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Earnings fail to rescue equity bulls

October 15, 2018

Equity bulls counting on strong earnings to arrest the steep decline in U.S. stocks have something to worry about: These days, nothing news has been good enough to please financial markets. "Early in the season, any news is bad news," writes...

Tim Sloan hasn't turned around Wells Fargo

October 8, 2018

What's the appropriate board gift for a CEO's two-year anniversary? If you're Tim Sloan at Wells Fargo & Co., the correct answer is a short leash. Mr. Sloan took over the CEO role in mid-October 2016, which means the anniversary is this week....

Education Planning: A Look at the Numbers

September 1, 2018

According to the College Board's pricing trends for the 2017–2018 academic year (the latest data available), the cost at both public and private universities is continuing to rise: Public colleges. Tuition and fees at public four-year colleges...

Morgan Stanley CEO is happy that brokers are staying put

July 18, 2018

James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley, loves life at his firm eight months after it dumped an industry agreement called the protocol for broker recruiting, which makes it easier for advisers to leave to join another broker-dealer. For decades,...

Best-performing sectors this earnings season most at risk from trade war

July 9, 2018

The trade war is officially here. So is earnings season. Corporate America isn't about to let one ruin the other. As executives prepare to release results for the second time this year, it's the very companies with the most on the line in President...

Keeping Eyes Peeled for a Bearish Turn 

June 5, 2018

Markets and economies move through multi-year periods of expansion and contraction. However, at 54%, secular bull markets have occurred only about half the time historically.1 Furthermore, the U.S. equity market has spent 70% of its time either...

Money managers parse the current state of the market, and how they advise their clients

May 9, 2018

Nothing -- from rising rates to blowout earnings -- has knocked the stock market out of its tight range over the past two months. Theories abound, but it's all a bit of a mystery. So we asked some of the sharpest money managers to explain just...

Morgan Stanley's wealth management unit sees record profits

April 18, 2018

Morgan Stanley's wealth management division saw assets fall slightly in the first three months of the year, but its profits hit a record high, according to the quarterly earnings report released Wednesday. The bank's wealth management unit notched...

Earnings season only pouring 'fuel on fire' for stocks

April 11, 2018

Don't pin your hopes for stock markets in the U.S. and Europe on first-quarter profit updates. That's the message from London & Capital's Roger Jones, who argues that now is not the time to load up on risk assets. As investors prepare to shift...

Morgan Stanley's wealth management fees climb to all-time high

January 18, 2018

Record stock markets have been good to Morgan Stanley. The firm's wealth management fees climbed to a record in the fourth quarter as the S&P 500 Index reached an all-time high. The company beat its target cost ratio for the year and posted...

Relying on trainees, Merrill Lynch boosts adviser headcount in 2017

January 17, 2018

Despite cutting back on recruiting experienced financial advisers, Merrill Lynch increased its adviser headcount by 2% in 2017, adding 333 people for a total of 14,953 at the end of last year, according to Merrill's parent company, Bank of America,...

Approaching international growth with a valuation focus: where ClearBridge sees opportunities

December 13, 2017

ELISA MAZEN Managing Director and Head of Global Growth ClearBridge Investments Growth investing provides attractive returns, but high valuations of growth stocks can also bring volatility. The international growth team at ClearBridge Investments,...

Raymond James adds 200 advisers in fiscal 2017

October 26, 2017

Raymond James Financial's net addition of 200 advisers, to a record 7,346, helped it post record revenue and net income for its fourth quarter, ended Sept. 30, and its fiscal year. The company said that the growth of assets in fee-based accounts,...

Ameriprise attracts 88 advisers in third quarter

October 25, 2017

Eighty-eight advisers joined Ameriprise Financial Inc. from other firms in the third quarter, in addition to 215 who joined the firm as part of the acquisition of Investment Professionals Inc., Ameriprise said in announcing its third-quarter...

U.S. companies having best earnings season in 13 years

August 11, 2017

Overseas demand is driving the best earnings season for U.S. companies in 13 years, with top executives from Dow Chemical Co. to Morgan Stanley citing rising foreign sales, a dynamic that should help propel gains in the second half. With nearly...

Raymond James looks to replicate recruiting success on West Coast

July 28, 2017

Go West, young adviser. That was the message of Paul Reilly, CEO of Raymond James Financial Inc., during Thursday morning's earnings call with analysts. An analyst asked Mr. Reilly about the company's recent success in recruiting in the Northeast...

LPL's head count drops by almost 100 advisers in 2Q

July 28, 2017

LPL Financial, a recruiting powerhouse, said today it lost nearly 100 advisers since the end of March, reducing its head count of brokers and advisers to 14,256. That's down 98 from the end of the first quarter but an increase of 63 over the...

Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly talks taxes and the firm's earnings

April 27, 2017

President Donald J. Trump's proposal this week to cut the tax rate to 15% for pass-through businesses, under which many independent financial advisers operate, "came out of the blue and was a surprise" and, if enacted, would be a boon to those...

With DOL fiduciary rule looming, Merrill sees surge of AUM

April 18, 2017

Merrill Lynch, Bank of America's wealth management business, saw a surge in advisory assets in the first quarter of 2017, months after the company said it was eliminating charging commissions in new retirement accounts as a response to the Department...

Wells Fargo scandal cost the bank another 225 reps

April 13, 2017

The fallout surrounding Wells Fargo & Co.'s infamous practice of opening checking and credit accounts that customers didn't know about continues to hurt the bank's reputation, but apparently not it's bottom line. The first-quarter earnings report,...

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