Cold Calling without the DNC list

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Anyone doing it? Why bother scrubbing your list and excluding about 90% of
the available households? Think about it, some of these people havent
gotten called by a broker in 3 years. Talk about ripe for the picking.

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I have been reading forums on this site for about a year now but haven't written anything yet.  However, this stupid post has now forced me to join this site.
Reggin,
Please continue to call without scrubbing your leads.  You are obviously ignoring their desire for privacy, and will probably end up calling someone from the NASD or a firm you are not with who knows they are on the DNC and will report you.  Eventually you will make a mistake and may face an $11,000 fine or if you are extremely unlucky, you could end up like these timeshare sellers:  (a $500,000 fine for those who don't want to read it)
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/donotcallf ine.htm
So keep on calling your unscrubbed leads.  At least there will be one less broker for me to compete with. 

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I didn't think reggin was serious...sounded pretty tounge-in-cheek to me.  Reggin, if you're serious...nevermind...you can't be serious...

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runswithbulls wrote: I have been reading forums on this site for
about a year now but haven't written anything yet.  However, this stupid
post has now forced me to join this site.
Reggin,
Please continue to call without scrubbing your leads.  You are obviously
ignoring their desire for privacy, and will probably end up calling
someone from the NASD or a firm you are not with who knows they are
on the DNC and will report you.  Eventually you will make a mistake and
may face an $11,000 fine or if you are extremely unlucky, you could
end up like these timeshare sellers:  (a $500,000 fine for those who don't
want to read it)

donotcallfine.htm">
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/
a/donotcallf ine.htm
So keep on calling your unscrubbed leads.  At least there will be one
less broker for me to compete with. 

What makes you think that you are a competitor with me? My trailing 12
is 600K, you don't even deserve to serve me coffee.

And reality check moron... My post was a joke, and so are you.

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Knowing this is a joke, I will still share a true story. There was a newbie in my office who was killing it for about 18 months. He was very good, getting 4-5 new meetings a week along with the usual 2nd and 3rds.. He was an absolute animal on the phones when he wasnt meeting with clients/ pro's.
Guy was in before everyone and brewing the late night coffee at 7pm for another round of calling until 8:30-9pm.
Life was good until he called the wrong guy- on the DNC list. The prospect was a securities lawyer who turned him in and pursued action against this FA.
Long story short- the firm investigated and found out the FA was calling primarily DNC leads. Lets just say the FA is no longer cold calling- or do anything for that matter.
At least I got a whopping 100K account from the distribution

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Reggin - I think you have too many zero's behind your trailing 12 month production number.  I would guess that it's more like $6,000.

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blarmston wrote:Long story short- the firm investigated and found out the FA was calling primarily DNC leads. Lets just say the FA is no longer cold calling- or do anything for that matter.
I don't blame RunsWithBulls for thinking this was for real.  This sort of thing happens more often than it should.  (I certainly get calls at home).Maybe next time you post a spoof you should use a handle like TalksMuchBull.

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apprentice wrote: Reggin - I think you have too many zero's behind
your trailing 12 month production number.  I would guess that it's more
like $6,000.

While I'm sure that it would make you feel better, to justify your own
pathetic production, I'm not about to lie. The number is legit.

How do I know that your production is below mine? Simple. Anyone at or
above my level would never question me. They know what it takes to put
up such numbers, and know others doing it. It would never cross their
mind that someone would lie.

Take a good look in the mirror and an even harder look at your own
numbers.

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Reggin wrote: apprentice wrote: Reggin - I think you have too many zero's behind your trailing 12 month production number.  I would guess that it's more like $6,000. While I'm sure that it would make you feel better, to justify your own pathetic production, I'm not about to lie. The number is legit. How do I know that your production is below mine? Simple. Anyone at or above my level would never question me. They know what it takes to put up such numbers, and know others doing it. It would never cross their mind that someone would lie. Take a good look in the mirror and an even harder look at your own numbers.
Amen to that.

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Reggin - I guess there's no way to verify your accuracy is there?  In fact - for all we know, you're probably in your parents basement watching star trek and surfing the net for various chat rooms.
Anyway - I think you mom is calling you for breakfast.

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If it makes you feel better about your own self, then think what you want.

Look in the mirror, boy.

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apprentice wrote:Reggin - I guess there's no way to verify your accuracy is there?  In fact - for all we know, you're probably in your parents basement watching star trek and surfing the net for various chat rooms.
Actually, there is a way to verify without outing yourselves online.  Both of you call me and reveal your true identities.  I'll ask a few questions, and then post my opinion on your validity.  Your true names will remain confidential.I think that most people would agree that as a headhunter I can recognize the real thing.What do you say?

