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Tom Gooley: You need to continue to evolve system and service platforms to make sure you're keeping up.

LPL taps the man who saved Morgan Stanley's bacon to take service to a Schwab RIA-level echelon

Tom Gooley sacrificed 36 weekends and a happy home life in Larchmont to smooth the way for 15,000 stockbrokers in the biggest wirehouse merger ever

June 29, 2015 – 6:33 PM

Sallie Krawcheck: We also didn't talk about my biggest asset -- which is me -- and if the market goes down, what are the chances of me keeping my job.

At Morningstar, Sallie Krawcheck blasts her own [presumably ex-] financial advisor -- and herself

What the serial ex-wirehouse chief left dangling was her future and whether she will launch a Ellevate robo for women

June 26, 2015 – 4:16 PM

David Benskin: Basically, I built 50 spreadsheets.

How a software-flummoxed ex-Merrill Lynch private banker set up shop, invented his own dashboard and is selling it to top RIAs

David Benskin is bringing on talent from eMoney, Black Diamond and Envestnet to grow Wealth Access

June 25, 2015 – 5:13 PM

James Osborne: I'm not management material.

James Osborne makes a waiting list part of his new RIA's business model after 18 months -- with client care and mountain biking in mind

The solo advisor has achieved an Eden of RIA simplicity that Deborah Fox counsels caution about -- along with congratulations

June 24, 2015 – 3:09 PM

Ted Eliopoulos is showing increasing intolerance for return-corroding fees.

CalPERS's hatchet man, Ted Eliopoulos, goes on a manager firing spree, shaving hundreds of millions in management fees -- but is it enough?

For its most recent fiscal year, the pension giant paid $1.6 billion in fees, with close to 90% of that money going to the real estate, private equity, and egregiously pricey hedge fund managers

June 23, 2015 – 3:04 PM

Alexey Sokolin:  If Stein and Bo Lu of Future Advisor are right, there will not be much left to unbundle.

An insider reveals turbo-contents of the In|Vest conference in New York, a summit of VCs, robo-founders and big banks

SigFig's Mike Sha talked Bank of the West, Motif's Hardeep called start-ups 'features' and the five-year number jumped to $2 trillion

June 22, 2015 – 4:02 PM

Rita Lee: It's not bad at all.

Schwab's robo for RIAs is set to launch in next 10 days, to delight of online forerunners

The San Francisco custodian's Institutional Intelligent Portfolios is expected to legitimize the robo concept but significant unknowns remain

June 19, 2015 – 6:02 PM

Pete Hess: This business is addictive.

Pete Hess will shop for software firms to build in-house Black Diamond bundle

The Advent CEO says his firm, under SS&C ownership, will consider buying CRM, financial planning and rebalancing firms

June 18, 2015 – 2:45 PM

Jim Herbert: They align with and complement our existing wealth management capabilities.

First Republic buys an eight-year-old RIA for $115 million

The BoA spin-off gets Paul Tramontano's Constellation Wealth Advisors and its $6.1 billion of assets

June 17, 2015 – 4:12 PM

David Welling: eMoney has undergone a transformation from planning to a platform. We want Black Diamond to be your platform.

Black Diamond partners with MoneyGuidePro to create a turnkey product

David Welling also adds Salesforce, Redtail and Junxure to a bundle that mimics Tamarac and Orion in creating foolproof integration

June 15, 2015 – 3:30 PM

Tom Bradley and Tom Nally may now have a relationship of coopetition

With Tom Bradley heading a new high-net-worth effort, TD Ameritrade will compete with RIAs, at least obliquely

The Omaha-based broker will use the ex-RIA chief to go after $1-million-plus accounts

June 12, 2015 – 10:38 PM

Colleen Jaconetti:  Investors should consider spending from their taxable accounts before spending from their tax-deferred or tax-free accounts.

Why proper spending order is critical, to the tune of 70 bps, for RIAs to optimize client draw-down of retirement savings

A senior Vanguard analyst lays out a logical, if counterintuitive, method by which to extend savings

June 12, 2015 – 5:04 PM

Jason Roberts: This could be a great prospecting tool.

After growth dip, BrightScope takes a whirl at mutual fund data -- but in a way that Morningstar claims it bypassed

The La Jolla RIA-tracker will gear data toward the 401(k) market and knock down a paywall

June 11, 2015 – 7:09 PM

William McNabb: What's an appropriate margin? Is it 40% in our business or is it 35% or 25%? I don't know the answer to that. I don't have to worry about it.

Vanguard Group, set to gather $300 billion in 2015, is crushing it on every level but could it succumb to its own success?

The Financial Times points out that too-big-to-fail is coming into play along with growing channel conflict and investors (a big maybe) sated with passivity

June 10, 2015 – 6:28 PM

April Rudin: Trust me, I have seen this before.

Casting a marketer's eye on Pershing INSITE, April Rudin pleads with promoters to tone down the digital doublespeak

Digital enablement of mobile robo-automation? The consultancy veteran expresses frustration as she tries to translate opaque, self-important terminology

June 9, 2015 – 10:46 PM

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