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Timing of Morgan Stanley's Broker Protocol withdrawal sends shocks through RIA legal and recruiting circles

Hundreds of planned and in-process breakaways are reassessed after keeper of the list, Bressler, Amery, & Ross, sat on the change for a week but a silver lining is already emerging

Author Brooke Southall
October 31, 2017 at 3:08 AM
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Shirl Penney: People really get angry.

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Charles 'Chuck Schwab' called James Gorman to protest a two-broker poach, kicking off a hydra-headed legal battle, costing Morgan Stanley millions, so far

The Schwab founder and chairman invoked Charles Schwab Corp.'s zero-tolerance policy against Wall Street -- or RIA -- poaching of talent and AUM from Schwab branches.

March 9, 2023 at 1:23 AM

As Bob Oros-led HighTower reboots, it bags an ex-Goldman RIA, hires two, makes a CMO imminent, and clarifies mission

The new CEO will need to somehow weave together the debris of the first roll-up run and the new one to the satisfaction of RIAs and the hundreds of people already inside the HighTower umbrella

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Jeff Spears

Jeff Spears

October 31, 2017 — 6:59 PM
It was too good to be true and all RIAs should be grateful it lasted as long as it did. Back to the TRO and Wedding Announcement game. It worked before and it will work again.
Stephen Winks

Stephen Winks

November 1, 2017 — 3:49 PM
Phil Schafer is truly an extraordinary advisor who lead the way in advisory services and continues to do so. He is now free to go where ever professional standing in advisory services will take him, beyond the constraints of a brokerage format.. There are thousands who will follow even without the recruitment protocol. Professional standing in advisory services, not possible as long as the brokerage /insurance lobby opposes fiduciary duty, will compel the very best advisors to work as RIAs rather than brokers. The brokerage industry will suffer from the loss of the most skilled and accomplished advisors who could have had a massive impact on the industry as awhole. SCW


November 2, 2017 — 4:12 PM
Ahh. I'm not surprised. IT's all about shareholders. That's where their fiduciary obligation lies folks.

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