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Rob Foregger left Personal Capital to found NextCapital, which has a rare attribute -- big managed assets.

How one 'robo-advisor' got $25 billion on its platform with a Mint.com mindset, 401(k) friendliness, a merger and 16 years of work

NextCapital has deals with Barron's, Dow Jones and Russell Investments as part of a brick-by-brick history in a put-up-your-robo-shingle world

March 31, 2014 – 4:53 PM

Carrie Gallaway's team had to write a check to Morgan Stanley but sees a long-term play with Lebenthal.

What exactly lured a sparkling Morgan Stanley advisor and $1.2 billion to a retreaded brand name attached to a fledgling RIA

Carrie Gallaway and partner Andrew Stern got no signing bonus but the Lebenthal brand, and what Frank Campanale is building with Fortigent, Envestnet and BNY Mellon, attracted them

March 28, 2014 – 4:38 AM

Bob Reynolds: We think that two plus two equals six. We want to be the best in this space.

Fidelity's old 401(k) mastermind, Bob Reynolds, gets a merger, a promotion and a stronger hand to compete with his old employer

With Great West and Putnam joining 401(k) units, there may be a dividend of critical mass and synergy

March 27, 2014 – 3:24 AM

Abby Salameh: Don't spin your wheels trying to find a niche.

5 thoughts about how to actually do what RIA experts say to do

Consultants like to believe we were born to write elevator speeches, define our niche and write a succession plan on demand

March 26, 2014 – 6:26 AM

Sheryl Rowling and Eric Clarke will join their softwares at the hip.

Orion Advisor Services inks licensing deal to close the rebalancing gap with Tamarac and Black Diamond

Eric Clarke makes Total Rebalance Expert one with his portfolio accounting software to assuage CPAs and other tax-minded advisors

March 25, 2014 – 1:30 PM

Dan Kern: Some of the audience members wanted to hear less of a love fest from the custodians.

Eavesdropping on the Barron's Top Independent Advisor Summit and appreciating its vibe

There was the usual fertile atmosphere for advisor-on-advisor chats and some impatience with RIA custodial heads' bloviations

March 25, 2014 – 3:34 AM

Mike Paulus (r.) being interviewed by Bill Winterberg: It was a very long and smooth transition. (photo courtesy of Winterberg.)

The face of Addepar leaves the company amid intrigue about just where it stands with the RIA market

Mike Paulus was company president during its formative time and exemplified its faith in youth

March 24, 2014 – 3:33 AM

Jacob Adamczyk: Some of them are filled with conflict because they are stuffed full of proprietary funds selected by the fund company -- if the underlying investments can be determined at all.

Why I use target date funds for some 401(k) clients in my RIA but with exaggerated scrutiny and care

The set-and-forget products have enormous potential for good but may also be a fiduciary nightmare

March 21, 2014 – 4:29 PM

Thomas Clark: There's no liability for Fidelity, but it just doesn't look good for them.

Fidelity Investments wins huge in the 'biggest 401(k) case in decades' -- but bearing battle scars

Boston 401(k) giant is able to reverse prior judgement related to fees in landmark Tussey v. ABB

March 20, 2014 – 7:07 AM

David Barry: I think we got back to who we are.

After a brief mini-Schwab era, Trust Company of America gets back to non-conformity and success

New CEO David Barry is concentrating on making fast-growing TAMPs-to-IARs grow even faster

March 19, 2014 – 5:16 AM

Dwayne Grady and Caroline Girgis: We wouldn't have taken this much off the table if the price of the stock wasn't what it is.

United Capital drops a six-figure check on 10 partner firms in share buyback program financed by SageView

Joe Duran's company is belatedly paying fully vested firms for up to 25% of their stock after the 2008 crash threw off the promised liquidity schedule

March 18, 2014 – 5:27 PM

Roger Paradisio: I think model delivery is early enough in its world—it's only been going on for so many years and it's small enough that we can contain it now.

How Envestnet is taking its stranglehold on money-managers-to-IBD reps distribution to a much wider channel base of financial advisors

The Chicago-based giant will use standards, critical mass, manager relations, folio technology and a special MMI blessing to cut costs and hassles in a way that shift the cost paradigm

March 17, 2014 – 6:40 AM

Elliot Weissbluth: These are not simple lift-outs.

Elliot Weissbluth pooh-poohs the idea that HighTower faces channel conflict as 'stupid and uninformed'

The roll-up has added franchise- and outsource-type channels in the wake of a capital raise that failed to materialize

March 14, 2014 – 5:59 AM

Jack Rivkin: I interviewed lots of people for three to four months but nobody met all the criteria. I pulled a Dick Cheney and said: I can do this.

VC firm installs one of its own, a Lehman Bros. legend, to get Altegris in gear

After months of searching on behalf of Aquiline, Jack L. Rivkin decided to nominate himself

March 13, 2014 – 3:53 AM

Phyllis Borzi: We're troubled by this and employers are having a hard time finding the documents they're looking for.

Phyllis Borzi tightens the noose on 401(k) providers that flout DOL disclosure, not without critics

The idea is to have a de facto big red arrow pointing to key disclosures on revenue sharing but it'll add to the verbiage surplus

March 11, 2014 – 9:04 PM

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