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Advisory fees push commissions further into the background

February 19, 2019

When there's a financial professional in the picture, investors mostly prefer paying fees based on assets under management. The latest research from Cerulli Associates found that clients seeking investment advice from financial professionals...

Veteran adviser locks down a succession plan that lets him stay involved

February 15, 2019

It took a while before it became a top priority, but Leon LaBrecque can finally rest easy knowing that at 63, his business succession plan is in place. After about eight years of weighing his options, and 18 months of grinding out the details,...

Investing legend Jeff Vinik gets a lukewarm reception

February 15, 2019

For those who are newer to the investing world, it might seem like a foreign concept to bank on the performance history and reputation of a single portfolio manager. That's exactly the kind of wall that investing legend Jeff Vinik appears to...

In-house 'universities' gain traction as the latest RIA perk

February 14, 2019

The latest sign of the tight labor market for advisers is showing up in the form of in-house "universities" that offer a range of practical job skills along with team-building exercises and general life skills. The universities, which some advisory...

Finra catches Kestra Financial overcharging customers

February 14, 2019

Kestra Financial has been fined $225,000 and required to pay $1.9 million in restitution for overcharging more than 3,200 mutual fund investors over a nine-year period, Finra announced. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. reached...

Financial advisers head to cash as stocks move up

February 14, 2019

Never mind that the stock market is up more than 8% from the start of the year. For a lot of professional investors and financial advisers, the risk-off mood that was triggered late last year has been hard to shake. "We're tactical investors...

Schwab, Fidelity expand commission-free ETF trading

February 12, 2019

Brokerage platform giants Charles Schwab Corp. and Fidelity Investments issued near-simultaneous announcements Tuesday morning that they are each expanding to more than 500 the number of commission-free ETFs on their respective platforms. The...

Custody status continues to perplex RIAs

February 11, 2019

A full decade after the financial crisis led to changes in custody rules for financial advisers, the financial planning industry is still pressing regulators for more clarity regarding custody status for RIAs. "We have strongly advocated for...

Firms can't afford to ignore female clients

February 8, 2019

Financial advisory firms that don't specifically target female clients are potentially missing out on 48% of the nation's millionaires, a third of household high-earners and and half of the country's total wealth. The good news is, you don't...

TD won't compete with RIAs, execs say

February 8, 2019

When TD Ameritrade rolled out its top-level executives Thursday at its annual LINC conference in San Diego, they wasted no time in underscoring the big custodian's commitment to registered investment advisers. "We believe RIAs are the best solution...

Don't be afraid to raise advisory firm fees

February 7, 2019

It's time for financial advisers to get over their fear of raising their fees, and a good place to start would be introducing a minimum annual fee for clients. Eliza De Pardo, a management consultant for TD Ameritrade Institutional, said her...

Ron Carson to advisers: Tech is your friend and competitor

February 6, 2019

Financial advisers should accept the fact that technology is both a friend and a potential competitor, Ron Carson told the audience at TD Ameritrade's annual conference Wednesday in San Diego. "Look around the room. Are you viewing each other...

5 worst alternative investments since 2008

January 30, 2019

The stock market’s 10-year run through 2018, which saw the S&P 500 Index crank out a 13% compound annual return, was not kind to most alternative investment strategies. As detailed by Morningstar analyst John Rekenthaler, at least five categories...

Bank of America offers free trades on Merrill Edge to drive loyalty

January 30, 2019

Bank of America is hoping to lure millions of banking customers into its rewards programs by offering commission-free online trading for stocks and exchange-traded funds. Commission-free trading for the bank's top-tier rewards programs has been...

Wells Fargo RIA channel partners with TradePMR

January 29, 2019

Wells Fargo Advisors is souping up it's new channel for registered investment advisers by leveraging the technology expertise of second-tier custodian TradePMR. Wells Fargo's fledgling RIA business model became official earlier this month when...

Small-cap value funds see stunning rally

January 28, 2019

Whatever investors were spooked by at the end of 2018, they seem to have shrugged it off so far this year. Last year, the small-cap value funds category, as tracked by Morningstar, lost 15.5%, making it the worst-performing domestic equity fund...

How much you should have saved for retirement at every age

January 25, 2019

We know most Americans are woefully behind when it comes to saving for retirement, but according the latest data from Fidelity Investments, it’s never too late to start saving. And it might help to realize that with just a little extra effort,...

Advisers see more clients seeking second opinions

January 23, 2019

In the latest sign that financial planning is gaining professional status, clients are increasingly seeking second opinions. Some advisers attribute the trend to clients' growing awareness of fiduciary duty, while others say it comes with market...

Raymond James buys Silver Lane Advisors, an investment bank for RIA mergers

January 23, 2019

Raymond James Financial's plan to acquire Silver Lane Advisors is a recognition of the growing merger and acquistion opportunities in the wealth management business. Silver Lane, founded in 2007, is a boutique investment bank specializing in...

XY Planning Networks leads charge to help furloughed workers during shutdown

January 18, 2019

As the partial government shutdown entered a record 28th day Friday, some corners of the financial services industry have started stepping forward to help the 800,000 furloughed government workers. Sixty members of the XY Planning Network have...

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