Louis Diamond Quoted – By Jake Martin and Mason Braswell, AdvisorHub – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management President Andy Sieg on Wednesday acknowledged an issue with broker attrition and sought to reassure the Thundering Herd that the wirehouse is focused on retention and making Merrill the firm “of choice.”
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Louis Diamond Quoted – By Mark Schoeff Jr., InvestmentNewst – An executive order President Biden signed Friday afternoon could make it easier for financial advisers to switch firms and harder for financial institutions to merge.
The executive order is designed to promote competition in the economy and encompasses 72 initiatives across a dozen federal agencies, according to a White House fact sheet.
By Jake Martin, AdvisorHub – As two Merrill Lynch veterans left to launch their own registered investment advisory firm, the wirehouse hired a pair of JPMorgan Chase Private Client advisors into its Accelerated Growth Program, underscoring the brokerage’s continued focus on cultivating early-career and novice brokers.
Louis Diamond Quoted – By Peter Rawlings, Financial Advisor IQ – When Morgan Stanley co-president Andy Saperstein described the firm as more than a wirehouse, he spoke to a broader shift taking place in the financial arena. The traditional large advisory firms are, after all, gradually shifting business models, changing training protocols and adding new channels in an attempt to expand beyond their usual footprint.
By Asia Martin, WealthManagement.com – Two former advisors who managed a combined $441 million at Bank of America Merrill Lynch launched a new registered investment advisory firm in Pittsford, N.Y. The advisors, Chad Goodchild and Jacob Schlicht, set up Kickstand Wealth Advisors with TruClarity Wealth Advisors’ RIA Platform. Joining Goodchild and Schlicht are Devyn Squires, wealth planner, and Christine Fusare, director of client services.
By Cynthia Fernandez, FinancialPlanning – Sanctuary wealth signed a four-person ex-Merrill Lynch Wealth Management team that managed $1.22 billion in assets, according to the firm. Advisor Bradley Bruce, of the former Bruce Wealth Management Group at Merrill, founded mFORCE Capital in Fort Worth, Texas.
By Ross Snel, Barron’s – An advisor team that managed $1.2 billion at Merrill Lynch has left the thundering herd to establish an independent wealth management firm in partnership with Sanctuary Wealth. Led by Bradley Bruce, a veteran of nearly 33 years at Merrill, the four-person team has launched mForce Capital in Fort Worth, Texas. At Merrill, the group was known as Bruce Wealth Management Group.
Barbara Herman Quoted – By Asia Martin, WealthManagement.com – Commonwealth Financial Network, an independent broker/dealer with over $221 billion in total client assets, has recruited Melville, N.Y.–based advisor Keith Ryan, who spent the past 26 years at UBS. Ryan, who managed $140 million in client assets at UBS, is the first to join under Commonwealth’s new Access Advisor Program, a new pricing model for breakaway advisors.
Louis Diamond Quoted – By Andrew Welsch, Barron’s – LPL Financial’s service for advisors who want to leave wirehouses is gaining traction with recruits, having signed eight breakaway teams. Its most recent addition: a 13-person group that oversaw $1.3 billion at Wells Fargo Advisors. The team, led by industry veteran Larry Boggs, launched an independent practice through LPL’s Strategic Wealth Services in Cumberland, Md.
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