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Lower bond yields leave advisers pursuing controversial income strategy

October 30, 2019

As the Federal Reserve announces its third interest-rate cut of the year, after more than a decade spent trying to push rates higher, financial advisers are being forced to get creative when searching for income-producing investments for their...

Fisher client exodus nears $1 billion in backlash over remarks

October 16, 2019

Ken Fisher is taking a financial hit for his vulgar remarks. Boston joined two other pensions in yanking money from Fisher Investments, bringing the total to more than $900 million. "Boston will not invest in companies led by people who treat...

Mom-and-pop investors tilt bearish despite all-time high stock prices

July 26, 2019

U.S. equities at a record? Volatility near historic lows? Retail investors are in no rush to celebrate. At least that's the sentiment of mom-and-pop investors who took part in the latest survey from the American Association of Individual Investors....

Raymond James, Ameriprise add advisers in Q2, as two wirehouses shed them

July 25, 2019

As the large wirehouses continue to watch a steady drip of advisers move to other employers or switch to other ways of doing business, large brokerage operations, including Raymond James Financial Inc. and Ameriprise Financial Inc., appear to...

Finra reminds brokerages of a client's right to a straight answer

April 20, 2019

A regulatory notice issued earlier this month by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. told member firms that they must "communicate clearly, and without obfuscation," when the brokerage firms or its managers are asked questions by...

Regional firms provide an alternative to wirehouses

March 27, 2019

"Independence is not for everyone." So said my friend, a senior brokerage firm executive, after reading my last column on corporate culture. And, of course, he is right. While going independent with a registered investment adviser or an independent...

Hundreds of advisers with tens of billions in assets left Wall Street in 2018

February 6, 2019

Last year was another banner year for brokers and advisers leaving the Wall Street wirehouses and moving to financial advice platforms, where they typically receive higher pay and deal with fewer conflicts of interest when it comes to selling...

Baird lands $228 million team from Oppenheimer

December 5, 2018

Baird has landed a five-person team from Oppenheimer, to join its new wealth management office in St. Louis, Mo. The team includes two veteran financial advisers who oversee $228 million in assets and generate more than $1 million in annual...

Baird and Hilliard Lyons, two established regional firms, to merge

November 27, 2018

In a merger of two established regional brokerage firms, Baird late Tuesday said it agreed to acquire Hilliard Lyons. Combined, the two will have 1,270 financial advisers. The terms of the deal, which is subject to the approval of regulators,...

More reps bolt from Waddell & Reed, including some it would have liked to have kept

October 31, 2018

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. lost another 56 brokers in the third quarter, as senior management continued to stress its strategy of shedding low-producing talent and building the firm around its most productive advisers. For the 12 months ended...

Top Waddell & Reed team bolts to form RIA

August 22, 2018

Waddell & Reed continues to lose reps and advisers. Most recently, a veteran, award-winning team in Northern California that produced $1.6 million in annual revenues bolted to start their own RIA. Elaine and Scott Manley both left Waddell &...

Back office should be top of mind for growing advisory firms

July 24, 2018

Recently, a colleague of mine suggested that "back office" should be considered a bad word, because it's where things go wrong without accountability. I respectfully disagree. The back office plays a major role in delivering a client service...

D.A. Davidson expands with hires from Merrill Lynch

June 25, 2018

D.A. Davidson & Co., a broker-dealer headquartered in Great Falls, Mont., has recruited eight financial advisers in the past two months, including four from Merrill Lynch. "Our recruiting from wirehouses has picked up," said Michael Purpura,...

Finra to overhaul broker information system, cut compliance costs for broker-dealers

June 14, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. said Thursday it is going to overhaul its registration and disclosure programs, starting with a new web-based system for the data that provides the backbone for BrokerCheck, a database of hundreds...

SEC advice rule: Here's what you need to know

April 19, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission has officially proposed its investment-advice rule, the first step in a long regulatory process that could fundamentally change the way broker-dealers and their representatives do business. The proposal,...

Fifth generation rides Edwards brands toward RIA market

March 23, 2018

Ten years after launching his own brokerage business and riding the breakaway broker wave to more than $23 billion under management, Benjamin F. "Tad" Edwards IV sees a fresh opportunity in the registered investment adviser channel. Mr. Edwards...

Eight brokerage firms urge CFP Board to delay new fiduciary standards

February 5, 2018

Eight major brokerage firms are calling on the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to halt its effort to raise the investment-advice requirement attached to the designation until the Securities and Exchange Commission proposes...

UBS team managing $440 million moves to Raymond James

December 14, 2017

A team with three advisers and two associates managing $440 million at UBS has joined the employee channel of Raymond James Financial in Winter Park, Fla. Michael Zizmer, one of the lead advisers on the team, began his financial services career...

Financial Focus takes $446 million in assets from NPC to Securities America

November 16, 2017

Financial Focus, a hybrid RIA managing $446 million in assets in Carlsbad, Calif., has switched affiliations from National Planning Corp. to Securities America. The all-female advisory firm, founded in 1984, specializes in serving women investors....

Finra bars former broker over unauthorized use of discretion

October 11, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has barred former broker Kenneth Neuner after he failed to appear at a hearing looking into his unauthorized use of discretion. Mr. Neuner had been employed by Summit Brokerage Services until March,...

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