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Outsourced investments are one of the fastest-growing categories in the financial advisory world. Perched between the asset custodian and the financial advisor, these (mostly) turnkey asset management programs can handle all or a portion of their investing, technology and fiduciary duties.

Advocates of using these TAMPs point to how it's better for the advisor because it frees up more time to spend with clients and prospects. It's also better for clients because the duties are being handled by specialized professionals who benefit from economies of scale.

Skeptics say that it adds a layer of cost and takes away an element of control from the advisors in executing according to a client's financial plan.

Jeff Remming: We saw the ineffectiveness of PortfolioCenter itself after a few years but there weren't many choices back then.

Orion lands $27-billion AUM account as BAM Alliance phases out its homemade system built on Schwab PortfolioCenter

The choice of the Omaha-based, open-source system by the giant DFA TAMP reflects the diverse needs of 140 RIAs -- and the need to up-robo client experience

October 20, 2016 — 3:47 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: Questioning Eric Clarke about this momentous win, I saved the toughest question for last: Did his company, NorthStar Financial Services Group LLC, still have all those employees working from the stuffy attic of a local bank branch in Omaha? How Orion's parent company -- NorthStar ...

Aaron Schumm: I had the luxury of working with 100,000 advisors and hearing what they needed to help their business.

Two years after the $199 million FolioDynamix sale, Aaron Schumm jumps back in the B2B RIA game but not to compete -- yet

Staked to $4.5M of F-Prime and FinTech Collective cash, Vestwell will stay in 401(k) for now but roll its business model over soon enough to IRAs

October 4, 2016 — 6:22 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

Brooke's Note: In covering the RIA business, we follow the money and we follow the people. We also follow the technology and the evolution of business models. In this article, we got to follow all four of those elements and that is what makes Aaron Schumm's new ...

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Bill Sowell: The advisors were innocent bystanders.

Cornered by custodial edicts, CONCERT exits RIA business in deal with Arkansas-based white knight

Bill Sowell's first order of business is to keep the advisor crew on board, using as one sop the familiarity of CONCERT's proprietary CRM

September 28, 2016 — 9:18 PM UTC by Irwin Stein and Lisa Shidler

Brooke's Note: If ever there was a tortoise and hare scenario, it is this. The Silicon Valley-based innovator uses a fast lane approach. But in the end, the spoils go to a terrapin TAMP in Arkansas with the owner's name on the door -- and friendly relations with its custodians.

After RIA ...

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Steve Dunlap (with FolioDynamix's Meghan McCartan): The current robos have jumped the shark.

FolioDynamix president uses conference to KO robos and call them a 'free beta test'

A half-full message on DOL rules is the federal mandate to ask clients about held-away assets as a matter of fiduciary responsibility

September 23, 2016 — 6:23 PM UTC by Guest Columnist Timothy D. Welsh

FolioDynamix remains the Avis of TAMPs -- and its new president Steve Dunlap has much to show for trying harder even when it hurts

“We’ve been punching under our weight class for a while now,” said Dunlap, the former Cetera, Pershing and Lockwood executive, as he reflected ...

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Tom Kimberly: We heard consistent feedback about the need for greater portfolio flexibility.

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 by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: We have been talking about 'convergence' in the financial advice business from the days when people first realized that Schwab was trying to become Merrill Lynch and vice-versa. Schwab is winning that war for the middle by mostly every measure. Now it looks like ...

Ron Carson: The more I stepped back the better. I even shocked myself.

What to make of Ron Carson selling 29% of his empire for $35 million -- and how he's evolved his no-pain, no-gain approach to attract a new generation of talent

Improbably, the master motivator of Omaha is seeking a few good millennial slackers en route to building a firm that exudes as much silicon as charisma

July 12, 2016 — 10:16 PM UTC by Natalie Carpenter

Brooke’s Note: This article hopefully opens a wider window on Ron Carson and his enterprises than any before it. But I’ll warn you, it falls short in one regard despite some rather good tennis shoe sleuthing on the part of Omaha gumshoe Eric ...

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Former DFA exec John Blood is migrating his portfolios toward 'factor' ETFs, and away from DFA mutual funds.

How an ex-DFA exec created a $1.2 billion TAMP in three years and why he's phasing out DFA funds for factor ETFs

After calling on DFA TAMPs like Loring Ward and Symmetry, the owner of Efficient Advisors saw an opening and a way to shave costs

May 9, 2016 — 8:30 PM UTC by Irwin Stein

Brooke’s Note: With its low fees, Nobel Prize-backed investment practices and classroom training of RIAs, Dimensional Fund Advisors is that rare investment product company that walks on water, metaphorically speaking. But with ETFs cheaper and, some would argue, just as “factor”-based in many ...

Charles Goldman: They're buying the management team.

Charles Goldman's turnaround of Genworth castoff leads Chinese investor to pay stunning price

AssetMark grew from $21 billion of AUM to $29 billion but PE firms made quick 300% return

April 12, 2016 — 3:47 AM UTC by Brooke Southall

It wasn’t something Charles Goldman ever imagined doing when he accepted the job to turn around and lead AssetMark after it had begun to unravel under Genworth’s ownership. See: 'AssetMark’ rides again as a $20-billion TAMP with a receding Genworth hangover.

Yet there ...

Jon Baum: If you go and visit the company in Omaha, there's no sense that it's a family business. There are two main campuses and it's a very big and professionally run business.

Orion's parent NorthStar tops 700 employees, finishes second Omaha campus and taps a super-exec from central casting to run it all

With Eric and Todd Clarke handling day-to-day challenges at Orion and CLS, NorthStar finds an un-Clarke in Jon Baum, former CEO and chairman of The Dreyfus Corp.

March 24, 2016 — 7:02 PM UTC by Lisa Shidler

Finally capitulating to the transformation of their family business from a mom-and pop on steroids into a corporate cranker, the Clarke family is putting an outsider in the chief manager spot — but not before yanking a fishing rod out of his hands.

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Scott Winters: Because we're the fastest growing TAMP in America, we haven't really stopped to count which assets are coming from Curian, and which aren't

Why mini-TAMP EQIS just got a maxi private equity infusion after judicious scavenging of Curian

Long Ridge Equity Partners looked once, then came back 18 months later and invested $15 million in a TAMP that shuns mutual funds, allows $25,000 investments and professes to deliver on selling the Yale endowment model in a box

March 3, 2016 — 10:24 PM UTC by Sanders Wommack

Brooke’s Note: It’s well accepted that the core competency of financial advisors lies not in their ability to manage portfolios of securities. We can pretty much stipulate that without pushback. So you’d think that investment outsource companies, namely TAMPs, would thrive. They ...