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Author: nedludd Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1107  
Subject: Re: LPL FInancial Date: 9/2/2010 10:20 PM
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LPL (formerly Linsco/Private Ledger) is the largest independent broker in the country, with about 12,000 brokers and 2500 back office. They basically provide back office support for a fee to brokers, as well as providing an RIA framework and trust services. They also provide brokerage platforms to a lot of the community banks.

Their major competition is Raymond James, which has a somewhat similar model. The biggest key here will be the advisor. LPL provides the structure for the advisor to conduct his/her business. They have no propreitary products, shelf space agreements, etc.

Check out the firm at http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/...
Do this for anyone you will be dealing with.

If you are dealing with an SEC registered RIA (LPL would qualify) check them at http://www.adviserinfo.sec.gov/(S(lwtbaobd53plje3vcpb5wl45))...

These sites will let you know of any actions taken by FINRA or the SEC regarding the individual advisor or the company.
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