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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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John Rourke: The name of the game is 10-person startups actually having a chance of taking down huge, established players.

VCs back Wealthbox with another $6 million as improbable play to upend CRM giants like Salesforce, Microsoft and Redtail by 'Facebooking' its look and shanghai-ing data from LinkedIn

CEO John Rourke recognizes that CRM and social media are birds of a feather and he is starting to make his startup fly with the power and simplicity of the Silicon Valley giants

February 13, 2017 — 8:22 PM UTC by Jessica Devenyns

Brooke's Note: We often leave the software parsing to the specialists like Messrs. Bruckenstein, Winterberg and Kitces. But when venture capitalists buy in we like to try to know what compelled them to pry open their wallets. The advance of Wealthbox remains improbable but $6 ...

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Eric Poirier: You don't want to be orphaned.

Addepar secures Morgan Stanley account by winning a test of wills and setting a small army on Manhattan

Despite initial skeptics, industry pressure pushes first wirehouse into line, but will others feel the burn?

January 18, 2017 — 9:29 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

Brooke's Note: As my contribution to this article by Janice Kirkel, I interviewed Addepar CEO Eric Poirier at 10 p.m. ET Monday as he left a NYC restaurant. He assured me it was all biorhythmically good -- he was still on West Coast time having started ...

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Bob Miller: Although we compete with Addepar in the reporting domain we also provide services that they do not.

With Addepar muscling in, original UHNW software force PCR hires new CEO, triples engineering staff, kills off asset-based pricing and seeks more RIAs

Plucky Bob Miller is replacing Rob Fiore at the Wilton, Conn. firm with a keen sense of UHNW hegemony and willingness to take half an RIA loaf for reporting on managed illiquid assets

December 30, 2016 — 7:14 PM UTC by Sarah O’Brien

Brooke's Note: I am not somebody who is sold on the idea that alternatives investments are good to invest in or that they are even all that "alternative" given how many readily melted down in 2008-'09 along with everything else. Part of my skepticism lies simply ...

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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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Eric Clarke: The perception is that they're being charged for investment management. That's not really the case.

Eric Clarke hatches plan to put RIA fees front and center by applying sunlight to 1.5 million accounts

The president of Orion Advisor Services mined the fee information of the 1,000 RIAs who use his software

December 23, 2016 — 7:25 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: My advice when you go Christmas shopping is to become blind to the price tags. The process is too vexatious as it is without bringing in that irksome variable. But the days when I might advise an RIA to go willfully blind into ...

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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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Neesha Hathi: This is a modern approach to financial planning and wealth management that mirrors what today’s consumers have come to expect in other aspects of their lives.

Schwab unveils its virtual future to plaudits but using green CFPs as its real people, mandatory 6% cash, could prove troublesome

Move to launch 28 basis-point Schwab Intelligent Advisory by summer checks all boxes on price, robo, planning, ETFs -- and commoditizes what RIAs sell for three times the fee

December 15, 2016 — 6:11 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: There isn't a shortage of financial advisors. There is only a choked supply of good advisors --ones with training, seasoning and a little God-given perspicacity and bedside manner. Advisors with credentialed training can be cranked out in a pinch like pilots can be ...

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Aaron Klein [with chief of staff Evan Pope]: My Risk Number is 88 and it’s probably a pretty good guess as to why we waited so long before raising capital!

How Aaron Klein plans to make Riskalyze the epicenter of the RIA business with $20 million of fresh private equity money

The CEO startup already has 15,000 users but now he sees the Risk Number as the skeleton key for unlocking robo potential by eliminating two-tier, two-business problem for B2B robos

November 30, 2016 — 10:08 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: People in California feel about as fuzzy toward Sacramento when it comes to its ability to produce new technology as Nathanael  did toward Nazareth. Sacramento is government -- leave progress to the Silicon Valley folks. But this scripture keeps getting proven wrong in the RIA ...

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Bo Lu: What's a phone?

The odd and open courtship between the SEC and robo-advisors plays out again -- this time at an SEC-hosted webcast panel in Washington, D.C.

Mary Jo White introduced a forum with representatives from FutureAdvisor, Betterment and Personal Capital who mostly just nodded in assent at each other

November 15, 2016 — 10:22 PM UTC by Janice Kirkel

Brooke's Note: Federal regulators and robo-advisors seem like odd bedfellows. But regulators have the dizzying challenge of inventing ways to apply old rules to new services that seem to evolve by the month. The robos have equal incentive to make sure that they keep evolving. The ...

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