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Selling your firm, even if you've never thought about it

May 29, 2019

Even if you've never thought about selling your financial planning firm or practice before, now's the time to familiarize yourself with the landscape. Just look at what's going on in our industry: Goldman Sachs is buying United Capital. Ric...

Advisor Group expected to be sold for $2.3 billion

May 9, 2019

Advisor Group, a group of independent contractor broker-dealers with close to 11,800 financial advisers, is close to announcing that it will be acquired by private equity investors for a price tag of $2.3 billion, according to sources familiar...

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...

Thirst for diversification leads more advisers to interval funds

April 16, 2019

With the bull market now a decade old, financial advisers are showing an increased willingness to give up investment liquidity in exchange for strategies that don't move in sync with the broad equity markets. Interval funds, named for their...

Clayton wants retirement investors to have more access to private funds

April 9, 2019

Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton wants retirement investors to have greater access to private funds. In an interview Tuesday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Mr. Clayton said managers of traditional defined-benefit...

Warburg Pincus to buy majority stake in Kestra Financial

February 25, 2019

Kestra Financial Inc. has agreed to sell a majority stake in the firm to private-equity shop Warburg Pincus, the independent broker-dealer announced Monday morning. Stone Point Capital, the private-equity firm that currently holds a majority...

Focus Financial rides RIA consolidation to 37 percent annual revenue growth

February 21, 2019

Seven months after taking Focus Financial Partners (FOCS) public, the chairman and chief executive of the RIA aggregator, Rudy Adolf, is singing the praises of the public equity markets. "The IPO is creating permanent capital to invest in our...

Look for more changes at Cetera Financial Group

February 20, 2019

Robert Moore's resignation from Cetera Financial Group likely signals other changes to come at the giant broker-dealer network, according to advisers and industry observers. Those could range from the firm's owner, Genstar Capital, winnowing...

Warburg Pincus among private equity managers interested in acquiring Kestra Financial

February 15, 2019

Warburg Pincus is among the private equity managers interested in acquiring Kestra Financial Inc., according to two industry sources. Bids were due this week for the independent broker-dealer, and a sale could be announced within the next few...

Blackstone's race for $1 trillion targets wealthy investors

January 28, 2019

Steve Schwarzman's Blackstone Group is a behemoth in private equity, real estate, credit and hedge fund investing, thanks to its ability to raise cash from giant pension plans and sovereign wealth funds. But given the firm's goal of managing...

Active vs. passive: The case for both

January 22, 2019

Vanguard founder Jack Bogle started the debate about active versus passive investing when he created the first index fund in 1975. Hundreds of additional index funds, countless studies and one historic recession later, passive investing has...

Surging upfront recruiting checks carry significant risks for independent advisers

December 19, 2018

The recruiting wars are heating up, but this time, the primary battlefield is among independent firms rather than between wirehouses. Yet the more things change, the more they stay the same, especially when it comes to upfront checks for new...

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...

Private-equity firms want SEC to loosen rules on business development companies

December 12, 2018

Apollo Global Management and Ares Management are among the private-equity titans that scored a victory earlier this year when they persuaded Congress to let lending companies they control ramp up risk. Now, as lawmakers engage in frantic negotiations...

The gold rush that is reshaping private banking

November 26, 2018

Ten years ago, stock markets plunged, major banks faltered, and the global economy teetered on a precipice. Few would have predicted that the ensuing decade would produce an explosion in wealth. But that's just what happened. An unprecedented...

Commonwealth advisers turning to private equity

November 8, 2018

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the total that Commonwealth advisers have invested in private equity. As the number of publicly listed companies continues to shrink, brokers and advisers who work with Commonwealth Financial...

Wealth Enhancement Group buys second Philly-area RIA in as many months

October 23, 2018

The buying spree continues at Wealth Enhancement Group as the $9.7 billion Minneapolis-based hybrid firm agreed to acquire its ninth independent advisory firm in the past five years. The most recent deal, announced Tuesday, involves GDM Advisory...

Is the endowment model relevant for individual investors?

October 22, 2018

The endowment style of investing, developed by David Swenson at Yale University in the mid-1980s, has gained increased attention over the past several decades as more investors seek to emulate part or all of the more diversified strategy. Yet...

Best- and worst-performing equity funds

October 20, 2018

LARGE CAP GROWTH Top 10 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Expense ratio* Portfolio net assets ($M)** Berkshire Focus Fund (BFOCX) 51.15% 29.68% 19.55% 2.02% $187.60 Dunham Focused Large Cap Growth;N (DNFGX) 37.92% 18.99% 14.11% 1.16%...

Market volatility brings alternative investments back into focus

October 19, 2018

At least on paper, it should be easy to make the case for allocating portfolio assets toward more alternative strategies designed to reduce some of the risk imbedded in a 10-year bull market for stocks. Reality, however, shows that investors...

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