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San Diego RIA managing $408 million merges into $2.77 billion Lido Advisors

January 18, 2019

Ken Stern & Associates, a San Diego,Calif.-based RIA firm managing $408 million in assets, has merged with Lido Advisors, a Los Angeles-based registered investment advisory firm managing $2.77 billion in assets. Lido has an office in San Diego,...

Miracle Mile Advisors adds $300 million Palo Capital

January 16, 2019

Miracle Mile Advisors, a registered investment adviser based in Los Angeles that manages $1.2 billion in assets, has acquired Palo Capital of Newport Beach, Calif., which manages $300 million in assets for about 150 clients. Palo Capital's four-person...

6 ways advisers can make 2019 their 'prove it' year

January 15, 2019

Looking back, I feel as though 2018 was the advisory industry's first real year of momentous consolidation. We saw the beginnings of billion-dollar mergers (think Edelman and Financial Engines), broker-dealer acquisitions,​ IPOs, fintech buyouts...

RIA M&A sets another record in 2018

January 14, 2019

The financial market volatility that picked up in earnest last year was not enough to derail the pace of consolidation among registered investment advisers. Echelon Partners reported Monday that merger and acquisition activity in the RIA space...

Hub-Sheridan Road latest deal to heat up M&A among 401(k) advice firms

January 10, 2019

Acquisitions of financial advisory firms focused on the retirement-plan market appear to be gaining momentum. A handful of recent deals involving large 401(k)-focused firms and a more varied group of buyers have led some experts to believe that...

Next Financial latest broker-dealer to be purchased by Atria

January 8, 2019

After being on the block for years, Next Financial Group Inc., an independent broker-dealer with close to 540 reps and advisers, said Tuesday it had agreed to be acquired by Atria Wealth Solutions, a hard-charging, private-equity-backed buyer...

Plaid buys data aggregation rival Quovo for $200 million

January 8, 2019

Quovo, one of the biggest names in data aggregation for the wealth management and brokerage industries, will be acquired for $200 million by rival startup Plaid, according to Bloomberg. Like Quovo, Plaid facilitates data connections between...

West Virginia RIA managing $658 million joins Focus Financial

January 8, 2019

Lanham O'Dell & Company, Inc., an RIA firm managing $658 million in assets at the end of 2017, has agreed to join Focus Financial Partners. Lanham, which was founded in 1981 and does business as LOC Investment Advisers, is based in Hurricane,...

Bob Oros takes over as HighTower CEO

January 7, 2019

HighTower Advisors confirmed on Monday that industry veteran Bob Oros has taken over as CEO of the Chicago-based RIA consolidator. The news, which was originally reported in November, puts Mr. Oros at the head of a $60 billion wealth management...

Cincinnati deal creates $800 million RIA

January 4, 2019

A Cincinnati, Ohio,-based registered investment adviser managing $500 million in assets, Madison Wealth Managment, has acquired a hometown firm, Greystone Investment Management. Madison, founded in 2000, also has offices in Leesburg, Va., and...

Market downturn could accelerate 401(k) record-keeper consolidation

January 2, 2019

Plan advisers would be wise to watch the 401(k) record-keeper market closely as it enters its next phase of consolidation, which may begin soon. As plan advisers look to cut back on the number of their provider partners, picking on the wrong...

Focus Financial engineers two year-end acquisitions by its subsidiaries

December 31, 2018

Focus Financial Partners is closing the year with a bang, announcing two acquisitions by its subsidiaries Monday that are expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. The Colony Group, a $6.3 billion firm based in Boston that has been a unit...

Biggest events for advisers last year

December 28, 2018

At the 2018 MarketCounsel Summit I was asked for the most important "breakthrough" moments for our firm. As we reach the end of the year, I believe we should reflect on the most important developments in the wealth management industry as a whole,...

Kestra Financial latest broker-dealer to be put up for sale

December 14, 2018

Kestra Financial Inc. is the latest large independent broker-dealer to be put up for sale and is currently being shopped around by its private equity parent, according to industry sources. Kestra was formerly known as NFP Advisors when it was...

Mercer Advisors notches fifth RIA acquisition in four weeks

December 11, 2018

The shopping spree continues for Mercer Advisors with the acquisition of Bell Wealth Management, an Austin, Texas-based firm with $200 million under management. This marks the fifth announced acquisition in less than four weeks for Mercer, a...

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...

LPL buys AdvisoryWorld for $28 million in cash

December 3, 2018

LPL Financial has acquired AdvisoryWorld, a 31-year-old adviser technology firm, for $28 million in cash. AdvisoryWorld produces a suite of digital tools for investment analytics, portfolio construction and proposal generation. More than 30,000...

Market volatility pushes more RIA owners to negotiating table

November 27, 2018

The choppy financial markets might be rattling investors, but for savvy owners of advisory firms the scenario is playing out perfectly because it's driving merger and acquisition activity. Those paying close attention are not surprised that...

Baird and Hilliard Lyons, two established regional firms, to merge

November 27, 2018

In a merger of two established regional brokerage firms, Baird late Tuesday said it agreed to acquire Hilliard Lyons. Combined, the two will have 1,270 financial advisers. The terms of the deal, which is subject to the approval of regulators,...

Kovitz Investment Group acquires Northern Capital Management

November 26, 2018

Chicago-based registered investment adviser Kovitz Investment Group announced Monday it is acquiring Northern Capital Management, a Madison, Wisc. -based RIA with $544 million under management. The deal, which will close early next year, marks...

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