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Top Executive: Mindy Diamond
http://www.diamondrecruiter.com
(908) 879-1002
555 E. Main Street
Chester, NJ

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  • Founded in 1998

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Hal Lambert: You're viewed as a $15-billion firm.

Pershing, Dynasty and Envestnet gang-tackle Credit Suisse and jolt loose $1 billion duo

Hal Lambert and Jeff Wildin held their breakaway fire for several years until they could get all the capabilities -- and keep 100% ownership
Patrick Burns: The shift was sudden.

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Ryan Marcus: My job is to bring them to the big dance.

After a head-fake, Royal Bank of Canada shows it's back (or never left) in the RIA game with two NextGen hires

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Bill Van Law: We saw advisors who ... left for an RIA model, and that was disturbing. That reinforced that the strategy wasn't going to work going forward unless we created something more competitive.

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LPL to Wall Street types: We're in phase three

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Bill Dwyer: They probably just wore us down. The press just asked for more and more access.

LPL opens focus11 to reporters for first time - with provisos

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Alois Pirker: Firms will have to renew retention bonuses next year or brokers will jump ship.

RIAs and online brokers are winning the market-share game

Wirehouses will have to re-up retention bonuses or see mass migrations of top producers
Michael Durbin: It may seem elegant and easy to take a check and walk across the street, but it’s important to spend the time to get to the right destination.

Fidelity study: Breakaway RIAs could pocket millions in after-tax profits

Dazzling wirehouse retainer deals are nice but going it alone can pay much, much better after taxes get figured in
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Mindy Diamond: In a perfect world, most advisors would say that they would love to have their own business, and control their destiny.  But it’s not a perfect world.

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Brian Hamburger: The SEC is lining up the facts so that later the conclusion becomes obvious (it can’t regulate advisors with current resources). ... It’s genius, what they’re looking to do, but it’s incredibly transparent.

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Mindy Diamond: Right now, independence is what’s hot.

Why Mindy Diamond is morphing her firm away from pure wirehouse recruiting

Fees are still paid on contingency so a sit-down with her consultancy costs nothing
Having been through the integration of U.S. Trust into Bank of America and then watching the beginning of Merrill Lynch’s acquisition, Stacey Reinhart predicts continuing instability, which she says is bound to hurt clients.

U.S. Trust advisor joins an RIA after surviving the firm's sale to Bank of America

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Mindy Diamond: Morgan Stanley has a supreme name and a swagger.

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Results of reinvigorated efforts may show up on Labor Day
Mindy Diamond: The biggest concern seems to be that Goldman has been described as 'betting against ... (clients).' Those words are not what a client wants to associate with the firm that manages their investments.

Goldman Sachs' wealth managers are taking recruiters' phone calls amid concerns over scandal fallout

The 'betting-against' allegations have some brokers fearful about their ability to attract new prospects
Charles Huebner: You can see it in their eyes. They say: You can tell what it is like to take the risk.

Two senior UBS brokers pass on retirement to pursue aggressive breakaway plan

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Chet Helck: We are still attracting top-tier advisors

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Mindy Diamond says of today's breakaway prospects: These are numbers guys.

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