Broker Dealer Firm Acquires The Producers Choice In A Move That Will Boost Control Over Annuities

broker dealer firm raymond james blog update profile broker dealer firm, Raymond James Financial Inc, making big moves in the industry as it announced Friday, that it would acquireing The Producers Choice. This move made Friday will help  the broker dealer firm gain greater control over the way annuities are wholesaled to advisers. This blog update is courtesy of InvestmentNews’ article, “Raymond James bolsters indexed annuities and life wholesaling with acquisition“, by Darla Mercado. With an excerpt from the article below.

Looking to step up its indexed annuities and life wholesaling game, Raymond James Financial Inc. announced Friday it would acquire The Producers Choice, an insurance marketing organization.

The deal is expected to close mid-summer, and Producers Choice will act as part of Raymond James Insurance Group. Sixty Producers Choice employees will join the firm.

The acquisition addresses two major objectives for Raymond James, which has partnered with Producers Choice for nine years: It gives the broker-dealer greater control over the way annuities are wholesaled and marketed to Raymond James’ advisers, and the firm will have the opportunity to work with Producers Choice’s client base of independent insurance agents, broker-dealers and banks.

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Welcome to New York: New York Full Service Investment Firm Acquires Broker Dealer Firm

New York blog update profiles the acquistion of Kansas broker dealer firmVSR Group, by New York investment firm, RCS Capital Corp.’s update is courtesy of Kansas City Business Journal’s 12 March article, NY company finalizes acquisition of OP broker-dealer firm”. The article from Kansas City Business Journal is below:

New York-based RCS Capital Corp. has finalized its acquisition of Overland Park-based VSR Group and its wholly owned subsidiary VSR Financial Services Inc.

RCS, a full-service investment firm, said VSR adds $12.3 billion in assets under administration and 264 independent financial advisers to the Cetera Financial Group platform.

“We believe VSR is positioned to contribute value to our network of firms, and we are excited to begin our partnership with VSR’s leadership team to bring industry-leading platforms and tools to their financial advisers,” Cetera Financial CEO Lawrence Roth said in a release. “The firm adds a strong family culture which complements the individual cultures of the existing Cetera Financial Group firms. VSR has an established presence, predominantly in the Midwest, and we look forward to working with their advisors to bring customized financial solutions to the growing number of Americans looking for independent financial advice.”

VSR, a broker-dealer firm, was founded more than 30 years ago and is the second-largest broker-dealer domiciled in Kansas.

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Schorsch gobbles up another midsize IBD blog update courtesy of extracts from and Bruce Kelly


Nicholas Schorsch continues to add midsized independent broker-dealers to the Cetera Financial Group Network, and on Wednesday night Cetera parent RCS Capital Corp. said it intends to buy Girard Securities Inc.

The San Diego-based firm has more than $10 billion of assets under administration and 250 producing financial advisers with an average annual production of approximately $210,000 per adviser.

It is the second such announced deal in as many weeks for RCS Capital Corp., which is known by its ticker symbol, RCAP. Last week, RCAP said it had agreed to purchase VSR Financial, with 264 registered reps and advisers. Continue reading