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Walnut Street Team Turns Down Cetera Deal to Join Boutique IBD

From WealthManagement.com

Walnut Street Team Turns Down Cetera Deal to Join Boutique IBD

Whoever said small IBDs were in trouble? A four-advisor team managing $145 million in assets is leaving Walnut Street Securities, which recently announced its purchase by Cetera, to join SCF Securities, a boutique independent broker/dealer based in Fresno, Calif.

Advisors Brett Langer, Keith Bandettini, Will Gingell, and Beverly Cox of The Summit Financial Strategies in Beaverton, Ore., turned down retention packages from Cetera to move to SCF.

Independent broker-dealer defying the odds

Defying the Odds

From WealthManagement.com

It’s orthodoxy that small IBDs won’t be able to stay in business given the unprecedented increase in regulatory and technology costs. Yet some tiny firms are bucking the trend. Here’s how they’re doing it.

These days, broker/dealers are facing more challenges than ever. Let’s see. You’ve got your increased regulatory scrutiny from FINRA and the SEC; the fight for talent has never been more difficult; and profit margins, never fat in the independent b/d space, are under pressure.