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Retirement plan advisers turning to RIA aggregators to build practices

May 21, 2017

Some retirement plan advisers are turning to so-called "RIA aggregators" that focus on the defined contribution market to help them build their practices, the primary allure being the scale and support afforded by a large, like-minded adviser...

Wells Fargo FiNet loses $275 million team to Raymond James

May 18, 2017

Jeff Holloway and Sean Harman and their team in Kansas City, Mo., have switched affiliations from Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network to the independent unit of Raymond James. The five-person team, operating as Holloway Harman & Associates,...

Finra set to invest more in examiner training, provide more clarity on enforcement choices

May 17, 2017

Finra president and chief executive Robert W. Cook said on Wednesday that the broker-dealer self-regulator will upgrade training for examiners and provide member firms more clarity on the organization's enforcement decisions. Those are two of...

Finra fines Merrill Lynch $650,000 for bond trading violations

May 17, 2017

Merrill Lynch has agreed to a settlement with Finra over its handling of transactions in nonconvertible preferred securities from July 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2012. The firm was censured, fined $650,000 and ordered to pay restitution of more...

Broker-dealers are seeing a cut in annual SIPC assessments; will advisers see the same?

May 16, 2017

Broker-dealers, which loudly complain about increasing costs due to regulation such as the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, are actually seeing one regulatory expense decrease this year: the annual assessment firms pay to the Securities...

Broker-dealers try to hold the line on advisory and wrap account fees

May 16, 2017

For over a year, CEOs of top broker-dealers have been peppered with questions by analysts who cover their companies about fees. Can firms sustain their current level of fees they charge clients in the new era of the fiduciary adviser? Will they...

Oppenheimer & Co. loses $420M broker, manager to Raymond James

May 15, 2017

Richard Grobman, who managed $420 million in assets and managed the Philadelphia branch of Oppenheimer & Co., has joined the employee unit of Raymond James. Mr. Grobman, who joined an Oppenheimer predecessor firm W.H. Newbold's Son & Co. in...

Merrill Lynch's move away from signing bonuses seen as risky

May 12, 2017

Merrill Lynch is taking a big risk on the wealth management unit's new adviser recruiting strategy — one that could pay off, but just as easily backfire. As of June 1, the brokerage will step away from the traditional adviser recruitment model,...

National Planning loses $420 million indie to FSC

May 11, 2017

Financial Independence, an independent advisory firm managing $420 million in assets, has changed its affiliation from National Planning Corp. to the FSC Securities subsidiary of the Advisor Group, Inc. The advisory firm, which is based in Bloomfield...

Finra advances proposals to crack down on 'high-risk' brokers, unpaid arbitration awards

May 11, 2017

The Finra board moved Wednesday to strengthen sanctions against brokers with disciplinary histories and the firms that hire them, and to increase disclosures from brokers and firms that fail to pay arbitration awards. The Financial Industry...

Bronfman acquisitions to push firm to $5 billion

May 10, 2017

Bronfman E.L. Rothschild has added more than $500 million in client assets so far this year through three separate deals that will push the Maryland-based advisory firm to about $5 billion in total assets. In the largest acquisition, expected...

Cambridge's partnership program for advisers undergoes an overhaul

May 10, 2017

Cambridge Investment Research Inc. is in the middle of radically overhauling a partnership program designed to provide advisers with capital for succession planning and acquisitions, but some advisers who pulled out of the partnership prior...

Western International to acquire retail assets of Financial West as Kovack Securities picks up TKG Financial

May 9, 2017

As expected, broker-dealer mergers and acquisitions are beginning to heat up, with small to mid-sized independent broker-dealers being gobbled up by larger copmpanies. Western International Securities Inc. will acquire close to 200 retail brokers...

Morgan Stanley's decision to cut Vanguard funds likely due to DOL fiduciary rule

May 8, 2017

Morgan Stanley's decision to eliminate new sales of Vanguard Group mutual funds appears to reduce a potential conflict under the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. Vanguard does not pay brokerage firms like Morgan Stanley for distribution,...

Independent broker-dealer Triad Advisors sues former advisers

May 7, 2017

In a highly unusual move by an independent broker-dealer, Triad Advisors Inc. is suing a group of former advisers who left the firm to start their own broker-dealer. Last October, Triad sued the advisers, David Millican, Jeffrey Shaver and Joseph...

Advisor Group units fined for capital violations

May 4, 2017

Four units of the Advisor Group have been censured and fined by Finra for miscalculating their advisory fee income, resulting in net capital deficiencies and financial reporting inaccuracies. According to a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent,...

Independent broker-dealers with the least revenue growth

May 3, 2017

Here are the 10 independent broker-dealers with the least revenue growth from 2011 to 2016. This data was collected from firms that participated in InvestmentNews' independent broker-dealer surveys. Click through to find out which firms saw...

Wells Fargo team managing $239 million joins Ameriprise

May 3, 2017

Thomas Hughes and Bill Steele, who manage $239 million in assets at Wells Fargo Advisors, have joined the employee channel of Ameriprise Financial. They will work in Southlake, Texas, and Dallas, respectively. Mr. Hughes began his securities...

Finra whacks mid-sized NJ broker-dealer with $325,000 fine over variable annuity sales

May 2, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Monday said it had fined a New Jersey broker-dealer, Summit Equities Inc., $325,000 for failing to supervise brokers' sales of multi-share class variable annuities to clients. From October...

Former Merrill Lynch broker convicted of wire fraud

May 2, 2017

A former Merrill Lynch financial adviser in New Jersey was convicted in federal court for defrauding a client out of his retirement savings and using the funds for his own benefit. Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said that Jesse...

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