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Senior Wells Fargo exec: No FBI interviews here

March 19, 2018

A senior Wells Fargo & Co. executive Monday morning contradicted a report from last week in the Wall Street Journal that the FBI had recently interviewed employees in the bank's sprawling wealth management group, home to some 14,544 brokers...

Ameriprise CEO took home $64.7 million in 2017

March 19, 2018

Ameriprise CEO James Cracchiolo received a 44% pay raise last year, boosting his direct compensation to $23.9 million. In addition, he cashed in about $40.8 million in stock options. Because the options were given to Mr. Cracchiolo prior to...

Passive target-date funds? No such thing

March 17, 2018

If your clients ask for a passively managed target-date fund, you might have to explain to them that there's no such thing — although you should certainly steer them to a low-cost target-date fund. Passive investing has taken investors' fancy...

Feds broaden investigation of Wells Fargo Advisors: WSJ

March 16, 2018

A federal investigation into sales practices at Wells Fargo & Co. now includes the bank's wealth management business, extending the probe beyond the firm's retail-banking unit where the problems originated, according to a report Friday from...

UBS, after dumping the broker protocol, continues to see brokers come and go

March 15, 2018

When UBS Financial Services Inc. decided to leave the protocol for broker recruiting at the end of November, many in the industry believed it would have a chilling effect on broker movement at the wirehouse. That has not happened. Brokers continue...

UBS shrinks recruiting costs in 2017, boosts adviser pay

March 9, 2018

In line with a shift in recruiting strategy, UBS Wealth Management Americas last year reduced the amount of money it spent on signing bonuses for new brokers, while at the same time increasing compensation for existing advisers. The firm reduced...

Pacific Life swims against the tide in the indexed annuity market

March 9, 2018

Pacific Life Insurance Co. is an outlier among the scores of companies selling indexed annuities. Of the roughly 60 companies that manufacture these annuities, Pacific Life is unique in that it guarantees the maximum interest rate on its products...

Wells Fargo Advisors now under investigation by Galvin

March 8, 2018

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin opened an investigation of Wells Fargo Advisors on Thursday, targeting whether the firm inappropriately moved investors into higher-fee accounts. The Massachusetts action comes on the...

Team managing $350 million at Northwestern Mutual joins Commonwealth

March 8, 2018

Spiegelman Wealth Management, which manages $350 million in assets in Lafayette, Calif., has switched affiliation from Northwestern Mutual to Commonwealth Financial Network. The hybrid team is led by Alan Spiegelman and his son Adam, and also...

Latest Wells Fargo flap underscores need for fiduciary standard

March 8, 2018

The most recent scandal brewing at Wells Fargo Advisors, this one regarding questions from the Justice Department about potentially inappropriate recommendations on rollovers for 401(k) plan participants, underscores yet again why the financial...

How nuns got Wells Fargo to address its ethical lapses

March 6, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to publicly report on the root causes that led to a rash of ethical lapses in recent years, a group of investors said. The group, led by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and including about 20 religious...

Brokers managing $425 million exit Wells Fargo to form RIA

March 6, 2018

A group of brokers who managed more than $425 million at Wells Fargo Advisors in Portland, Ore., have left the firm to form JGP Wealth Management, an independent registered investment advisory, which will be headquartered in Portland. The firm...

4 Wells Fargo board members plan to retire as pressure builds over scandal

March 2, 2018

Four Wells Fargo & Co. board members, including its three longest-serving directors, plan to retire next month as pressure mounts for new oversight in the 18-month-old scandal. Federico F. Pena, Lloyd H. Dean, Enrique Hernandez Jr. and John...

Top Wells Fargo exec to advisers: 'Stay positive,' keep walking the 'noble path'

March 1, 2018

The head of Wells Fargo's wealth and investment management group, which includes 14,544 financial advisers, exhorted his employees in a memo Thursday to remain upbeat and confident in the face of the bank's latest potential scandal. Hours after...

Wells Fargo Advisors scrutinized by Justice Department

March 1, 2018

The Department of Justice has instructed Wells Fargo & Co. to conduct an independent investigation of its Wealth and Investment Management business, which includes Wells Fargo Advisors, after whistleblowers flagged "sales problems" in the unit,...

Full list of 2018 Lipper Fund Awards winners

February 27, 2018

The Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards winners have been announced. Lipper measures the winners by their risk-adjusted returns over multiple periods. Award winners are rewarded for consistency over time, including the top 3-year, 5-year and...

UBS buckles to pressure over non-solicitation agreements

February 26, 2018

Just days after rolling out new non-solicitation agreement requirements linked to 2017 broker bonuses, UBS Financial Services has buckled to pressure and postponed the rule change till next year. "I think there was a mutiny on the bounty, the...

Ex-Wells Fargo rep barred and arrested for ripping off elderly

February 26, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former Wells Fargo broker Jeffrey Palish for receiving more than $180,000 from an elderly client "with no intent or ability to repay" her. Wells Fargo terminated Mr. Palish's registration...

Broker protocol: Indecision over recruiting agreement is rampant

February 24, 2018

When Morgan Stanley exited an industry agreement late last year that makes it easier for brokers and advisers to move to new firms, it upended 14 years of peace among the largest brokerages. Thousands of retail brokers and wealth management...

AI, social media have an important place in the advice world

February 23, 2018

Technology is fundamentally shifting societal norms, expectations and behaviors, and advisers must adjust to them if they want to survive. Just consider what we used to tell children about getting into cars with strangers, said Sunayna Tuteja,...

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