Megan Leonhardt


Megan Leonhardt, senior editor for REP. magazine and, regularly pens articles around the wonderful world of the wirehouses, as well as pieces concentrated on regulatory updates, legal cases and compliance issues. A business journalist with a background in legal news, Megan has broken stories on major law firms, brokerages and industry industry trends.

She holds a journalism degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and, most days, can be found contemplating the intersection of law, policy and finance.


Majority of Merrill's New Hires Going Into Team Training Program
Six out of 10 new Merrill trainees are going into the firm's team-based program, but the firm says there are no plans to phase out its long-time Practice Management Development (PMD) program.
The Most Popular States for Investment Advisors
Which states boast the highest number of registered investment advisors?
Wells Fargo Brokerage Profits Up 22 Percent
Wells Fargo’s wealth, brokerage and retirement (WBR) division reported a $550 million profit for the third quarter, up 22 percent from the $450 million reported a year earlier.
Motif CEO: CARDS Costs For Small B/Ds Minimal
Small firms have little to fear regarding the implementation costs around FINRA’s new Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System (CARDS) initiative, according to Hardeep Walia, co-founder and CEO of Motif Investing.
Half of HNW NextGen Investors Keep Parents' Advisors
The assumption many advisors have always taken as a fact - that kids will always dump their parents' advisor when they inherit the money - may no longer be as true as it once was, according to a new survey of HNW families by Morgan Stanley.
Attorneys Slam Lack of Diversity, Transparency Among FINRA Arbitrators
The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) slammed FINRA’s arbitration system as “unsound,” saying in a report issued Tuesday it found “serious flaws” in the regulator's abitrator recruitment practices, a lack of diversity among participants and a total lack of transparency.
Q&A: Shelley O'Connor, Head of Field Management, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley’s head its brokerage workforce talks about stepping into Doug Ketterer’s shoes and working as a woman on Wall Street.
The Wealthy are Giving More

Charitable giving among the ultra rich has almost bounced back to where it was before the financial crisis, with $86 billion in bequests expected over the next 10 years. A typical UNNW individual donates approximately $25 million during his or her lifetime, according to a new report released Friday.

Throwback Thursday: Unusual Hobbies of the 1990s

Looking back into Registered Representative’s 1992 archives, advisors were certainly working and playing hard. Here’s a look at 7 advisors with some unique after-work hobbies.

Top Ten Women Wirehouse Advisors

Women advisors make up a fraction of the industry, but their influence is growing. This year, the top 50 women control almost $45 billion in assets.

Read the full list.

Wealth Advisors with Heart: Gary Swearingen

Don’t look for a blessing, be one. It’s a phrase Gary Swearingen tries to live by, taking a hands-on approach to helping out his community through a December citywide food drive.

Wealth Advisors with Heart: June Shaw
Every other Friday during summer, Shaw drives out to the Houston Yacht Club on Galveston Bay to help with practice sessions of the Space Center Rockets, a Special Olympics Texas sailing team.
Wealth Advisors with Heart: Ronald Sadoff
Ronald Sadoff’s mission started 18 years ago with a simple “60 Minutes” episode on teacher Marva Collins, who gained fame in the ’80s and ’90s for succeeding where Chicago’s public schools were not—effectively teaching impoverished, at-risk students.
Wealth Advisors with Heart: Brian Douglas
For 10 Brian Douglas has served as a reserve deputy sheriff and assistant chief with the Shelby County Sheriff’s office.
FINRA Releases New CARDS Proposal

FINRA moved forward on its planned Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System (CARDS) on Tuesday, issuing a regulatory notice that outlines plans to implement the database initiative in phases.

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