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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, FinancialPlanning.com

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,

LPL Expects to Keep 70 Percent of NPH Advisors

16:27 13 November in In the News

November 8, 2017

By Diana Britton, WealthManagement.com

CEO Dan Arnold told investors he expects 70 percent of advisor production to move over in the first wave—but what is the bar for success?

LPL Financial is on track to retain 70 percent of advisor production from National Planning Holdings after transitioning the first wave of advisors from the acquired independent broker/dealer, the company said during a conference call Wednesday morning, even though CEO Dan Arnold told investors that the earnings the company would realize, measured by EBITDA, would equal 80 percent.

“Anytime you have a transaction, you’re putting potential assets in motion, it’s going to be a competitive environment,” Arnold said. “We also knew that this was a good quality property but that all advisors wouldn’t necessarily match up with us strategically.

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After LPL deal, $1.3B National Planning firm bolts for Commonwealth

16:53 19 October in In the News

October 19, 2017

By Tobias Salinger, FinancialPlanning

A father-son firm managing $1.3 billion in client assets opted for Commonwealth Financial Network rather than remaining with National Planning through the transition of its advisors to LPL Financial.

Stuart and Michael Paris of Paris International “would have never left” National Planning if the firm’s assets had not changed hands in LPL’s big recent acquisition, Michael Paris said this week. The Great Neck, New York-based firm chose the fourth largest independent broker-dealer over the largest one.

LPL’s Aug. 15 purchase boosted its own prospects while helping recruiting efforts for its competitors. The boutique-like model of Commonwealth stands as an alternative to increasingly large firms like LPL in the bifurcating IBD space, a study found earlier this month.