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Mindy Diamond: There are instances where firms increase it to 8%. Does that extra incentive make us send them more leads? Absolutely not.

Schwab upends traditional 'basis point fees' for RIA recruitment and pushes the headhunters to negotiate with advisors for a cut of soft-dollars

The custodian to 10,000 RIAs follows a like move by Fidelity to bring RIAs into the loop on how much recruiters are paid and who pays what amount

March 3, 2021 at 3:42 AM

Gary Wilder: We see ourselves over the next five years growing substantially. We have access to significant capital and we will allocate it where we can achieve the best [results].

With fresh eyes or false expectations, Kingswood Holdings sets sights on US advisors by buying the small, forgotten IBDs that hold their assets

The UK-based roll-up pushes a US reset button (to perhaps push alternative products) after iterations of the group back home wrestled with debt, acquisitions, new owners, products, heavy losses, numerous CEOs, and a stop-start reboot

June 14, 2019 at 9:17 PM

Bob Oros: We're going to look at firms we’ve historically looked at as large, and think they’re going to be the ones.

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

March 20, 2019 at 11:32 PM

Shirl Penney: 'It's a big deal and I had to lead it myself.'

Shirl Penney flies south, taking Dynasty Financial Partners to St. Petersburg in advance of a hiring spree, but won't kiss-off the Big Apple just yet

The CEO and co-founder is taking his firm to Raymond James' hometown, where he hopes to tap local talent and recruit some snow birds, as well

February 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Dan Arnold: I think, you also see, with maybe some progress on the regulatory front, more willingness to use brokerage with existing -- existing advisors using brokerage as a potential solution to help clients.

LPL Financial shares zoom to all-time high of $77, after new CEO lets brokers sell like hell, and RIA custody and OSJ contracts achieve new balance

Dan Arnold steers Fort Mill, S.C. IBD giant on walk-and-chew-gum course that allows for juicing annuity sales, rebuilding RIA fee platform and squeezing more profits from less revenue

February 7, 2019 at 12:13 AM

Danny Sarch: Has anyone pointed out how ironic it is that LPL was owned by private equity?

LPL Financial markets itself as a savior to reps at 14 IBD firms under the 'precarious' spell of private equity investors, despite its own private equity past

Recruiters pan rhetoric of the Fort Mill, S.C.-based independent broker-dealer for willfully talking past the heavy hand of private equity in their pre-IPO years -- and their own retention and service challenges

October 1, 2018 at 6:20 AM

Tony Salewski: Cetera's ability to recruit advisors moves the needle in a way that's the most attractive to grow ... There's so much we can do at the base that M&A is not the key part of the thesis.

After RIA private equity hot-shot Genstar's $1.7 billion purchase of ugly duckling Cetera, Robert Moore plans to take on LPL--not with acquisitions, but a recruitment storm

Genstar bought a majority share in Cetera in July for a rumored $1.7 billion; now Genstar MD Tony Salewski and ex-LPL President and Cetera CEO Robert Moore have put ramping up the rep count front-and-center in their plans to turn the long-troubled IBD ugly duckling into a market giant at LPL's expense.

August 15, 2018 at 12:35 AM

Lou Harvey:  I think they’ll come up with some rationale to explain the 180-degree turn.

A Machiavellian Merrill Lynch took the lead on the DOL rule and marketed its fiduciary piety; now it's wrapping its flip-flop in the same pious intent

The fiduciary play by BoA's wirehouse got accolades but failed to help Merrill where it always matters most -- recruiting, retention and revenues. It still may be doing the right thing for consumers when reverse churning gets considered.

June 28, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Mike Sha: It's way better for our clients if technology investments are amortized across  [multiple] large partners as opposed to one-off custom development for any one-off particular partner.

Mike Sha's robo-advisor faced tough choices until two wirehouses offered unique partnerships -- and maybe a new business model to boot

Sure, the SigFig's founder plays by some of UBS's rules in taking its financial backing and giant systems account but beyond that, the freedom to cavort with Wall Street rivals is pretty unlimited.

June 14, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Rudy Adolf: A key reason for our partnership is the vision we share for continued growth.

Focus Financial files for IPO to raise $100 million, with 'interesting' timing

Private equity bought the New York-based roll-up a year ago and its revenues are growing about 20%

May 24, 2018 at 5:15 PM

Dan Arnold: Our principle here is to use our strength in a more agile way.

LPL shares skyrocket near to $72 after signaling to Wall Street a cheaper, better way to lure assets and advisors

The Fort Mill, S.C.-based firm may cut salaries and commissions to recruiters and give advisors more benefits directly

May 22, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Bill Hamm: What LPL is doing is trying to level the playing field – which makes sense. I think we just decided there are things we wanted to do that are better done on our own.

LPL Financial pulls pricing lever after Bill Hamm moves to yank $12 billion and 500 advisors off the IBD's line

The CEO of Independent Financial Partners will take 12 months move the asset trove to his own broker-dealer giving LPL time to woo reps looking for the door

May 3, 2018 at 10:01 PM

Bill Morrissey launched a 'disruption campaign' with a ferocity that startled some observers.

LPL Financial wages 'war' on Cetera, Securities America and Kestra after they pounced on NPH advisors in wake of sale

Unheard-of packages, tight targeting and unusual timing rock recruiters who marvel at the competitive behavior that has Bill Morrissey escalating an epic battle

April 12, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Greg Fleming is setting the bar high.

Recruiters salivate as Greg Fleming completes marriage to Rockefeller & Co. to fill 'HighTower' void but now begins the wait for a business model

The Morgan Stanley ex-head sees 500% assets growth to $100 billion AUA by 2023 as critics see old branding, old money, old technology and old recruiting challenges

March 9, 2018 at 11:03 PM

David Root: It's a Pittsburgh story. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try to take full advantage of our position.

How a $500-million Commonwealth rep became a $5-billion-plus RIA in two years and where Dynasty's M&A war on roll-ups comes in

After forming his own RIA, moving assets to Schwab and partnering with Shirl Penney's firm, David Root just kept M&A-rolling into 401(k) clover

January 19, 2018 at 8:19 PM

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