Stephen J. Groth, Patrick M. Cummings, Robert Chavez and Katrina R. Stump managed $1B in client assets and were all “Merrill lifers” with a collective 73 years of experience at the firm. But changes both at Merrill and throughout the industry landscape prompted the team to proactively perform due diligence, with the goal of determining whether they were best positioned to service their clients in the future.
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For Barry Mitchell, a top UBS breakaway, launching RIA firm Next Level Private was the answer to this question. Because for Barry and his team to become true fiduciaries meant: Being free from any proprietary constraints and with the newfound ability to shop the street for the best possible products, services and price on behalf of their clients. The ability to create a truly bespoke offering designed specifically around what clients need and want.
By Sabrina Escobar, Barron’s – An eight-person advisor team managing $1 billion in client assets became the latest to break away from the thundering herd, joining RBC Wealth Management’s Pacific Northwest complex. The team, which calls itself Inter Alia, is composed of advisors Stephen Groth, Patrick Cummings, Robert Chavez, and Katrina Stump, and client associates Susan Junell, Mimi Jue, Deborah Jenkins, and Rachel Akerson.
By AdvisorHub Staff – Four career Merrill Lynch brokers who had spent a total of 73 years at the “thundering herd” left on Friday for RBC Wealth Management-U.S. in Portland, Oregon, punctuating ongoing attrition at the wirehouse.
By Jeff Berman, Think Advisor – An eight-person, Harrison, New York-based advisory firm with $850 million in assets under management has broken away from UBS to become an independent RIA.
By Joyce Blay, Financial Advisor Magazine – Financial advisor Barry Mitchell has launched Next Level Private, an independent registered investment advisor (RIA) in Harrison, N.Y., with $850 million in client assets, according to a news release.
Wendy Leung Quoted – By Katie Kuehner-Hebert, Proactive Advisor Magazine – The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a wave of financial advisors calling it quits, or at least finally giving serious consideration as to how to go about properly transitioning their firms either to the next generation or to another firm.
By Andrew Welsch, Barron’s – A top-ranked UBS financial advisor and his team, which oversaw $850 million in client assets, have left the wirehouse to open an independent firm, prompted to do so because of increasing client demand for fiduciary-level advice, the advisor says.
By Wendy Leung, WealthManagement.com – In a vastly expanded industry landscape with more high-quality options than ever before, some advisors settle for “good enough” when the potential for “great” is often within reach. What’s holding them back?
By Wendy Leung, ThinkAdvisor – As the interest in attaining freedom, flexibility and control continues to surge among advisors, new independent models are being born at a rapid pace to accommodate them, providing more choice than ever before.
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