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There's another way...I used it when newbie was saying I lied about my series 7 test score.  I scanned the results page, clipped out my name, social security number and other unique information, and uploaded the image to a free image hosting site ( www.theimagehosting.com )and posted the image here in a post.  It's a bit cumbersome, but it should be a good way to remove most of the bullchit from this forum.

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That would be great!  However, I never claimed to produce more than our friend Reggin.  In fact - I'm far below the $600k level (not worthy of buying / serving coffee).  My observation was that Reggin is probably living some fantasy life through this forum where we hide our real identities (except for our friendly neighborhood head hunter).

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apprentice wrote:through this forum where we hide our real identities (except for our friendly neighborhood head hunter).Believe me, I regret that sometimes.Back when I just started posting, somebody found my corporate web site (which has a picture of me).  Suddenly people were telling me to cut back on all those breakfast burritos.  (I'm not small).Anyway; how do you know that I'm not another aspect of NASD Newbie hiding behind a cleverly constructed persona?

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Jeff - you're far to articulate and logical, and less 'self-loving' than any incarnation of NASD Newbie.  I'm a skeptic by nature (as you can tell in my other posts) - but you appear to be legit.

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JCadieux wrote: apprentice wrote:
through this forum where we hide our real identities (except for our friendly neighborhood head hunter).
Believe me, I regret that sometimes.Back when I just started posting, somebody found my corporate web site (which has a picture of me).  Suddenly people were telling me to cut back on all those breakfast burritos.  (I'm not small).Anyway; how do you know that I'm not another aspect of NASD Newbie hiding behind a cleverly constructed persona?
I recall reading that, Jeff.  It was quite a snide jab.

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That was gool ole joedabrkr...something about a few less tacos at lunch or something like that, but if I remember right, he said it was all in jest and acknowledged that he liked food too...

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Indyone wrote:That was gool ole joedabrkr...something about a few less tacos at lunch or something like that, but if I remember right, he said it was all in jest and acknowledged that he liked food too...I know.  I know.  You can't be too thin skinned around here.But since that day I've never really been able to enjoy a good taco... 

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JCadieux wrote: Indyone wrote:That was gool ole joedabrkr...something about a few less tacos at lunch or something like that, but if I remember right, he said it was all in jest and acknowledged that he liked food too...I know.  I know.  You can't be too thin skinned around here.But since that day I've never really been able to enjoy a good taco... 
...full disclosure...I could use a few less tacos myself, but I haven't found the willpower to give 'em up...

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JCadieux wrote: Indyone wrote:
That was gool ole joedabrkr...something about a few less tacos at lunch or something like that, but if I remember right, he said it was all in jest and acknowledged that he liked food too...
I know.  I know.  You can't be too thin skinned around here.But since that day I've never really been able to enjoy a good taco... 
There's a CERTAIN kind of taco that you can eat that is very enjoyable and has zero calories.

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apprentice wrote:
Reggin - I guess there's no way to verify your accuracy is there?  In fact - for all we know, you're probably in your parents basement watching star trek and surfing the net for various chat rooms.
Anyway - I think you mom is calling you for breakfast.

I know him personally. He was at almost $300,000 with just under 3 years in. The next year, he bought a nice, new Benz. That was 3 years ago. He's a cool guy and well-liked in real life. He works his ass off. He's also living proof that any knucklehead who can figure out what people want to buy and then sell it to them can make a lot of dough. Frankly...I think you've overestimated how much he really cares what you think about how much business he does.

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Helter Skelter wrote:apprentice wrote:
Reggin - I guess there's no way to verify your accuracy is there? 

I know him personally.

Of course you do, but I think we would all prefer it if you quit talking to yourself on these boards.

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Production numbers are somewhat insignificant with regard to the quality of advice someone can contribute to the discussion.  Granted, experience is useful and wisdom (coupled with working hard/smart) tends to go along with higher production.
There are countless examples of advisors who were simply in the right place at the right time.  Others that have inherited their clients off the back of brokers leaving.  Etc etc.  The actual practice of managing money is another story altogether. 
"Titles" (not designations) is another subject that deserves some discussion.  They are solely based on production, irregardless of integrity and investment performance.  We have a broker in our office who inherited the father's huge client book.  Did something like 700k in their first year with it and earned a Senior VP title.  Many years' later they have managed to see the assets decline by 65% and production is approx. 250k.  Yet they are still a Senior VP because the title can't be taken away after it has been earned.  And what is this "Wealth Manager" title brokers are giving themselves? Months back I had a client forward an email from a "Wealth Manager" who was trying to push a new-offering closed end.  Give me a break- the broker was trying to pass the investment off as a hot IPO which would be in huge demand due to the "limited offering".  Of course, there was no mention of the "hidden" 3% commission and the reality that almost every new closed-end will fall dramatically after the penalty bid has been lifted due to the lack of secondary demand.  Some "Wealth Manager."

