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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...

Small Broker-Dealers Enjoy Big Benefits as Branch Offices

May 1, 2019

Small Broker-Dealers Enjoy Big Benefits as Branch Offices Growing regulatory risks, shrinking margins and increasing litigation have the owners of many small and mid-sized broker-dealers in search of an exit plan. One increasingly popular option...

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...

2019 top independent broker-dealers ranked by revenue

April 24, 2019

Firm 2018 revenue ($M) % change vs. 2017 2018 commission revenue ($M) % change vs. 2017 2018 fee revenue ($M) % change vs. 2017 2018 other revenue ($M) % change vs. 2017 1 LPL Financial LLC 5188.4 21.2 1919.7 14.9 1793.5 27.3 1475.2 22.8 2 Ameriprise...

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...

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...

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 recruits $300 million Founders Federal Credit Union group from Cetera

November 28, 2018

LPL Financial has recruited a team managing $300 million from Cetera Advisor Networks, one of six independent broker-dealers under Cetera Financial Group. Founders Investment Services, an advisory unit of Founders Federal Credit Union in Lancaster,...

LPL Financial sues broker it fired for taking $292,000 that belonged to his ex-wife

January 24, 2019

LPL Financial is suing a broker it fired last summer after a dispute surfaced between the broker and his ex-wife over the disposition of funds in their joint brokerage accounts. LPL on Tuesday sued the ex-broker, Christopher Lossing, in U.S....

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...

Surging upfront recruiting checks carry significant risks for independent advisers

December 19, 2018

The recruiting wars are heating up, but this time, the primary battlefield is among independent firms rather than between wirehouses. Yet the more things change, the more they stay the same, especially when it comes to upfront checks for new...

Phillip Frost sells most of his Ladenburg Thalmann shares

December 24, 2018

Months after being charged with securities fraud by the SEC, Phillip Frost, the former chairman of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. and the largest shareholder, has sold most of his stake back to the firm. In a press release Monday...

Wentworth Management Services buys World Equity Group

December 7, 2018

Broker-dealer M&A activity continues as 2018 draws to a close, with Wentworth Management Services on Friday announcing its acquisition of World Equity Group, a midsized independent broker-dealer outside Chicago with close to 180 brokers and...

Will LPL's new emphasis on recruiting from wirehouses pay off?

December 21, 2018

Recent moves in the recruiting group at LPL Financial make it clear that the firm is trying to target more registered reps and financial advisers who currently work at wirehouses and convince them to leap to a broker-dealer where they labor...

Independent broker-dealer revenue on the decline

April 22, 2017

InvestmentNews' research team examined how 57 independent broker-dealers, who have participated in our in-depth survey every year since 2011, have fared through a shifting financial advisory landscape. In 2016, independent broker-dealers saw...

Fortress Biotech selling its majority stake in National Holdings

November 19, 2018

National Holdings Corp., home to about 700 independent registered reps and advisers, said Monday that B. Riley Financial is buying a 49% stake in the broker-dealer. B. Riley Financial, which owns a variety of financial services businesses, bought...

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