Kirt Walker: This little DOL thing came along and it wasn't the primary reason for doing this, but it was about the RIA and fee-based world.

Nationwide buys Jefferson National under purported DOL duress but 'good private equity' and good planning may rule the day

The big Columbus, Ohio national insurer can certainly use a fiduciary annuity -- if there is such a thing -- but ROI is impetus number one

an hour ago by By Lisa Shidler

Brooke's Note: Maybe you're starting to notice a pattern. If you invest in building a registered investment advisor practice, you'll likely get rich. If you invest in a technology or product that helps that practice serve clients, you might get even richer. We have always thought the three letters that spell opportunity in the financial services industry were R-I-A. But now the sound of D-O-L is attracting a few wolves.

Jefferson National hired Mitch Caplan to bring some of his ...

Christopher Norton: By working with the advisor and not the institution directly, the clients may perceive that they are protected from the shenanigans.

FiNet welcomes six wirehouse defectors at the apex of a withering Wells Fargo bank scandal that 'has legs'

Wells Fargo Advisors and FiNet ADVs warn of some cross-selling as RIAs eye Wells Fargo to see if the only wirehouse attempt to support independents will succeed, fail or end in confusion

September 29, 2016 — 7:15 PM UTC by By Lisa Shidler

Brooke's Note: You hear about it all of the time: brand risk. It sounds so abstract -- right up until the moment the name of a trusted custodian on client statements is also all over the news as the poster organization for shady dealings. An outbreak of brand-itis is particularly interesting with regard to Wells Fargo because it is known as the most angelic of the wirehouses. But it is also closest to RIAs by dint of FiNet's support ...

Bill Sowell: The advisors were innocent bystanders.

Cornered by custodial edicts, CONCERT exits RIA business in deal with Arkansas-based white knight

Bill Sowell's first order of business is to keep the advisor crew on board, using as one sop the familiarity of CONCERT's proprietary CRM

September 28, 2016 — 9:18 PM UTC by Irwin Stein and Lisa Shidler

Brooke's Note: If ever there was a tortoise and hare scenario, it is this. The Silicon Valley-based innovator uses a fast lane approach. But in the end, the spoils go to a terrapin TAMP in Arkansas with the owner's name on the door -- and friendly relations with its custodians.

After RIA custodians forced its hand, CONCERT Wealth Management offloaded its advisors to a Little Rock, Ark. outsourcer in a virtual giveaway.

Sowell Management Services announced Tuesday that it will now serve as the RIA for ...

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David Mrazik: There are a lot of facts we need to learn to see what is real and what’s imagined here.

After BNY Mellon buys $2.7-billion Silicon Valley RIA, it files suit against four former staffers who file swift-uppercut countersuit

Four former Atherton Lane advisors form Lyell Wealth Management and say they never promised anything to their employer's acquirng mega-bank

September 27, 2016 — 8:07 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

Brooke's Note: This whole BNY purchase of a big RIA in Menlo Park had a surreal feel from the start. See: BNY buys $2.7B Silicon Valley RIA  But if it's true that employees got sued for a deal that they never were part of then this situation got stranger.

Picture this: You, an advisor at Atherton Lane Advisers LLC, a $2.7-billion AUM RIA in Menlo Park, Calif., walk into work on Jan ...

Yvette Butler: We have a lot of work to do in the near term just to get that story out to them before we yell it from the rooftops.

Capital One brings bigger crowbar to your wallet as it launches national RIA with its signature intensity

The brokerage unit of the giant McLean, Va.-based bank is hiring energetically, and following a model not dissimilar to Wells Fargo

September 26, 2016 — 6:16 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: These days, almost anyone can take a stab at the RIA business, as this article shows. Capital One has proven that you can crash the credit-card-company party by buying lots of advertising to bolster a clever market fit. Can that process be replicated in the RIA world? We're about to find out. 

If ever there was a company that crashed a lucrative party in personal finance, it was Capital One.

Seemingly from out of ...

Steve Dunlap (with FolioDynamix's Meghan McCartan): The current robos have jumped the shark.

FolioDynamix president uses conference to KO robos and call them a 'free beta test'

A half-full message on DOL rules is the federal mandate to ask clients about held-away assets as a matter of fiduciary responsibility

September 23, 2016 — 6:23 PM UTC by Guest Columnist Timothy D. Welsh

FolioDynamix remains the Avis of TAMPs -- and its new president Steve Dunlap has much to show for trying harder even when it hurts

“We’ve been punching under our weight class for a while now,” said Dunlap, the former Cetera, Pershing and Lockwood executive, as he reflected on his first nine months in the lead role at Secaucus, N.J.-based FolioDynamix. See: Ex-Lockwood CEO Steve Dunlap takes on role at FolioDynamix after being a customer ...

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James Osborne: I never find some exciting stock or fund to buy. I never get to tell a great story over beers.

RIA Zen and the art of doing what's prudent -- even if you can't brag about it over beers

James Osborne confesses his guilty desire to make his practice more exciting and why he resists the temptations of adrenaline highs on behalf of clients

September 23, 2016 — 5:43 PM UTC by Guest Columnist James D. Osborne

Brooke's Note: We throw around the term "temperament" around every day as we contemplate having somebody run our military who can be baited by a tweet. But precious little is said in the RIA business about coolheadedness, what it looks like and what costs there are to staying moderate. It can assure success. It is is an embrace of the mundane. Not everybody has the temperament for that or they haven't convinced themselves of the necessity for ...

Roy Adams, Joe Ternasky and Jakub Jurek were hired for three very different purposes but are all part of a phase three overhaul of its business model.

What to make of Wealthfront's three big hires and why its artificial intelligence bid may be indefensible as a strategy

The Redwood City robo bets big on an ex-Google engineering whiz amid a Betterment onslaught and after a period of high-profile departures

September 22, 2016 — 9:06 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: Wealthfront was comfortable in the role of front-runner in the robo-advisor race, a position it held comfortably until about 18 months ago. Now, its destiny will be determined by how good Adam Nash is at managing from behind. Wealthfront is operating with less cash and fewer robo assets than its chief competitors, Schwab and Betterment. But it still holds the lead in the number of pedigreed veterans of super-unicorns it has on its staff. Wealthfront continues to make impressive hires ...

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Bill Harris: We're running hot.

How Personal Capital got a stunning $1-billion AUM boost in six months -- after gathering its first $2 billion over six years

CEO BIll Harris says part of the secret is hiring human advisors to stoke referrals

September 21, 2016 — 9:12 PM UTC by By Lisa Shidler

Brooke's Note: Personal Capital is doing well. It has been for a while but this last $1 billion of new assets is a real heat check. It's hot. What's up? Business success always comes down to people doing something right. Managing a large pool of quality financial advisors under one brand is damned difficult. Personal Capital is showing signs it is honing that HR challenge. When I talked to Lisa about her reporting for this article, she ...

Felipe Luna is no longer CEO of CONCERT, according to a recently revised ADV.

Reality closes in on Felipe Luna as TD and Fidelity move to cut the cord, he goes off BrokerCheck and his $2 billion RIA gets shopped

Recent SEC woes are forcing the hands of owners of the 'wirehouse-lite' platform that allegedly raised capital in an improper fashion

September 20, 2016 — 4:42 PM UTC by Irwin Stein

Brooke's Note: In my first career as a business broker we were often selling businesses after they had gotten themselves behind the eightball. It was hard to witness the agony. Despite that, I was encouraged that one day I might own my own business because of something I observed about these situations. Rarely did troubled companies have some unbeatable or undiagnosed illness. Most often it was an issue that was solvable and hiding in plain sight. It ...


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