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Why Joe Duran is dead wrong on 2015 marking the end of the Golden Era of the RIA

The serial entrepeneur's column in InvestmentNews forgets that RIAs are also advancing and that the 'new competitors' carry baggage and have fatal shortcomings

Monday, September 15, 2014 – 3:27 AM by Brooke Southall
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Being heedless of competitors is dangerous but crying wolf has its own perils.

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