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James Osborne: I grew weary of explaining underperformance to clients and frustrated that our best attempts to find the 'best' managers seemed left to chance.

My 10-year journey from a BoA call center to establishing a solo $73-million AUM RIA

I established my own business two years ago with a pitch [and fee structure] so appealing I don't always finish it

March 31, 2015 – 7:46 PM

Jonathan Haray: The real question is if the evidence will stem to Virtus from F-Squared, and in some sense the investigators are starting from scratch.

SEC denies Freedom of Information request by RIABiz related to Virtus funds as Ameriprise and TD Ameritrade become latest biggies to cut ties

The regulator's non-response isn't proof of an investigation but big broker-dealers continue to see smoke as fire -- and Virtus's own SEC docs seem to warn of potential trouble brewing

March 30, 2015 – 5:19 PM

Kings of RIA custody Mark Tibergien. Bob Oros, Tom Nally and Bernie Clark in a panel moderated by Sterling Shea -- and a pesky mobile app

How an iPhone app cut through stilted questioning at Barron's RIA custody panel in Scottsdale

Sterling Shea invited advisors to vote on pressing RIA questions via iPhone -- and they acidly asked Bernie Clark whether Schwab is robo-competing against them

March 27, 2015 – 7:13 PM

Chris Daniels [no photo exists online]: It hasn't been done before because it's more of a marketing challenge than a technology challenge.

Why EF Hutton's rebooters took the arse-backward tack of selling public shares and buying a brand before developing a product

CEO Chris Daniels is betting the brand's 20th century fame combined with 21st century digital technology -- and a Nasdaq listing -- will translate into success

March 26, 2015 – 8:02 PM

Howard Present says any blame lies elsewhere.

In reply to SEC, Howard Present blames bad advice for any alleged wrongdoing

The F-Squared founder cries foul for what the SEC calls fraud

March 24, 2015 – 10:49 PM

Sophie Schmidt: I think they're taking a very bold approach.

Schwab is accelerating its software upgrading pace on the back end

The San Francisco-based firm's front-end technology surpasses the system's foundation, which is OK for now, but the bill is coming due

March 24, 2015 – 8:18 PM

David Giantasio: ['Blue' explains its mission] in measured tones that make me believe it would really rather kill all humans!

Trade publication critiques the inhumanity of Schwab's robo advertising

AdWeek notes the Blue's oh-so-calm, 'kill-all-the-humans' voice

March 24, 2015 – 4:59 PM

Bernie Clark: We have been working closely with advisor groups over the past year to shape our offer.

Schwab makes thousands of its RIAs subject to fee for robo-software, allocation of client cash to Schwab Bank

The San Francisco firm told RIAs on a webcast that their firms must have $100 million on account or pay for robo-software

March 23, 2015 – 7:21 PM

Glenn Neasham: We couldn't say anything. We just cried. [credit: LifeHealthPro]

Found innocent after being sentenced to jail for alleged bilking of an old lady, Glenn Neasham struggles to rebuild his career

Former Vikings quarterback-turned-marketer Fran Tarkenton is scrambling to help but Neasham is delivering pizzas at night

March 20, 2015 – 8:38 PM

Joe Martinetto: Schwab Advisor Services' RIAs will drive about $8 billion of incremental growth to the balance sheet of the bank in 2015.

For sub-$500k accounts, Schwab is sweeping RIA client cash into its bank, pumping up corporate profits

Unlike the robo, RIAs can manually direct funds to money market funds which makes this change less controversial

March 19, 2015 – 5:51 PM

Ajay Gupta: I knew the book was going to be a success. I didn't know that three months later it would be on its ninth printing and still be a New York Times bestseller.

Swamped by Tony Robbins' referrals, Ajay Gupta launches national venture with Jemstep and United Capital as notable partners

The UBS breakaway mentioned in the self-help guru's book is now calling on RIAs nationwide to share the referral wealth

March 18, 2015 – 7:41 PM

Andrew McFadden: As a startup, it is very difficult to limit yourself to working with a specific clientele. Nevertheless, I decided to go by the book and specialize.

How exactly I started a specialized RIA for under $10,000

Andrew McFadden started Panoramic Financial Advice out of his Fresno, Calif. home and cut costs to the bone -- except where only retail would do -- and isn't afraid to send micro-accounts to a competitor

March 17, 2015 – 6:49 PM

Mike Durbin: We're clearly serious about being a technology company in the arms race but not necessarily to the exclusion of other third parties.

The mission-critical task Abby Johnson has entrusted to Mike Durbin regarding Fidelity's RIAs and automation

The Fidelity CEO's move reflects a paradigm shift for RIAs, for the whole company

March 16, 2015 – 8:17 PM

Roger Hewins: It comes with their 'approved investments' instead of ours, so its a non-starter.

With apprehension in the air, Schwab invites its RIAs to a one-hour meeting about robo-advice

Many of Schwab's 7,000 advisors are eager for robo-technology but are wary of what's behind the amiable blue facade

March 13, 2015 – 5:47 PM

Robert Shapiro: It makes a big difference to us that we're now judging the risks and returns ourselves

After lassoing Banyan and Silver Bridge talent, Ropes & Gray launches $2.7 billion RIA to extend its legal brand to financial advice

The 150-year-old white shoe, which counseled Mitt Romney on financial matters, is unshackled to advise as Ropes Wealth Advisors

March 12, 2015 – 5:58 PM

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