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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...

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....

Bob Oros of HighTower calls protocol exit 'form over substance'

May 15, 2019

HighTower Advisors put an exclamation point on its move away from recruiting breakaway brokers this week by officially exiting the broker protocol. "It's a little bit of form over substance," said Bob Oros, chief executive of the $50 billion...

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...

What does a Goldman-owned United Capital mean for advisers?

May 14, 2019

Joe Duran's long-rumored search for additional investment in United Capital Financial Partners seems to be concluding with a sale to Goldman Sachs Group. There are still a lot of questions surrounding the deal's specifics and what it means for...

Benjamin F. Edwards expands its recruiting net with a corporate RIA

May 13, 2019

After a decade of building Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. into a 300-rep independent broker-dealer with $25 billion of assets under management, the firm's focus is now expanding to the independent advisory space. The St. Louis-based broker-dealer...

Morgan Stanley wealth management clients burned in Uber IPO

May 13, 2019

Morgan Stanley investment bankers stand to reap millions of dollars in fees for leading Uber's initial public offering last week. Yet wealthy clients are facing losses. In 2016, the firm offered its elite clientele a chance to get in early on...

Reverence Capital Partners buys Advisor Group

May 9, 2019

Advisor Group put weeks of speculation to rest late Thursday when it said private-equity manager Reverence Capital Partners agreed to acquire 75% of the broker-dealer network from Lightyear Capital, PSP Investments and other investors. Financial...

Advisor Group expected to be sold for $2.3 billion

May 9, 2019

Advisor Group, a group of independent contractor broker-dealers with close to 11,800 financial advisers, is close to announcing that it will be acquired by private equity investors for a price tag of $2.3 billion, according to sources familiar...

Morgan Stanley advisers win huge $6.4 million deferred comp claim against Credit Suisse

May 8, 2019

Two star brokers at Morgan Stanley won a stunning $6.4 million arbitration award against their old firm, Credit Suisse Securities, claiming they did not receive deferred compensation they were entitled to after the firm closed down its U.S....

Former broker wins $600,000 arb award for claims related to sale of business

May 8, 2019

A former broker won a $600,000 arbitration award for claims that another broker reneged on a deal to sell his book of business. According to a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. filing, former Ameriprise Financial Services broker Peter...

Investors start to sue broker-dealers that sold GPB private placements

May 7, 2019

Individuals are starting to file arbitration claims against broker-dealers that sold private placements packaged by GPB Capital, which raised $1.5 billion from investors and is under investigation by state and federal authorities. GPB is facing...

LPL Financial opening its coffers for adviser acquisitions

May 6, 2019

LPL Financial is letting its affiliate advisers know that if they want to expand, it can help with the financing. Indeed, the firm has kicked off 2019 by raising the issue with advisers at conferences and has increasingly been willing to discuss...

10 IBDs with the highest payouts

May 6, 2019

Here are the 10 independent broker-dealers that reported the highest average payouts per producing rep in 2018 from among the 25 IBDs with the most producing reps. The data were collected from firms that participated in InvestmentNews’ independent...

Don't let these four data myths hold you back

May 6, 2019

The most successful wealth management firms today continually maximize the value they provide for clients. In many ways, they've embraced forward-thinking technology and business models — think robo-advisers, outsourced investment management...

A new pay model: 300 advisers move, and the entire industry feels the shift

May 4, 2019

Bank of America's decision to move 300 Merrill Edge advisers into its Merrill Lynch Wealth Management branch offices last month didn't attract much attention. But 10 years from now, people might point to it as a watershed moment in the evolution...

Salary model exploited by rivals

May 4, 2019

The Big Four wirehouses control trillions of dollars of client assets and are not about to disappear anytime soon. But they have been losing individual and groups of advisers to competitors. According to InvestmentNews data, 235 individual advisers...

Finra proposes rule to hit rogue firms in the pocketbook

May 2, 2019

Brokerages that have a track record of violations or that hire a high number of registered representatives with disciplinary actions in their past would draw tougher oversight under a Finra rule proposal released on Thursday. Firms targeted...

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...

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