January 29, 2014 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Trevor Hunnicutt, InvestmentNews – Focus has been actively looking to facilitate breakaway deals by helping wirehouse teams form their own firms or join existing Focus partners. In the largest announced deal of its kind this year, a group of financial advisers who managed $1 billion in assets at UBS Wealth Management Americas left the massive Swiss-owned brokerage to start an independent firm with offices in the Western United States.
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January 29, 2014 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Janet Levaux, ThinkAdvisor – Focus Financial Partners, a group of wealth management firms, said Tuesday that two former UBS (UBS) advisors have worked with it to start IFM Capital Advisors, a Denver-based independent RIA. Timothy Kneen and Clayton Hartman, who managed about $1 billion in client assets, recently started the firm, which also has offices in Fort Collins, Colo., and Sioux Falls, S.D.
January 28, 2014 – Mindy Diamond Quoted, BusinessWire – Focus Financial Partners, LLC, the largest partnership of independent wealth management firms, today announced the launch of IFM Capital Advisors (“IFM”), a Colorado-based independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with offices in Denver, CO, Fort Collins, CO, and Sioux Falls, SD. Established by former UBS advisors Timothy Kneen and Clayton Hartman, who managed approximately $1 billion in client assets, IFM has been launched through Focus Connections, a program that helps wirehouse teams successfully transition their business and launch their own independent wealth management firm.
January 13th, 2014 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Cynthia Stephens, Morningstar – Last week (see blog: Tips for advisors-in-transition in a talent squeezed market: Part I of II) I recounted three tips from Mindy Diamond, President and CEO of Diamond Consultants, for advisors-in-transition.
January 10, 2014 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Cynthia Stephens, Morningstar – Are you thinking of making a career transition in 2014? Given the generational talent crisis that our wealth management industry faces, you may have your pick of firms to choose from if you are planning a move. That said — you’ll want to be strategic about your choice and weigh the options carefully.
December 18, 2013 – Howard Diamond Quoted – By Joan Warner, Financial Advisor IQ – FA-IQ asked Diamond Consultants managing director and COO Howard Diamond for his view of the broker recruiting landscape going into 2014.
BNY Mellon is arming Pershing’s RIA unit to the teeth with banking products for ultra high net worth clients
December 11, 2013 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Lisa Shidler, RIABiz – BNY Mellon and Pershing are forming a more perfect union on behalf of big-time RIAs whose clients are rich enough that they don’t want to go through the wringer to borrow cash. Having the bank and brokerage side linked up together gives Pershing a serious leg up on the other custodians, Mindy Diamond, chief execuitve of Diamond Consultants, says.
December 3, 2013 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Megan Leonhardt, WealthManagement.com – A bull market helps many advisors feel pretty good about the firms they work for. Still, according to the 2013 Broker Report Card, some are happier than others.
November 4, 2013 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Brooke Southall, RIABiz – Hal Lambert and Jeff Wildin held their breakaway fire for several years until they could get all the capabilities — and keep 100% ownership. Mindy Diamond, principal of Diamond Consultants LLC, says this breakaway is exhibit A for just how far independence has come as an option.
Backs to the wall, wirehouses renew legal efforts to stem team breakaways – with junior partners sparking the tension
October 23, 2013 – Howard Diamond Quoted – By Lisa Shidler, RIABiz – A rash of recent lawsuits filed by wirehouses against breakaways are bad news for advisors — even though they ultimately achieve their objective of independence. Though many of these cases get settled within six weeks, they still cause massive headaches for advisors because they eat up their time, making it harder to recruit clients.
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