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Kestra Financial's new rollup lands its first RIA

August 20, 2019

Bluespring Wealth Partners, an RIA rollup firm launched by independent broker-dealer Kestra Financial Inc. just last month, has acquired its first firm. Hickory Asset Management Inc. of Concord, Ohio, which has $152.6 million in client assets,...

Faith-based funds attract loyal investors

August 20, 2019

Applying religious screens to mutual funds and ETFs is sometimes compared to investing with one hand tied behind your back, but that's just fine for a large and growing number of investors. "If people are really interested in faith-based investing,...

HighTower makes 'significant' investment in Lexington, Mass.-based RIA

August 20, 2019

HighTower has made what it calls a 'significant' strategic investment in Lexington Wealth Management, an RIA based in Lexington, Mass., that has $1 billion in assets under advisement. [More: Bob Oros opens up about HighTower's aggressive growth...

LPL follows the money

August 17, 2019

Think of custodians and what names come to mind? Schwab, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade. What about LPL Financial? Sure, it is the country's largest independent broker-dealer, with more than 16,000 advisers, but it's not known as a custodian. And given...

Top clearing and custody firms for financial advisers

August 17, 2019

CLEARING FIRMS Listed by reported number of broker-dealer clients Firm Phone/website # of clients % change vs. 2018 Contact Phone/email Pershing One Pershing Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07339 (800) 445-4467 625 -4.40% Michael Row Chief...

IFS Securities hit with $10 million trading loss: reports

August 15, 2019

A midsize broker-dealer in Atlanta is facing a potential loss of at least $10 million after its head municipal securities trader made unauthorized trades and shorted Treasury bonds, according to published reports. Keith Wakefield, the former...

SEC charges California RIA with defrauding clients

August 15, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged investment adviser Craig C. Rumbaugh and his firms, Rumbaugh Financial and Desert Strategic Equity, with defrauding clients by deceiving them about the terms of their investments and concealing...

New SEC videos aim to help investors identify brokers vs. investment advisers

August 15, 2019

Investors trying to decide whether to hire a broker or an investment adviser can now turn to the Securities and Exchange Commission's website, where the agency posted videos on Thursday designed to highlight the differences between them. The...

Six-adviser firm managing $240 million switches to LPL

August 14, 2019

Highlander Financial Group, a six-adviser hybrid managing $240 million in Rockville, Md., has switched its broker-dealer and RIA affiliations to LPL Financial from MML Investors Services. (More:​ See more adviser moves in InvestmentNews' Advisers...

Fee-based annuities still require caution, despite IRS olive branch

August 14, 2019

Financial advisers who use fee-based annuities are likely celebrating after the Internal Revenue Service extended an olive branch last week, ruling favorably on how advisers can charge for annuity advice. But registered investment advisers should...

Mercer Advisors acquires $300 million RIA

August 14, 2019

Mercer Global Advisors, a Denver, Colo.-based national registered investment adviser, has acquired Regent Wealth Management Group, an RIA firm managing $300 million based in Woodbridge, Conn. (More: Consider diversity when it comes to mergers...

SEC charges Massachusetts RIA with fraud

August 13, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged registered investment adviser Richard G. Duncan, of East Longmeadow, Mass., with defrauding two retail clients by persuading them to invest over $300,000 in an apparent scam originating in Turkey....

The fight over who owns the client comes to RIAs

August 13, 2019

The persistent war between who controls clients and their assets is typically fought between wirehouses and their advisers. And that fight can get ugly, with these major brokerage firms taking advisers to court when the advisers leave one firm...

Calif.-based RIA acquires firm managing $250 million

August 9, 2019

Allworth Financial, the Sacramento, Calif.-based registered investment adviser formerly known as Hanson McClain Advisors, has acquired Siena Wealth Management, a San Jose, Calif.-based firm managing $250 million. (More:​ Lightyear's Wealth...

Dually registered advisers found to have conflicts and higher fees

August 8, 2019

Investment advisers who also are registered as brokers are rife with conflicts of interest and charge their clients more than independent RIAs, according to a new academic study. In a paper released on Wednesday, Nicole Boyson, professor of...

Focus Financial reports strong M&A numbers

August 8, 2019

With more than four months remaining in the year, Focus Financial Partners Inc. said Thursday that it had already exceeded the number of RIA transactions this year than it recorded in all of 2018. In announcing its quarterly earnings, Focus...

Fidelity draws adviser wrath with 1.9% cash offer

August 7, 2019

As is typically the case when equity markets turn choppy, financial advisers are paying closer attention to the yields their clients are earning when they turn to the safety of cash. But for custodians and brokerage platforms that often default...

Finra arbitrators order Schwab to pay $347,000 to RIA owner for allegedly helping competitor

August 6, 2019

Finra arbitrators ordered Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. to pay $347,000 to the owner of a registered investment advisory firm for allegedly helping a former official of the RIA lure millions of dollars of assets to her own advisory firm. Joseph...

Advisers say go for the gold as the perfect hedge for trade-war fears

August 5, 2019

As international tariffs and trade-war chatter has investors suddenly fleeing the equity markets, gold is rallying as a logical safe-haven play. The S&P 500 Index was down more than 2% in mid-day trading Monday, following the market's worst...

New York RIA head sentenced to 13 years for Ponzi scheme

August 1, 2019

The head of a suburban New York RIA, Hector May, who pleaded guilty last December to stealing $11.5 million from investors in a Ponzi scheme, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison and ordered to pay $8.4 million in restitution. (More:​...

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