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At Edward Jones, it's still one person, one office

September 29, 2015

As more and more firms push their advisers to form teams to better serve investors, one big name is bucking the trend. Edward Jones, founded in 1922 around a model of staffing one adviser per branch office, has no intention of changing its ways,...

American Funds making inroads with fee-based advisers

September 16, 2015

American Funds, once the top-selling mutual fund company, was built on the back of devoted financial advisers, many of whom earned a commission for selling its funds. But today, fee-based financial advisers and retirement plans drive most of...

Under regulatory pressure, Voya restricts sales of more variable annuities

July 29, 2015

Voya Financial Advisors has restricted sales of variable annuities for the second time in two months, as the brokerage firm faces increased pressure from regulators questioning the suitability of the products for retirement savers. On Monday,...

Banks are cutting broker-dealer units from their 'living wills'

July 8, 2015

The nation's biggest banks are lumping their broker-dealer units in with other 'non-essential' operations. In appeasing regulators, banks show B-Ds where they rank. In case of emergency, dump the securities operations The bear has found China....

Pershing CEO: RIA growth outpacing B-Ds

June 4, 2015

Registered investment advisers are the strongest driver of growth for Pershing's clearing and custody business as regulation and higher costs continue to put pressure on broker-dealers, according to chief executive officer Ron DeCicco. “The...

Stifel deal for Barclays unit would amp up ambitions to attract elite advisers

June 1, 2015

If Stifel Financial Corp., reportedly in negotiations for Barclays Plc's U.S. wealth management unit, can close the deal, it could provide a template for that acquisition-hungry firm to compete for an elite group of advisers who court the wealthiest...

Raymond James bolsters indexed annuities and life wholesaling with acquisition

May 29, 2015

Looking to step up its indexed annuities and life wholesaling game, Raymond James Financial Inc. announced Friday it would acquire The Producers Choice, an insurance marketing organization. The deal is expected to close mid-summer, and Producers...

From the C Suite with Raymond James' CEO Paul Reilly: Listen and learn. But in a crunch, be decisive

May 15, 2015

Paul Reilly's management approach is as deep-rooted as they come. The chief executive of Raymond James Financial is the third of eight children — and cultivated his listening and peacemaking skilIs growing up. The talents have come in just...

The latest ranking of independent broker-dealers by rep head count

April 28, 2015

Even if recruiting at independent broker-dealers has hit a wall, the industry still features a number of firms with expanding numbers of registered reps. Here's a snapshot of the number of reps at the biggest independent broker-dealers, including...

Largest independent broker-dealers enjoy double-digit revenue growth

April 26, 2015

Despite lackluster sales in 2014 of commission-rich products such as variable annuities and nontraded REITs, the leading independent broker-dealers managed to squeeze out double-digit revenue growth in line with the broad market. The 25 largest...

LPL Financial's Dan Arnold is managing amid complexity

April 26, 2015

Dan Arnold has been a member of the C-suite at LPL Financial for eight years, but a good number of the advisers at the nation's largest independent broker-dealer are just getting to know him. Mr. Arnold, 50, took over as president last month...

Stifel's purchase of Sterne Agee likely not its last in the broker-dealer space

April 12, 2015

The acquisition of the Sterne Agee Group by Stifel Financial Corp. was classic Ron Kruszewski: find a company in turmoil and buy it on the cheap. It is a strategy that has served the Stifel chief executive well over the past 18 years. Largely...

Merrill Lynch's John Thiel urges colleagues to work with DOL on fiduciary rule

April 8, 2015

At least one major industry player is taking a more welcoming stance toward working with the Labor Department as it seeks to create a rule that would hold brokers to a fiduciary standard when dealing with retirement plans. Speaking on Wednesday...

Investors see few benefits of lower fees in adviser-sold investments

March 17, 2015

On the whole, fees that mom-and-pop investors pay for mutual funds and other similar products have dropped substantially over the last several years. But in at least one corner of the investment universe, fees aren't budging all that much. The...

Forget personality tests, Edward Jones uses job simulation to assess potential hires

March 13, 2015

Edward Jones has eliminated personality testing as part of its process to find the best financial adviser candidates. Instead, it's finding more success with a 16-step hiring process that includes a “day in the life” simulation. The St....

Edward Jones continues push into proprietary funds

March 3, 2015

Edward Jones is expanding its lineup of proprietary mutual funds for its 12,000 brokers and financial advisers a year and a half after the brokerage launched its first fund, the Bridge Builder Bond fund. Edward Jones' move into the proprietary...

SEC's Gallagher slams White House fiduciary memo as 'propaganda'

February 20, 2015

An Obama Administration official's call for tough rules on brokers is “propaganda” that ignores stiff oversight of the industry by market regulators, a Securities and Exchange Commission member said Friday. SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher...

Stifel in talks to acquire Sterne Agee

February 20, 2015

Stifel Financial Corp. is in discussions to acquire Sterne Agee Group Inc., combining two of the biggest U.S. brokerages outside of New York, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. A deal may be announced within days, said...

Cetera president blasts White House memo defending DOL fiduciary

January 27, 2015

An independent broker-dealer executive Monday sharply criticized a leaked White House memo that purports to show that sales incentives for financial advisers cost retirement savers billions of dollars annually, calling it “offensive” and...

Fidelity fined $350,000 in billing snafu

January 20, 2015

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has ordered Fidelity Investments to pay a $350,000 fine after the firm allegedly overcharged more than 20,000 clients a total of $2.4 million. From January 2006 to September 2013, Fidelity inappropriately...

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