Articles written by Kelly O'Mara

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Dissecting Blucora's giant act of financial engineering -- adding a broker-dealer to a software roll-up

M&A expert Bill Ruckelshaus' Bellevue company is paying $580 million for H.D. Vest, a crazy price by some measures but not if 5.5 million existing Blucora customers can be cross-sold

December 15, 2015 — 6:28 PM UTC

Wealthfront takes on another Facebook vet -- a clue that going dark in Palo Alto doesn't mean going away

The last-standing pure B2C robo hopes to outwit, outlast, and outplay its competitors by out-hiring them

December 3, 2015 — 6:15 PM UTC

Why exactly Betterment backers Marty Bicknell and Steve Lockshin became customers of rival robo and custodian TD Ameritrade

What makes the counterintuitive step work is how Jemstep helps round up the mass-affluent's mess of paperwork

November 25, 2015 — 5:55 PM UTC

How many RIAs are there? No, seriously, how many?

Competing counts are full of 'bastardized' definitions of 'advisor,' state vs. SEC- vs. dually registered IARs, differing study criteria and agendas

November 11, 2015 — 7:57 PM UTC

The odd case of MetLife's claim that it's being bullied by LPL

The $60 billion market-cap insurer alleges LPL was underhanded in luring away 60 employees -- but thousands have already left its broker-dealer without LPL's help

August 18, 2015 — 5:07 PM UTC

How an ex-Goldman superstar asset gatherer in LA is bringing her bazooka to the RIA knife fight

Growing up in a West Egg-East Egg scenario among the Long Island rich, Amy Parvaneh burnished her credentials with unusual Parisian luxury brands training, a Duke MBA and a dramatic Wall Street debut

August 10, 2015 — 7:28 PM UTC

Why SigFig is shifting its focus to using banks as middlemen despite having captive consumer audience with $350 billion

The San Francisco-based robo-advisor has trepidation about the scale it would take to handle the conversions after bad experience

July 21, 2015 — 7:13 PM UTC

How a software-flummoxed ex-Merrill Lynch private banker set up shop, invented his own dashboard and is selling it to top RIAs

David Benskin is bringing on talent from eMoney, Black Diamond and Envestnet to grow Wealth Access

June 25, 2015 — 5:13 PM UTC

BloombergBlack rematerializes as CircleBlack minus Bloomberg

John Michel salvaged the lessons learned and momentum of a venture that was on a roll when its plug got pulled

July 15, 2014 — 5:19 PM UTC

An ex-Lehman exec with a 2008 crash sideline seat becomes Mr. Inside for the TAMP, roll-up and RIA where Michael Kitces is Mr. Outside

Pinnacle has hit $1.3 billion of AUM and is pushing forward aggressively with hires, strategic plans and offering 'office hours' with the planning research head dubbed 'stump the Kitces'

July 10, 2014 — 5:22 AM UTC