December 21, 2012 – Howard Diamond Quoted – By John Aidan Byrne, New York Post – Wall Street has had its fill with the Type-A risk takers who can cost a firm billions after they have made their millions and moved on. The hiring focus now is on the back-office compliance staff to rein in the risk takers. But the Street also can’t find enough rock-star talent to advise America’s wealthiest individuals.
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December 21, 2012 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Patrick Graham, The Wall Street Journal – Dynasty Financial Partners, HighTower Advisors and Focus Financial Partners–three of the highest profile destinations for brokers who break away from the biggest retail wirehouses–are ready to mark 2012 as one of their best recruiting years in their short histories, reports Wealth Management at WSJ.com. So what’s behind this momentum? Three factors are in play, industry observers and recruiters say. First, technology advancements have allowed the firms to shrink the gap between themselves and the big brokerages. Also, the broker workforce today is less loyal given the many industry mergers and acquisitions during the past few years. Lastly, the firms have bolstered their credibility by simply poaching top talent. Putting all of this in perspective, top recruiting consultant Mindy Diamond notes that the firms have managed in very short order to develop a model to allow advisers to go independent–and thrive. “Since these firms’ inceptions, they’ve had a powerful impact on the industry,” she says.
December 19, 2012 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Kevin Noblet, The Wall Street Journal – Recruiter Mindy Diamond believes that, when it comes to their careers, some women advisers are just too trusting and others fail to set their own expectations high enough, Financial Planning says. Speaking at a women advisers’ conference in Boston, Ms.Diamond also listed failing to have a clear succession plan as a mistake some make. Men, of course, commonly do that, too.
December 10, 2012 – Barbara Herman Quoted – By Susan Konig, WealthManagement.com – An informal survey of branch office managers across advisory channels finds one consistency in their wishes for a new year: Fair compensation.
November 29, 2012 – By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagment.com – The debate over mandatory compensation disclosure has moved from the floor to the streets. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authoritys Board of Governors decided it would push the issue forward, allowing the agency to seek comment on the proposed rule to mandate brokers disclose recruitment incentives to clients.
November 12, 2012 – Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Brooke Southall, RIABiz – FINRA is set to consider new rules that would lift the curtain on the terms and conditions of massive payoffs made by wirehouses to convince brokers to make a lateral move from another wirehouse.
October 18, 2012 – By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – All advisors get frustrated with their firms at times and consider jumping ship, but only 22% on average actually change organizations in any given year. Yet restlessness seems to be on the rise. 29% of advisers at national wirehouses said they were considering leaving their firms in the coming year compared to 25% the year before, according to a study by Cogent Research.
October 5, 2012 – By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – There has been a lot of talk in recent years about how the industry has changed—particularly in regards to the breakaway broker trend and the move toward independence. Every industry survey from the likes of Aite Group, Cerulli or Tiburon seems to reinforce the idea the breakaway trend is picking up steam. Tiburon recently found that “fee-based financial advisors have $2 trillion assets under management, up nearly 40 percent since 2005.”
August 15, 2012 – By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – Irish novelist and poet James Joyce once said, “A man’s error’s are his portals of discovery.” While I agree with Joyce in concept, in reality, we all want to make as few mistakes as possible – particularly as they relate to our careers. Especially during this time of uncertainty, with many firms imploding and others consolidating, it has become even more important for advisors to carefully consider career moves. Fortunately, with enough knowledge and counsel, there are ways to navigate the career path minefield and learn from the mistakes and missteps of those who have gone before us. Sometimes, though, that’s easier said than done.
June 13, 2012 – By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – In the eight years since it was written, 801 firms have signed onto the so-called broker protocol, which defines what kind of client information a departing broker can take with him to a new firm. That, in turn, determines the ease with which an advisor can take his clients, and their accounts, to the new joint. Advisors are allowed to take client names, addresses, phone/fax numbers, email addresses and account names; they can’t take tax ID or social security numbers, client statements, account numbers, or any other financial documentation pertaining to the clients.And they can’t let their clients know about the move or solicit them before they make the switch.
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