Financial industry advisor partner firms lost money during the first quarter in spite of the surge in the equities markets. Reuters saw firms report earnings that were down 85% even though revenues were up by 28%. Another company tracker said that earnings on a special group they track were down 97% on year-over-year quarters.
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The second group includes independent broker-dealers as well as wirehouses and other types of financial advisors. It looks at the best and worst performers on their list and combined both of those into a single list for this quarter’s report.
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were on the list with Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and posting positive results and the rest seeing declines. Some wirehouses, independent broker-dealers, and other advisor partner result were more volatile through the quarter with some seeing earnings drop as much as 718%, climb back, and end up 13% for the quarter. Knowing how other firms in the industry are doing can help you plan strategically in competing with your peers.