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LPL Financial Hosts Annual Program Leadership Conference for Top Bank and Credit Union Program Executives

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading retail investment advisory firm and independent broker/dealer LPL Financial LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA), today kicked off its 2016 Institution Services Program Leadership Conference (PLC), one of the largest events in the industry supporting banks and credit unions.

The annual three-day conference brings together bank and credit union program managers and executives from approximately 200 different financial institutions for an opportunity to network and hear presentations from LPL management, industry leaders and their peers about the challenges and opportunities in the financial institution services environment. This year’s conference focuses on a theme of courageous leadership and exploring the tools and resources needed to manage the looming regulatory changes, market uncertainty and increasing client demands and potential shifts to business and compensation models.

“This conference is the premier event for LPL’s institution program managers and executives,” said Andy Kalbaugh, managing director and divisional president, LPL Financial. “Each year we look forward to meeting with our clients and connecting them to LPL’s expertise and resources that can help them manage and further grow their businesses. Given that this is a transformative time in our industry, this year’s conference focuses on providing program leaders with the inspiration, education and connections they need to lead their teams through the impending regulatory changes and challenges ahead.”

During general and breakout sessions, attendees will hear about LPL’s preparations to respond to the anticipated final ruling from the Department of Labor (DOL) on the definition of fiduciary, and what financial institutions can also do to prepare for the ruling; the LPL initiatives currently underway that are designed to streamline and automate workflows and make institutional clients more efficient and effective; LPL’s program support and resources and technology solutions available that can help institutions accelerate business growth; and methods and techniques that program managers and executives can utilize to prepare their advisors to proactively manage market uncertainty.

The Women Leaders Forum, a component of the conference that debuted last year, returns with the addition of a client panel. This invitation-only forum was created to provide female bank and credit union leaders with an opportunity to network with other female financial professionals and discuss topics that matter to them. LPL continues to seek ways to support female advisors and program managers with meaningful and empowering solutions and approaches that can drive success for both an advisor and her clients.

Conference attendees are also invited to take part in a special volunteer event to decorate a donated a pair of TOMS® shoes to benefit children in need. As part of the TOMS One for One® program, a second pair of shoes will be donated to children in need for every pair decorated during the event.

LPL’s Institution Services supports more than 700 affiliated financial institutions. This is the 12th year LPL has hosted the Program Leadership Conference.

About LPL Financial

LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA), is a leader in the retail financial advice market and currently serves more than $460 billion in advisory and brokerage assets. LPL is one of the fastest growing RIA custodians and is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine June 1996-2015). The Company provides proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 14,000 independent financial advisors and over 700 banks and credit unions, enabling them to help their clients turn life's aspirations into financial realities. Advisors associated with LPL also service an estimated 40,000 retirement plans with an estimated $115 billion in retirement plan assets, as of September 30, 2015. LPL also supports more than 4,000 financial advisors licensed and affiliated with insurance companies with customized clearing, advisory platforms, and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have more than 3,000 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit www.lpl.com.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial. A registered investment advisor, member FINRA/SIPC. Insurance products offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. The investment products sold through LPL Financial are not insured bank/credit union deposits and are not FDIC/NCUA insured. These products are not obligations of any bank/credit union and are not endorsed, recommended or guaranteed by any bank/credit union or any government agency. The value of the investment may fluctuate, the return on the investment is not guaranteed, and loss of principal is possible.

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