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Three Large Brokerage Networks Offering Significant Recruiting Bonuses in 2019

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

As Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS Financial Services, Inc. have recently pulled back their recruiting efforts in order to focus on growing assets and revenue internally, firms such as Wells Fargo Advisors, LPL Financial and Cetera Financial Group are seeking the opportunity to gain ground by offering attractive recruiting bonuses.

According to Investment News, Wells Fargo Advisors is currently offering an upfront bonus payment of 225% of an adviser’s T-12 if he or she generates more than $500,000 in annual fees and commissions. Furthermore, the deal also includes additional deferred compensation and other payments over time worth 100% of an adviser’s prior year’s fee and commissions.

In addition, last year, LPL introduced a recruiting package in the form of a 3-year forgivable loan which pays an adviser 50 basis points on assets under management transferred to the firm. As a result of this offer, the third and fourth quarters of 2018 were LPL’s best recruiting quarters on record for the firm as it gained a net 899 advisers with $27.3 billion in brokerage and advisory assets.

Following LPL’s footsteps, Cetera Financial Group has announced that the firm will start to offer certain recruits 70 basis points on advisory assets that move to the firm and 35 basis points on brokerage assets. Cetera Financial Group stated that those deals would be in the form of forgivable notes or loans that would span five to seven years.

The attorneys at Eccleston Law assist financial advisors nationwide in their employment transitions, negotiate their transition agreements (including employment agreements and forgivable loans), and defend reps in arbitration and litigation during and after their transition.

The attorneys of Eccleston Law LLC represent investors and advisors nationwide in securities and employment matters. The securities lawyers at Eccleston Law also practice a variety of other areas of practice for financial investors and advisors including Securities FraudCompliance ProtectionBreach of Fiduciary DutyFINRA Matters, and much more. Our attorneys draw on a combined experience of nearly 65 years in delivering the highest quality legal services. If you are in need of legal services, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation today.

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