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How much is that advisory firm in the window?

January 28, 2013

Advisory firm owners have unrealistic expectations about what their firms are worth. Sales of RIA firms usually are done based on a multiple of cash flow, but owners and founders often overestimate their free cash by forgetting to factor in...

National firms driving RIA deals

January 28, 2013

National firms participated in more than half of mergers and acquisitions in the registered investment advisory industry last year, according to data compiled by Schwab Advisor Services, which also found that while the number of deals in 2012...

Time may be running out on Legg name

January 20, 2013

Time may be running out for Legg Mason, at least as a mutual fund brand name. Legg Mason Capital Management — a household name in the 1990s, thanks to star manager Bill Miller's 15-year streak of beating the S&P 500 — is merging into Legg...

United Capital acquires Seattle RIA

January 16, 2013

United Capital Financial Advisers LLC has acquired Seattle-based registered investment adviser Paragon Investment Management Inc., giving the firm its first foothold in the Northwest region of the country. “The Northwest region was a gaping...

Urge to merge: Two RIAs plan to combine

January 8, 2013

Registered investment advisers Argent Financial Group Inc. and Highland Capital Management LLC have agreed to merge. The two firms — the first based in Ruston, La., and the second in Memphis Tenn., manage more than $4.3 billion in assets between...

Top adviser Q&A: John Enright

December 20, 2012

John Enright, a principal at Custom Wealth Management in Syracuse, NY, discusses the challenges of developing a succession plan, including how to determine compensation, whether to bring in a third party and, most importantly, figuring out what's...

J.W. Cole set to go nationwide with deal

November 25, 2012

Tampa, Fla.-based broker-dealer J.W. Cole Financial Inc. is acquiring Financial Advisers of America LLC of Carlsbad, Calif., the firms said last week. J.W. Cole, which has about 300 independent-contractor representatives, will add 100 from FAA....

Advisers rushing to get deals done by end of the year

November 11, 2012

With two major mergers already in the books this month, investment advisers in the midst of selling their practices are going all-out to complete those deals to avoid tax increases that could take effect Jan. 1. “This year, if your deal isn't...

Another RIA acquisition — and it's in California again

November 9, 2012

Deals for registered investment advisor firms keep on coming. Beacon Pointe Advisors on Monday will announce the addition of its third partner firm, Wealth Management Network of Newport Beach, Calif., which has $130 million in assets under management....

First Republic Bank buys Luminous Capital

November 5, 2012

Luminous Capital Holdings LLC, a fast-growing registered investment advisory firm based in Los Angeles, sold itself to San Francisco-based First Republic Bank on Friday in a major deal in the wealth management industry. “Luminous Capital clients...

First Allied buys Waddell & Reed unit

October 31, 2012

Independent broker-dealer First Allied Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday the acquisition of The Legend Group, an investment advisory firm, from Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based Legend specializes in retirement solutions...

Mariner takes stake in RiverPoint

October 30, 2012

Mariner Wealth Advisors has acquired a majority stake in RiverPoint Capital Management, a Cincinnati-based wealth management firm with $1.3 billion under management. Terms were not disclosed. RiverPoint , which has a unit specifically catering...

Long line of suitors for Genworth investment units

October 21, 2012

If Genworth Financial Inc. has its asset management business on the block, the company should have no shortage of suitors. Reuters reported that Genworth had hired The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to find a buyer for its turnkey asset management...

Talking Points: When a growing firm decides it's time to make the next move

September 26, 2012

The following is excerpted from “Unlocking Profitability: Key Differentiators of the Most Successful Advisory Firms,” a webcast that was sponsored by Pershing Advisor Solutions. Kelli Cruz, director of research and consulting for IN Adviser...

Growing through acquisition or recruiting advisers

September 26, 2012

Looking to expand your business by positioning your firm to be the “succession solution” for an impending wave of older advisers who eventually will exit the business? Trying to capture market share by recruiting breakaway advisers? Independent...

Advisory firm deal hype hurts advisers: Report

September 12, 2012

Don't believe the hype that sensationalizes the sale of some independent advisory firms. That's the main message delivered in a new research paper based on the experiences of six large registered investment advisers, which calls some transactions...

$3B acquisition of REIT sets 'speed record'

September 9, 2012

Realty Income Corp.'s deal to acquire American Realty Capital Trust Inc. sets a “speed record” in the real estate investment trust business, according to one REIT market specialist. The deal, announced Thursday and valued at nearly $3 billion,...

Facebook of business sparks Buckingham deal

September 6, 2012

Buckingham Family of Financial Services is boosting its Silicon Valley presence and adding $600 million in client assets by acquiring Founders Financial Network LLC in Cupertino, Calif. The additional California resources will help Buckingham...

Operational efficiencies drive M&A growth strategies

August 22, 2012

As the independent advisory industry experiences changes driven by a number of seismic shifts, leading firms are investing in their back office operations to create an agile infrastructure to capitalize on the many opportunities being created....

Succession planning: It's not the exit you expect; It's what you plan for

August 22, 2012

The vast majority of respondents (92%) in our recent 2012 IN Adviser Solutions Succession Planning Study believe that not having a succession plan creates business risk. It is much more than just the risk of approaching retirement without an...

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