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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein denied that his firm had an obligation to sell securities they thought would be good investments, or to disclose the company’s short position on such securities.

Regulatory Wire: Goldman Sachs opens door for the fiduciary standard; Senators pile on to the cause

Jail time for those who violate the standard? There's a new tone in Washington, D.C.

April 30, 2010 – 4:30 AM

Jonathan Kempner: The mantra is: Know what you have.

Tiger 21 members have shifted priorities in choosing who manages their investments

Tiger, a forum for the ultra-affluent, has members who see the beauty of working with squeaky-clean advisors

April 30, 2010 – 4:27 AM

Tony Ferreira: They’re a victim of the recession.

Some experts question Cogent Research study's finding of big dip in 401(k) plan ownership

The bad economy deterred participation in employer retirement plans but their growth may stay suppressed longer term, researchers say

April 29, 2010 – 6:26 AM

Paul Zettl: We target around 100 advisors because we want to keep it intimate and allow advisors to ask questions and network.

TD Ameritrade is pulling out the stops for 100 advisors in Laguna Beach

Smaller custodian is starting to make a habit of 'going big'

April 29, 2010 – 6:25 AM

Bill Whitney: Everybody at a wirehouse has reached a gag threshold and is looking for an exit with few exceptions.

UBS brokers break away Mississippi style and a bass-fishing ex-Merrill broker comes out of retirement

Leaving the wirehouse was made easier by a truism of the folksy state: clients would be offended not to be asked to follow

April 28, 2010 – 6:09 AM


Scott Pritchard: Many advisors [selling 401(k) plans] recognize the merits of a move to fee-only, but like a drug addict who knows they need to quit, they just can not 'kick the habit.'

RIAs are starting to create their own 401(k) companies as alternatives to John Hancock and The Principal

Capital Directions is building a TAMP for advisors that want to get into the 401(k) business

April 27, 2010 – 6:20 AM

Ron Rhoades: When will Congress stand up to Wall Street?

One-Man Think Tank: When Wall Street has investors' 'best interests' at heart, watch out

As Senate is poised to take up reform, Ron Rhoades contends the movement to create a "new" fiduciary standard is a campaign of disinformation

April 27, 2010 – 6:19 AM

Barron's Top 100 advisors paid for their own Ritz-Carlton rooms but didn't seem to mind

Enthusiasm simmers in the wake of the by-invite-only Barron's Top 100 conference

The purity of the all-independent crowd was palpable, powerful for attendees

April 26, 2010 – 5:15 AM

Michael Wilson: We are trying to cut down on the number of systems an advisor needs to use.

Review: Morningstar Office's web-based platform combines research, advisor tools

No-frills interface offers easy access to reports, benchmarking

April 26, 2010 – 4:33 AM

Tom Boczar: It's not how much you earn; it's how much you keep.

Structuring to optimize tax-efficiency

Recent developments and innovations in single stock concentration risk management

April 26, 2010 – 4:30 AM

Andy Gill: Clients understand what they're going to get with purchases of new issues of municipal bonds.

Schwab gives investors seat at the table for new-issue municipal bonds with J.P. Morgan deal (updated)

San Francisco broker answers call of RIAs seeking to better serve retirement-minded Baby Boomers

April 23, 2010 – 6:03 AM

Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein has said the investment bank is not a fiduciary. What is at issue, then, is what the suitability standard really is.

Regulatory Wire: How Goldman Sachs' fraud case will redirect the regulatory debate

Two Senators to offer amendment; plus, how many arbitration cases are filed because of breach of fiduciary duty? It's a lot.

April 23, 2010 – 6:01 AM

Bernie Clark: Our competitors are still treating this [custody of alternative assets] as an accommodation.

After a wait, Schwab has a program for alternative assets

The giant custodian will hold many of the assets itself

April 22, 2010 – 7:13 AM

Elliot Weissbluth: The Dean Witter and Morgan Stanley cultures never integrated so you have two cultures taking in a third culture – Smith Barney.

HighTower doubles recruiting staff and seeks green pastures of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney brokers

Unforeseen interest in potential breakaways accelerates plans of big aggregator

April 22, 2010 – 7:11 AM

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