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Independent contractor status for brokers and advisers safe in California

September 3, 2019

Brokers and advisers in California who work as independent contractors and are registered with a broker-dealer have sidestepped the fight over employment status currently playing out in the California statehouse. Assembly Bill 5, which writes...

Cetera Financial Group adds 1,000 advisers, $19 billion in assets so far in 2019

August 14, 2019

Cetera Financial Group is having a banner year in attracting new advisers to its platform, with recruits ranging in experience and production from sophisticated wealth managers to those relatively new to the financial advice industry. Cetera,...

Insurgent candidate vies for large-firm seat on Finra board

July 26, 2019

An insurgent candidate for the Finra board of governors said the body needs more input from large firms that provide financial advice and investment products. Chris W. Flint, president and chief executive of ProEquities Inc., has been nominated...

Cetera Financial Group eliminating Summit as a separate broker-dealer

July 12, 2019

One of Cetera Financial Group's six broker-dealers, Summit Brokerage Services Inc., is being absorbed into another of the firm's B-Ds. Summit has $17.5 billion in client assets. Its 450 advisers and its branch offices will continue to operate...

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...

Ohio advisory firm managing $206 million moves to Kestra

July 10, 2019

Merkel Financial, a Columbus, Ohio-based independent firm managing $206 million, has switched affiliations. After 26 years with Principal Securities, Merkel has affiliated with Kestra Financial Inc. The firm is led by Michelle M. Merkel. (More:...

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...

Finra slaps Summit Brokerage with fines, restitution over broker churning

July 2, 2019

Summit Brokerage Services Inc. on Tuesday was hit with $880,000 in sanctions for a variety of supervisory failures, including not keeping tabs on a broker who for three years churned client accounts. In fact, compliance employees at Summit failed...

10 IBDs with the highest payouts

May 6, 2019

Here are the 10 independent broker-dealers that reported the highest average payouts per producing rep in 2018 from among the 25 IBDs with the most producing reps. The data were collected from firms that participated in InvestmentNews’ independent...

LPL Financial push for employee model attempt to tap into $11 trillion market

June 25, 2019

At a time when broker-dealers are increasingly trying to come up with business models for advisers who want to act as registered investment advisers, recent moves by LPL Financial left some wondering if the firm was taking a step back in time....

Forget the SEC advice rule — broker-dealers more concerned with CFP Board expanded fiduciary standard ​

June 7, 2019

Lawyers across the brokerage industry are busily reading and digesting the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment advice reforms approved this week. But some firms are also gearing up for more changes promulgated by the organization...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Merrill loses $350 million team to Raymond James

March 22, 2017

A five-person team that managed $350 million in client assets at Merrill Lynch has joined the employee unit of Raymond James. Led by Brian Pick and Terri Fought, who operate as Pick Fought Wealth Advisors in Williamsport, Pa., the team includes...

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...

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...

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