Articles written by By Lisa Shidler


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HighTower parts ways with -- and doesn't replace -- the dealmaker who has 'worked on more breakaway transactions ... than anyone in the industry'

Elliot Weissbluth's gun-slinging No. 2, Mike Papedis, moves on after HighTower's assets declined, deals waned and the once-loud company took on an indoor voice

March 21, 2017 — 9:53 PM UTC

What happened next after a Wall Street analyst called Walter Bettinger on the carpet for capping virtual RIA's fees

The Schwab CEO cedes no ground to Rich Repetto and others who come to San Francisco to question whether shareholders are losing as investors win

March 17, 2017 — 8:06 PM UTC

Peter Mallouk-Tony Robbins partnership set to soar on new book but quid-pro-quo details of pact between $23-billion RIA and super-salesman are still murky

'Unshakeable' may drive $1 billion-plus in referrals to Creative Planning but just how much lands in Robbins' wallet is undisclosed

March 1, 2017 — 10:59 PM UTC

Where Puzder's exit leaves the fiduciary rule, the DOL's bastardized mission and whether the new appointee prospect is a patsy

New nominee is law professor Alexander Acosta with a more politically correct profile but a similar stance on where power should lie in a free enterprise system

February 16, 2017 — 6:44 PM UTC

Apex Clearing adds Ron Fiske to its Pershing mafia as it plays bigger for emerging asset class -- RIA digital

Fiske departs Envestnet to rejoin Apex CEO William Capuzzi, a former Pershing colleague, to build on Apex 'big league' success as custodian for firms like Betterment and Wealthfront

February 8, 2017 — 10:05 PM UTC

Rekindling old feud, Michael Kitces blasts Betterment, if civilly, for stealth price hike and other shortcomings

The blogging phenom puts love-hate relationship with the New York robo phenom on display as he calls out Betterment's sustainability and growth-rate problems, but as a customer still sees more to love than hate

February 6, 2017 — 11:48 PM UTC

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

September 30, 2016 — 7:25 PM UTC

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

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

In search of a 'mind-set' shift, $2.2 billion Wichita team tunneled out of Morgan Stanley -- taking absolutely no chances with the guards

Despite the team's three-decade age span, the Morgan Stanley veterans shared a vision for a practice -- one without a roll-up, outsourcer or dictates from New York.

September 19, 2016 — 6:30 PM UTC