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Variable annuity sales up big among independent broker-dealers

April 19, 2019

Independent broker-dealers saw big growth in their sales of variable annuities last year, even as other distribution channels such as the wirehouses and other large national brokerage houses saw sales stay flat or decline. The boost appears...

InvestmentNews announces 2019 Innovation Awards winners

April 17, 2019

Six firms received InvestmentNews Innovation Awards Wednesday night for their creative and effective approaches to helping advisers run better businesses, improve client outcomes and tackle other planning industry challenges. The winners were...

Air Force veteran-turned-adviser clashes with First Command

April 4, 2019

First Command Financial Planning Inc. is an independent broker-dealer that recruits retired military personnel. But one of the firm's former advisers — a disabled Air Force veteran — is unhappy with how he was treated and last month filed...

Voya Financial Advisors exposes more sensitive adviser information on its website

March 22, 2019

Weeks after a computer glitch risked exposing the Social Security numbers of its 1,800 registered reps and financial advisers, Voya Financial Advisors Inc. again revealed sensitive information about its advisers. This time, a list on the Voya...

Blucora to buy another broker-dealer with tax-focused advisers

March 19, 2019

Tax preparation software company Blucora Inc. said on Tuesday it intends to continue to add to its wealth management and tax preparation business and will pay $180 million in stock for 1st Global Inc., an independent broker-dealer that focuses...

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...

GPB Capital Holdings now focus of FBI investigation

March 4, 2019

Already the focus of inquiries by the SEC and Finra, GPB Capital Holdings said on Monday that the FBI made an unannounced visit last week to the investment firm's office in New York. GPB Capital has raised $1.8 billion from accredited investors...

Cetera Financial Group reels in $5 billion in assets to start 2019

February 28, 2019

As it deals with turnover at the top of its management ranks, Cetera Financial Group is on pace to recruit advisers with $5 billion in client assets over the first two months of the year, according to senior Cetera executives. Cetera Financial's...

Warburg Pincus to buy majority stake in Kestra Financial

February 25, 2019

Kestra Financial Inc. has agreed to sell a majority stake in the firm to private-equity shop Warburg Pincus, the independent broker-dealer announced Monday morning. Stone Point Capital, the private-equity firm that currently holds a majority...

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....

Warburg Pincus among private equity managers interested in acquiring Kestra Financial

February 15, 2019

Warburg Pincus is among the private equity managers interested in acquiring Kestra Financial Inc., according to two industry sources. Bids were due this week for the independent broker-dealer, and a sale could be announced within the next few...

Ron Carson's firm sued by former client for $500,000

February 14, 2019

Carson Wealth Management, one of the most recognizable names in the financial advisory business, is being sued by a former client for $500,000 for charging fees the client claims were excessive. The arbitration claim, which was filed on Dec....

Finra catches Kestra Financial overcharging customers

February 14, 2019

Kestra Financial has been fined $225,000 and required to pay $1.9 million in restitution for overcharging more than 3,200 mutual fund investors over a nine-year period, Finra announced. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. reached...

Finra bars ex-MML broker who sold $3.5 million of Woodbridge Ponzi

February 14, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. said Wednesday that it had barred a broker who sold close to $3.5 million of promissory notes relating to the Woodbridge Group of Companies, a purported real estate investment fund that turned...

Q4 revenue strong at IBDs, online brokers despite market declines

February 13, 2019

Independent broker-dealers and retail brokerages were able to generate good revenue during the final quarter of 2018 despite the significant drops in the market, according to Moody's Investors Service. The market turbulence in December played...

Ramped up tech spending has helped LPL recruit advisers

February 12, 2019

LPL Financial expects to spend $135 million on technology in 2019, more than double the $60 million it spent four years ago, according to a presentation Tuesday at a Credit Suisse financial services conference in Miami. The company has recorded...

LPL adds new reporting tool to ClientWorks

February 7, 2019

The latest addition to LPL Financial's ClientWorks technology platform is Client Goals, a tool that lets advisers create personalized reports for clients and prospects. The new technology, developed in partnership with Fiserv, examines the funding...

Hundreds of advisers with tens of billions in assets left Wall Street in 2018

February 6, 2019

Last year was another banner year for brokers and advisers leaving the Wall Street wirehouses and moving to financial advice platforms, where they typically receive higher pay and deal with fewer conflicts of interest when it comes to selling...

Voya Financial webpage glitch exposes Social Security numbers of reps

February 4, 2019

Voya Financial Advisors Inc. on Friday told its brokers and financial advisers that a glitch on a biography webpage for its brokers put their Social Security numbers at risk of exposure. According to a memo, Voya Financial Advisors' information...

LPL reports record recruiting year

February 1, 2019

LPL Financial set an annual record for the amount of assets that recruited advisers brought over to its platform last year, following rollback of a contentious recruiting policy and a shake-up within the recruiting unit. LPL recruited $27.3...

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