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Morgan Stanley dropping some overseas wealth customers

February 16, 2018

Morgan Stanley told some of its international wealth-management clients to liquidate their accounts or shift to another financial institution within 30 days. "Serving the investment needs and opportunities unique to clients who reside outside...

JPMorgan's Dimon extends reign as best-paid Wall Street CEO

February 16, 2018

For the second straight year, Jamie Dimon was the highest-paid chief executive officer of a Wall Street bank, while Michael Corbat got the biggest raise for 2017. Mr. Dimon, the JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO, was paid $29.5 million, a 5.4% raise...

In deregulated environment, Ameriprise may be moving back into retail banking

February 16, 2018

Ameriprise Financial Inc. is exploring the idea of getting back into the banking business, which could boost the firm's profitability. The brokerage and insurance giant had its own bank prior to the credit crisis but wound down that operation...

KMS unit of Ladenburg appoints Erinn Ford president

February 15, 2018

Seattle-based KMS Financial Services, one of the independent broker-dealers owned by Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, has named Erinn Ford as its president. Joining the firm in March, she will succeed Tracy "Ace" Forsythe, a 20-year KMS...

If Finra eases firm oversight of outside business activities, broker-dealers could lose revenue

February 15, 2018

A pending Finra proposal to ease the requirement that brokerages supervise their representatives' work with unaffiliated registered investment advisers sounds like regulatory relief. But some brokerages are worried about the price for losing...

Cetera creates 'traditional' and 'specialty' channels for its six B-Ds

February 13, 2018

Cetera Financial Group has reorganized its six broker-dealers into two "channels" — traditional and specialty. The traditional channel consists of Cetera Advisors, First Allied Securities and Summit Brokerage Services. Brett Harrison, now...

LPL rolls out robo-adviser to regional bank

February 13, 2018

Regional banks are now looking at offering robo-advice to expand their presence in the financial advice market. Webster Bank, a $26.4 billion financial institution with branches in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, announced...

Morgan Stanley strategist who predicted volatility says buy now

February 12, 2018

The Morgan Stanley strategist who predicted volatility would ramp up in 2018 says the damage has been done and it's time to buy stocks. Michael Wilson, the firm's chief U.S. equity strategist, said the "volatility shock" that hit equity markets...

Minnesota rep barred for no-show over VA trades ​

February 8, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former Minnesota broker Brett Ashy for failing to take part in an investigation looking into his sales of variable annuities. Mr. Ashy was terminated as a broker in February 2016 by...

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...

Olympics advice from champion advisers

February 6, 2018

As the world turns its eyes to the XXIII Winter Olympic Games, it's worth noting that the U.S. financial adviser community boasts a fair share of former Olympians. See who they are — and their advice to those vying for the gold in PyeongChang,...

Eight brokerage firms urge CFP Board to delay new fiduciary standards

February 5, 2018

Eight major brokerage firms are calling on the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to halt its effort to raise the investment-advice requirement attached to the designation until the Securities and Exchange Commission proposes...

Disclosure not the solution for a fiduciary standard, industry reps agree

February 2, 2018

Representatives from both the brokerage industry and the registered investment advisory side of the advice business expect the Securities and Exchange Commission to produce some kind of proposal this year for a fiduciary standard for brokers....

Morgan Stanley sued for racial bias

February 1, 2018

A former Morgan Stanley wealth manager sued the bank, saying he was terminated following a "campaign of harassment," even after the settlement a decade ago of a class-action discrimination lawsuit. The suit was filed in federal court in New...

Finra expands crackdown on rogue brokers

January 31, 2018

In its ongoing effort to crack down on rogue brokers, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. said it will now expand its focus to brokers who have worked with or associated with high-risk brokers. Last year, Finra said it had created...

Wells quants predict Patriots will win the Super Bowl

January 31, 2018

Picking a winner in the Super Bowl can feel like a crap shoot, but if you ask Wall Street's rocket scientists, they'll tell you the smart money's on the New England Patriots. Wells Fargo Asset Management's Analytic Investors, the Los Angeles-based...

LPL retains 17-broker team managing $740 million

January 30, 2018

Oak Partners, a 17-broker team managing $740 million in assets while affiliated with SII Investments, has affiliated with LPL Financial's broker-dealer and corporate registered investment adviser platforms. SII is an independent broker-dealer...

LPL holds on to $1.6 billion adviser group

January 29, 2018

Life Brokerage Financial Group, which manages more than $1.6 billion, has chosen to remain with LPL Financial's broker-dealer and corporate registered investment adviser platforms. The firm has been an affiliate of INVEST Financial Corporation,...

Independent broker-dealers are stepping up their game on recruiting from the wirehouses

January 27, 2018

For years, many wirehouse brokers wouldn't consider moving to an independent broker-dealer — and for good reason. The technology at IBDs wasn't on par with the wires. They had no public branding to bring clients in the door. And perhaps above...

Finra should fix budget shortfall by tackling expenses

January 27, 2018

Finra has a lot of rethinking to do.​ The broker-dealer regulator and its president and chief executive Robert W. Cook deserve commendation for undertaking significant outreach to understand what's going on outside its walls in order to better...

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