Conferences

This section contains news and coverage about the dozens of conferences held in the advisory industry every year. Those conferences range from annual events put on by the big custodians to small hands-on workshops hosted by law firms, consultants and tech companies, among others. RIABiz can't cover all the conferences, but this page includes our stories about those we have written about.

We hope that getting a flavor of the different gatherings helps you decide which are worthwhile attending and — if you're in the conference business yourself — what clicks with attendees and what doesn't. Have a suggestion for a conference we should cover? Email me, Brooke Southall at brooke@riabiz.com.


Peter Mallouk owns a $21-billion RIA already growing with organic ferocity. Then Tony Robbins shows up and whoosh.

The 10 RIABiz stories advisors connected with most deeply in 2016 and how hubris and humility ran amok in this didn't-see-it-coming year

How did Aequitas swamp CONCERT? Power outages at LPL, Cetera and Wealthfront? Adolescent robo problems? And was that Tony Robbins hawking his money book ... again?

December 28, 2016 — 5:54 PM UTC by Dina Hampton

Brooke's Note: Choosing which articles were of greatest interest to RIABiz readers in 2016 was easy because a Google robot  measures the final results of your reading output.  We then refresh your human memory about why the story was so irrestistible at the time. Big ...

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RIAs went to the belly of the options beast.

RIAs get schooled on how to cut out the greediest middlemen -- insurers and hedgers -- at an event at Chicago Board Options Exchange

Options Industry Council panel showcased success stories and product pitchers of off-the-rack options automation and our caffeinated reporter swears it was all in a layman's intellectual grasp

December 19, 2016 — 6:47 PM UTC by Graham Thomas

Brooke's Note:  We prevailed upon Graham Thomas to look in on an Options Industry Council panel to find out just what software and determination has been used to make options comprehensible to English majors. The big takeaway is that it's getting cheaper and easier to hedge a portfolio ...

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Daniel Kern: Looking forward, we spend a lot and need to do more with marketing, both brand and message.

Seven RIAs tell what big project they spent money for in 2016 -- and why

Graham Thomas corralled advisor principals at MarketCounsel's Summit in Miami Beach and got some intense answers

December 16, 2016 — 8:11 PM UTC by Graham Thomas

Brooke's Note: Words like journalist, writer and reporter get thrown around interchangeably. Somehow "reporter" sounds the least prestigious, but it shouldn't be. It's at the heart of journalism. Reporting is asking the right questions to the right people -- and making sure that you get an answer to ...

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Lobbying took on a new meaning at the Fontainebleau this week at the MarketCounsel Summit.

MarketCounsel Summit 2016 – the theme is when the boss calls, you go

The Fontainebleau glitters, but not with newly minted Trumpsters, as Summit chief Brian Hamburger got more than he bargained for with the conference's theme of 'change'

December 9, 2016 — 4:41 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

I first became aware of MarketCounsel Summit 2016 in October, when I met Brian Hamburger for the first time, at a Fidelity conference in New York at what used to be the Helmsley Palace. I met with Brian briefly in the media room, he told ...

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Ron Rhoades: The worst case would be adopting a rule and calling it fiduciary when it is actually a much weaker standard.

At MarketCounsel, a Ron Rhoades-Skip Schweiss exchange reveals new DOL-rule threat -- a Trump-led compromise creating a mutant strain of the reg that benefits no one

The problem, Rhoades says, is that a pseudo-fiduciary standard asks consumers to assume the burden of knowing what's best for them when it comes to investing, which brings the problem full circle

December 7, 2016 — 8:33 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

Brooke's Note: We sent correspondents to this week's MarketCounsel Summit looking for a more definitive picture of the future of the DOL rule. Here is a dispatch from its DOL panel and intensive off-panel conversations with two of its participants which reveal a potentially grayer, uglier outcome under all the ...

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Kellyanne Conway, flanked by Marc Cohen and Brian Hamburger, uttered not a word related to DOL, Dodd Frank or any other RIA-related matter.

MarketCounsel Summit weathers Trump mayhem as Scaramucci and Priebus bail and Kellyanne Conway makes a night flight to Miami

A frenzied speaker-substitution effort was capped by a wee-hours lobby stakeout for Conway

December 6, 2016 — 9:17 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: Doing what she does best -- smoothing over rough edges for Donald Trump and the rest of the boys who surround him --  Kellyanne Conway today made her way to the MarketCounsel Summit in Miami to cover for two no-shows in Scaramucci and Priebus and ...

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[Brian Hamburger and] Marc Cohen: We nail people down by text message.

MarketCounsel texts like crazy to get and keep its white hot speakers, Priebus and Scaramucci, nailed down

The speaking time slots for these Trump power brokers are elusive but the boys are coming to Brian Hamburger's Florida event -- perhaps with knives drawn for the DOL rule

November 25, 2016 — 8:55 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

Brooke's Note: How do you get something really impressive and power-bending accomplished? You bear down like all holy hell but you do so in a spirit of friendship and flexibility but with all technology that can be brought to bear. We never thought it was an accident that ...

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Min Zhang: I came into the business thinking sophistication and complexity analytics were what advisors need, only to be humbled by the demand for simple.

The spoonful of gamifying sugar a 33 year-old CEO took to make the boomer-ethos T3 conference go down and the robo-bonobo mentality that she observed

As Min Zhang put her millenial self in the shoes of a small IBD owner, anxieties multiplied and solutions seemed scarce

November 10, 2016 — 6:26 PM UTC by Guest Columnist Min Zhang

Brooke's Note: Min Zhang turns the tables on us in this column. So often us baby boomer, Gen-X types observe millennials like field scientists among bonobos in the Congo. After her Stanford B-school classmates rip on FAs at reunion, a stung Min Zhang takes uber ...

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Walt Bettinger (with Bernie Clark): It’s fairly safe to say that most of the rest are available for the right check.

As Bernie Clark and Walt Bettinger go on offense, LPL and Wells Fargo names get named and a B2C robo dry-up gets foretold at Schwab IMPACT in San Diego

The Schwab CEO, buoyed by his robo, robust quarterly results and DOL fallout at competitors is on offense -- a state of being RIAs can relate to

October 28, 2016 — 6:41 PM UTC by Guest Columnist Tim Welsh

Brooke's Note: If you are Schwab Advisor Services, you are a giant e-commerce website backed by good call centers. In good years, your website brings in about half the bottom-line profits for The Charles Schwab Corp. But once a year you are zapped out of virtual ...

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Right to left: Karen Barr; Joel Bruckenstein; Beverly Flaxington; Brian Hamburger, Philip Palaveev, David Canter.

eMoney form inspires Fidelity function in NYC that serves up a familiar menu with fine garnish

Philip Palaveev, not for the first time, kept Fidelity’s Inside Track conference as sparkly as its ballroom

October 27, 2016 — 7:44 PM UTC by Tanvi Acharya

Brooke's Note: Advisor events are heavy on platitudes and pageantry. Fidelity's event in New York City last week stuck to that script. But we are aware, too, that this event signified a real strategic thrust by Fidelity to incorporate much more planning into its bag of tricks on ...

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