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Merrill Edge looks to hire 300 advisers in 2018

March 29, 2018

As the large wirehouses continue to retrench and search for new ways to train financial advisers, Bank of America said Thursday it was following through on previously mentioned plans to expand its online brokerage platform, Merrill Edge. It...

Three indies bring $719 million to Securities America

March 7, 2018

A Super Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction and two independent financial services firms, which collectively manage $719 million in assets, have affiliated with Securities America Inc. The three are the Gandet Group, of Manahawkin, N.J.; Vizionary...

Merrill Lynch rep managing $150 million moves to Raymond James

March 6, 2018

Phil Closuit, who managed more than $150 million in assets at Merrill Lynch in Boston, has jumped to the employee unit of Raymond James & Associates. Joining him in the move is Jane Fitzwilliam, a registered associate, who has worked with Mr....

The biggest obstacles to building a billion-dollar RIA

February 1, 2018

The goal for most advisers is to increase the size of the firm, both in assets under management and the number of employees. But as the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. once said, "Mo money, mo problems." The Alliance for Registered Investment Advisors,...

Highest paying jobs at advisory firms

October 3, 2017

Independent advice firms have been a great place to work the last two years. Salaries at these businesses increased across the board, and all but one professional position saw double-digit percent increases in 2017 compared to 2015, when InvestmentNews...

Fidelity has 'real need' to recruit more women, Johnson says

September 27, 2017

For people well-schooled in the relationship between supply and demand, here's one Fidelity Investments may not have seen coming: The demand for female financial advisers outstrips the supply. Women customers often ask to work with female advisers,...

7 conferences taking advisers beyond financial services

September 11, 2017

When it comes to budgeting conference travel, financial advisers are increasingly thinking outside the box of the standard industry gatherings by venturing into areas that might seem way beyond the realm of financial services. Consider investing...

America's jobs engine keeps defying forecasts for 2017 slowdown

August 31, 2017

In an economy growing at a moderate pace at best, the U.S. job market keeps on shining. Payroll gains topped forecasts in five of the past seven months, putting the 2017 average increase of 184,000 almost on par with last year's 187,000 and...

Fired Wells Fargo broker barred by Finra

August 11, 2017

A former Wells Fargo adviser, who resigned from the firm in 2015 after allegations that she had made inaccurate statements on a "mortgage gift letter" she signed in connection with another broker's mortgage application, has been barred by Finra....

Edward Jones loses $363 million adviser to Ameriprise

August 10, 2017

Paul Lang, an Edward Jones adviser managing $363 million in Roswell, Ga., has left the firm and joined the employee channel of Ameriprise Financial. Joining him in the move is adviser Emily Ellis. Mr. Lang, a veteran adviser, joined Edward Jones...

9 strategies to avoid adviser burnout

August 7, 2017

When someone has too many job demands and too few job resources, they fail to take enough time out to recharge themselves and they suffer from burnout, according to Paula Davis-Laack, a stress and resilience expert. To avoid burnout, which can...

Wells Fargo team managing $300 million moves to Raymond James

August 3, 2017

Three advisers who managed more than $300 million in assets at Wells Fargo Advisors in Rochester, N.Y., have joined the employee unit of Raymond James. Keith Bock, Mark O. Downey, II, and Jason Peterson will operate as BDP Wealth Management...

Merrill Lynch trio managing $463 million joins Ameriprise

July 20, 2017

Stan Leavitt, who managed $463 million in assets at the Roseville, Calif., office of Merrill Lynch, has joined the employee unit of Ameriprise Financial Services there with advisers David Pratt and Rachael Morton. Mr. Leavitt began his career...

Interns will take on several roles at advisory firms this summer

June 21, 2017

Tens of thousands of college students will be toiling away this summer at financial advice internships around the nation, taking on projects like exploring new software and helping firms go paperless to planning office celebrations and client...

6 reasons culture breaks down at an advisory firm

April 12, 2017

The culture of a firm is what makes clients and employees want to join and stay, but business growth and some other factors can threaten even the strongest firm culture, said Ben Harrison, head of business development and relationship management...

7 changes firms need to make to attract more female advisers

March 9, 2017

Women still want mentors and to see other women reach leadership positions, but other surprising workplace changes could draw more females into the financial advice industry. These seven ideas were born from a two-hour discussion by leading...

Decisions in 3 key areas separate top-performing firms from masses

February 5, 2017

The following is an excerpt from “The Enduring Advisory Firm: How to Serve Your Clients More Effectively and Operate More Efficiently” by Mark C. Tibergien and Kim G. Dellarocca (Bloomberg Press/Wiley, 2016). Mr. Tibergien is chief executive...

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...

3 ways financial advisers can get ahead in 2017

January 27, 2017

Everyone's familiar with the famous Isaac Newton quote, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” However, not many of us actually take his words as sound advice. Too many of us opt to rely on our own experiences...

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