Megan Leonhardt


Megan Leonhardt is senior editor for REP. magazine and, regularly penning articles around the wonderful world of the wirehouses, as well as writing on regulatory updates, legal cases and compliance issues.


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.

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 1

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.
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.
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