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Jeff Schnitz (r.) sits shoulder to shoulder with Joe Piazza to tell prospects why Addepar is part of their hyper-ambitious RIA startup plan.

The wary love affair between RIAs and Addepar and where it's headed

Silicon Valley Bank launches RIA, SVB Private Bank, to join Robertson Stephens and Iconiq Capital among Bay Area RIA devotees

April 30, 2015 – 6:29 PM

Nevin Freeman: The killer feature of the new version of Addepar is the report generation. It’s unbelievably simple to use for what it produces.

Review: Nevin Freeman pops the Addepar hood to see what $50 million of coding can do for RIA software

Other than a couple of willful eccentricities, the Mountain View-based start-up's engineers earn a 'well done' from our technology maven

April 29, 2015 – 4:30 PM

Rob Isbitts: That money should have a target on its back, and we RIAs as an industry should be managing it.

Chasing bad performance: Why investors can't get enough of those increasingly lame hedge funds

Most assets are institutional but there's a trillion dollars of baby boomer assets ripe for the plucking by RIAs who can generate returns sans the highway robbery fees

April 28, 2015 – 7:46 PM

Voya will spend $300 million to $350 million over three to four years on behalf of the entire firm and retirement will get a portion of that money

After a six-month pause, Voya fills the Maliz Beams void with a 401(k) ace whose advancement stalled

Charlie Nelson was passed over twice at Great-West but has now landed a giant opportunity

April 28, 2015 – 7:32 PM

Peter Mangan: If you don't become asset custodians, we won't become investment advisors.

Peter Mangan taunts rival RIA custodians as Shareholder Services Group adds weapons, advisors

San Diego event celebrates emerging advisors and their emerging custodian

April 27, 2015 – 5:37 PM

Walt Bettinger: As time goes on, the weighting of new-to-firm clients is growing.

Schwab grabs astounding $1.5 billion of robo assets in six weeks, but mostly from itself

Walt Bettinger boasts of 'hundreds of new accounts daily' for Schwab Intelligent Portfolios then fences with Wall Street analysts who beg details

April 24, 2015 – 9:58 PM

Thomas Peterffy: The acquisition of Covestor is a positive development toward making Interactive Brokers the premier global platform for investors, advisors, hedge funds and money managers to find each other.

Covestor becomes latest robo site to sell out and become a bauble on bigger chain

Interactive brokers buys the New York-based SMA-robo that has struggled to gain assets

April 24, 2015 – 7:30 PM

Peter Mafteiu: This is like overwhelming a reader ... so they really cannot map out the changes that might affect a particular customer.

Schwab will take a machete to Schwab Private Client hyper-fee fund holdings but still steer assets to high-margin OneSource, ADV says

The cost-slashing by the $65-billion AUM San Francisco RIA is meant to streamline and improve process, according to the company

April 24, 2015 – 4:40 PM

Eric Poirer [r.] with Joe Lonsdale: There are 10 or 20 custodians just for a mid-sized RIA. It's just a giant mess.

Addepar lays out world-fixing vision and rolls out upgrades at swanky The Battery event in San Francisco

RIAs got the '$120-trillion' pitch straight from Joe Lonsdale and Eric Poirer, who say they are unveiling new software that will speak the same language to the Tower of Babel that is the RIA industry

April 23, 2015 – 6:41 PM

Eric Clarke [far l.] listens raptly as Simon Roy [far r.] touts Jemstep, then inks a deal with him over cocktails. Also pictured: Trizic founder Brad Matthews and Upside user, 'Downtown' Josh Brown

Orion and Jemstep form first big marriage of non-robo and robo software -- at advisor behest -- to create RIA e-commerce

The Nebraska-based conventional provider and the Silicon Valley whiz-bang, with Salesforce and TD Ameritrade as common bonds, found it easy to partner with each other

April 22, 2015 – 1:40 PM

Bill Crager: Financial planning creeps closer to us. We'd like to build or be strategic.

How it is that the new, new thing in financial advice is an old, old thing retreaded and vastly improved

Financial planning software is hot everywhere you look, from the M&A market to the robo pipelines, driven by a reframing of its very reason to exist

April 21, 2015 – 5:43 PM

Marcia Wagner: I don't want obnoxious crap like that in my contract.

Why exactly DOL's latest action is so shocking to so many brokers -- and even ERISA lawyers -- despite years of warnings

Brokers managing IRA assets never imagined they'd need to make a written promise to do right by investors

April 20, 2015 – 5:42 PM

Rudy Adolf: There is no equivalent proposition to Focus available in Canada.

Roll-ups are off at an acquisition clip in 2015 as $2 billion washes over the transom in a single week

Focus follows Dynasty into Canada as the three big aggregators toggle between organic and inorganic growth

April 17, 2015 – 6:20 PM

Joe Duran: We think this is the closest example to what Dimensional Fund Advisors does.

United Capital chases DFA's MO, trains '1099 advisors' and co-opts Starbucks brand guy

The multitasking Newport Beach-based national RIA also announced closing on two more RIA purchases with about $625 million of AUM

April 16, 2015 – 9:23 PM

Mark Casady has a new beard but his firm's views on fiduciary rules may differ from FSI by more than a whisker.

LPL reconsiders FSI as it drops out of its board, offers own DOL stand and hires own lobbyist

The giant IBD-custodian breaks from Financial Services Institute pack with pro-DOL statement as FSI posts more negative view on Labor Dept.'s 'fiduciary' definition

April 16, 2015 – 3:19 PM

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