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.


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.
Increased Trust Drives HNW Investors' Increased Risk 1
As the markets provide room to run, wealthy investors’ trust and confidence in their wealth managers and firms is on the rise, as well as their appetite for growth-based investing.
Throwback Thursday: 10 Brokerages Gone Bust
Here we look at 10 of the best-known old school brokerages and what remnants remain within the four major powerhouse firms that eventually took their place.
Where Billionaires Live: The Top 20 Cities

Out of the 2,325 billionaires spread throughout the world today, the U.S. remains the country with the largest number of billionaires, according to the 2014 Billionaire Census published by Wealth X and UBS.

Seven Charts That Explain Today's Billionaires
Those with a net worth of more than $1 billion now control over 4 percent of the world's wealth. Here are seven charts that explain who these ultra wealthy are and where they came from.
Cybersecurity Breaches Not Rare, Just Undetected
A new study finds only 4 percent of small to mid-sized RIA firms have experienced a cybersecurity attack. But others say those numbers are simply too good to be true, and could lull smaller advisors into a false sense of security.
Throwback Thursday: Seven of the Biggest Tech Investment Flops
These seven technology companies went bust following the dot-com boom.
Patching Together an Empire
Larry Roth, CEO of Cetera Financial Group, on recent acquisitions, the power of economic scale, the need for multiple custodians and a new focus on organic revenue growth.
Throwback Thursday: Suits of the 1970s
As part of a two-part series in 1979, Registered Representative ran a feature “You are What You Wear.” With that in mind, we went back into the archives to see just what advisors were wearing in the 1970s.
Staying on Top
Mark Casady, Chairman and CEO of LPL Financial, on the recent regulatory stumbles and the changing landscape of the independent space.
Top 10 IBDs with the Highest Producing Advisors

There's more to determining the best broker/dealers than just advisor headcount, so this year, REP. magazine looked at another measure: assets per advisor.

Click here to view the Top 30 list.

ING Name Vanishes From U.S.
After nearly 40 years of seeing the ING name in the U.S. financial services industry, on Monday, the remaining retirement, insurance and broker/dealer divisions of the company’s U.S. operations re-branded to the Voya name.
Wisconsin-based Hybrid RIA Group Launches at LPL
LPL Financial added a newly launched Wisconsin-based advisor group with $225 million under management to its hybrid RIA platform on Wednesday.
Investors See 'Fee Only' & 'No Commission' as Interchangable 1
Advisors trying to differentiate themselves by focusing on their fee structure may be doing themselves a disservice. A new study by Pershing shows the phrases “fee-only” and “no commission” are virtually interchangeable for investors.
Ten to Watch: Racquel Oden
Anyone tapped to revamp a national brokerage’s training program has a lot of work to do, but at Merrill Lynch, Racquel Oden may have the right touch.
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