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Cetera Financial Group close to announcing its acquisition by private equity

July 17, 2018

Cetera Financial Group is close to announcing that it will be acquired by a private equity buyer or group of buyers, according to industry sources, with the company potentially revealing the details as early as 5 p.m. today. The buyers and price...

Genstar Capital buys majority stake in Cetera Financial Group

July 17, 2018

Cetera Financial Group, a network of six independent broker-dealers with about 8,000 brokers and advisers, said Tuesday evening that private-equity firm Genstar Capital will buy a majority equity stake in the company. Cetera's holding company,...

LPL loses custody business of RIA managing $1.3 billion

July 13, 2018

Fragasso Financial Advisors, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based RIA managing $1.3 billion, is moving its custodial relationship from LPL Financial to TD Ameritrade. The firm also said it will move its small, legacy brokerage business to Private Client...

Eight advisers managing $616 million join Benjamin Edwards

July 11, 2018

Eight advisers managing $616 million have joined St. Louis-based Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Five of the advisers — the father-and-son team of David and Tyler Herr in Chandler, Ariz.; Bill Raymon in Birmingham, Ala.; James Garner in Atlanta;...

Michael Duffy and Happiness Wealth Management join LPL Financial

July 9, 2018

Michael Duffy and his firm, Happiness Wealth Management, have joined LPL Financial. The firm, which is based in San Carlos, Calif., joined LPL's broker-dealer and hybrid registered investment adviser platforms. Mr. Duffy has authored five books,...

SEC bars ex-LPL rep over variable annuity sales

July 9, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred a former LPL rep, Roger Zullo, based on a charge he sold unsuitable and "disproportionately large" variable annuities to his clients. Mr. Zullo, a resident of Massachusetts, was discharged by...

Fee pressure driving asset managers into wealth management

July 5, 2018

Faced with withering competition that is forcing asset management fees lower, mutual fund companies are branching out into portfolio modeling and invading the wealth management business, according to a new study from Cerulli Associates. "The...

Galvin: 10 broker-dealers to be scrutinized

July 2, 2018

Ten broker-dealers based in Massachusetts will be scrutinized by the state in connection with their practices around private-placement sales, according to a release from William F. Galvin, the state's chief securities regulator. The firms involved...

Advisers take a short-term view of trade skirmishes

June 29, 2018

Heading into a week that includes the July Fourth celebration, it would be easy to overlook or ignore the impact of a potential trade war between the United States and several global trading partners. But savvy financial advisers are paying...

Edward Jones, Commonwealth Financial top J.D. Power list of top brokerage employers

June 28, 2018

When it comes to workplace satisfaction among broker-dealers, some firms stand out from the pack. According to the latest research from J.D. Power, Commonwealth Financial, Raymond James Financial and Cambridge Investment Research fill the top...

With Signator in the bag, will Advisor Group and Lightyear still chase Cetera?

June 27, 2018

Last week's announcement that John Hancock Financial Services was selling independent broker-dealer Signator Investors Inc., with 1,800 advisers and about $50 billion in assets, to Advisor Group did not come as much of a surprise. Industry rumors...

LPL Financial taps wirehouse veteran to lead recruiting effort

June 25, 2018

Continuing the churn in LPL Financial's recruiting group, the leader of the unit, Bill Morrissey, managing director and head of business development, is retiring and being replaced by a wirehouse veteran. Mr. Morrissey has been with LPL for...

LPL rolls out blockchain separately managed account

June 18, 2018

LPL Financial has rolled out a new blockchain strategy separately managed account that LPL's advisers can offer their clients or use to build client portfolios. Blockchain is the driving force behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies,...

Vermont hybrid managing $330 million moves from Lincoln to LPL

June 14, 2018

Flood Financial services, a hybrid firm managing $330 million in assets in South Burlington, Vt., has switched its broker-dealer and registered investment adviser platforms from Lincoln Financial Services to LPL Financial Services. Richard Flood,...

Advisers with billions in AUM leaving Wall Street

June 13, 2018

The biggest firms continue to lose groups of financial advisers that have billions of dollars worth of assets under management. These advisers are moving because they want to set up their own shops so they can own a business or to work at smaller...

LPL in talks to sell 401(k) rollover platform to Global Retirement Partners

June 12, 2018

LPL Financial is in talks to sell Worksite Financial Solutions, a platform that helps advisers service 401(k) rollovers, to Global Retirement Partners, the largest retirement-focused advisory firm in LPL's network. LPL, the largest independent...

After firms dump protocol, advisers show reluctance to make a move

June 5, 2018

Last fall, Morgan Stanley and UBS Wealth Management Americas left an agreement among brokerage firms that allowed brokers and advisers to take a limited amount of client information to a new employer without being sued. Called the Protocol for...

Top adviser aggregators focused on defined-contribution retirement plans

June 2, 2018

Firm Total DC assets ($B) overseen by network advisers No. of DC advisers** Primary contact Business model CAPTRUST*** $221 95 Rick Shoff Managing Director, Advisor Group Raleigh, N.C. (215) 499-3361 rick.shoff@captrustadvisors.com Acquisition....

The legacy of the DOL fiduciary rule: Almost gone, but never forgotten

June 2, 2018

Even as the Labor Department's​ fiduciary rule teeters on the edge of demise, its legacy will continue to profoundly influence how investment advice is delivered. The regulation's likely obituary will not be as heart-wrenching for its supporters...

LPL loses hybrid group managing $750 million to Triad

May 31, 2018

Pinnacle Private Wealth, a hybrid firm managing more than $750 million in assets, has switched its broker-dealer and hybrid RIA custodial platforms from LPL Financial to Triad Advisors. Pinnacle makes its headquarters in Woburn, Mass., outside...

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