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Hub in talks to buy $40 billion LPL branch Global Retirement Partners

July 11, 2019

Insurance brokerage Hub International is in talks to buy Global Retirement Partners, the largest retirement-focused branch of LPL Financial with $40.1 billion in assets, according to two sources with knowledge of the discussions. GRP, a registered...

Schwab subscription planning service draws $1 billion in new assets

July 11, 2019

Schwab's subscription-based hybrid robo-adviser has attracted more than $1 billion in new assets since its launch at the end of March, the company said. Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium, which includes unlimited guidance from a certified...

EP Wealth acquires Pathlight Investors

July 10, 2019

EP Wealth Advisors, a Torrance, Calif.-based RIA managing approximately $4.4 billion in assets, has acquired Phoenix, Ariz.-based Pathlight Investors, which manages $283 million in assets. Pathlight, founded in 2009, is led by its co-founders,...

Surging demand turns solar panels into the hottest summer investment

July 10, 2019

Investments in solar energy have been shining brightly this year, and it's not just the summer heat wave that's pushing these stocks and funds to double- and triple-digit gains. The 56.6% surge from the start of the year in the $390 million...

SEC's Blass rebuts assertion Reg BI is tougher than fiduciary standard

July 10, 2019

Even before the Securities and Exchange Commission approved new investment advice reform rules in June, there was debate about whether the broker requirement would be tougher than the standard for investment advisers. One of the authors of the...

Piper Jaffray buying Sandler O'Neill for $485 million

July 9, 2019

Piper Jaffray Co. said Tuesday morning that it was buying Sandler O'Neill + Partners, a leading investment bank for the financial services industry, for $485 million in cash and stock. The combined firm will be named Piper Sandler Cos. The deal...

SEC head defends Reg BI, but only succeeds in igniting more criticism

July 9, 2019

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton took on critics of the agency's recently approved investment advice reform package in a lengthy defense Monday, but his remarks didn't calm the fierce debate. In a speech Monday in Boston...

Embracing the highs and lows of cannabis investing

July 9, 2019

When it comes to investing risks and opportunities, there is currently nothing quite like cannabis. While its recreational use is still illegal at the federal level, the momentum behind a push to regulate marijuana alongside alcohol is unmistakable....

Independence means different things to different people in wealth management

July 8, 2019

With the July 4 holiday fresh in our minds, it strikes me that the word "independence" by itself no longer accurately describes the phenomenon that is changing the wealth management industry today. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, it seemed that...

Crypto broker logjam may be swept away by regulatory guidance

July 8, 2019

U.S. regulators potentially cleared the way for dozens of firms to become registered cryptocurrency brokers by issuing guidance on how securities rules apply to some of the complicated compliance issues posed by digital tokens. Crypto brokers...

Morningstar emphasizes fees, performance in upgrade of fund ratings

July 8, 2019

In the latest iteration of its forward-looking analysts' ratings,​ Morningstar Inc. is placing more emphasis on fees and raising the bar for actively managed funds, which will be required to beat both their benchmark and their peer group to...

A higher standard of client care

July 8, 2019

The financial services profession is about more than just numbers. It's about helping people navigate life's complexities. Financial advisers serve an important role as their clients prepare for milestones. So it's no surprise that the client-adviser...

RIA acquisitions on record pace, despite sometimes volatile markets

July 8, 2019

The pace of consolidation in the registered investment advisory space hit a record in the second quarter and puts the industry on pace for its seventh-straight recording-setting year, according to consulting firm Echelon Partners. The 52 RIA...

How employee stock ownership becomes a succession plan

July 3, 2019

As succession strategies go, the employee stock ownership plan might be the ultimate twofer. For Joe Reeves and Ron Butt, co-founders of Louisville, Kent.-based ARGI, the pursuit of a viable succession plan for their $2.6 billion financial planning...

Morgan Stanley breakaway team forms $215 million RIA in N.J.

July 3, 2019

QP Wealth Management in Eatontown, N.J. joins the breakaway trend by leaving Morgan Stanley to establish a registered investment adviser with $215 million in client assets. Co-founders James Lloyd, Thomas Leidner and Lisa Heerwagen partnered...

Former brokers say breaking away to be RIA went better than they feared

July 2, 2019

An appetite for control, independence and an opportunity to build equity in a sustainable business continue to fuel the migration by wirehouse brokers toward the independent registered investment adviser ranks. A new report from TD Ameritrade...

MAI acquires insurance-oriented RIA

July 1, 2019

MAI Capital Management, a Cleveland-based RIA managing $5.4 billion, has acquired John D. Dovich & Associates, a Cincinnati-based RIA managing $600 million that specializes in insurance. The acquisition gives MAI a location in Cincinnati and...

SEC bars head of terminated RIA, orders $1.3 million in payments

July 1, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission has censured Foxboro, Mass.-based Fieldstone Financial Management Group and charged the firm and its principal, Kristofor R. Behn, with defrauding clients by failing to disclose conflicts of interest. The...

Wall Street is going RIA-ish

July 1, 2019

The purpose of Wall Street is to chase, create and sniff out profits. By its nature, the Street will always move to where the money goes. In the financial advice industry, money and margins are moving slowly and inexorably away from the bank-owned...

TIAA exit from life insurance market exposes void for RIAs

June 28, 2019

TIAA's decision to exit the life insurance market by year-end exposes a glaring void, and challenge, for some financial advisers who recommend life insurance to clients. TIAA, advisers said, is one of the few companies that sells no-load life...

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