Louis Diamond Quoted – By Miriam Rozen, Financial Advisor IQ – Recent legal actions have focused attention on wirehouses’ deferred compensation plans, a persistent source of discontent for some financial advisors, according to recruiters. In late December, a new lawsuit targeted Morgan Stanley’s deferred compensation practices, challenging its policies which defer as much as 15% of top-earning advisors’ pay, according to the allegations.
By Barbara Herman – The opportunity for an advisor to monetize his life’s work without having to change firms can be very compelling. However, the reality is that the decision to do so comes with some important caveats requiring careful consideration by the advisor looking at retirement as well as his successors. Uncovering the potential and hidden risks of retire-in-place programs like ALFA often comes down to answering these 8 questions.
By Deborah Aronson – There’s a battle for control taking place between big brokerage firms and the advisors who work for them—a battle that advisors are losing more of as each year goes by. Deferred compensation often serves as the firms’ ammunition – a way to control behavior and keep advisors in their seats – in an attempt to stave off attrition.