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Morgan Stanley sees massive growth from giant teams of advisers

June 12, 2019

Morgan Stanley is betting that giant teams of advisers with up to $100 million in annual revenue will be a big driver of growth in the future. That will occur even as the firm sees its total head count of 15,700 financial advisers and brokers...

Long-shot bid for Wells Fargo CEO job gains steam

June 12, 2019

More than two months into Wells Fargo & Co.'s broad search for its next leader, a pitch to keep its interim chief is gaining a bit of steam — thanks in part to the people who don't want the job. Several executives widely seen as attractive...

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...

Does the SEC's new interpretation of the investment adviser standard diminish it? Depends who you ask

June 11, 2019

One of the most controversial parts of the advice reform package the Securities and Exchange Commission approved last week is its interpretation of the standard of conduct for investment advisers. But whether the SEC has diminished the fiduciary...

Dynasty offers forgivable notes to advisers going independent through firm

June 10, 2019

Dynasty Financial Partners has created a borrowing program that allows advisers going independent to pay off a forgivable loan with a portion of their new firm's revenue. Called the Dynasty Freedom Note, the program allows qualified advisers...

Reg BI limits brokers' use of title 'adviser' or 'advisor'

June 10, 2019

Brokers who are only brokers will have to be less cavalier in describing themselves as financial advisers, thanks to an advice reform package approved last week by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Under Regulation Best Interest, brokers...

Rollovers and retirement plans: The impact of the SEC's new rules

June 7, 2019

The race is on to help shape the Department of Labor's harmonization with the Securities and Exchange Commission's package of advice rules. The starting gun was fired with the SEC's 3-1 vote on Wednesday to adopt the series of rules that redefine...

Forget the SEC advice rule — broker-dealers more concerned with CFP Board expanded fiduciary standard ​

June 7, 2019

Lawyers across the brokerage industry are busily reading and digesting the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment advice reforms approved this week. But some firms are also gearing up for more changes promulgated by the organization...

Advisor Group executives to hit the road this summer

June 5, 2019

Now that the sale of Advisor Group is in the bag, the management of the broker-dealer network will hit the road this summer, visiting to financial advisers in 20 cities to provide an update from CEO Jamie Price. Last month, Advisor Group said...

FS Investments and KKR merging more BDCs

June 4, 2019

FS Investments and KKR Credit Advisors are once again working on merging various business development companies, this time combining four nontraded BDCs into one publicly traded one. Plans call for the merged BDC, with $9 billion worth of assets,...

Merrill Lynch adding human advisers to Guided Investing robo

June 3, 2019

Bank of America is adding human financial advisers to its digital advice platform, Merrill Guided Investing. The advisers will fill a service gap between the firm's purely digital, self-directed robo-adviser and the full-service advisers of...

Finra suspends ex-Morgan Stanley broker who made hundreds of CD trades for elderly client

May 31, 2019

A veteran broker formerly with Morgan Stanley was suspended on Friday for 18 months by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. over a matter involving hundreds of trades of bank-issued certificates of deposit in the account of an elderly...

What the new DOL fiduciary rule will probably look like

May 31, 2019

The form and substance of the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule, set to be unveiled by the end of the year, is anybody's guess. But there are a few clues, and attorneys who specialize in fiduciary and retirement law have mined them to...

SEC to tackle thorny topic: How much advice brokers can give without being an adviser

May 28, 2019

When it votes on a final investment advice reform package next week, the Securities and Exchange Commission will revisit an explosive issue: The extent to which brokers can provide advice without having to register as investment advisers. When...

JPMorgan's Dimon criticizes Wells Fargo CEO transition

May 28, 2019

One of Wells Fargo & Co.'s biggest competitors isn't impressed with the bank's leadership transition. JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive Jamie Dimon said it was "irresponsible" for Wells Fargo to announce CEO Tim Sloan's departure without...

Auditor: Future of broker-dealer with history of problems is in doubt

May 23, 2019

Newbridge Securities Corp., a small to midsize broker-dealer with a history of compliance problems, recently released a grim assessment of its financial health. In its annual audited financial statement, which was filed in March but did not...

LPL expanding platform to include employee brokers

May 22, 2019

LPL Financial, which has grown into one of the largest brokerage firms in the country by hiring advisers who act as independent contractors, is creating a new model which would employ brokers working directly for the firm. In a presentation...

Greg Fleming, Rockefeller Capital spending big on recruits

May 21, 2019

Greg Fleming's Rockefeller Capital Management is making a splash in the market to recruit veteran wirehouse financial advisers, offering lucrative recruiting deals that could equal three times or more of advisers' annual production. Industry...

Finra bars former LPL rep over no-show at hearing

May 20, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred a former broker for failing to take part in a hearing looking into his alleged outside business activities when he was employed by LPL Financial. (More:​ Finra bars former Morgan...

Finra makes its list to target hundreds of rogue individuals

May 17, 2019

As the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. undertakes closer supervision of rogue firms, it has identified hundreds of individual registered reps and financial advisers who pose the biggest risk for clients of the securities industry....

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