Investors have become more educated and experienced. They value independence and unbiased recommendations over one-stop-shop convenience. Woodbury had just become more aggressive in its recruiting and making the announcement of a possible sale with no specific buyer basically shuts that process down. It also makes advisors restless with uncertainty about their futures.
in the company are also balking against the higher fees being charged for insurance products to make up for losses on the broker-dealer side. Hedge funds want to be invested in profit centers. The breakup of the company would unbundle services and throw both the broker-dealer and the insurance company back into focusing on their core businesses—life insurance and property and casualty insurance. Each would also be focused on its respective distribution channels and business strategies.