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29 Sawyer Road
Waltham, MA 02453
Clearing firm: National Financial Services LLC, Pershing LLC
No. advisers: 2,092
Year founded: 1979
Year end: Dec. 31
No. of retail offices: 1,303
Commonwealth is home to advisors earning the highest average annual payout among independent broker/dealers, as reported by InvestmentNews (April 2015). Discover how the broker/dealer's RIA that's held true to its founding mission for more than 35 years can help you and your clients thrive.
In their own words: Commonwealth advisors speak
We invite you to take two minutes to hear a few of our advisors talk about their experience at Commonwealth. Then contact us to discover for yourself a community of peers that's unlike any you've experienced and the virtually unlimited opportunities available to help you serve your clients your way.
|No. of reps||2,092||2,073||1,965|
|No. of producing reps||1,710||1,654||1,592|
|No. of reps producing $100K-$499K /year||949||940||895|
|Total revenues: Other||$147,520,179||$123,121,650||$116,714,329|
|Total account assets||$114,420,000,000||$101,400,000,000||$96,786,000,000|
|Total account assets: Other||$52,470,000,000||$47,375,700,000||$48,361,000,000|
|Average assets per rep||$54,694,073||$48,914,616||$49,254,962|
|Social Media & Mobile|
|Allows advisers to use social media||Y|
|Social media sites allowed||Facebook|
|Dedicated mobile application for advisers?||Y|
|Primary purpose of mobile application||Mobile Check Deposit Trading Portfolio/Performance Workflow/Alerts Business Analytics Compensation|
June 1, 2017 - According to a May 2016 article on Forbes.com, only 30 percent of financial advisors have a succession plan. Are you one of the 70 percent of advisors who has neglected this important task? As a small business owner, you're putting your staff, your clients,...
June 1, 2017 - The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule for retirement accounts will take effect Friday, and advisers and their broker-dealers better get ready for a new wave of risk: lawsuits and legal complaints by investors who believe they have been harmed by an...
May 24, 2017 - We tend to think our industry is unique. We lament that we have so much going on, with the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, aging boomer advisers and a lack of young advisers â€” not to mention female and multicultural advisers â€” coming into the...
May 16, 2017 - For over a year, CEOs of top broker-dealers have been peppered with questions by analysts who cover their companies about fees. Can firms sustain their current level of fees they charge clients in the new era of the fiduciary adviser? Will they be cut,...
May 16, 2017 - Broker-dealers, which loudly complain about increasing costs due to regulation such as the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, are actually seeing one regulatory expense decrease this year: the annual assessment firms pay to the Securities Investor...
May 9, 2017 - Nine financial firms agreed Tuesday to adopt a fee disclosure template developed by state regulators and other groups that is designed to help clients understand and compare service and maintenance costs. The North American Securities Administrators Association,...
May 1, 2017 - Integration means different things to different people, but in our industry, I liken it to the holy grail of financial technology. Why? Integrated systems improve efficiency, allowing you to, for example, input a piece of data once and automatically share...
May 1, 2017 - After a strong recruiting year in 2016, large broker-dealers continued to ring up recruiting gains in the first quarter. For example, Ameriprise Financial Inc. said that close to 100 veteran advisers moved their practices to the firm in the first quarter,...
May 1, 2017 - Growth ambitions can easily cloud smart judgment calls. Sometimes advisers forget to look before they leap when they want to land a new deal or venture. And what happens next can result in wasted expenditures, hidden costs and ineffective results. Let's...
April 23, 2017 - Top 50 IBDs ranked by 2016 revenue Bubble view By group Table view Firm 2016 revenue ($M) % change vs. 2015 2016 commission revenue ($M) % change vs. 2015 2016 fee revenue ($M) % change vs. 2015 2016 other revenue ($M) % change vs. 2015 1 LPL Financial...
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