Articles Published 3/2016


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Schwab gives Salesforce the heave-ho as hub of Intelligent Integration

150 RIAs are scrambling for a new CRM arrangement ahead of a July 31 drop-dead date as the San Francisco custodian unwinds the once exalted partnership

March 31, 2016 — 3:03 AM UTC

The odd logic 'Enron' lawyers are relying on to sue LPL Financial for securities fraud -- logic that's attracted five potential copycat investigations in 10 days

Does it make sense that Mark Casady would want to puff up his company's shares prior to buying back $275 million worth of shares? A lawsuit wants to know.

March 30, 2016 — 6:24 PM UTC

Betterment raises $100 million a year after a $60-million round, enabling it to step up efforts to win the HNW wallet

The conversation is moving from play money to competing with Fidelity, Merrill Lynch and Schwab as it seeks build out a full-service offering to win plan sponsors, rich individuals and RIAs

March 29, 2016 — 11:57 AM UTC

After being jostled by a lawsuit, CFP Board makes bold play to inoculate itself against future ones

Due caution or paranoia? Either way, a sour whiff of FINRA self-protectionism pervades

March 25, 2016 — 9:32 PM UTC

Orion's parent NorthStar tops 700 employees, finishes second Omaha campus and taps a super-exec from central casting to run it all

With Eric and Todd Clarke handling day-to-day challenges at Orion and CLS, NorthStar finds an un-Clarke in Jon Baum, former CEO and chairman of The Dreyfus Corp.

March 24, 2016 — 7:02 PM UTC

Why Ken Fisher still plans to work a 60-hour week despite handing off CEO role to 'badass'

The iconoclastic founder of the $65-billion RIA will write, research and mix with the troops, remaining omnipresent as Damian Ornani ascends to the CEO spot

March 23, 2016 — 8:59 PM UTC

The RIA-ification intrinsic to LPL's preemptive DOL policy changes -- yet how tightly to revenue sharing in IRAs it is hanging

LPL's super-clients like Private Advisor Group see a clear 'advisory' future but LPL is walking a more shrub-choked hybrid path

March 22, 2016 — 9:30 PM UTC

Robo-deal catapults Goldman Sachs into defined contribution business that's as downmarket as it gets

The Wall Street giant buys Honest Dollar, which makes SEP IRAs easy for 1099-receiving workers

March 21, 2016 — 7:29 PM UTC

As Ed O'Brien packs his bags for Philly to take eMoney CEO reins, Mike Durbin resumes his job modifying Fidelity's future from finance to software

Fidelity is piloting eMoney in its own private client business as Thomas McCarthy fills O'Brien's shoes and Durbin eyes more acquisitions

March 18, 2016 — 8:18 PM UTC

With a reminiscent fire, Elliot Weissbluth personally leads a new charge to buy RIAs

The CEO of HighTower, with a big assist from Liz Nesvold and a $150 million line of credit, is on the prowl for large practices

March 18, 2016 — 4:44 AM UTC

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