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HighTower invests in $4.8 billion California advice firm

April 29, 2019

Chicago-based HighTower announced an investment Monday in LourdMurray, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based advisory firm that manages $4.8 billion as a result of its own recent merger with San Diego, Calif-based Delphi Private Advisors. The merger...

A near-record quarter for RIA acquisitions

April 26, 2019

The total of 31 acquisitions of registered investment advisers that occurred during the first quarter is just one shy of the record and signals more good news for those advisers looking to sell their firms. "I would call it a blockbuster quarter,"...

FWM to acquire Optima Fund Management

April 25, 2019

FWM Holdings, the New York-based parent company of multifamily offices Forbes Family Trust and LGL Partners, will acquire Optima Fund Management, a New York-based private investment firm specializing in alternative investments. (More:​ Bronfman...

Centerbridge said to be in talks to buy Advisor Group

April 23, 2019

Centerbridge Partners is in talks to buy independent broker-dealer Advisor Group Inc. for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The private equity firm could reach a deal as soon as this week to acquire Advisor...

Mariner to acquire $1.3 billion RIA in Florida

April 18, 2019

Mariner Wealth Advisors of Overland Park, Kan., will acquire Singer Xenos Schechter Sosler, a wealth advisory firm based in Coral Gables, Fla. The firm's four named partners and its 16 associates will remain with Mariner, the firm said in a...

After losing billions in assets, giant hybrid RIA set to open broker-dealer

April 11, 2019

On the verge of opening a new broker-dealer, William Hamm over the past year has seen billions of dollars in assets and hundreds of reps and advisers walk out the door of his firm, Independent Financial Partners, a hybrid RIA. A year ago, InvestmentNews​...

Principal-Wells Fargo retirement deal hints at fee compression

April 11, 2019

The blockbuster deal inked by Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo & Co. earlier this week provides a glimpse into the economics prevailing in the defined-contribution-plan record-keeping business. Specifically, the deal's $1.2 billion...

Principal to buy Wells Fargo retirement unit for $1.2 billion

April 9, 2019

Principal Financial Group Inc. agreed to buy Wells Fargo & Co.'s retirement plan services unit for $1.2 billion as the bank streamlines operations in the wake of scandals. The business, which has $827 billion in assets under administration,...

How important is financing for selling advisers? Very

April 8, 2019

Historically, a significant majority of independent and registered investment advisers have exited the industry without experiencing a liquidity event at retirement. Restrictive financing options may be to blame. The introduction of Small Business...

Kestra loses $11 billion retirement group to LPL

April 4, 2019

Strategic Retirement Partners, an advisory firm with $11 billion in retirement plan assets, has joined GRP Financial, the largest retirement-plan-focused hybrid RIA that uses LPL Financial as its broker-dealer. Strategic Retirement Partners,...

F.L. Putnam acquires Financial Focus and $275 million in AUM

April 3, 2019

F.L. Putnam Investment Management has acquired Financial Focus, a financial planning and wealth management firm in Wolfeboro, N.H., that manages $275 million in assets. The entire Financial Focus team will join F.L. Putnam, the company said...

Marsh & McLennan acquires Centurion, a $16 billion retirement group

April 3, 2019

Centurion Group, an advisory firm overseeing $16 billion in retirement plan assets and 400,000 plan participants, is being acquired by Marsh & McClennan Agency, a subsidiary of the national insurance brokerage Marsh. The deal, terms of which...

Cerity Partners buys Blue Prairie Group to create $21 billion advisory firm

April 2, 2019

New York-based wealth manager Cerity Partners is taking a big step into the retirement plan space with the acquisition of Blue Prairie Group, which oversees $11 billion in retirement plan assets. The combined company, which will operate as Cerity...

United Capital adds $800 million in AUM through two acquisitions

April 2, 2019

Irongate International, a registered investment adviser in Moline, Ill., managing $455 million, and Peachtree Investment Advisors, an RIA in Atlanta, Ga., managing $345 million in assets, have been acquired by United Capital Financial Advisers....

What 401(k) record-keeper consolidation means to retirement plan advisers

March 26, 2019

The recent report that Principal Financial is likely buying Wells Fargo's retirement record-keeping division could be a harbinger of massive 401(k) record-keeper consolidation that puts even more assets and participants in the hands of fewer...

Bronfman Rothschild acquisition creates $10 billion RIA

March 26, 2019

Bronfman Rothschild is being acquired by NFP Corp. and will be combined with Sontag Advisory to create a $10 billion registered investment adviser, the companies announced this morning. NFP Corp. describes itself as an insurance broker, consultant...

InvestmentNews parent Bonhill Group to acquire Last Word Media

March 25, 2019

Bonhill Group plc, InvestmentNews' parent company, plans to acquire Last Word Media, a business-to-business media company, for 8 million pounds ($10.6 million). Last Word provides live events, research, data and information to the global wealth...

Merger mania: Why consolidation in the RIA space is about to explode

March 23, 2019

The steady increase in merger and acquisition activity in the registered investment advisory space over the past six years might seem impressive to some, but for industry players like Ron Carson, the party is just getting started. "I used to...

Wells Fargo could be putting more of its focus on wealth management

March 20, 2019

Wells Fargo & Co. appears to be paring back on its businesses, and that could be a good thing for the 14,000 financial advisers and registered reps who work under the roof of its brokerage and advisory subsidiary, Wells Fargo Advisors. After...

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...

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