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.


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.

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.
Data Security, Cost Not Deterring FINRA from Moving Ahead with CARDS
Brokers and firms could see a regulatory proposal on FINRA's planned CARDS initiative as early as next month. FINRA's Susan Axelrod outlined what is being done to address the data security and cost concerns as the proposal moves forward.
FSI Rolls Out Insurance Member Benefits
The Financial Services Institute rolling out a new benefit to its members, term life and long-term disability insurance for about $250 month for the average 50-year-old advisor.
The 7 Best in Show FinTech at FinovateFall

Finovate hosted its annual fall conference on September 23-24, where a record-setting 1,500 attendees watched as 70 companies unveiled their latest financial technology. When the last demo was over, audience members were asked to vote for their top three favorites. Here are the seven named Best in Show.

The Death of Voicemail

Do your clients still use voicemail? Increasingly, many consider voicemail more of a clunky, inefficient and time-wasting annoyance than a useful way to keep in touch.

New Online Career Center to Link Students with Firms
To help combat the lack of awareness among students and young professionals around the advisory industry, Fidelity and the CFP Board are teaming up to launch a new career center tool aimed at bringing together firms and talent.
Barclays Racks Up $77M in Fines Over Compliance Issues
Regulators hit Barclays with $77 million in fines on Tuesday, claiming the British bank’s advisory business had systematic compliance failures that put its clients’ assets at risk.
More RCAP Leadership Changes
RCS Capital took a break from acquiring broker/dealers on Tuesday to instead acquire top talent for its leadership team. The Nicholas Schorsch-led firm tapped former LPL executive Bill Dwyer to head up its wholesale distribution business and promoted Michael Weil to CEO.
Ladenburg Buying Spree Continues with $45M SSN Purchase
Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services is set to pay $45 million to add Securities Service Network to its ever-growing set of broker/dealers, after just a month picking up Seattle-based KMS Financial Services.
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