Justin Castelli: It felt like we were all blindsided.

TD Ameritrade angers RIAs who feel 'blindsided' after its actions affect all Vanguard ETFs and BlackRock withdraws from its NTF platform

The Omaha-based broker's roll-out of new ETF platform also removes Morningstar as ETF-picker as new State Street ultra-cheap fund line-up gets the Vanguard/iShares spoils

11 hours ago by By Lisa Shidler

Brooke's Note: Among cascade of post-DOL changes none are more stark and raw than ones associated with fund platforms. See: US Bancorp venture uses $2.6-trillion running start in bid to become the supermarket-of-fund-supermarkets -- with analysts seeing threat to Pershing and other clearing giants. The good news ...

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Kelly Lynch: You've got spaghetti going in between the two.

US Bancorp venture uses $2.6-trillion running start in bid to become the supermarket-of-fund-supermarkets -- with analysts seeing threat to Pershing and other clearing giants

Using DOL rule as spur, the Minneapolis bank conjoins with hundreds of small IBDs with tantalizing promise of placing them on the same footing as the biggest self-clearing firms

October 17, 2017 — 10:45 PM UTC by Oisin Breen

Brooke's Note: With perhaps the exception of RIAs themselves, the financial advisory business has been dislodged from its axis by the DOL rule, directly or indirectly. One exception might be the clearing firms -- Pershing, RBC and National Financial Services -- which provide clearing capabilities to ...

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Aaron Schumm: This is the most fun the business has ever been.

As Aaron Schumm's 401(k) startup gets $8 million the FolioDynamix founder loves Vestwell's odd juxtaposition to Fidelity

Vestwell attracts second big FMR seed capital tranche by co-opting advisors to go where the Boston 401(k) king is most challenged -- very small plan sponsors

October 13, 2017 — 5:12 PM UTC by Brooke Southall

Brooke's Note: Fidelity Investments is making noises about buying a software company to keep eMoney in the lonely corporate shell in which it is housed. The Boston giant could do worse than to make a deal for Vestwell because the price will be right. F-Prime ...

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Paul Reilly confirmed that, for the first time, the fastest growing segment in the firm’s private client group last fiscal year was its RIA channel.

In calm after storm Raymond James showcases three RIA tipping points at RIA confab -- and two of them are good

The St. Petersburg, Fla.-based broker-dealer took unabashed aim at the brokerage model as Tom Giacchetti warned RIAs about an SEC no longer content with firing warning shots

October 12, 2017 — 8:57 PM UTC by Guest Columnist Anthea Penrose

Brooke's Note: What happened at the Raymond James RIA conference at the Boca Raton Resort Oct. 2-4 stayed at the ... you know. Except for what ended up on the pages of RIABiz. For that we can thank Anthea Penrose, public relations manager for Raymond James private client group.  ...

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Brian McLaughlin: No one is offering advisors best practices for texting clients. It doesn't exist.

Caveats galore, Redtail attempts CRM revolution based on texting starting with 27,000 firms who use its software

Compliance experts and advisors throw down the gauntlet on CRM chat challenges but CEO/CTO Brian McLaughlin is unfazed

October 11, 2017 — 7:30 PM UTC by By Lisa Shidler

Brooke's Note: I am unqualified to edit this article in one important sense. I have never in my life sent a text. I am neither proud nor embarrassed about that fact. Never having texted is directly tied to my never owning a smartphone. (I'll ...

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Graham Thomas interviewed Michael Kitces about the elephant in the FPA tent.

The 2017 FPA conference leans heavily on a Michael Kitces unimpressed with the group's 'silence' on the CFP Board

Although its theme was elusive, the Denver-based advocacy group and standard-setter drew 1,800 advisors to the Country-Western capital

October 9, 2017 — 7:57 PM UTC by Graham Thomas

Brooke's Note: Any successful system of governing and accountability starts with checks and balances. At the practice level, firms are undergoing a pretty radical uptick in accountability as RIAs take hold and the DOL rule begins to make its mark on brokers. The CFP Board is also ...

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Mike Durbin: The number one thing I will do in this job is serve as chief advocate for our clients.

'No BS' Mike Durbin leapfrogs up the Fidelity Investments ladder but can he serve RIAs, eMoney and Abby?

RIAs run out of superlatives for the eight-year exec's ability to 'get it' at both the intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial level as he ascends to president of $2.3-trillion Fidelity Institutional

October 6, 2017 — 8:06 PM UTC by By Lisa Shidler

Brooke's Note: It bears repeating. Fidelity Investments is both a giant mom and pop business and one of the more corporate corporations you'll ever run across -- and that is why it remains on top of the heap with more than $6.2 trillion ...

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