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FINRA Plan to Rid BDs of Advisor Liability Would Hit Firms’ Fee Revenue

19:50 12 January in In the News

January 12, 2018

By Melanie Waddell, ThinkAdvisor

The plan would resolve BD complaints about paying large fines for RIA compliance failures, recruiter Jon Henschen says

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority plans to issue a proposal that would free broker-dealers from keeping track and maintaining liability for registered investment advisor business — a huge win for hybrid BDs — but they’d also be forced to take a hit to fee revenues.

FINRA’s Board approved at its December meeting the publication of a regulatory notice seeking comment on changes to its rule on outside business activities that seeks to streamline BDs’ obligations by “generally excluding from FINRA’s rule on a registered person’s personal investments and work performed on behalf of a firm’s affiliate,” and eliminate supervisory obligations for non-broker-dealer outside activities,

Another Insurance Firm Sheds Broker/Dealer

20:42 08 August in In the News

August 8, 2017

By Diana Britton, WealthManagement.com

Kestra Financial, the independent broker/dealer formerly owned by NFP, has entered an agreement to acquire H. Beck, a firm owned by insurance company Securian Financial Group. The deals adds about 600 advisors and $2.4 billion in client assets to Kestra’s platform.

Securian is the latest insurance company to sell a broker/dealer unit. Securian purchased H. Beck nine years ago. The firm still owns Securian Financial Services, its other b/d with 1,200 advisors.

“We’ve entrusted this business to Kestra Financial with the intention to increase our focus on our other businesses, including Securian Financial Services, and the expectation that Kestra Financial will be a good steward for the 600-plus advisors affiliated with HBI,” said George Connolly,