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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...

As LPL buys broker-dealers, its rivals also benefit

February 8, 2018

The more broker-dealers LPL Financial buys, the better it is, not only for LPL itself, but also for the rest of the independent broker-dealer industry. An acquisition means disruption, and that turns into lots of advisers looking to move to...

Advisers bemoan LPL's technology platform change

February 22, 2018

After years of effort to move to a new platform for wealth management, LPL Financial is still fumbling around with the latest technology for its more than 15,200 advisers. LPL advisers on a private LinkedIn chat room this month were sounding...

Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley use contrary tactics to keep advisers

January 25, 2018

Wells Fargo Advisors and Morgan Stanley are using extremely different tactics in the battle to hang onto their financial advisers. Wells Fargo started the year by dangling a carrot at its 14,544 retail and wealth management advisers, while Morgan...

Massive investment fraud fueled by slick marketing, hot dinners

January 5, 2018

For almost five years, the SEC said the Woodbridge Group of Companies operated a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, taking advantage of 8,400 investors, many of them elderly. What is striking about the alleged fraud is that it operated in plain sight....

Broker protocol for recruiting a boon for clients

November 20, 2017

Turns out the broker protocol for recruiting among securities firms not only helps advisers more easily relocate where they work, it also has unexpected benefits for clients. The protocol, first agreed to by a handful of large firms more than...

How confusing are the fees brokers charge?

November 9, 2017

Financial advisers get itchy when talking about fees they charge clients. They tend to sweat a bit, looking down at the ground like it was littered with hundred dollar bills. In other words, fee chat makes some advisers uncomfortable. It's no...

Nick Schorsch's presence at Brian Block's trial unseen, but keenly felt

June 25, 2017

Nicholas Schorsch has been physically absent from the courtroom of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the securities fraud trial of his longtime business associate Brian Block, which started June 12. But for the...

LPL broker in battle with IRS over how he structures his business

October 30, 2016

An LPL Financial adviser is in a thorny tax battle with the IRS, and its outcome could have wide implications for financial advisers who own their practices and use a flow-through tax structure known as an “S corporation” to pay themselves....

LPL's new CEO intent on moving beyond problems

August 3, 2017

It's obvious that Dan Arnold, LPL Financial's new CEO, is trying to move beyond problems that have dogged the firm over the last several years, strike a positive tone and, as he emphasized repeatedly, delight the more than 14,000 advisers who...

And the Golden Bull goes to ...

January 20, 2017

It's awards season in Hollywood, so the editorial staff at InvestmentNews thought it would be a good idea to hand out some prizes to those bad boy and girl brokers who have fascinated readers so with their rule-breaking performances that got...

Painful end for advisers who bought RCAP shares

October 5, 2017

For advisers and executives who owned shares of RCAP, the defunct, mammoth brokerage firm formerly controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, a painful financial chapter of their lives ended last month. A federal judge in New York approved the settlement...

Trump may kill DOL rule, but financial advice industry still needs fiduciary regulation

November 21, 2016

Many in the financial advice industry reacted with jubilation after Donald Trump's upset victory in the presidential election. As a pro-business Republican, there was little doubt to many investment advisers and brokerage executives who voted...

DOL regulation translates into pay cut for some advisers

July 20, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule has morphed into a pay cut for some advisers, who are left wondering whether a reduction in their compensation is being used to bolster the bottom lines of the broker-dealers with which they work. Sure,...

Wedbush Securities, once again, in trouble with regulators

October 25, 2017

From time to time, this column focuses on firms and individuals in the investment advice business who continue to screw up — those who seem destined to repeat the past and harm investors, damage their own reputations or both. It can be maddening....

Morgan Stanley sales contests among advisers didn't help clients

October 11, 2016

Everyone's a winner at Morgan Stanley when the largest retail brokerage in the United States starts a contest to boost lending products, including “portfolio loan accounts,” known as PLAs at the firm. Everyone but the client, that is. The...

Dawn Bennett's alleged Ponzi a sign of dark times

September 7, 2017

"Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble," are lines recited famously by the Three Witches in Shakespeare's "Macbeth," but notorious financial adviser Dawn Bennett has allegedly been calling on similar dark forces to...

Odd letter highlights fiduciary concerns in Puerto Rico

September 21, 2017

Even when a broker is a fiduciary, he can certainly fail to act like one. Take, for example, the case of Oriental Financial Services Corp. It is a small broker-dealer that is part of a larger financial services company based in San Juan, Puerto...

In this Finra program, the eyes have it

May 11, 2014

The financial advice industry is becoming increasingly fascinated — some would say preoccupied — with robo-advisers. Hardly a week goes by when at least one story doesn't appear in InvestmentNews or other media serving the financial advice...

Adviser loses IRS fight, putting tax status for solo practitioners in question

February 23, 2017

In October, I wrote a column about a financial adviser who was squaring off with the IRS in a dispute over using a flow-through tax structure known as an "S corporation" to pay himself. Financial advisers who are solo practitioners have been...

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