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  • Nov 14, 2012
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    At Schwab's Annual Conference IMPACT: If You Are an RIA, the Wirehouses Are Coming for You

    Bernie Clark, executive vice president of Charles Schwab & Co. and head of Schwab Advisor Services has a message for you registered investment advisors: They are coming after you....More
  • Oct 22, 2012
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    The Competition to Recruit Financial Advisors Is as Intense as Ever. Oh, and so Is the Bragging

    Independent finacial advisors are taking more market share. According to Tiburon (citing Envestnet and HighTower research --- as well as Tiburon's own research), IBD-affiliated FAs now account for 42% of the FA population. Bank and insurance companies account for 31%; wirehouse and regionals account for 27%....More
  • Oct 18, 2012
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    Morgan Stanley Continues to Lose Reps Amid Integration

    Morgan Stanley reported slightly lower advisor count and higher FA productivity in the third quarter, on the heels of a name change and its purchase of Citigroup’s 14 percent stake in the brokerage....More
  • Sep 12, 2012
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    Analyst: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Joint Venture Has an "Embarrassing History"

    Brad Hintz, financial services senior analyst for Bernstein Research, rates shares of Morgan Stanley an “outperform,” yet pulls no punches in his comments on the MS’ deal with Citigroup. For example, Hintz says, “MS has fabulously disappointed investors with the execution of its integration plans.” (Of course, in MS’ defense, the technological integration is a pretty huge job and very complicated, too.)...More
  • Jul 20, 2012
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    Barton Biggs, Pioneer of Equity Research, Is Dead at 79

    "As investors, we are only the limited product of our own experiences and therefore vulnerable unless we read and assimilate the accumulated wisdom of the great ones." --- Barton Biggs...More
  • Jul 19, 2012
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    Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Increases Fee-Based Business

    Markets seem to climb a wall of worry and all kinds of nasty headlines. Unsurprisingly, recent financial company results show the timid mood of retail investors....More
  • Jul 16, 2012
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    New HighTower Advisor Has Deep Academic Roots

    National RIA HighTower recruits The Lerner Group, a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney team with more than $600 million in AUM....More
  • Jun 29, 2012
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    Closing the Barn Door Too Late? Banks Are Healthier Now than in 2007. Yet Moody's Recently Downgraded 17 Banks. Why?

    Banks have more capital than in 2007 and are in general healthier. Yet, like closing the barn door after the mustang has wandered off, Moody downgraded 17 banks. Moody's recent downgrade explained....More
  • May 24, 2012
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    What FAs Should Tell Angry Facebook Clients

    The Facebook offering, as everyone in the world knows, including the checkout gal at my local Duane Reade, is a nightmare. It a nightmare for Facebook, a truly bruising headache for Morgan Stanley, who led the syndicate, and, natch, a giant body blow to retail investors who were super amped that they would get a chance to play with the big boys in the most-awaited IPO in the century. But it is particularly a nightmare for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney FAs. What FAs should tell angry clients? “Remember Google’s ‘lousy’ Dutch Auction in 2004?”...More
  • May 17, 2012
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    Criticism of JP Morgan Chase Is Just Politics

    So, now the federal gub’ment wants to criminalize risk. Yup, apparently, the Justice Department is investigating JP Morgan Chase (Ticker: JPM) for its “whale” trade. (Some whale; it represents about 1% or more of its capital.)...More
  • May 3, 2012
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    Former Merrill, Morgan Wonks Fill Occupy Wall Street Offshoots

    A couple of Occupy Wall Street offshoots have sprung up that are filled with financial services wonks and have very specific aims. One wants to fix the regulatory system, the other to create an alternative bank....More
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