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Waddell & Reed sees ‘unprecedented change’ under new regime

20:33 05 December in In the News

December 5, 2017

By Tobias Salinger,

One of the oldest mutual fund companies in the country is transforming its independent broker-dealer with a new structure and a higher payout for advisors. At the same time, new leadership at the IBD remains intent on cutting costs and overall headcount.

On the day before Thanksgiving, suburban Kansas City-based Waddell & Reed Financial disclosed a series of changes to its executive ranks. Thomas Butch, its chief marketing officer and the longtime head of the firm’s IBD and wholesale channels, stepped down after 18 years with the firm.

Just a few days later, former Waddell & Reed CEO Henry Herrmann announced his retirement as chairman of the firm’s board. Current CEO Philip Sanders took over from Hermann last year as the firm struggled with outflows following portfolio manager Michael Avery’s retirement,

National Planning Holdings CEO to advisers: No comment on LPL takeover talk

16:28 10 August in In the News

August 9, 2017

By Bruce Kelly, Investment News

With speculation swirling about an imminent sale of the four National Planning Holdings Inc. broker-dealers, the network’s CEO, Scott E. Romine, last week took the extraordinary step to send an email to the 3,500 reps and advisers affiliated with the broker-dealers to say he would not comment about such rumors.

On July 30, Financial Advisor magazine on its website published an article titled “LPL Seen As Front-Runner To Buy National Planning Holdings’ B-D Network” and cited “sources in the insurance industry” for attribution. NPH is owned by insurer Jackson National Life Insurance Co.

The next day, Mr. Romine gave his no comment about a sale to LPL Financial. “I wanted to take a moment to address that and say firmly as a matter of practice and prudent management of our business,

Another Insurance Firm Sheds Broker/Dealer

20:42 08 August in In the News

August 8, 2017

By Diana Britton,

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,