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Finra bars broker accused of taking client cash to gamble, pay medical bills

October 19, 2018

Finra has barred a broker who allegedly took $270,000 in client money and used it to gamble and pay for medical bills. The broker, Chris R. Kubiak, deposited the funds of four clients, three of whom were senior citizens, into his own personal...

Wells Fargo Advisors to fire back against former brokers suing it

October 19, 2018

Wells Fargo Advisors plans to fight back against two ex-brokers who sued the firm this month, claiming they lost business in the wake of the bank's scandals, by filing a counterclaim against them in industry arbitration. The advisers, John L....

LPL reels in $520 million team from rival Cambridge

October 18, 2018

LPL Financial said on Thursday that a large, 14-person team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with $520 million in client assets recently left Cambridge Investment Research Inc. to join LPL. Premier Investments of Iowa is led by Jeff Johnston, president,...

Ex-Wells Fargo brokers sue for damages, claiming they lost business in wake of scandals

October 18, 2018

Two brokers who left Wells Fargo Advisors at the start of the month have sued the firm, along with Wells Fargo Bank, alleging that the steady stream of scandals over the past two years at the bank and brokerage substantially damaged their business....

Ex-Wells Fargo broker complaint wins class action status in fight over deferred compensation

October 16, 2018

A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit brought by a financial adviser who claimed Wells Fargo Advisors cheated him out of $200,000 in deferred compensation. The adviser, Robert Berry, worked at Wells Fargo Advisors and...

Merrill to continue pay plan that rewards advisers for new clients

October 15, 2018

When it reveals its 2019 compensation plan in the coming weeks, Merrill Lynch will continue to reward its wealth management advisers for bringing in new client accounts. Last year, Merrill Lynch unveiled a 2018 pay grid that rewarded advisers...

Wells Fargo loses more reps in Q3; total now more than 1,000 since banking scandal broke

October 12, 2018

Wells Fargo Advisors continued to lose advisers in the third quarter, pushing the total to more than 1,000 since September 2016, when the brokerage network's parent company, the giant bank Wells Fargo & Co., revealed that bank employees had...

Allianz dumps its IBD

October 11, 2018

Another life insurance company is dumping its independent broker-dealer, with Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America saying on Thursday it was leaving the retail broker-dealer and RIA businesses. Advisers with Allianz's Questar Capital...

Cetera purges board after being bought by Genstar Capital

October 11, 2018

Cetera Financial Group said on Thursday morning that it had overhauled its board of directors, with its new board reflecting the recent sale of the large brokerage network to Genstar Capital for $1.7 billion. Gone are Bob Dineen, the former...

After setting up phony accounts, ex-Wells Fargo broker stole money

October 10, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Tuesday barred a former Wells Fargo Advisors broker, who was also a Wells Fargo Bank employee, who stole $2,226 after opening phony accounts using the names of clients. Based in Hilton Head...

Finra bars former Wells Fargo broker in Florida

October 10, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Tuesday barred a former Wells Fargo Advisors broker who allegedly manipulated a client's account to retain his special status at the firm as an international financial adviser, according to...

In cases that could tarnish a broker's reputation, Finra must do better

October 9, 2018

In a court of law, the accused has the right to face the witnesses testifying against him. The details of a recent Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. enforcement action show how far removed from a court of law such actions are taken,...

LPL reels in $275 million team from Securities America

October 9, 2018

LPL Financial said on Tuesday that it recently snagged a team of eight advisers based in Colorado with close to $275 million in brokerage and advisory assets from rival Securities America Inc., one of the broker-dealers in the Ladenburg Thalmann...

Finra bars ex-Morgan Stanley broker Kevin Smith

October 8, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Monday barred a former Morgan Stanley broker who had been fired by the firm two years ago over allegations related to a trade in the trust of someone in his family. The broker, Kevin Smith,...

Cetera Financial Group selling stock to its advisers

October 5, 2018

As part of a broad plan to bolster its 8,000 financial advisers, the recently sold Cetera Financial Group is offering its advisers loans to invest in their practices and an opportunity to buy stock in the company. In a press release Thursday,...

Marie Chandoha, head of Charles Schwab Investment Management, to retire

October 4, 2018

Marie Chandoha, the president and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Managements since 2010, will retire at the end of March. She is being replaced by Jonathan de St. Paer, currently senior vice president of business strategy and product management...

Unregistered South Carolina adviser get 6 years in prison for fraud

October 4, 2018

Melvin Wimmer, an unregistered investment adviser in South Carolina who pled guilty to one count of securities fraud in May, was sentenced Tuesday to 75 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution to clients....

Discrimination claim filed by ex-Morgan Stanley rep sent to arbitration

October 4, 2018

In February, a black former Morgan Stanley registered rep sued the wirehouse, saying he was terminated following a "campaign of harassment," even after the settlement a decade ago of a class-action discrimination lawsuit. A federal judge on...

Settlements at old Schorsch REIT could cost shareholders $730 million

October 3, 2018

Vereit Inc., a net lease real estate investment trust, could be on the hook for as much as $730 million in settlement payments stemming from an accounting scandal four years ago when the company was controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, the former...

Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. has been picking off Wells Fargo brokers for years

October 2, 2018

Wells Fargo Advisors has lost hundreds of brokers and advisers over the last two years to rivals in the wake of scandals at its parent bank, but one firm, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., has perhaps the greatest long-term success in recruiting advisers...

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