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Phony adviser with $172 million in client assets had lots of baggage

September 24, 2019

For more than a decade, Marcos Tamayo posed as an investment adviser, and he apparently had a lot of success playing the part. Remarkably, when Mr. Tamayo's business was shut down by the state of Nevada in 2017, he had 900 clients and $172 million...

LPL fired Mark Lamkin. Now he's fighting back

September 10, 2019

LPL Financial fired Mark Lamkin last year. Now the Louisville, Ken.-based adviser is fighting for his professional life. After Mr. Lamkin faced allegations in August 2018 that he received loans from clients, failed to disclose outside business...

The fight over who owns the client comes to RIAs

August 13, 2019

The persistent war between who controls clients and their assets is typically fought between wirehouses and their advisers. And that fight can get ugly, with these major brokerage firms taking advisers to court when the advisers leave one firm...

A crisis of confidence surrounds GPB Capital

July 30, 2019

The silence emanating from GPB Capital is both maddening and infuriating to the broker-dealers and advisers that sold $1.8 billion in high-risk private placements created by GPB. The red alert is flashing; GPB recently reported the value of...

Nick Schorsch returns to public view, this time to settle up with the SEC

July 19, 2019

For the past few years, financial advisers and brokerage industry executives have bombarded me with the same question: Whatever happened to Nick Schorsch? Where did the nontraded REIT czar go? I'm sure many InvestmentNews readers could never...

Wall Street is going RIA-ish

July 1, 2019

The purpose of Wall Street is to chase, create and sniff out profits. By its nature, the Street will always move to where the money goes. In the financial advice industry, money and margins are moving slowly and inexorably away from the bank-owned...

What does it mean when superstar breakaway brokers bolt again?

June 12, 2019

In 2008, when a group of advisers in charge of $7 billion left Merrill Lynch to set up their own RIA, Luminous Capital Holdings, the financial advice industry was aghast. It was an audacious move, particularly for a team of all-star financial...

Bob Oros opens up about HighTower's aggressive growth strategy

May 29, 2019

After Goldman Sachs' agreement this month to purchase United Capital for $750 million, "good vibrations" are spreading across the registered investment adviser industry. And why not? Since summer is almost here, it would be appropriate to cite...

Private equity loves IBDs, but will that last?

May 14, 2019

A few years ago, the independent broker-dealer industry was supposed to be in its death throes. Margins were in sharp decline. Costs from technology and regulation, in particular the Department of Labor's dreaded fiduciary rule, were eroding...

Is time running out for advisers who sold GPB private placements?

May 2, 2019

Financial advisers and broker-dealers that sold $1.5 billion of high-risk private placements offered by GPB Capital Holdings should brace for the worst. A year ago, GPB Capital was supposed to file registration forms with the Securities and...

Air Force veteran-turned-adviser clashes with First Command

April 4, 2019

First Command Financial Planning Inc. is an independent broker-dealer that recruits retired military personnel. But one of the firm's former advisers — a disabled Air Force veteran — is unhappy with how he was treated and last month filed...

Wells Fargo could be putting more of its focus on wealth management

March 20, 2019

Wells Fargo & Co. appears to be paring back on its businesses, and that could be a good thing for the 14,000 financial advisers and registered reps who work under the roof of its brokerage and advisory subsidiary, Wells Fargo Advisors. After...

Merrill Lynch cross-selling hits the market

March 7, 2019

Merrill Lynch's push for advisers to cross-sell financial services products has the potential to be a formidable competitive advantage. Merrill Lynch and its parent, Bank of America Corp., right now are offering to shave off up to half a percent...

Cross-selling can be lucrative — and dangerous — for big brokerages

February 21, 2019

Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Advisors currently stand at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to advisers selling or recommending banking products to clients. Owned by Bank of America Corp., Merrill Lynch is embracing the practice and...

Will big recruiting bonuses move reps to these firms in 2019?

February 5, 2019

Seeking either to build on or create momentum with potential recruits, three large brokerage networks — Wells Fargo Advisors, LPL Financial and Cetera Financial Group — are beginning 2019 with substantial offers to lure brokers and financial...

Will LPL's new emphasis on recruiting from wirehouses pay off?

December 21, 2018

Recent moves in the recruiting group at LPL Financial make it clear that the firm is trying to target more registered reps and financial advisers who currently work at wirehouses and convince them to leap to a broker-dealer where they labor...

UBS buckles under uproar from brokers over non-solicit agreements

December 5, 2018

After causing an uproar earlier this year with its advisers and brokers, management at UBS Financial Services Inc. should be commended for coming to its senses, paying attention to its field force and reversing an unpopular policy that potentially...

As it works to pull off a merger, FS Investments admits shortcomings

November 20, 2018

In a highly unusual move for an investment company, FS Investments is currently performing a "mea culpa" for investors and financial advisers. Any expression of weakness or regret in the kill or be killed world of the asset management and brokerage...

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,...

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,...

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