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Mindy Diamond on Independence: How Models Like Wells Fargo’s First Clearing Offer Optionality and Flexibility

First Clearing President John Peluso talks about the multi-channel model.


Multi-channel models have become one of the hottest options for advisors considering change in recent years—fueling growth in the channel with some of the biggest names in the business jumping on board.

This “choose your path” concept has been around for a while, designed largely to accommodate a firm’s existing advisor force, offering a path to those interested in independence while retaining these advisors as part of their firm’s ecosystem.

And it’s an appealing concept for sure. It offers both traditional W-2 employee and independent platforms under one roof—essentially designed to support an advisor for the lifetime of his career, even as his interest in different models may change over time.

One such example, and a pioneer of the multi-channel model, is offered by Wells Fargo Advisors and its affiliated clearing and custody service provider First Clearing.

John Peluso – wealth management industry veteran and President of First Clearing, joins the show to talk about the multi-channel model, including:

  • How advisor mindset is driving change within the landscape—and how optionality and flexibility are the basis for these new models.
  • How the appeal of the multi-channel model is attracting advisors to Wells Fargo—and what John sees as the impact of the model to the wealth management space as a whole.
  • How Wells Fargo and First Clearing differentiate amongst the competition—and what they’re doing to remain relevant within a continually growing landscape.
  • What he views as some of the greatest challenges for wirehouses—and how firms like Wells Fargo are evolving as a result.
  • What he sees as the major trends in wealth management—and how independence will continue to be one of the driving forces of change in the industry.

In a landscape that seems to evolve daily, firms are constantly challenged to up their game in terms of features and benefits that appeal to their advisor constituents. And just as John notes that the most successful advisors demonstrate their value by their actions, the same holds true for the most successful firms.

So listen in to learn more about this popular model and how a firm like Wells Fargo’s First Clearing is creating value and optionality in the expanding landscape.

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Mindy Diamond is CEO of Diamond Consultants in Morristown, N.J., a nationally recognized boutique search and consulting firm in the financial services industry.

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