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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...

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...

Bob Oros resigns as HD Vest chief executive

October 31, 2018

Less than two years after departing Fidelity Investments, where he was head of the RIA segment, Bob Oros has announced his resignation from broker-dealer HD Vest Financial Services. According to a statement from Blucora, HD Vest's parent company,...

LPL recruits $800 million advisory business from Signator

October 30, 2018

LPL Financial has recruited Seattle First Asset Management from Signator Investors. Seattle First, which has $800 million worth of brokerage and advisory assets, was founded in 2012 by Steven Jones, who stated that the transition to LPL is designed...

Top lessons learned during a breakaway transition

October 30, 2018

More than two years ago, our team began to explore whether the registered investment adviser platform was better for us than the independent broker-dealer world we were in. Although business was good, we felt it would be beneficial to learn...

Schwab reassures RIAs its brokerage advertising won't take business away from them

October 29, 2018

Charles Schwab Corp. chief executive Walt Bettinger tried to reassure registered investment advisers who custody their assets with the firm that its advertising push for brokerage clients isn't taking business away from them. During the opening...

LPL adds 125 advisers in third quarter

October 26, 2018

LPL Financial added 125 advisers in the quarter that ended Sept. 30, compared with a net loss of 18 advisers in the prior quarter and a loss of three advisers in the same quarter a year ago. In its earnings report, the company reported combined...

Wells Fargo places two executives on leave

October 25, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. said its chief administrative officer and chief auditor will be placed on leave and removed from the bank's operating committee amid regulatory investigations into its sales practices. The leaves of absence for Hope Hardison...

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...

For first time, state regulators pursue more cases against RIAs than against broker-dealers

October 24, 2018

Strong growth in the number of registered investment advisory firms brings with it the greater likelihood that they'll be enforcement targets, recent state statistics show. In its 2018 enforcement report, the North American Securities Administrators...

Raymond James' growing adviser workforce pushes brokerage unit to record year

October 24, 2018

A record number of financial advisers helped push Raymond James Financial's Private Client Group to record revenues and profits, the company reported. The adviser ranks climbed to 7,813 at the end of the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, representing...

Remember Bernie Madoff? Big time financial fraud is back

October 24, 2018

Ten years ago this December, Bernard Madoff, known as a "broker's broker" to many on Wall Street, told his sons that his business was one big, $65 billion lie. It turned out that Mr. Madoff wasn't the only financial adviser stealing from clients....

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...

Wells Fargo to pay New York $65 million over cross-selling practices

October 22, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. will pay a $65 million penalty to New York state related to its cross-selling practices. The bank failed to disclose to investors that the success of its cross-selling — the pitching of additional financial products to existing...

LPL snatches $3.7 billion Exemplar Financial from Cetera

October 22, 2018

LPL Financial has delivered the latest salvo in its bitter rivalry with Cetera Financial Group by recruiting Exemplar Financial Network, a Crystal Lake, Ill.-based firm that supports $3.7 billion in assets under management. The firm ended its...

LPL reels in $520 million team from rival Cambridge

October 18, 2018

LPL Financial said on Thursday that a large, 14-person team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with $520 million in client assets recently left Cambridge Investment Research Inc. to join LPL. Premier Investments of Iowa is led by Jeff Johnston, president,...

LPL and Independent Financial Partners lose $10 billion retirement group

October 18, 2018

Retirement Benefits Group, a multibillion dollar advisory group focused on defined-contribution plans, is leaving LPL Financial and Independent Financial Partners early next year, according to a source familiar with the plans. RBG — which...

Ex-Wells Fargo brokers sue for damages, claiming they lost business in wake of scandals

October 18, 2018

Two brokers who left Wells Fargo Advisors at the start of the month have sued the firm, along with Wells Fargo Bank, alleging that the steady stream of scandals over the past two years at the bank and brokerage substantially damaged their business....

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