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Joe Duran lays out his latest case for why wirehouses -- and classic RIAs -- risk losing out to a coming oligopoly of new-model holistic firms

The coming 'life management' model won't be addressed by the big guys or the little ones in this very young industry, says the United Capital CEO

Friday, September 21, 2012 – 4:40 PM by Brooke Southall
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Joe Duran: Your competition will not be Merrill Lynch. It will be the big players with value that you can't match.

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Marc Spilker adds Matt Brinker as chess piece -- and partner -- in what he calls a 'very selective' talent add to build platform-for-RIA platforms outside Wall Street

Merchant Investment Management's executive chairman wants good people good at their job and Brinker likes having a breakaway Goldman partner rather than one captive to the Wall Street giant.

January 15, 2020 – 2:42 AM

Goldman Sachs & Co. appoints Rachel Schnoll to yank off United Capital band-aid that Joe Duran didn't -- making FinLife work with non-UC applications

The New York-based investment bank has the cash and people to do the combinations -- especially Goldman software -- that the roll-up's founder couldn't afford or didn't want to advantage

November 8, 2019 – 4:52 AM

Goldman Sachs closes United Capital deal and Matt Brinker, Joe Duran's wingman, exits with social media swan song on same day

The M&A chief's departure from the Newport Beach, Calif. roll-up may signal that its rolling-up days are over

July 18, 2019 – 6:13 PM

AssetMark suddenly parts ways with president/CEO Charles Goldman; protégé Natalie Wolfsen named CEO; Michael Kim president

AssetMark chairwoman Xiaoning Jiao provided no details, faint praise for Goldman amid his unexpected departure, but was effusive over Wolfsen appointment.

February 24, 2021 – 3:31 AM

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MarketCounsel | Hamburger Law Firm
Consulting Firm, Compliance Expert, Legal Services for RIAs
Top Executive: Brian Hamburger

United Capital Financial Advisers
RIA Welcoming Breakaways
Top Executive: Joe Duran

The Ensemble Practice LLC
Consulting Firm
Top Executive: Philip Palaveev

Betterment, LLC
Financial Planning Software
Top Executive: Jon Stein




Elmer Rich III

Elmer Rich III

September 21, 2012 — 5:16 PM

This is a grand vision. “The future is unknowable.”

Whether these predictions prove out is an empirical question and we’ll see.

“...the reports of my death are an exaggeration.” Mark Twain

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