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Tom Nally: We want to simplify this for them so they can actually get engaged in retirement and leverage the TD Ameritrade brand name.

TD Ameritrade launches a 'Goldilocks' 401(k) approach aimed at competing with big wolves -- like Fidelity and Schwab

The turnkey RIA service seeks the middle ground between set-and-forget target date funds and the crazy complexity of building a 401(k) practice

January 31, 2014 – 5:42 PM

Mitt Romney: You are business owners and I love you.

The odd case of Mitt Romney's TD Ameritrade conference keynote and how it turned out for all concerned

The RIA custodian took a risk aligning its brand with the presidential loser but both, arguably, came out as winners

January 31, 2014 – 4:29 AM

Andy Rachleff, right, with Adam Nash: We ultimately agreed to a one-year transition where he would concentrate on building out the team and product and I would focus on external issues.

Andy Rachleff is out as CEO of Wealthfront as former LinkedIn star takes his place

The founder of the Silicon Valley online RIA steps aside to make way for Adam Nash

January 30, 2014 – 3:20 PM

A CPA suggested Winterberg 'e-mail me your last few years of tax returns,' which was a deal killer.

What story Bill Winterberg told 500 TD Ameritrade confab attendees that says it all about the new RIA technology and marketing realities

Google failed the Atlanta transplant, Yelp misled him and then YouTube hit the spot in the search for a financial professional

January 30, 2014 – 5:06 AM

Nicolas Schorsch is known as a man of his word but his word is not fully known on products.

Nicholas Schorsch invites 500 reps to NYC to kick off a 25-city barnstorming tour aimed at easing fears

A blizzard of conference calls with the RCS chairman have only had a band-aid effect so the more personal assault is on

January 29, 2014 – 2:36 PM

Ron Carson: I have an account at Betterment.

Why Ron Carson brought Steve Lockshin onto his team and how Betterment fits into their plans

The head of LPL's flagship RIA and Barron's top independent advisor of 2011 are pooling brainpower and embracing the possibility of deploying strategic robo-advice

January 28, 2014 – 7:03 AM

Mike Papedis: We are not engaged in responding to gossip and we are sticking to our business strategy.

Top recruiter Kevin Geary exits HighTower

The departure of the acclaimed Schwab veteran is a palpable sign for some that the roll-up is going in a new direction

January 27, 2014 – 6:27 PM

Bob Oros: This is what cell phone companies do. They bring us in with a low entry fee and when it comes time, the switching costs don't seem worth it.

Fidelity counsels RIAs to suck it up and go after 'millionaires of tomorrow' but with a strict discipline

RIAs need to chop fees, stop counting pennies and, yes, babysit a bit to wrest these financial tweeners from discount brokers

January 24, 2014 – 6:36 PM

Greg Gable on behalf of Charles Schwab:  Clients who participate in a planning process are more engaged.

Schwab's financial plan production skyrockets in 2013 as part of 'Chuck's' upmarket push

TD and Fidelity hold their fire on playing the planner role as Schwab clients get a full-on planner-executed fee for $2,000 and others are satisfied with more limited plans executed by 1,000 branch advisors for free

January 23, 2014 – 7:26 PM

Hundreds of CPAs looking to roll the dice on wealth management gathered at the Aria Resort and Casino this week.

In benevolent invasion, CPAs-turned-RIAs make statement with sheer numbers in Vegas

Once an outlier and a research prediction, the 2014 AICPA Personal Financial Planning Conference shows that accountants that keep wealth management in-house are now flamboyantly growing

January 23, 2014 – 6:21 AM

Derek Jaskulski: My gripe is that when you have special groups like advisors, [Salesforce] should be aware that e-mail retention is an industry requirement.

How one RIA's faith in Salesforce's sophistication led to cut-and-paste hell and a major rethinking

After a dazzling SF demo, Portland Global Advisors planned to dump its advisor-dumb Microsoft CRM for Salesforce but the devil was in details

January 22, 2014 – 7:44 AM

Ron Sallet: I am delighted to now be able to talk to these advisors as a fellow entrepreneur.

Dynasty snatches a top 'road warrior' from FiNet

The former Smith Barney, Wells Fargo recruiter will now prey on his own kind

January 22, 2014 – 5:02 AM

Sallie Krawcheck:  My mind is clear, not yet caught up in the multiple internal conversations that we all conduct with ourselves.

Why 4 a.m. is the best time to work

Ideas can flow without the antibodies of e-mail, human voices and schedules imposing

January 21, 2014 – 6:38 PM

Bill Rourke: If we don’t do this, we don’t get the business.

How Ric Edelman's bounty of radio and TV leads pushed his $12-billion RIA from Microsoft to GoldMine to Salentica

The secondary effect was a muscle flexing that brought about a TD integration with Schwab's gritted-teeth blessing

January 21, 2014 – 6:40 AM

Nicholas S. Schorsch: We intend for RCAP to be the most important full-service financial services and securities distribution company in the industry.
January 17, 2014 – 8:41 PM

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