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The Judge wrote: Production numbers are somewhat insignificant
with regard to the quality of advice someone can contribute to the
discussion.  Granted, experience is useful and wisdom (coupled with
working hard/smart) tends to go along with higher production.
There are countless examples of advisors who were simply in the right
place at the right time.  Others that have inherited their clients off the
back of brokers leaving.  Etc etc.  The actual practice of managing money
is another story altogether. 
"Titles" (not designations) is another subject that deserves some
discussion.  They are solely based on production, irregardless of integrity
and investment performance.  We have a broker in our office who
inherited the father's huge client book.  Did something like 700k in their
first year with it and earned a Senior VP title.  Many years' later they have
managed to see the assets decline by 65% and production is approx.
250k.  Yet they are still a Senior VP because the title can't be taken away
after it has been earned.  And what is this "Wealth Manager" title brokers
are giving themselves? Months back I had a client forward an email from a
"Wealth Manager" who was trying to push a new-offering closed end. 
Give me a break- the broker was trying to pass the investment off as a
hot IPO which would be in huge demand due to the "limited offering".  Of
course, there was no mention of the "hidden" 3% commission and the
reality that almost every new closed-end will fall dramatically after the
penalty bid has been lifted due to the lack of secondary demand.  Some
"Wealth Manager."

Was there a point, in all that drivel?

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His point is that people who spend their time criticizing people for making a lot of money and accusing them of earning it dishonestly, think that they give the best advice. They don't make any money. Therefore, there is an inverse relationship between quality of advice and amount of money earned.

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Helty - excellent job, 'dumbing it down' for those who didn't get the point!!
I agree with 'the judge' to call a spade a spade.  People believe that they can better market themselves if they create this false image (Wealth Manager).  However, attorney's are quick to jump on this and have been bringing forth lawsuits to those who call themselves a wealth manager - but somehow only have purchased a couple tech stocks in a client's account.  Most 'wealth managers' today need credentials to back it up.

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The Judge wrote:Many years' later they have managed to see the assets decline by 65% and production is approx. 250k.  Yet they are still a Senior VP because the title can't be taken away after it has been earned.You'd be amazed how many of these people call us after they've burned their book looking for a revenue deal or a salary deal and then get very insulted when we decline to represent them.

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Couldn't agree more.

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BrokerRecruit wrote:Couldn't agree more.Perhaps we should refer those burnt-books to a Candidate Pays firm like the one that Seeker is starting.   

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apprentice wrote: Helty - excellent job, 'dumbing it down' for those
who didn't get the point!!

Sarcasm is obviously lost on you.

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Reggin wrote:Anyone doing it? Why bother scrubbing your list and excluding about 90% of the available households? Think about it, some of these people havent gotten called by a broker in 3 years. Talk about ripe for the picking.
 
Even though you are making a joke it is an interesting concept.  My understanding is that you can still reach these 90% but that you need to call them at their office instead of their house.  Can anyone confirm that office numbers can’t be put on the DNC list?<?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
 
--WM
 

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http://www.nasd.com
Citizen's Bank got popped yesterday. They're a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L). Part of what they got popped for was failure to supervise and DNC list violations.
The entire NASD complaint is available on the NASD's website. If you have a compliance officer on site, perhaps he or she can explain it to you so you don't have to say, "I wish I knew that," if you get caught cold calling persons/entities on the DNC list.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pounding via fines.

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ymh_ymh_ymh wrote:
 If you have a compliance officer on site, perhaps he or she can explain it to you so you don't have to say, "I wish I knew that," if you get caught cold calling persons/entities on the DNC list.

You can never be certain what's going on in another firm, but I'd be willing to bet the bank provided access to some form of the DNC list to allow reps (and in this case, non-reg bank employees) to scrub their call lists in advance. I've seen versions of this process where the system the firm provides is too bulky or inefficient to really help the reps, but only serves as a CYA ("Hey, we gave you a system, you didn't use it") for the firm.<?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
What would you like to bet that in this case the non-reg bank folks were calling known bank clients, trying to interest them in investment business, not bothering to screen for the customer being on the DNCL? No matter how it happened, somebody was asleep at the switch.
 

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I think you're right about "how it happened" in that the list the reps got wasn't updated with DNC list names removed.
I read thru the entire NASD complaint and think there are similar ones on the way soon.
 
 

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