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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...

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...

Allianz dumps its IBD

October 11, 2018

Another life insurance company is dumping its independent broker-dealer, with Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America saying on Thursday it was leaving the retail broker-dealer and RIA businesses. Advisers with Allianz's Questar Capital...

Cetera purges board after being bought by Genstar Capital

October 11, 2018

Cetera Financial Group said on Thursday morning that it had overhauled its board of directors, with its new board reflecting the recent sale of the large brokerage network to Genstar Capital for $1.7 billion. Gone are Bob Dineen, the former...

LPL reels in $275 million team from Securities America

October 9, 2018

LPL Financial said on Tuesday that it recently snagged a team of eight advisers based in Colorado with close to $275 million in brokerage and advisory assets from rival Securities America Inc., one of the broker-dealers in the Ladenburg Thalmann...

Cetera Financial Group selling stock to its advisers

October 5, 2018

As part of a broad plan to bolster its 8,000 financial advisers, the recently sold Cetera Financial Group is offering its advisers loans to invest in their practices and an opportunity to buy stock in the company. In a press release Thursday,...

How Ohio National's move may lead to 'unscrupulous' broker behavior with annuities

October 4, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc. recently told broker-dealers it would be terminating trailing commissions on some of its variable annuities, which has led experts to fear that the insurer's action will cause unscrupulous behavior among...

Stifel subsidiary acquires $1.3 billion San Francisco-based RIA

October 2, 2018

1919 Investment Counsel, a subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp., has acquired San Francisco-based independent registered investment adviser Rand & Associates, which manages approximately $1.3 billion in client assets. "The Rand acquisition gives...

Ohio National to end brokerage arrangements, eliminate adviser compensation on variable annuities

October 2, 2018

In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind move among insurers, Ohio National Financial Services Inc. has informed broker-dealers that sell its variable annuities that it will terminate servicing agreements and cut off trail commissions by...

Sanctuary Wealth Partners rolls out red carpet for breakaway brokers

October 1, 2018

Sanctuary Wealth Partners has signed its fifth advisory team in as many months, bringing its total assets under to management to $5.5 billion. The Indianapolis-based hybrid RIA announced Monday the addition of RiceBarrett Family Wealth, a $240...

Indexed annuity sales grow among wirehouses, independent broker-dealers

September 20, 2018

Wirehouses and independent broker-dealers have upped their sales of indexed annuities over the past few years, with a greater share of product sales coming through registered representatives at brokerage firms. There are a number of reasons...

LPL nabs $300 million firm from Cetera Financial

September 17, 2018

LPL Financial has recruited a $300 million advisory firm from Cetera Financial Group. Multop Financial, based in Bellingham, Wash., was founded in 1976 by Air Force veteran Phillip Multop. Today, the firm includes three financial advisers, three...

Merrill team managing $325 million moves to Janney

August 20, 2018

A team consisting of a father and his two sons, who managed $325 million at Merrill Lynch in Media, Pa., have joined Janney Montgomery Scott. The Kernicky Group consists of Michael Kernicky, who had been with Merrill Lynch since 1986; son Michael...

Merger and acquisition activity drops dramatically in the second quarter

July 31, 2018

Merger and acquisition activity in registered investment adviser firms dropped dramatically during the second quarter, according to a report from DeVoe & Co. RIA transactions dropped to 32 in the second quarter from a record 49 in the first...

Four Wells Fargo reps managing $550 million go indie with Raymond James

July 31, 2018

Four advisers collectively managing $550 million at Wells Fargo Advisors in suburban Atlanta have formed their own independent businesses and affiliated with Raymond James. The four, most of whom had spent decades with A.G. Edwards, a Wells...

LPL CEO Dan Arnold acknowledges mistakes in firm's technology rollout

July 30, 2018

LPL Financial's Focus 2018 kicked off in Boston Monday with CEO Dan Arnold acknowledging some "missteps" in the firm's rollout of its new technology platform for advisers, ClientWorks. According to advisers attending the event, Mr. Arnold and...

LPL brokers can now use SS&C Advent's Black Diamond

July 26, 2018

LPL Financial continues to deepen the bench of third-party technology available to its financial advisers this week. The nation's largest independent broker-dealer announced Thursday that SS&C Advent's Black Diamond Wealth Platform, a portfolio...

Ladenburg bets advisers will serve more self-employed clients in the future

July 25, 2018

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services is investing in Track Technologies, an early-stage tech startup that provides tax automation for independent contractors, freelancers and other self-employed people. It's the first investment to result from...

LPL integrates Riskalyze with ClientWorks

July 24, 2018

Riskalyze has been integrated with LPL Financial's ClientWorks platform to provide improved account synchronization and monitoring to the 2,500 LPL advisers who use the digital risk assessment tool. Advisers now can link clients' Riskalyze profiles...

Genstar Capital buys majority stake in Cetera Financial Group

July 17, 2018

Cetera Financial Group, a network of six independent broker-dealers with about 8,000 brokers and advisers, said Tuesday evening that private-equity firm Genstar Capital will buy a majority equity stake in the company. Cetera's holding company,...

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