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InvestmentNews turns 20: A young industry evolves, as does our coverage

November 10, 2018

The 20 years since InvestmentNews launched in 1998 have involved tremendous change in and around the financial advice industry. Here are 20 events that rocked advisers and their clients — many of which will continue to shape the profession...

Step one: Withdraw from the broker protocol

November 10, 2018

Tired of having to pay six-figure bonuses to replace some of their most productive brokers who left for competitors after the financial crisis, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and UBS Financial Services upended the wealth management industry...

UBS reaches last leg of two largest court battles

November 9, 2018

UBS Group AG's two biggest legal cases in years are entering the final stretch in a test of CEO Sergio Ermotti's strategy of taking on French and U.S. authorities. The Swiss bank was hit with a long-expected U.S. fraud lawsuit that accused it...

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...

Has leaving the broker protocol worked?

November 7, 2018

Senior columnist Bruce Kelly and deputy editor Bob Hordt review the history of the protocol for broker recruiting, the shake-up in it a year ago and what's been the result for the two big firms leaving it: Morgan Stanley and UBS.

Art wealth management course comes with CE credits from CFP Board

November 7, 2018

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards will provide three hours of continuing education credit that counts toward CFP certification for a new online art wealth management course. The program, created by New York-based Tang Art Advisory...

Merrill Lynch to focus team pay on digital, online areas

November 6, 2018

It's autumn, the time for leafy trees to turn spectacular colors, the time to pick out your Thanksgiving turkey and the time for financial advisers to fret and worry about how they will be paid next year. The four large wirehouses, Merrill Lynch,...

UBS looks for asset management deals, joint ventures

October 30, 2018

UBS Group is weighing acquisitions and joint ventures for its asset management business to help it compete with larger rivals, people with knowledge of the matter said. Targets may include U.K. and U.S. asset managers focused on retail clients...

Ameriprise Financial signs on $444 million team from FSC Securities

October 30, 2018

Ameriprise Financial Inc. has signed on a $444 million team from FSC Securities Corp. Dale Cebert, a financial adviser based in The Villages, Fla., was with FSC Securities for four years before joining Ameriprise. Mr. Cebert, whose new title...

Robo SigFig building digital platform for Citizens Bank advisers

October 30, 2018

SigFig is expanding its roster of products for financial institutions with CoPilot, a digital wealth management platform for financial advisers. The San Francisco technology firm is best known for building retail-facing digital advice platforms...

UBS CEO promises to boost wealth management profits

October 25, 2018

As UBS Group reported strong third-quarter results, CEO Sergio Ermotti pledged to drive wealth management profit higher and cut costs as he seeks to revive the bank's shares. The bank's net income for the third-quarter period beat the highest...

The market doesn't care about positive earnings

October 24, 2018

A quarter of the way through earnings season, the raw numbers look strong. The market doesn't care. You can see the apathy in the S&P 500, which fell 3.1%Wednesday, extending its October rout to 8.8%, making it the worst month since February...

Stifel, First Republic post top recruiting gains in Q3, as wirehouses continue to lose brokers

October 23, 2018

Two distinctly different firms posted the strongest gains of advisers during the third quarter, with registered reps and financial advisers continuing to leave large Wall Street firms. Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc., a retail wealth management shop,...

Morgan Stanley case shows how firms smear departing brokers

October 23, 2018

Dale Cebert was managing over $400 million for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney when the bank fired him. That wasn't the only blow. The bank also claimed he had drawn multiple customer complaints and run a side business without approval — allegations...

UBS loses $20 million arbitration award over Puerto Rico investments

October 22, 2018

UBS Financial Services Inc. has lost a roughly $20 million arbitration award involving Puerto Rico bonds and closed-end funds, the largest penalty that the wirehouse brokerage has had to pay to date in such cases. A Financial Industry Regulatory...

New ETF team at Bank of America picks funds

October 17, 2018

Mary Ann Bartels knew there'd be pushback. "We're like Einstein," she nervously joked to a colleague at Bank of America Corp. in the months before they unveiled their latest research, alluding to the deeply skeptical reaction that greeted the...

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...

Tim Sloan hasn't turned around Wells Fargo

October 8, 2018

What's the appropriate board gift for a CEO's two-year anniversary? If you're Tim Sloan at Wells Fargo & Co., the correct answer is a short leash. Mr. Sloan took over the CEO role in mid-October 2016, which means the anniversary is this week....

Morgan Stanley rolls out tech-friendly offices for brokers, bankers

October 8, 2018

Morgan Stanley is remodeling. About 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square meters) of office space will get an overhaul in the next 15 months to put technology experts closer to brokers, traders and bankers, the firm's head of technology, Rob...

Is the worst over for Wells Fargo Advisors?

September 29, 2018

After six years as a broker with Wells Fargo Advisors, Michael Landsberg parted company with the firm this past summer. And while the prime reason was a chance to start his own registered investment advisory firm, Mr. Landsberg acknowledged...

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