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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

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

Betterment makes Goldman Sachs and Vanguard partners as it shifts into higher RIA gear

With advisors demanding to get back in the driver's seat, the robo's RIA chief, Tom Kimberly goes for two big-name model portfolio strategists under the 'Betterment for Advisors' brand

September 14, 2016 — 1:29 PM UTC

Why Focus Financial is risking it all -- including the advantages of privacy and private stock -- for a successful IPO

RIAs are perhaps being held in place by just those two elements, but with $1-billion valuation on the line, the liquidity event is taking on a life of its own

August 30, 2016 — 6:57 PM UTC

What to make of LPL freezing the wages of most staffers -- and some reaction to the company's explanation

Cost savings may be less the issue than the desire to turn a page, change a culture and even headhunt Google- and Goldman Sachs-like visionary execs

August 19, 2016 — 3:17 AM UTC

RIABiz turns seven, with a central new 'problem'

With our inauspicious 2009 start year long gone, we see the chance to achieve a bigger destiny as RIAs rise and legacy publications embrace pay-for-play content models

August 10, 2016 — 7:18 PM UTC

Talent exodus hits Wealthfront including heads of product, marketing and compliance

Elliot Shmukler is credited with much of the product development that vaulted the robo from $150 million to $3.5 billion

July 26, 2016 — 10:08 PM UTC

HighTower blindsides its own Palm Desert team with pink slips leaving pregnant questions in the arid air

The Chicago roll-up cites improprieties by its partner-employees but recruiters find the timing interesting as the team was actively seeking an exit

July 16, 2016 — 12:05 AM UTC

Betterment makes CFO hire with $20 billion AUM 'line of sight' and IPO mindfulness

As the NYC robo hits $5 billion ahead of its rivals, Amy Shapero will deploy hundreds of millions en route to a stock symbol

July 15, 2016 — 5:54 PM UTC

DOL rule still has feet tangled in the struggle to define difference between 'suitability' and 'fiduciary'

Fiduciares keep flunking a definition of useful accountability and the giant brokerage lobby keeps exploiting its 'F'

June 27, 2016 — 6:26 PM UTC