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Alternative strategies prove their worth as stocks turn bearish

December 7, 2018

As stock market volatility returns in earnest, investors who have waited patiently in alternative investments are starting to reap some of the benefits. Though liquid alternative mutual fund categories have generally been out of favor against...

LPL Financial recruits five advisers from PNC Investments

December 6, 2018

LPL Financial has recruited a five advisers managing $225 million in client assets from PNC Investments. The advisers will align with Bedminster, N.J.-based Gladstone Advisors, and LPL's broker-dealer and corporate registered investment adviser...

Bonds are pulling portfolios into negative territory, not stocks

December 5, 2018

The stock market's 3% drop Tuesday provides the latest proof that volatility is back. But the recent gyrations in major stock market indexes doesn't tell the full story of what's happening inside client portfolios. While marquee benchmarks like...

Where in the U.S. are RIAs growing the fastest?

December 5, 2018

InvestmentNews' deputy editor Robert Hordt talks to senior columnist Jeff Benjamin about his report on how registered investment advisers are faring in different regions of the country.

LPL recruits $300 million Founders Federal Credit Union group from Cetera

November 28, 2018

LPL Financial has recruited a team managing $300 million from Cetera Advisor Networks, one of six independent broker-dealers under Cetera Financial Group. Founders Investment Services, an advisory unit of Founders Federal Credit Union in Lancaster,...

Market volatility pushes more RIA owners to negotiating table

November 27, 2018

The choppy financial markets might be rattling investors, but for savvy owners of advisory firms the scenario is playing out perfectly because it's driving merger and acquisition activity. Those paying close attention are not surprised that...

Kovitz Investment Group acquires Northern Capital Management

November 26, 2018

Chicago-based registered investment adviser Kovitz Investment Group announced Monday it is acquiring Northern Capital Management, a Madison, Wisc. -based RIA with $544 million under management. The deal, which will close early next year, marks...

They have little tolerance for sexual harassment, but most advice firms lack formal policies

November 17, 2018

As various forms of high-profile sexual harassment and assault charges have dominated news headlines over the past year, the financial advice business has been struggling with how to address an issue that largely has, until recently, been side...

From the C suite with Advisor Group's Valerie Brown: Everyone must contribute

November 17, 2018

Valerie Brown's status as a female executive in a predominately male industry is not lost on her. The executive chairwoman of Advisor Group, one of the nation's largest independent advisory firms, has never let people's assumptions about gender...

Brown Advisory acquires Signature Family Wealth Advisors

November 16, 2018

Brown Advisory has reached the $67 billion assets under management mark with the acquisition of Signature Family Wealth Advisors, a $4.3 billion family office advisory firm. The deal, which was not preannounced, was completed Thursday, one month...

Mercer Advisors bags its third RIA this month

November 15, 2018

Mercer Advisors will increase its total assets under management to $14.5 billion with its latest acquisition, of Financial & Investment Management Group. FIM Group, which manages $600 million with offices in Michigan and Wisconsin, marks the...

Quick change in plans has Bob Oros headed to HighTower

November 14, 2018

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Bob Oros was leaving HD Vest Financial Services after less than two years as its CEO. The company seemed OK with the decision and pleased that he was going to stay on until March as a consultant. How quickly...

TCA by E*Trade lures Edelman Financial Engines with promise of client referrals

November 13, 2018

TCA by E*Trade is claiming to have hit the jackpot with its pending adviser referral program attracting Edelman Financial Engines, one of the nation's largest RIAs. While both the $20 billion custodian and the $200 billion advisory behemoth...

Focus Financial Partners not afraid of market volatility

November 13, 2018

Stock market volatility is a plus for the Focus Financial Partners (FOCS) business model, according to chairman and CEO Rudy Adolf. "Volatility is actually a good thing because it shows the value of prudent financial advice," Mr. Adolf said...

Mercer Advisors moves toward $14 billion AUM with Sigma deal

November 12, 2018

The shopping spree continues at Mercer Advisors, which announced Monday its second acquisition of the month, pushing the fast-growing acquirer to nearly $14 billion in assets under management. This week's deal involves Sigma Investment Management...

Finra finds Commonwealth Financial overcharged these investors

November 12, 2018

Commonwealth Financial Network becomes the latest firm caught up in Finra's focus on overcharging retirement plan investors via mutual fund share classes. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. found that over eight years through July...

Great change or gridlock? Under a bipartisan Congress, advisers will see change

November 10, 2018

Since the markets hate uncertainty, they had nothing but love for last Tuesday's midterm election results. With Democrats winning the House, and Republicans adding to their majority in the Senate, the Dow closed up 389 points and the S&P 500...

Avoiding management overload by delegating

November 9, 2018

Julia Carlson never had much trouble attracting clients to the advisory firm she launched in 2009. But when she started growing by about $40 million a year, she began to recognize the firm's lack of business structure was a potential calamity...

USAA retreats from asset management business with $850 million sale to Victory Capital

November 8, 2018

After several years of celebrated efforts to expand the distribution of its investment products beyond its loyal membership base of veterans and active-duty military members, USAA has found a solution in selling the $69.2 billion asset management...

Credit Suisse hit again as Finra panel sides with second former broker on deferred compensation

November 7, 2018

A Finra arbitration panel has awarded $975,530 to a former Credit Suisse Securities broker who sought deferred compensation that he claimed was withheld when the Swiss bank closed its brokerage business in 2015. Nicolas Brine Finn, who now works...

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