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Bank of America to sell alternative operations with $20 billion to iCapital

September 19, 2018

Bank of America Corp. agreed to sell businesses that administer alternative investment feeder funds to iCapital Network, a financial technology firm led by a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker. The operations for feeder funds, which pool...

10 years later, advisers still shudder recalling the financial crisis

September 13, 2018

When the 2008 financial crisis is documented by historians and market watchers, it's often pegged to Lehman Brothers' record-setting $691 billion bankruptcy. But for financial advisers the overall bear market period between 2007 and 2009 is...

Inaccurate info from Social Security Administration a challenge for widows

September 12, 2018

Losing one's spouse is one of life's most difficult and overwhelming experiences. Claiming Social Security survivor benefits apparently ranks as a close second based on a frantic phone call I received from a close friend this week. My friend...

Finra suspends former Merrill Lynch broker for impersonating client

September 12, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has suspended a former Merrill Lynch broker for impersonating a client. Luke A. Eddy joined Merrill Lynch in Worcester, Mass., in 2014. According to Finra, he was terminated in June 2017 for impersonating...

The trillion dollar club: How to be a growth superstar

September 11, 2018

Amazon recently joined Apple in the trillion dollar club, becoming the second American company in history with a market cap surpassing $1 trillion. While Amazon and Apple climb to new highs, it's been fantastic for investors and for the wealth...

Raymond James nabs $203 million team from Morgan Stanley

September 11, 2018

O'Neill Wealth Management, a Mount Laurel, N.J.-based advisory firm with $203 million in client assets, has left Morgan Stanley to join Raymond James & Associates, the firm's employee broker-dealer. The advisory firm is comprised of a team of...

Merrill Lynch takes two avenues with annuity commissions

September 10, 2018

When Merrill Lynch recently decided to reverse its ban on commissions in individual retirement accounts, it did so for all products with one exception: annuities. The policy effectively creates a dual approach for Merrill's 17,000-plus advisers...

Star broker, now at Morgan Stanley, alleges sexual discrimination at UBS

September 7, 2018

Christine Carona was a star broker at UBS Group AG. In the Boston office, she managed more than $300 million and was a member of the President's Council, an elite club for top producers. So it was headline news in the trade press when Morgan...

Turns out commissions are OK at Commonwealth Financial, JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch

September 6, 2018

Last week, Merrill Lynch said it was reversing its ban on commissions in individual retirement accounts now that the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is officially dead. It turns out the home of the thundering herd is not the only retail...

Merrill Lynch can't reverse progress on eliminating conflicts of interest

September 5, 2018

The fiduciary rule is dead, but its spirit lives on. The rule, which the Department of Labor first proposed in 2015, required brokers to act as fiduciaries — to put their clients' interests ahead of their own — when handling retirement accounts....

Finra bars two brokers, including one with nearly 40 years in the industry

September 5, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred two veteran brokers, one of whom was in the securities industry for nearly 40 years. ​ Stephen T. Hurtuk worked as a broker for 39 years, the last 10 of which he spent at Stifel Nicolaus...

JPMorgan Chase reaches settlement in race case

September 4, 2018

As racial diversity tumbles on Wall Street, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reached a settlement with financial advisers who say they were treated poorly because they're black. Six current and former employees at the largest U.S. bank filed what they...

Stifel lands financial advisers from UBS, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Advisors

September 4, 2018

Stifel Financial Corp. has landed three financial advisers from UBS, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Advisors. Altogether, the new hires managed $520 million in client assets. The financial advisers have joined Stifel Nicolaus & Co., the firm's...

Under a cloud at Merrill Lynch, two brokers find new home at giant hybrid

September 4, 2018

Two brokers who left Merrill Lynch earlier this year — one who was permitted to resign and the other discharged — have landed with Stratos Wealth Network, a hybrid broker and RIA with 284 advisers and $13.3 billion in client assets. Stratos...

Merrill Lynch reverses policy on banning IRA commissions following death of DOL fiduciary rule

August 30, 2018

Merrill Lynch is reversing its ban on commissions in individual retirement accounts, undoing a first-of-its-kind policy among the major brokerage firms that was established nearly two years ago as the Department of Labor fiduciary rule loomed...

Advisers in a pickle over low-yielding cash sweep accounts

August 29, 2018

With interest rates edging higher and stock market valuations hitting peak levels, cash management is becoming a center-stage issue for financial advisers, and one that could have fiduciary implications. While cash typically makes up only a...

Finra bars former Wells Fargo broker terminated for allegedly asking a client for a loan

August 28, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred a former Wells Fargo broker who was terminated for allegedly asking a client for a loan and attempting to make an unauthorized trade. J. Gordon Cloutier Jr. worked at Wells Fargo Advisors...

LPL lets more advisers do fiduciary 401(k) business

August 28, 2018

LPL Financial has relaxed some of the internal qualifications necessary to service 401(k) plans in an advisory capacity on its corporate RIA, effectively permitting more advisers to service plans as a fiduciary. LPL, the nation's largest independent...

Adoption is the new innovation

August 24, 2018

In my last column, I ruminated about the number of fintech products flooding the adviser market and wondered how anyone could evaluate — let alone select — from among the vast array. I shared the poignant slide from Michael Kitces showing...

What advisers think of JPMorgan's new mobile investing app

August 22, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. made waves Tuesday when it introduced You Invest, a mobile brokerage app launching next week with free and discounted trading for retail investors. The news was a direct shot at discount brokerages. Shares of Charles Schwab,...

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