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.


Jon Stein, flanked by Maureen Thompson of CFA and Betterment associate counsel Seth Rosenbloom, marking the envisaged starting day of the DOL rule.

After putting big chips on DOL fiduciary rule, Betterment hosts funereal event to mark the April 10 Go Day That Wasn't

CEO Jon Stein sat shoulder to shoulder with CFP Board and Consumer Federation of America guests and held court with CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports reporters

April 13, 2017 — 6:50 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

Brooke's Note: Betterment is best known for its B-to-C robo. RIA types know it's an RIA business. But the New York robo's interesting side bet is its 401(k) platform that its founders claim to have built after they became so disgusted, as ...

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Dashing to catch a plane, Pershing's Lisa Dolly updated me on the company's COO search. ​

The 10 takeaways Chip Roame imparted at his Tiburon CEO Summit in NYC and other items I gleaned by gumshoe reporting

From the Battery Ritz common space, disembodied text and email recipients appear in human form

April 6, 2017 — 5:26 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

Brooke's Note: The best club is that one that won't have you as a member. That applies to conferences. So RIABiz has kept up a pretty good record of attendance at the Tiburon CEO Summit -- even since the event stopped inviting reporters. But to some ...

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Joe Cianciolo [with Simon Roy]: The future is the next five to 10 years. The millennials don't have that much money.

Why FutureAdvisor orphaned its B2C book of business, how post-Invesco Jemstep is doing and other learnings at CFA Society's robo-panel in San Francisco

Since BlackRock acquired it, the $152-million robo has gone full-on for big enterprises with big books of boomers and joined a chorus of robo-owners sick of millennial bullcrap

April 4, 2017 — 5:38 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: This was an elegant San Fran event of artisan cheeses and embiggening surroundings. It was the CFA Society's first go at having a financial technology event and enthusiasm ran high. But the event might have also been subtitled: how do we ...

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T3 organizer Joel Bruckenstein (l.) set the stage for a smorgasbord of announcements, acquisitions and integrations.

An e-marriage of Schwab and Fidelity, a reflective Ron Carson and good jargon-bashing made T3 take off like that helicopter outside

Addepar and FolioDynamix team up, Fidelity defends its robo-AMP and Carson tells why the Carson Wealth-LPL partnership failed -- and what blame he takes

February 21, 2017 — 6:52 PM UTC by Graham Thomas

Brooke's Note: Graham Thomas, Chicago-based advertising chief for RIABiz, gets sent to T3 with marching orders to deliver hard news devoid of any damn jargon from an event where nary a non-jargoned sentence is spoken. How he works his way out of that box in ...

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Tim Hockey: There is an advice continuum with do-it-yourselfers on one end and advisor directed investors on the other. In the middle we don’t want to give them a reason to leave, so we have to offer more choices.

Tim Hockey invites channel-conflict question before TD Ameritrade's RIAs, sets good tone at LINC conference

New CEO plants question with his own PR interrogator, relieving tension, albeit with a stock answer, and allowing a successful event to unfold

February 6, 2017 — 6:22 PM UTC by Guest Columnist Tim Welsh

Brooke's Note: Our Robin Reilly was supposed to be in San Diego to help write but she got struck down by the flu. Fortunately for us, Tim Welsh, in early-season form, has flown so many miles that no amount of recycled Southwest Airlines air ...

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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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