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LPL Financial's (LPLA) August Metrics Down on Weak Markets

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LPL Financial Holdings Inc.’s (LPLA - Free Report) total brokerage and advisory assets were $1.1 trillion at the end of August 2022, decreasing 1.7% from the prior month and 4.5% year over year. The fall in LPLA’s assets balance from the July level was mainly attributable to weak market performance.

Of LPLA’s total assets, brokerage assets were $524.9 billion and advisory assets totaled $580 billion. Brokerage assets were down 1.1% from July 2022 and 5% year over year. Likewise, advisory assets declined 2.3% from the prior month and 4.1% from August 2021.

LPL Financial’s total net new assets were $9.7 billion in the reported month. Net new assets were $4.8 billion and $7.6 billion in July 2022 and August 2021, respectively.

The company reported $65.8 billion of total client cash balance, down 5.2% from July 2022 but jumped 33.7% from August 2021. Of the total balance, $47.1 billion was insured cash and $12.4 billion was deposit cash, while the remaining was money-market balance.

LPL Financial’s recruiting efforts and solid advisor productivity will aid advisory revenues. Also, it is expanding through strategic buyouts on the back of a solid balance sheet position.

The stock has surged 43.4% so far this year against a 14.5% decline witnessed by the industry.

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LPLA currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Competitive Landscape

A couple of other brokerage firms that have come out with monthly data are Interactive Brokers Group (IBKR - Free Report) and Charles Schwab (SCHW - Free Report) .

Interactive Brokers’ Electronic Brokerage segment announced performance metrics for August 2022. The segment (dealing with the clearance and settlement of trades for individual and institutional clients globally) reported a sequential rise in Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs).

Total client DARTs for the month were 1,968,000, up 8% from July 2022 but down 9% from August 2021. On an annualized basis, IBKR recorded Cleared Average DARTs per customer account of 222. The metric grew 6% sequentially but plunged 33% from the prior-year period.

Schwab released its activity report for August 2022. Core net new assets were $43.3 billion in the reported month, jumping 37% sequentially but falling 16% year over year.

Further, SCHW’s total client assets were $7.1 trillion, down 2% from July 2022 and 9% from August 2021. Also, client assets receiving ongoing advisory services were $3.65 trillion, down 2% from the prior month and 6% year over year.

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