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John Schlifske: The proceeds from the sale will cap off what has proven to be a good investment for Northwestern Mutual.

Russell Investments sells for $2.7 billion and the new owner will flip its $250-billion asset manager -- yet again

The once-proud, family-owned Seattle firm is being sold by Northwestern Mutual and stripped for parts -- its indexes -- with its asset-management business as the throwaway

June 28, 2014 – 12:18 AM

Liz Ann Sonders is taking the wheel of Windhaven's investment committee after Cucchiaro's sudden departure.

With Stephen Cucchiaro out, Liz Ann Sonders takes the Windhaven reins

The founder of the once-explosive ETF manager didn't have the same investing magic in the wake of his sale

June 27, 2014 – 9:02 PM

Bernie Clark: Nearly 40% of RIA clients are retired, 30% are less than 10 years from retirement and 63% of those retired are withdrawing from portfolios, including from principal.

Framing it as opportunity, Bernie Clark delivers a chilling market warning at EXPLORE about the coming post-baby boom market

The Schwab chief tells 160 RIAs with $200-billion-plus of assets to learn to love and attract a poorer, younger, higher maintenance -- but lower mileage -- client pool

June 27, 2014 – 6:41 AM

Karin Risi is leading Vanguard's efforts to take on the 'robo' threat -- and the numbers are already on her side.

How Vanguard Group's robo-countering effort got to $1.3 billion of AUM so easily and why its future seems bright

Executed almost shyly, the hints-of-vanilla Malvern indexing giant is the unlikely Silicon Valley nemesis in automated services

June 26, 2014 – 3:14 AM

Michael Paley: It would have been tougher to leave three years ago. It was still in the prove-it mode.

How a $1.3-billion Manhattan, Raymond James RIA won a top exec from the roll-up down the street: Focus Financial

Michael Paley comes to Klingman & Assoc. with a mandate to add billions in AUM for his fellow-but-elder Princeton tiger

June 25, 2014 – 5:45 AM

Russell Kinnel: It's times like this when it's most important to get out and talk to people.

Just what damage was done -- or not -- by Bill Gross ranting in shades

The PIMCO leash is still pretty long, say RIAs, Morningstar analysts and others but the bond king needs to rethink how he manages the media in a hurry

June 24, 2014 – 5:25 AM

Andrew Rogers: Unless they team up with a distribution or sales partner, smaller firms will likely find launching ETFs too big of a financial strain.

Why most RIAs bent on launching in-house ETFs should swallow hard and start a mutual fund

What makes exchange traded funds so great for consumers can cut the other way if you try to compete with BlackRock

June 23, 2014 – 4:33 PM

Brooke Southall: We all live in glass houses and RIABiz is no exception -- especially when you ask for criticism.

RIABiz gets some intense third-party feedback loaded with affirmations and a few wake-up calls

A Huffington Post column and our first-ever survey help define just what a pure online publication for RIAs should look like

June 23, 2014 – 4:29 AM

Bill Gross: I'll say, repeat after me: Bill Gross is the kindest, bravest, warmest and most wonderful human being you've ever met in your life. Hopefully that will work. [photo credit: Jim Tweedie]

Bill Gross's stage antics leave Morningstar conference-goers gobsmacked

Wearing sunglasses, comparing himself to Justin Bieber and making his desire to bribe journalists known (albeit in jest) baffled observers

June 20, 2014 – 1:26 AM

Steve Foldes: This creates a big win for me.

How Steve Foldes merged his $600-million RIA with mentor (and former advisor) Harold Evensky creating a $1.5 billion Florida behemoth

The former sandal magnate got rich at 35, became an Evensky client, a rival and now a partner

June 19, 2014 – 4:34 PM

John Thiel: People are looking for advisors who understand that the retirement conversation isn’t about a math equation.

How Merrill Lynch Clear looks so impressively RIA-like and what shows how deceptive looks can be

The big iPad-laced and rhetoric-laced wirehouse initiative toward goals-based investing may have selling insurance as its primary goal

June 18, 2014 – 5:54 PM

Mark Casady: We are standing on the threshold of a new era.

LPL Financial is dumping North Carolina as a headquarters, moving south to make room for 1,800 more employees

The Boston-, Charlotte- and San Diego-based broker-dealer is constructing a giant office-park eco-building

June 16, 2014 – 9:00 PM

Dan Arnold: Their strategy is they're a product manufacturer that is amassing distribution to complement that product manufacturing.

How LPL's CFO answered the Cetera question at Morgan Stanley Financial's conference

Dan Arnold wrote off the Schorsch roll-up as PacLife, AIG or Jackson National reincarnated

June 16, 2014 – 2:14 AM

Michael Kitces: Most of the Wall Street firms will be reluctant to bypass advisors and go direct to investors.

Thoughts on 'robo-advisors' served cold, compliments of Kitces and Waymire

With the potential for channel conflict, wirehouses are the most handcuffed in thwarting automated financial 'advice'

June 15, 2014 – 7:40 PM

Fred Tomczyk: Many market destinations are in the business of making markets. They provide liquidity, and revenue sharing is part of their business model.
June 13, 2014 – 5:25 PM

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