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Morningstar study says advisory clients are stuck on investment performance

February 26, 2019

Most investors still measure their financial adviser based on the performance of their portfolio, and most financial advisers know that, even if they think it's a mistake. A new study by Morningstar shows financial advisers have their work cut...

A recession? Financial advisers say it's right around the corner — or not

February 25, 2019

Even though a recent study of business economists shows that more than three-quarters expect the U.S. economy to be in recession by the end of 2021, financial professionals are not nearly in sync on the idea of an economic slowdown. "While the...

As volatility rises, United Capital gives advisers crash course in alts, options

February 25, 2019

As volatility surges back into the stock market, United Capital Financial Advisers is arming its troops with more sophisticated hedging strategies, including access to options trading in client portfolios. Building out its investing platform...

Dynasty Financial's Procyon Partners recruits $420-million adviser

February 21, 2019

New York-based Procyon Private Wealth Partners has pushed its total assets under management to $3 billion with the addition of veteran adviser James Jeffery, who brings with him $420 million from crosstown competitor Solaris Asset Management....

Focus Financial rides RIA consolidation to 37 percent annual revenue growth

February 21, 2019

Seven months after taking Focus Financial Partners (FOCS) public, the chairman and chief executive of the RIA aggregator, Rudy Adolf, is singing the praises of the public equity markets. "The IPO is creating permanent capital to invest in our...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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