGTON - A proposal by the New York Stock Exchange that brokers monitor their asset-based-fee programs could discourage them from offering such accounts. The Securities Industry Association filed comments late last year with the Securities...

OppenheimerFunds to enter retirement income arena

January 31, 2005

CHICAGO - As part of the effort to attract and retain the assets of retiring baby boomers, OppenheimerFunds Inc. is poised to be the latest entrant into the retirement-income-planning arena. "We do anticipate that in late February, we will be...

New arbitration claims recede, but $ record set

January 31, 2005

NEW YORK - For the first time since the market began to drop in 2000, new securities arbitration cases declined last year. After the stock market retreat following the burst of the technology stock bubble, both Wall Street and independent-contractor...

Fund trading: From gray area to black mark

January 24, 2005

WASHINGTON - Securities lawyers, if asked by brokerage firm clients whether there was anything illegal about aggregating customer accounts or using different account names in order to avoid market-timing restrictions of mutual funds, would have...

Lanigan's exit gives Fidelity an opportunity

January 17, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - The void left by S. Joseph "Jay" Lanigan's departure gives Fidelity Investments of Boston a great chance to consolidate its considerable gains in the business of asset custody for financial advisers. Some consultants and financial...

Take my seat - please

January 10, 2005

NEW YORK - One key element of Wall Street hasn't benefited from the market turnaround of the past two years: There is still a bear market in seats on the New York Stock Exchange. The price hit new lows last week, and some members are increasingly...

Wachovia simplifies payouts in effort to lure top brokers

January 10, 2005

NEW YORK - In a move that distinguishes itself from other wirehouses, Wachovia Securities LLC last month drastically simplified its payout grid to brokers and advisers. The new payout allows registered representatives to keep 50% of almost all...

Smith Barney's fee-based brokers organize

January 10, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - Another elite platoon of Smith Barney financial advisers is forming a bloc that its members may use to boost their status within the firm. About 1,100 advisers at the New York-based broker are forming an association under the...

SEC's SRO reform proposals figure to give NASD a new look

December 13, 2004

NEW YORK - The structure of NASD's board of governors could face an overhaul if the Securities and Exchange Commission's proposals for changing corporate governance of self-regulatory organizations are passed. Other potential changes at NASD...

Brokers, eyeing Monte Carlo, are warned that it can be dicey

December 13, 2004

CHICAGO - Two months away from being allowed to use Monte Carlo forecasting tools for the first time with clients, some broker-dealers are expressing a dose of skepticism. "The average adviser with the average customer doesn't use a tool quite...

Smith Barney's hard line costs it some veterans

November 29, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO - Smith Barney has once again refused to spin off an elite corps of its financial advisers who beseeched the firm to put them into a separate division - but this time, the New York-based wirehouse is paying a price. Some of the...

Merrill exec sees glass as half full

November 15, 2004

BOCA RATON, Fla. - James Gorman, president of the New York-based Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.'s global private-client group, certainly seems to be in a good mood these days. At the New York- and Washington-based Securities Industry Association's...

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