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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...

Merrill to pay $400,000 over telemarketing compliance shortfall

December 30, 2014

Who says cold calling is dead? Bank of America Merrill Lynch has agreed to pay $400,000 to as part of a settlement with the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation over allegations it improperly solicited business by phoning residents...

2014 big for indexed annuities: Broker-dealer execs

December 23, 2014

The year isn't over yet, but executives at broker-dealers say they've had a major rise in the indexed-annuity business — to the point that it may be cannibalizing sales of variable annuities. At Raymond James Financial Inc., the annualized...

Sterne Agee sues former CEO Holbrook

December 11, 2014

Sterne Agee Group Inc. fired its former chairman and CEO, James Holbrook Jr., in May for allegedly misusing company assets. Now, the firm is suing him for the same reason: allegedly using company assets and resources that were not in Sterne...

SEC investigating top Oppenheimer executive

December 10, 2014

The head of retail brokerage at Oppenheimer & Co., who resigned on Friday, is facing an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Robert Okin resigned from Oppenheimer to pursue other interests, according to a report from Reuters....

Top independent adviser manages $3.5 billion in new ranking

December 6, 2014

When Debra Wetherby started her investment advisory firm in 1990, she was 32, just married and had less than $50,000 of capital. She plunged into an emerging industry of advisers who run their own businesses rather than operating inside big...

Regional broker-dealers need creativity to keep up in the recruiting arms race

October 13, 2014

It's approaching silly season again, also known as recruiting season. It's typically the time of year that the independent broker-dealer community introduces new incentives to tantalize wayward reps and advisers considering a new affiliation...

Ex-Raymond James adviser barred over $1 million theft

October 3, 2014

Finra has barred an independent financial adviser with Raymond James Financial Services Inc. who allegedly pocketed nearly $1 million in client funds last year, according to a settlement offer posted on the regulator's website. From July to...

Schorsch adds industry veteran Dwyer to RCAP's team

September 23, 2014

RCS Capital Corp. continues to shake up its senior leadership and add top industry talent to its already deep management team. On Tuesday, RCAP said it had hired a former top LPL Financial executive, Bill Dwyer, as chief executive of Realty...

Edward Jones sponsors college-credit course to prep students for Series 7 exam

August 18, 2014

Starting this fall, some college students will be able to study for the primary securities licensing exam while they're still in school — a sneak peek that one firm hopes will spark their interest in becoming financial advisers. Kansas State...

Baird snatches Wells Fargo adviser with $350M in AUM

July 23, 2014

Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. has added a top broker from Wells Fargo and a new director to its Houston market. Gary Foose Jr. joins the firm as a director and financial adviser in Houston with $350 million in client assets and $1 million in annual...

Private client group gains drive Raymond James to record quarterly profit

July 23, 2014

Raymond James Financial Inc. continued to build on momentum as pretax profit in the private client group hit a record $81.5 million in the firm's third fiscal quarter, a 39% increase over the same period last year. Strong growth in recurring...

Ex-Sterne Agee broker faces expulsion over $6 million hedge fund

July 11, 2014

A former Sterne Agee Financial Services Inc. broker could be expelled for allegedly running a $6 million hedge fund on the side. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. charged Dean Mustaphalli for founding and receiving commissions...

Opinions on bull market split following most recent run-up

July 10, 2014

Financial advisers are facing a schism in the current perception of the stock market. After the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high of 1,985.44 on July 3, the question now facing advisers is whether the bull market in stocks that began in March...

As economy improves, veteran advisers stay put

July 10, 2014

Even industry recruiters are starting to admit that there's a lull in the war for top adviser talent. “I don't see that much movement,” said Michael King, a recruiter and president of Michael King Associates Inc. “I would have thought...

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