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Wells Fargo reportedly ends investigation of gender bias in wealth management unit

November 9, 2018

Wells Fargo's investigation into alleged gender bias within its wealth management division is reportedly over. When asked for confirmation of a report by The Wall Street Journal that the firm concluded its investigation, Wells Fargo spokeswoman...

Chief operating officers lift advisory firms to the next level

November 2, 2018

If you're not sure whether your advisory firm is ready to hire a chief operating officer, it probably is. While COOs are often dismissed as simply an added expense, adding one can be a key ingredient in helping a firm grow to the next level,...

Vanguard CEO Buckley to add role of chairman

November 1, 2018

The Vanguard Group announced that its CEO, Tim Buckley, will take on the additional role of chairman of the $5.3 trillion asset management company on Jan. 1. As chairman, he succeeds Bill McNabb. "Tim has been a strong, focused leader at Vanguard...

The future of new-adviser training is now

October 26, 2018

One of the issues I hear about frequently these days is how to train new advisers. Training takes up valuable time, and most advisers would agree that it's not their forte. Many tenured advisers learned how to function in this industry at a...

How to recruit top financial advisers and staff

October 19, 2018

Recruiting new talent at advisory firms is taking on greater importance as the U.S. labor market tightens. The InvestmentNews Adviser Compensation and Staffing Study 2018 Update shows 8% of participant firms had an unfilled professional position...

LPL Retirement Partners hires new chief

October 8, 2018

LPL Financial has selected Bryan Hodgens to head up its retirement plan adviser unit, marking the second time in a little over a year that the nation's largest independent broker-dealer has seen a shake-up in the executive ranks at LPL Retirement...

Will Merrill Lynch leave the broker recruiting protocol?

September 25, 2018

Will Merrill Lynch leave the broker recruiting protocol? This is, by far, the question I have been asked most frequently during 2018. Let's examine the issues. In the fourth quarter of 2017, both UBS and Morgan Stanley departed the protocol,...

The struggle is real: Why our profession needs next-gen talent now

September 10, 2018

The ground is shifting beneath our feet. The problem is, we look down to see the ground cracking while remaining completely oblivious to what's overhead: A new atmosphere. A changed environment. An unrecognizable future. The financial services...

Are schools adequately preparing next-gen advisers?

September 1, 2018

Eric Schaefer's client was all ears when he laid out a new financial plan for him. Then the client's eagerness to implement the plan suddenly morphed into dejection. "I literally have no time to do any of this," the client said. Mr. Schaefer,...

Citigroup unveils plan to reverse its declining diversity

August 22, 2018

After years of scant progress on diversity measures, Citigroup Inc. has created hard targets for raising the percentages of women and African Americans in management positions by 2021, according to an internal memo from chief executive Michael...

Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates cedes CEO title

August 10, 2018

Rob Arnott, founder of smart beta and asset allocation manager Research Affiliates, is relinquishing his CEO duties but remains chairman of the firm, a company spokesman said. Katrina Sherrerd, president and chief operating officer, was named...

Networking plays a key role in helping women advisers advance

August 9, 2018

As our members know, the Financial Services Institute has been highly engaged for many years in the crucial mission of helping women begin and develop successful careers in the financial advice industry, both as advisers and home office executives....

5 actions underrepresented advisers can take to further their careers

August 4, 2018

For June's celebration of Pride Month, I was part of a valuable discussion about the intersection of LGBTQ and fintech. My fellow panelists and I celebrated Pride and gains in diversity and inclusion, and talked about how to be momentum-drivers,...

5 tips for productive conversations about diversity

August 4, 2018

Having difficult conversations sucks. Often you feel like you're running in circles, going over and over the same issues and not being heard. When the conversation turns to race, gender and sexual orientation, discussions become especially difficult....

Why a lack of diversity among financial planners persists

August 4, 2018

A recent Pew Research Center study found that the majority of Americans say growing racial and ethnic diversity makes the U.S. a better place to live. While the country is experiencing an increase in diversity, the financial planning profession...

Race is hard to talk about at work — here's how to make it easier

August 4, 2018

I'm Asian-American and grew up in a racially diverse city, but this doesn't mean I've always understood what race was or how to talk about it. During my first career as a public school teacher, the impact of racism, housing segregation and economic...

UBS laying off dozens of wealth management staff

July 26, 2018

UBS Group is laying off dozens of staff at its wealth management division as it revamps the unit's leadership team, according to people briefed on the matter. Stephen Freedman, who was appointed last year as head of sustainable investing solutions...

Goldman fires salesman charged twice with attacking women

July 24, 2018

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. fired a salesman last month after he was arrested twice in just over a year and charged both times with attacking a woman. Joe Karwosky, 35, spent eight years with the firm and worked in its asset management division,...

Raymond James names Scott Curtis to head private client business

June 29, 2018

Raymond James announced Thursday that it has appointed Scott Curtis, currently president of its independent-broker unit, head of the company's private client group, putting him in charge of all the firm's domestic retail businesses. The company...

Mary Schapiro elected to Morgan Stanley board

June 27, 2018

Mary Schapiro has been elected to Morgan Stanley's board of directors, effective Sunday. Ms. Schapiro is currently vice chair of Promontory Advisory Board, which is part of Promontory Financial Group, a strategy, risk management and regulatory...

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