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How do you buy a relationship?

September 21, 2014

Advisers pursue other firms and books of business bright-eyed and bushy-tailed about the prospects for higher assets, revenue, profitability and income. But it turns out that only one-quarter end up “very satisfied” with a purchase. Should...

FolioDynamix wealth platform acquired in $199 million deal

September 18, 2014

In a deal estimated to total $199 million in cash, cloud technology company Actua Corp. has agreed to acquire FolioDynamix, a cloud-based wealth management platform. Actua, formerly ICG Group, will acquire an approximately 97% primary equity...

A user's guide to this week's "Fedspeak"

September 16, 2014

Calpers sends hedge funds out to pasture in a move that could represent a wake-up call to the alternatives space. A decision based on high fees What to watch for, and what to worry about, in the Fed's next public statements. A user's guide to...

Advisers boost assets by 21%, helped by new clients, market gains

September 16, 2014

The latest performance results are in, and 2013 was a great year to be in the financial advice business. Financial advisory firms boosted assets under management last year by 21% to an average of $502 million, the 2014 InvestmentNews Financial...

Meet the next wave of $1B advisory firms

September 10, 2014

This is an excerpt from the 2014 InvestmentNews Financial Performance Study of Advisory Firms. To order the full study (available now), click here. Rapid growth has created a new type of advisory firm — a large, sophisticated, aggressive,...

Advisers struggle to make acquisitions work

September 9, 2014

The challenges major brokerage firms face in buying a competitor also crop up in smaller deals when financial advisers look to pick up a book of business to build their practice. In many cases, advisers are coming away less than completely satisfied...

What IBD consolidation means for advisers

September 9, 2014

Consolidation in the independent broker-dealer universe has continued at an all-time high over the past few years, but the trigger points are not what they used to be. Going back to 2008 to 2012, many broker-dealers were faced with simply trying...

How much is an RIA acquisition really worth?

September 4, 2014

Given the oft-cited graying of the RIA industry, many advisers seek to monetize their businesses and provide continuity for their partners and clients alike. Acquisition negotiations raise numerous difficult issues, but a threshold hurdle is...

RIA industry still waiting for perfect storm to drive M&A activity

September 3, 2014

Observers of the RIA industry have long predicted a perfect storm for consolidation as strong markets boost valuations, more buyers move into the space, older advisers look to retire and regulation puts pressure on mid-size firms. But signs...

Warren Buffett's tax fairness doublespeak

August 26, 2014

Warren Buffett, Mr. “I pay lower taxes than my secretary,” is helping to finance Burger King's takeover of Tim Horton's. Not putting his money where his mouth is Canada shows Congress and the White House how business gets done. The only...

The Fed should raise rates, but it won't

August 25, 2014

When the Fed is likely to raise rates and when the Fed should raise rates are necessarily the same. Don't hold your breath for higher rates anytime soon The thirst for diversification is driving more financial advisers to options investing....

$450 million hybrid RIA network launches with LPL

August 20, 2014

A group of hybrid registered investment advisers is rebranding as it looks to build a network for independent advisers at LPL Financial. Thirteen independent advisers with about $450 million in assets have started a collective, known as the...

Schorsch picks up yet another midsize IBD

August 14, 2014

Nicholas Schorsch continues to add midsized independent broker-dealers to the Cetera Financial Group Network, and on Wednesday night Cetera parent RCS Capital Corp. said it intends to buy Girard Securities Inc. The San Diego-based firm has more...

Bill Gross disciple takes down the 'Bond King'

August 13, 2014

Bill Gross gets beaten at his own game, as a former disciple takes down the bond king. The student becomes the master The SEC is homing in on alternative-strategy mutual funds, with BlackRock and AQR Capital in its sights. Kicking off regulatory...

Integration of Schorsch BD empire gets underway

August 12, 2014

RCS Capital Corp. is beginning to tie together its nine disparate retail broker-dealers, and on Tuesday morning said it will offer services from one broker-dealer across the various platforms of the others. Included in those changes will be...

Ladenburg Thalmann acquires KMS Financial Services

August 11, 2014

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. continued to expand in size and geography on Monday by purchasing independent broker-dealer KMS Financial Services Inc. in a $24 million deal. The acquisition, which consists of cash, notes and stocks,...

Schorsch strikes again

August 7, 2014

Nicholas Schorsch has returned to wheeling and dealing, with the broker-dealer he controls, RCS Capital Corp., announcing Thursday that it had agreed to buy an independent firm known for selling alternative investments, VSR Financial Services...

Advisers beware: Corporate inversions could mean higher tax bills for your clients

August 4, 2014

The recent phenomenon of corporate inversions — a tactic wherein U.S.-based companies merge with foreign companies to take advantage of lower corporate taxes — means advisers and attorneys need to be vigilant about potential higher taxes...

CFP Board quietly cutting deals on compensation descriptions

August 1, 2014

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. is quietly trying to calm the waters that have been roiled over the last two years by controversy over how advisers holding the CFP designation define themselves. The organization is currently...

Securities America buying insurance-based B-D

July 21, 2014

Securities America Inc. said Monday it had reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of Sunset Financial Services Inc., a broker-dealer owned by Kansas City Life Insurance Co. Sunset Financial is a mid-sized firm with 268 affiliated registered...

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