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The First 90 Days:

June 27, 2017

For newly created Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms, the first 90 days after launch can be both exhilarating and daunting in equal measure. On the one hand, firms get their first taste of independence as they begin to shape a new enterprise...

The First Steps:

June 21, 2017

Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms often are born from inspiring goals: to pursue greater personal independence, to forge stronger client partnerships, or perhaps to build a successful enterprise. Those making the leap to independence...

Ameriprise loses $275 million team to LPL hybrid unit

June 15, 2017

A five-adviser team that managed $275 million at Ameriprise in Raleigh, N.C., has affiliated with LPL and its hybrid RIA platform. Operating as Socratic Wealth Advisors, the team includes veteran advisers Chris Demarest, Murat Kaptanoglu, Andrew...

5 benefits of transitioning to independence

June 13, 2017

The RIA channel is one of the fastest-growing areas of the advisory market, expanding more than 11% annually, compared with an 8.6% rate for the overall industry, according to Cerulli Associates. This growth has been fueled in part by a migration...

$160 million Merrill Lynch team exits for HighTower

May 22, 2017

A four-adviser team managing $160 million in assets has left Merrill Lynch in West Palm Beach, Fla., to create an RIA firm, PDS Wealth Management, that has affiliated with HighTower. Breaking away were the new firm's managing director Tom Parker,...

Dynasty Financial lures breakaways with new financing deal

May 3, 2017

Dynasty Financial Partners is launching a new division aimed at providing liquidity options for registered investment advisers. The new unit, Dynasty Capital Strategies, will expand the firm's capabilities to include the purchasing of revenue...

Ask the Ethicist: What should an adviser do if their former firm violates a non-compete agreement?

April 28, 2017

Q: I'd like your opinion on something that happened to a friend of mine who recently left his position as a veteran adviser with a wirehouse to go independent. Before he left he mailed a "tombstone" letter to his clients so they were aware that...

Focus Financial adds $800M Lone Star State firm

February 7, 2017

An $800 million registered investment advisory firm based in Coppell, Texas, CFO4Life, has joined the New York-based Focus Financial Partners. In a press release, Focus said the RIA is its 44th partner firm and its first headquartered in Texas....

Banks, credit unions could start buying advisory practices

February 1, 2017

In September, when Salem Five Bank acquired Stumm Financial Services, it set in motion a financial advice model that could become a blueprint for other banks and credit unions, and also represents new distribution for platforms like LPL Financial....

Smarter sellers, buyers bog down RIA M&A activity

January 30, 2017

The number of merger and acquisitions involving registered investment advisers fell by 25% last year. The latest M&A report from Fidelity Custody & Clearing describes the 104 deals in 2016 as an anomaly, and projects transactions for the current...

Fidelity's Bob Oros to take over as CEO of HD Vest

January 23, 2017

Bob Oros, executive vice president and head of the RIA segment at Fidelity Investments, is taking over as CEO of HD Vest Financial Services Inc. Mr. Oros, 51, who is slated to leave Fidelity at the end of the month, will replace Roger Ochs,...

Women advisers not attracting as many assets as male colleagues

January 12, 2017

Female financial advisers are not attracting an equal share of client assets compared with their male colleagues, and the picture looks especially bleak at RIAs, new data show. The number of female financial advisers overall is slowly rising...

RIAs could be ultimate winners if DOL fiduciary rule is repealed or delayed

January 11, 2017

As potential delays and road blocks pile up in front the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, an irony is emerging in that the strongest supporters of the rule could benefit the most from the rule's demise. Independent registered investment...

RIAs embrace the collegial world of study groups

January 9, 2017

One might assume the last thing a busy financial adviser would want is another meeting on the calendar. But when it comes to organized study groups with industry contemporaries, it seems RIAs can't get enough. “The RIA market is extremely...

Veteran PNC Wealth Management rep goes independent

January 5, 2017

Matthew Pietzak has left PNC Wealth Management to launch his own firm, Vantage Private Wealth, based in Naples, Fla. Mr. Pietzak, who oversaw more than $300 million at PNC, will be offering financial planning and investment management services...

Raymond James recruits Oregon adviser from Morgan Stanley

January 4, 2017

Raymond James & Associates has recruited Portland, Ore.-based brokerage representative Katherine Fisher-Schultz from Morgan Stanley. Ms. Fisher-Schultz, who managed more than $170 million in client assets at Morgan Stanley, has joined Raymond...

Steward Partners nears $5B as it continues to recruit wirehouse reps

January 3, 2017

The first hurdle for any wirehouse rep hoping to join Steward Partners Global Advisory is the “no-jerk policy,” which company founders say is more important than experience or assets under management. “We want great people, first, who...

Even low-tech tools can trip up advisers going independent

October 24, 2016

One benefit — or detriment, depending on your outlook — of working for a large firm is that your technology platform is mostly prescribed to you. The firm tells you what you will use or provides a very short list of approved providers. When...

$1 billion group leaves Arnerich Massena to go independent

October 5, 2016

A pair of advisers overseeing $1 billion in assets has broken away from Arnerich Massena Inc. to form an independent registered investment advisory shop, Allium Financial Advisors, the new firm announced on Wednesday. Arnerich Massena is a Portland,...

$2.2 billion adviser team defects from Morgan Stanley to go independent

September 12, 2016

A 13-person team managing $2.2 billion in assets has defected from Morgan Stanley to form an independent registered investment adviser, 6 Meridian, based in Wichita, Kansas, the new firm announced today. The team, comprised of seven advisers...

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