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Phil Chiricotti: Most people think I am much younger, but those 18-hour workdays have definitely taken their toll.

Phil Chiricotti hangs up his spurs, and puts the CFDD out to pasture

The godfather of the 401(k) business says the glory days of conferences are winding down -- and tells why he chose not to sell the conference

December 30, 2014 – 3:58 PM

Andrew Parish: I am personally disappointed that Reuters chose to print information about my family and personal life.

After hard-hitting Reuters article about AdvisorHUB, the online publication responds, like a sphinx

The gossip and news start-up takes issue with tone, taste and who called whom but also oozes gratitude

December 29, 2014 – 4:36 PM

April Rudin: One year during our Chanukah party my son began a conversation with our non-Jewish guests about how Santa did not exist...

A Midwestern Jewish girl's guide to an NYC Christmas season

She grew up in Detroit where Christmas came to her but her boys' experience was different, maybe not better, in New York

December 24, 2014 – 4:13 PM

Shirl Penney: The teams we're bringing out next year that we signed this year are really interesting and very large.

Dynasty Financial hits $22 billion of AUA after adding rare-bird Deutsche team

The $6-billion jump in 2014 for the Manhattan-based outsourcer comes four years out of the Shirl Penney garage

December 23, 2014 – 6:43 PM

The deer don't mind the un-white Christmas of Maine.

Frozen toes in Maine make a welcome change from California's rains

Remmie the labradoodle and a new angel atop the tannenbaum mark their first Christmas at the Southall 'up nawth' homestead

December 23, 2014 – 2:39 AM

Stuart DePina: It's not an inexpensive proposition.

Harold Evensky drops Schwab PortfolioCenter for more expensive Tamarac

The principal of Evensky & Katz / Foldes liked that he got more technology without losing Schwab at the core

December 22, 2014 – 4:38 PM

Adam Nash: We thought we were launching a product, but it turned out we were launching a category.

Wealthfront's high-net-worth cat leaps out of the bag -- keeping it one robo 'pivot' ahead of Schwab

The Palo Alto firm with $1.7 billion of managed assets reveals that its little secret is big accounts

December 19, 2014 – 7:33 PM

Margaret Towle's dalliance with non-national brands is over.

After leaving Northern Trust and later joining HighTower, Margaret Towle departs, cools her heels and lands at Merrill Lynch

The unusual instance may validate Wall Street's insistence that some advisors belong in their camp

December 18, 2014 – 8:23 PM

Kenton Shirk: Five years ago when they talked to a wirehouse advisor they'd mention independence and it would warrant a chuckle.

Cerulli's new numbers buttress the RIAs-supplant-brokers theorem with 40% market share jump seen by 2018

Wirehouses will lose 5% of their towering market share in the next four years, the report says, but not all experts agree

December 18, 2014 – 8:23 PM

Fresh, ripe but just the same. Differentiation is the advisor's big challenge.

Why advisors fail to close prospects -- according to advisors

Trust, transparency and excluding traits remain problems but standing out in the crowd is hardest of all: Differentiation

December 17, 2014 – 4:18 PM

April Rudin: I couldn't help but wonder about the promotional logic that led an online firm to consider using such an offline idea as outdoor advertising.

April Rudin taxis in to Betterment HQ to see how the robo-advisor will fare

Jon Stein's astounding goal is $1 trillion of assets and our marketing expert went in search of a marketing plan, or notion commensurate with the challenge

December 15, 2014 – 11:21 PM

Peter Giza: My take is that changing a significant portion of a firm's technology platform without changing operational psychology is a fail.

Some notes at MarketCounsel from the pad of a skeptical Peter Giza

The Wealthsite exec zeroed in on Sallie Krawcheck, and all things tech

December 15, 2014 – 5:55 PM

Jon Stein: Efficiency is streamlined, but with human checks throughout the process.

How to hold 1,000 hands: Robo CEOs lay out a stark choice for traditional advisors at MarketCounsel Summit

RIAs who comfort themselves with the thought that automated advice caters to their 'non-core' clients are in for a rude shock

December 15, 2014 – 4:53 AM

Envestnet's John Phoenix and Brian Hamburger clap hands at the high-energy confab

The MarketCounsel Summit gets the RIA business out of its shell

Sallie Krawcheck threw a cat amongst the pigeons; Tony, I-come-in-peace, Robbins, more so and Addepar's Eric Poirer emerged from his silicon cave

December 12, 2014 – 6:25 PM

Shirl Penney [l.] listens to Bernie Clark (far r.) response as Mike Durbin and Mark Tibergien listen in.

Schwab, Fidelity and Pershing custody chiefs square off in Vegas but not before a private meeting in San Francisco

Fresh off a Schwab-hosted meeting to find common ground, Bernie Clark, Mike Durbin and Mark Tibergien each gave a two-minute pitch on their company and hashed out robo-advisors

December 11, 2014 – 9:19 PM

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