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Nontraded BDC sales in worst year since 2010

November 22, 2017

Sales of nontraded business development companies are on track to decline for a third consecutive year and are on the way to posting their worst year for equity raising since 2010, when the product was just beginning to be widely sold by independent...

Former H.D. Vest broker barred for noncooperation

November 22, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has barred former H.D. Vest broker Brian Royster for failure to provide information in connection with its investigation of his activities with clients. On January 12, 2017, H.D. Vest terminated Mr....

Nontraded REITs to post worst sales since 2002

November 21, 2017

Sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts are headed for their worst year since 2002, with the industry on track to raise just $4.4 billion in equity in 2017, about $100,000 less than a year earlier, according to data from Robert A. Stanger...

J.P. Morgan Securities fined $1.25 million by Finra

November 21, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined J.P. Morgan Securities $1.25 million for failing to conduct timely or adequate background checks on approximately 8,600, or 95%, of its non-registered personnel. The lapse in oversight occurred...

Broker protocol for recruiting a boon for clients

November 20, 2017

Turns out the broker protocol for recruiting among securities firms not only helps advisers more easily relocate where they work, it also has unexpected benefits for clients. The protocol, first agreed to by a handful of large firms more than...

Retired Morgan Stanley rep fined for unsuitable advice

November 20, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined retired Morgan Stanley rep Timothy Thomas Gibbons $20,000, suspended him for 18 months, and required that he pay almost $717,000 in restitution to five elderly clients. Finra said that Mr....

Raymond James executives call on industry to keep broker protocol

November 17, 2017

Financial advisers and securities industry executives widely expect that another large firm will follow Morgan Stanley's decision last month to dump the broker protocol, a move widely considered to discourage the firm's 15,759 brokers from jumping...

Finra bars no-show ex-Woodbury rep

November 17, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred Robert H. Hoffmann, a former broker with Woodbury Financial Services, for failing to take part in an investigation looking into his trading recommendations. In October, Finra staff...

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 ex-broker for private securities deals

November 16, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has barred former broker Jerry Lou Guttman for engaging in private securities transactions without his firm's prior approval. From 2001 until this past September, Mr. Guttman was associated with United...

'Affiliation arbitrage' is a bad reason to go RIA

November 16, 2017

The past several years have witnessed a surge in the number of independent financial advisers who have established their own RIAs – often motivated by the desire to achieve a form of "affiliation arbitrage." By sidestepping broker-dealer and...

Finra fines Horner Townsend & Kent $275,000 over VA sales

November 15, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority censured Horner Townsend & Kent and fined the Horsham, Penn.-based firm $275,000 for failure supervise its brokers' sales of variable annuities. Specifically, Finra said that the firm had not adequately...

RBC Wealth Management on recruiting roll

November 14, 2017

RBC Wealth Management is on a recruiting tear in 2017, as its recruiting bonus remains one of the most attractive on Wall Street, according to industry sources. According to data compiled by Mopedia, RBC Wealth Management successfully...

Wells Fargo requires advisers to use level fees for new 401(k) business

November 14, 2017

Wells Fargo Advisors is requiring that financial advisers servicing 401(k) plans do so in a level-fee arrangement for new business, as have other large brokerage firms, in response to the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. "We have moved...

To 'fix' the broker protocol, bring in the SEC

November 14, 2017

The foundation of the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, and indeed the stated purpose, is to support client freedom of choice, to permit clients to move with their adviser when they change employment. By joining the protocol, member firms agree...

Brokers managing $366 million at credit union affiliate with Lincoln

November 13, 2017

Kevin J. McDermott and John G. Kane, whose team managed $366 million at Citadel Federal Credit Union in suburban Philadelphia, have created Delphi Wealth Management Group and affiliated with Lincoln Financial's independent broker-dealer. Delphi,...

Say goodbye to IBDs, and hello to 'IAB firms'

November 13, 2017

Sometimes inertia wins the day on issues such as nomenclature. Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of this can be found in how many independent firms across the retail financial advice space continue to describe themselves as an "independent...

Can Robert Moore save Cetera?

November 11, 2017

Cetera Financial Group's Halloween office party this year, CEO Robert Moore dressed up as the Cowardly Lion from the "Wizard of Oz." A more appropriate costume might have been Hercules, who famously completed 12 labors as a penance, since many...

LPL loses another big team to Securities America

November 9, 2017

Securities America Inc. has snagged another large branch of advisers formerly affiliated with National Planning Holdings, the broker-dealer network LPL Financial bought in August for $325 million. Part of the Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services...

Clayton: SEC targets 'complex, hidden fees'

November 8, 2017

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said on Wednesday the agency is targeting complex and hidden fees that can harm investors — both through enforcement and by clarifying disclosure requirements. In a speech at a Practising...

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