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The M Resort is a sufficient RIA magnet -- though it shares characteristics with a suburban metroplex

'Ocean's Eleven'-grade RIA sharpies set to play Vegas at MarketCounsel's 2012 Summit

A remarkably varied lineup of industry A-listers are odds-on to spark lively conversation at the compliance confab

August 31, 2012 – 5:19 AM

Les Abromovitz: On many occasions, advisors' websites contain inconsistent statements about partners' experience and how many years they have been in business.

Unlike politicians, advisors can't walk back false claims

It may be flip-flopping season on the campaign trail but RIAs must be careful to stick to one regulatory story

August 31, 2012 – 5:10 AM

Nathan Sonnenberg is the first member of the Fortigent executive suite to depart since the firm was bought by LPL five months ago.

Two top Fortigent talents leave in the same week as industry-watchers ask: Was it them or was it LPL?

The LPL-owned investments outsourcer may not replace CIO Nathan Sonnenberg and alternative investments director Robert Mileff

August 30, 2012 – 4:59 AM

Paul Lutz: [LPL's] gotten so large they have a difficult time keeping support staff.

Not everyone has to make rain: Mariner brings over former LPL advisor who'd rather stay indoors and give advice

HSMC Wealth Management and its $40 million in assets is one of Mariner's smaller acquisitions of late as it looks to make smart, strategic buys

August 29, 2012 – 4:20 AM

Winnie Sun: We have doubled the size of our staff and published iPhone and iPad apps for our clients, and we will be starting to post YouTube videos.

LPL showcases some successful, ambitious advisors as the FOCUS 2012 conference wraps up

'King of the world' James Cameron was on hand to talk about the risk of not taking risks and an ex-IMF economist confirmed that there are plenty to go around

August 29, 2012 – 4:12 AM

Tom Gonnella: It makes no sense to place the burden on individuals to figure out how much their nest egg is costing them.

Obfuscation Nation: 401(k) fee disclosure laws still don't give the true cost of plans and may well cause more agita for would-be retirees

The new DOL rules are far from ideal but may give fee-based advisors an edge in the small-plan market

August 28, 2012 – 4:37 PM

David Witz: It could be fireworks for the RIA community or just another compliance fizzle.

A 401(k) plan dethroning deferred: The DOL-mandated disclosures may not set any legacy palaces on fire near-term

The expected RIA field day and B-D comeuppance may come limping out of the gate; Fidelity has put 17 million 401(k) disclosures in the mail with few follks batting an eye -- with high-balance participants as the possible big exception

August 28, 2012 – 3:33 AM

Ron Rhoades: I’ve put a big target on my back.

Before taking a self-imposed vow of silence, Ron Rhoades sounds off on the RIA industry and tells what's it's like to hit a professional wall

The outspoken NAPFA chairman-who-wasn't covers why the Bachus bill will rise again, the true fix for RIA exams and why the term 'fee-based' is inherently 'fraudulent'

August 27, 2012 – 3:33 AM

Launch No. 2: RIABiz correspondent Timothy Welsh and T3's Joel Bruckenstein set sail.

After a year under wraps, Laser App unveils a new "anywhere" product at its sixth annual conference in San Diego

Laser App Anywhere is, from its cloud, fundamentally different from the company's legacy desktop, server-based software products

August 27, 2012 – 3:29 AM

Mark Mensack: Bachus has ignored my own whistle-blower allegations against Morgan Stanley, which relate to what 401(k) expert Edward Siedle describes as fraud that 'makes Madoff look like chicken feed.'

Why Bachus' SRO-that-must-not-be-named would prove a tyrant to RIAs

The author says that as a private corporation endowed with governmental powers, FINRA is unsafe at any speed

August 24, 2012 – 4:02 PM

Palladiem founders Stephanie Mackara, Joseph Scavetti Jr., David Feldman and CEO Donald Robinson

After bringing in $500 million in first year, breakaway Lockwood execs set sights on bigger growth

Palladiem is now investing in a big sales talent to reap previously unsolicited clients

August 24, 2012 – 4:56 AM

Ron Rhoades: I'm looking forward to a full night's sleep tonight.

State of Florida gives low sanction to Ron Rhoades

Mitigating factors are cited by the Division of Securities and the resigning NAPFA chair expresses appreciation

August 23, 2012 – 10:03 PM

Ron Ferguson: We won't lose.

TD, Fidelity and Schwab get green light to custody assets of advisors who use National Advisors Trust

Fido and TD Ameritrade are on board with the RIA-owned custodian and trust company but Schwab is still weighing its options

August 23, 2012 – 3:37 AM

Jordan Szekely brings investment banking acument, wealth management experience and relative youth to Evercore.

Evercore makes a wealth management hire from Goldman Sachs who's fluent in investment banking

The big $3.6-billion NYC RIA is looking to get cooler, smarter and more in touch with the entity that owns a major chunk of it

August 23, 2012 – 3:20 AM

Matt Dillig: Everybody calls the same people but not everyone has the same outcome.

How a young, new HighTower recruit built his business to $1 billion in assets with just 30 clients

Matt Dillig's team is the Chicago aggregator's first 'get' from Credit Suisse, known for its superwealthy clients

August 22, 2012 – 4:51 PM

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