Ladenburg Launches Retirement Plan Consulting Platform to Accelerate Delivery of Enhanced Solutions from Financial Advisors to Retirement Plan Sponsors

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE American: LTS, LTSL,
LTS PrA, LTSF) (“Ladenburg”), a publicly-traded, diversified financial
services company, today announced the launch of its Retirement Plan
Consulting Platform, which will combine ongoing consulting support with
enhanced software tools, training and other resources to facilitate
growth for retirement plan-focused advisors across its five independent
advisory and brokerage (IAB) subsidiaries: Securities America, Triad
Advisors, KMS Financial Services, Investacorp and Securities Service
Network. The platform represents an expansion of Ladenburg’s existing
resources for retirement plan-focused advisors, demonstrating the firm’s
continuing commitment to supporting the professional success of advisors
in this vital segment of the financial advice space.

Richard Lampen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ladenburg,
said, “While most plan sponsors work with a financial advisor, it is
increasingly important for plan advisors and the firms that support them
to significantly expand the value they provide to retirement plan
sponsors, and serve a role in boosting the retirement readiness of
workers across the country. Our new Retirement Plan Consulting Platform
meets these goals, while representing another step forward in mobilizing
Ladenburg’s financial capital, intellectual capital, technology and
other resources to provide our IAB firms and their advisors with the
industry-leading tools and expertise they need to succeed.”

Ladenburg’s new platform will enable advisors affiliated with the firm’s
subsidiaries to deliver significant incremental value to clients in the
retirement plan segment of the wealth management space by providing them
with robust product selection options, enhanced investment monitoring
capabilities, fee and expense benchmarking reports, as well as
FINRA-reviewed, pre-approved marketing materials and educational
content, among other resources.

Additionally, the Retirement Plan Consulting Platform’s practice
management and coaching features will provide advisors with training,
techniques and insights to help them effectively prepare for meetings
with plan sponsors to review investment options and recommend needed
changes; create model portfolios for plan participants; assist
participants with enrollment and explain plan fees and expenses to
satisfy sponsors’ concerns.

The new platform has been designed to help each of the firm’s roughly
1,800 advisors who serve retirement plan clients accelerate the growth
of their retirement plan business and better address sponsor clients’
needs, regardless of the advisor’s level of experience – whether
generalist, intermediate or specialist:

Paul Lofties, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at Ladenburg,
said, “Our new Retirement Plan Consulting Platform will drive the
business growth of financial advisors across the spectrum of engagement
with the retirement plan space, from professionals who support just a
few plans, to those who have built their practices with a focus on this
area in particular, and have more complex needs. The platform builds out
Ladenburg’s existing value-added solutions and services to help
retirement plan-focused advisors retain assets, grow client
relationships, and bring onboard new business. This new platform enables
our advisors to help address the issue of retirement readiness for most
workers across the country by supporting company retirement plans more
extensively, even as other players in this space continue to pull away
from this vital area of the financial advice industry.”

Ladenburg has selected Retirement Plan Advisory Group (RPAG) to furnish
the platform’s technology elements and certain of its practice
management and training modules, following an extensive search for a
provider that demonstrated both in-depth understanding of the retirement
plan space and a proven ability to meet the stringent demands of clients
in the sector.

Vince Giovinazzo, founder and CEO of the Retirement Plan Advisory Group,
said, “We are thrilled and honored to partner with Ladenburg Thalmann to
bring RPAG’s leading practice management platform to their
retirement-focused advisors. Ladenburg’s deep commitment to helping
their affiliated advisors grow their retirement business is consistent
with RPAG’s values, focus, and mission of growing retirement advisory
practices with scale and efficiency. Ladenburg’s high quality advisors
and management team are a perfect fit for RPAG, and we look forward to
working together going forward.”

Doug Baxley, Vice President for Retirement and Fiduciary Services at
Ladenburg and a key architect of the Retirement Plan Consulting
Platform, said, “The platform we have rolled out today has been
thoughtfully designed to satisfy our advisors’ business goals in the
retirement plan space, both from a client and asset retention standpoint
and for advisors who require sophisticated support to aggressively grow
their businesses. With assets of approximately $7 trillion in defined
contribution plans in the U.S., we believe retirement plan sponsors will
continue seeking out the advice and resources offered by financial
advisors. The technology solutions, consultative practice management
resources, business coaching, and on-the-spot troubleshooting
capabilities we are making available in conjunction with RPAG will
further empower advisors across all of our IAB subsidiaries to
effectively capitalize on opportunities in this space, whether they
already support multiple plans or aspire to do so in the future.”

The Ladenburg Retirement Plan Consulting Platform, which was developed
in close collaboration with advisor focus groups from across Ladenburg’s
IAB firms, will be rolled out in phases, with all Ladenburg subsidiaries
and their advisors expected to have access to the platform by the end of
2018.

About Ladenburg

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE American: LTS, LTSL,
LTS PrA, LTSF) is a publicly-traded diversified financial services
company based in Miami, Florida. Ladenburg’s subsidiaries include
industry-leading independent advisory and brokerage (IAB) firms
Securities America, Triad Advisors, Securities Service Network,
Investacorp and KMS Financial Services, as well as Premier Trust,
Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management, Highland Capital Brokerage, a
leading independent life insurance brokerage company, Ladenburg Thalmann
Annuity Insurance Services, a full-service annuity processing and
marketing company, and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., an investment bank
which has been a member of the New York Stock Exchange for over 135
years. The company is committed to investing in the growth of its
subsidiaries while respecting and maintaining their individual business
identities, cultures, and leadership. For more information, please visit www.ladenburg.com.

About Retirement Plan Advisory Group

Retirement Plan Advisory Group (RPAG) is an exclusive alliance of
independent retirement advisors inspired to create successful outcomes
by protecting plan fiduciaries and engaging plan participants. RPAG’s
premier practice management platform provides advisors with powerful
systems and technology, compelling reports and custom investment
solutions, all surrounded by world-class training and support. RPAG
supports thousands of advisors across the U.S., serving 35,000 plan
sponsors, more than $350 billion in assets under influence, and over 4
million plan participants. Core practice areas include investment due
diligence and fund scoring, RFPs and fee benchmarkings, fiduciary
compliance, employee education, financial wellness, exclusive investment
solutions, intensive training, national branding, sales and marketing
resources and business consulting. To learn more, visit www.rpag.com.

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,
including statements regarding future growth, growth of our
independent advisory and brokerage business and future technology. These
statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs and
are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results
may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements
herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive and/or
regulatory factors, including the United States Department of Labor’s
rule and exemptions pertaining to the fiduciary status of investment
advice providers to 401(k) plans, plan sponsors, plan participants and
the holders of individual retirement or health savings accounts and the
SEC’s proposed rules and interpretations concerning the standards of
conduct for broker dealers and investment advisers when dealing with
retail investors, future cash flows, a change in the Company’s dividend
policy by the Company’s Board of Directors (which has the ability in its
sole discretion to increase, decrease or eliminate entirely the
Company’s dividend at any time) and other risks and uncertainties
affecting the operation of the Company’s business. These risks,
uncertainties and contingencies include those set forth in the Company’s
annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017
and other factors detailed from time to time in its other filings with
the SEC. The information set forth herein should be read in light of
such risks. Further, investors should keep in mind that the Company’s
quarterly revenue and profits can fluctuate materially depending on many
factors, including the number, size and timing of completed offerings
and other transactions. Accordingly, the Company’s revenue and profits
in any particular quarter may not be indicative of future results. The
Company is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any
obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether
as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or
otherwise, except as required by law.

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