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Wells Fargo reportedly ends investigation of gender bias in wealth management unit

November 9, 2018

Wells Fargo's investigation into alleged gender bias within its wealth management division is reportedly over. When asked for confirmation of a report by The Wall Street Journal that the firm concluded its investigation, Wells Fargo spokeswoman...

Broker-dealer CEO sees rapid escalation of brokers abandoning commissions in favor of fees

November 9, 2018

The chief executive of a leading independent broker-dealer is seeing a rapid escalation of brokers abandoning commissions in favor of charging clients annual fees. Wayne Bloom, the CEO of Commonwealth Financial Network, said these brokers are...

Ex-Morgan Stanley broker sues firm for wrongful termination, smear campaign

November 9, 2018

A former Morgan Stanley broker is suing his ex-employer for what he claims was a calculated plan to destroy his career and take control of his clients. In a lawsuit filed Thursday with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., 61-year-old...

Wells Fargo combines private bank, ultra-high-net-worth units

November 8, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. plans to combine its ultra-high-net-worth business and private bank under one leader. The merged operation will be run by someone yet to be named, who will report to Jon Weiss, head of wealth and investment management, according...

Commonwealth advisers turning to private equity

November 8, 2018

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the total that Commonwealth advisers have invested in private equity. As the number of publicly listed companies continues to shrink, brokers and advisers who work with Commonwealth Financial...

Ohio National sued by broker-dealer Veritas over annuity trail commissions

November 8, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc. and its affiliates have been sued by an independent broker-dealer, Veritas Independent Partners, over the insurer's recent termination of trail commissions on some variable annuities. In September, Ohio...

Wells Fargo considering sale of retirement-plan unit

November 8, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. is considering the sale of its retirement-plan services business, according to people familiar with the matter. The unit could fetch as much as $1 billion, said one person, who asked to not be identified because the matter...

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...

Jay Welker, Wells Fargo head of wealth management, to retire

November 6, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co.'s head of wealth management and private bank, Jay Welker, said on Tuesday that he is retiring. Wells Fargo has been investigating internal complaints of gender bias in its wealth management division for months and is looking...

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,...

Wells Fargo boosts its count of improper foreclosures

November 6, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. improperly foreclosed on 545 customers after wrongly denying them mortgage loan modifications, up from the 400 borrowers the company had disclosed in August, according to a report Wells Fargo filed with the Securities and Exchange...

Former Next Financial broker settles charges he ran $3.9 million fraud

November 5, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that a former Next Financial Group Inc. broker has agreed to settle charges that he operated a $3.9 million fraud. The SEC had charged the broker, Douglas Simanski, with operating a long-running...

SEC requires broker-dealers to disclose more about client orders

November 5, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Friday to amend its rules to require broker-dealers to give clients more information about how they handle trade orders. The changes are designed to help investors understand how their B-D routes...

Increase of enforcement cases against RIAs, advisers suggests compliance may need a boost

November 3, 2018

When it comes to stereotypes about advice industry participants, investment advisers often wear the white hats. But the 2018 enforcement report from state securities regulators may put a dent in that image. The report shows that in 2017, for...

Former LPL broker sentenced to 20 years for stealing from clients

November 2, 2018

Former LPL Financial broker Sonya Camarco was sentenced on Oct. 31 to 20 years in prison for stealing $1.8 million from her clients. Ms. Camarco, 46, received 10 years for one count of securities fraud and 10 years for one count of theft over...

How to tell good brokers from bad ones

November 2, 2018

Don't be so quick to believe the dirt you hear about brokers. That's the inescapable takeaway from research reported by Bloomberg News last week showing that false accusations of broker misconduct are disturbingly common. Dynamic Securities...

D.A. Davidson is latest broker-dealer snagged for overly expensive fund shares

November 1, 2018

D.A. Davidson & Co. is the latest in a long line of brokerage firms to be flagged by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. for not giving certain clients discounts when they bought mutual fund A shares. On Tuesday, Finra said it had...

Merrill Lynch advisers staring at new pay hurdles in 2019

November 1, 2018

After almost 10 years of a historic bull market, Merrill Lynch's 15,000 registered reps and financial advisers face the prospects of a slight cut in compensation in 2019, when the firm will start withholding a small amount of advisers' monthly...

SEC panel pushes strengthening Regulation Best Interest, in line with a fiduciary duty

November 1, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission's Investor Advisory Committee is pushing to "strengthen and clarify" rules requiring broker-dealers to act in the best interest of investors, potentially sharpening the rules to take the form of a fiduciary...

More reps bolt from Waddell & Reed, including some it would have liked to have kept

October 31, 2018

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. lost another 56 brokers in the third quarter, as senior management continued to stress its strategy of shedding low-producing talent and building the firm around its most productive advisers. For the 12 months ended...

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