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RIABiz turns three after experiencing big growth and its fair share of growing pains

It was a year of saying 'yes' to esteemed RIA business visitors to Mill Valley and saying 'no' to a world of distracting 'collaborators'

Friday, August 3, 2012 – 5:19 AM by Brooke Southall
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In its third year, RIABiz moved out of this houseboat and into dog-friendly office space

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Paul Damon

Paul Damon

August 3, 2012 — 4:48 PM

Happy Birthday RIABiz! Best wishes for your next (even more prosperous) adventure around the sun (from the comfort of your 'real’ office). Thank you as always for the daily insight you provide. Keep up the excellent work.

Claudio Pannunzio

Claudio Pannunzio

August 3, 2012 — 4:56 PM

Happy Birthday RIABiz! You guys rock! Wishing you all continued success!

Jason Lahita

Jason Lahita

August 3, 2012 — 4:58 PM

Happy Birthday RIABiz – the passion for this industry, the intregrity and the insight are unparalleled. It is thrilling to watch you grow year over year. In short, you rock.

Mindy Diamond

Mindy Diamond

August 3, 2012 — 6:09 PM

Congratulations on your third birthday! RIABiz is our firm’s “go to” site for excellent, unbiased coverage of the advisory space. Many happy returns!

David Maurice

David Maurice

August 3, 2012 — 6:29 PM

Yes, RIABiz, you rock and Happy Birthday!

I read a lot from as many sources I can find that help me know what is going in the business I concieve ourselves to be in. There is no other source I come to more consistently that in turn, consistently rewards my time by informing me, challenging my perceptions, educating me on the business I think I know and care about more than many because we’ve been doing essentially the same thing for over 20 years. Not only that, but while the art of writing is completely disappearing from the earth, this publication insists on running against that degenerative force by actually delivering text that is well written, edited and proofed. That’s truly amazing.

I was fortunate to come across RIABiz in its first few months. Since then I’ve changed my outlook e-mail rules many times to move around my preferences to various folders and deleting many publications over that time. RIABIz has never been diverted from my inbox. That makes one of very few that have not either been ultimately eliminated or at least moved around from folder to folder.

Thanks to all of you!

Mag Black

Mag Black

August 3, 2012 — 7:26 PM

Happy Birthday RIA Biz – you have great and relative content – keep it up! Too bad you gave up the houseboat, but congrats on the new digs and go dog friendly! Knew you were good folks!

Paul West

Paul West

August 3, 2012 — 7:55 PM

Congrats on your Third Birthday! The insight you provide informs and enteratains. We throughly enjoy your stories and approach to the market. It’s a must-read every day. Wishing you many more years of success!

Marie Swift

Marie Swift

August 3, 2012 — 8:40 PM

My how time flies. Thanks for this great overview and recap of the past 3 years. Rock on!

Brooke Southall

Brooke Southall

August 3, 2012 — 10:41 PM

Paul, Jason, Claudio, Mindy, David, Mag, Paul West and Marie,

Thank you so much for the encouragement. I’m especially grateful that you note our efforts to inject some life and fun into what we do. That takes extra work and it’s nice to be affirmed that it makes a difference to a reader. We really try to write what we think we’d enjoy reading — and in fact we do have to read it so maybe we’re just being a little selfish. But seriously thank you. A world where flourishes, or attempted ones, become extinct would, I think, be pretty dull and lifeless.

Brooke

Sheryl Rowling

Sheryl Rowling

August 5, 2012 — 8:48 PM

Congratulations Brooke! RIABiz has its finger on the pulse of the industry. I look forward to reading your online journal each morning!

John Stuart, Beverly Hills Wealth Management

John Stuart, Beverly Hills Wealth Management

August 6, 2012 — 2:34 PM

I applaud your wonderful success and look forward to many more years of fantastic coverage and industry insight. Happy Birthday!

Stephen Winks

Stephen Winks

August 6, 2012 — 7:32 PM

Brooke,

It is so good to see a company like RIA BIZ, which is focused on helping advisors to act in the best interest of the investing public, succeed. The trust and confidence of the investing public in Advisors has an unsurpassed advocate in RIA Biz.

From your formulation and the very inception of RIA Biz, you have not deviated from being a huge supporter of advisory services, when commission sales was the easy path to follow. At the time the trade press was exclusively focused on product sales and distribution and even questioned the relevency of anything outside a brokerage format, to include advisory services, prudent process, advanced technology, conflict of interest management, transparency, fiduciary standing, broker accountability and ongoing responsibility for recommendations.

Now, industry publications formerly geared to commission sales and product distribution have changed their names to be more advice centric, a Congressional mandate requires brokers who render advice to be accountable and responsible for their recommendations, investment vehicles like ETFs that afford no commissions and are designed for portfolio construction are eclipsing load mutual fund sales, and Fund companies like DFA which are built around helping advisors constructing portfolios, rather than selling products, are winning far more assets than distribution companies.

In many ways RIA Biz has lead the charge on financial services innovation, long neglected, which places you and your readers in the vangard of advancing the best interest of the investing public which will restore the trust and confidence of the investing public.

The political inexpediency of the industry choosing not to embrace the fiduciary standing of the broker is now comming back to haunt them and has been terribly self defeating as there is no longer a question that, by design, brokers are not accountable or responsible for tyheir recommendations. The industry can no longer run away from its SEC responsibility to provide the enabling resources necessary for brokers to make advice safe, scalable, easy to execute and manage as a high margin business cheaper than the cost of a packaged product.

RIA BIZ has played no small role in influencing the direction of the industry and giving voice to much needed innovation so each broker does not have to reinvent the wheel in support of fiduciary standing.

Congratulations, not just on your third anniversary, but on becomming a highly credible authentic voice in support of advisory services. You became an advocate when others did not have the courage to do the right thing.

The brokerage industry has been a powerful antagonist to fiduciary standing. Your principled stand for fiduciary standing not exhibited in the trade press was courageous.

As the industry and the trade press go through a difficult patch, I hope advertisers understand your unique editorial focus and readership that reflects uncommon courage and your industry redefining advocacy of advisory services and fiduciary standing. Nobody does it better.

SCW

Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz

August 8, 2012 — 11:04 AM

Happy Birthday! Indeed, at our agency, RIA stands for “Read It Always!”

Best from the crew at Schwartz Public Relations,

Barry

Brooke Southall

Brooke Southall

August 15, 2012 — 5:07 AM

Thank you so much, too, Barry, Steve, John and Sheryl. Each of your well-wishes is plenty appreciated and affirms the extra effort we make to make articles something we might actually want to read.

Brooke

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