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Building a "fortress P&L" that can get firms through a market downturn

May 16, 2019

After a long period of market growth, are advisory firms protected if the market were suddenly to go through another downturn? How can you tell if your firm is one that could be in trouble? What do you need to do to turn your firm's P&L into...

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....

Raising the bar on happiness at work

May 7, 2019

Recently, a brief article in the New York Times caught my eye: "A Deceptively Simple Way to Find More Happiness at Work" by Tim Herrera. We all want to be happier at work, right? Alas, there is a reason it is called work. We make a deal to be...

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...

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...

Focus on taxes, compensation turns into tech-industry niche

April 26, 2019

Rebecca Conner has found her niche in the financial planning space. Ms. Conner, founder of SeedSafe Financial in Seattle, is developing a bustling enterprise by blending her accounting background with her proximity to the tech industry and focusing...

For Merrill Lynch, emphasis on new clients and cross-selling paying off

April 16, 2019

Merrill Lynch's effort to motivate financial advisers to reel in new clients and cross-sell financial products from parent Bank of America is working, with the company reporting Tuesday that its wealth management advisers are on track for six...

RIA succession plan takes the long view

April 15, 2019

In a financial planning industry constantly chastised for not taking succession planning seriously enough, Michael Chasnoff might be considered an anomaly: He's 12 years into a 22-year succession plan. Mr. Chasnoff, founder and chief executive...

Headcount at Wells Fargo Advisors continues to slide

April 12, 2019

The two-and-a-half-year trend of brokers and financial advisers leaving Wells Fargo Advisors accelerated in the first quarter, although the company is saying internally and externally that it is starting the year with good results in recruiting...

Will Merrill Lynch plan to add fresh advisers to offices be a boon — or a bust?

April 10, 2019

Merrill Lynch's plan to seat up to 300 young advisers in branch offices with its most experienced and profitable financial advisers could be a boon to business, with referrals flying back and forth, or it could backfire and add unnecessary friction...

Buffett urges Wells Fargo to look beyond Wall Street for CEO

April 8, 2019

Warren Buffett, the largest shareholder in Wells Fargo & Co., says the bank should look outside Wall Street for its new chief executive officer to avoid drawing criticism in Washington. "They just have to come from some place [outside Wells]...

Want to keep good employees? Know what they value most from their firm

April 6, 2019

If you run an advisory firm and have had trouble holding on to employees and attracting new ones, consider what workers are looking for in a job these days. It's not just good pay and benefits, although those are important. And it's not just...

Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers: The research and the data

April 1, 2019

As InvestmentNews celebrates its second class of Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers, we'd like to use the opportunity to shed some light on the practices that play the biggest role in setting the Best Places apart from the competition...

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...

LPL's record recruiting year came with a cost — signing bonuses skyrocketed in 2018

March 15, 2019

LPL Financial last month reported a record amount of assets recruited to its platform last year. In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm revealed that those assets came with a cost — recruiting bonuses on its...

Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan gets 5.7 percent pay boost, $2 million bonus

March 14, 2019

Wells Fargo & Co. boosted Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan's compensation by 5.7% to $18.4 million for last year as the bank has worked to overcome multiple scandals. Mr. Sloan got $2.4 million in salary and $14 million of restricted stock...

Wells Fargo Advisors sweetens the pot for both older and younger advisers

March 11, 2019

After bleeding advisers for more than two years, Wells Fargo Advisors is changing its succession plan by offering a bonus to advisers who stay on until retirement and giving financial help to young advisers acquiring the business of those advisers...

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...

Wirehouse culture driving the move to independence

February 20, 2019

As a professional headhunter, I always discuss the culture of my client firms with the financial advisers with whom I work. Quite often, instead of inspiring curiosity, I get an eye roll, as if I had told my teenage daughter to clean her room....

In-house 'universities' gain traction as the latest RIA perk

February 14, 2019

The latest sign of the tight labor market for advisers is showing up in the form of in-house "universities" that offer a range of practical job skills along with team-building exercises and general life skills. The universities, which some advisory...

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