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JB Sullivan: They never talk about 'volatility' when there are wild swings to the upside.

How RIAs took one approach to Brexit and asset managers another -- and why only the latter group has egg on its face

With the markets virtually even with a week ago, asset managers now need to contend with all those already shopworn webinar ideas that followed their inability to predict the Leave vote

June 30, 2016 – 8:09 PM

Jon Patullo [r.] with Jim Dario: We started here in Texas with nine vendors in 2010 to start the conversation.

Alert to Pershing's API move and eMoney's dashboard acumen, TD Ameritrade brings its API partners to Texas to drive home its first-mover advantage

TD does (almost) Dallas as it announces 100-plus third-party vendor integrations while keeping an eye on the competition

June 30, 2016 – 12:05 AM

Jon Stein [to CNBC]: The only thing I would do differently is I would put a notification in the app and say, 'By the way, we delayed trading right now,.

Betterment explains why its Brexit-sparked trading halt on Friday wasn't 'suspended' trading

The $4.8-billion robo-advisor frames its trading actions in terms of discretionary management of assets but the prerogative it asserts puts RIA clients in a tight spot

June 28, 2016 – 10:43 PM

Kathleen McBride: [Non fiduciaries] want to be able to check off the box and in so doing find ways to work around the rule.

DOL rule still has feet tangled in the struggle to define difference between 'suitability' and 'fiduciary'

Fiduciares keep flunking a definition of useful accountability and the giant brokerage lobby keeps exploiting its 'F'

June 27, 2016 – 6:26 PM

Tom Kimberly: Given the magnitude of today's news and the corresponding market reaction, we have elected to suspend trading during this initial period of increased volatility.

Betterment shut down trading post-Brexit to dodge 'trading blindly into extraordinary volatility'

The New York-based robo takes a 150-minute time-out saying to do otherwise would have been 'irresponsible'

June 24, 2016 – 7:08 PM

Jon Stein: I really don't know about the ... presti-i-i-ige ... of a wirehouse.

The inverted reverence dynamic at The In|Vest event and why Bill Crager is so over it

Tomorrow is here: Wirehouse execs and IBM types play groupies as robo-founders leaned back in their chairs

June 23, 2016 – 6:19 PM

Christopher Norton: This campaign shows they are willing to ... run the type of national campaign these advisors could not execute on their own

Schwab wows EXPLORE 2016 crowd with revived bid to advertise RIAs with two magic ingredients: Schwab branding and a budget of 'millions' of dollars

Though skeptical observers call the effort window dressing, the San Francisco custody giant is incorporating lessons learned from the lackluster RIA-Stands-For-You campaign of 2011

June 22, 2016 – 7:50 PM

Herb Hopwood: Institutional funds are of great interest in the new fiduciary standard world we live in, plus it's the right thing to do.

At mostly morose Morningstar conference, mutual fund wholesalers play cards face-up on perma-dislocation -- and the glimmers of hope that innovation provides

The Chicago conference had a somber feel as it sought answers and as RIAs bemoaned structural impediments to using low-cost institutional retirement funds

June 21, 2016 – 8:04 PM

Bo Lu was adamant that, post-BlackRock, FutureAdvisor remains autonomous and is not a thinly veiled conduit for iShares.

The overnight maturation of In|Vest 2016 was like green bananas going straight to brown for some but Joe Duran made sure it bore fruit

A pure robo, a quasi-robo, an RIA-herder and an insurance man walked onto a panel, riffing on Jon Oliver's scathing fiduciary take

June 20, 2016 – 8:41 PM

Neesha Hathi was coy about whether the 500 RIAs using Schwab's robo have contributed to the 'well over'  $7 billion of assets attributed to it.

What Neesha Hathi told the In|Vest 2016 in NYC crowd in her debut as Schwab robo chief -- and how she elicited one gasp from the crowd

Though declining to offer a glimpse of the future, Hathi surprised with stats showing Schwab is succeeding against the upstart robos with older, less web-savvy customers

June 17, 2016 – 8:58 PM

Bill McNabb mingled at Morningstar conference -- here stopping for a post-speech word with John Rogers, CEO of Ariel Investments

Vanguard CEO says: 'We are a technology company' and hints strongly that robo-for-RIAs may be in the offing

Bill McNabb oversees 3,000 engineers who are willing to pay for 'dry holes' in drilling for the next Shaybah Oil Field of financial advice

June 16, 2016 – 8:17 PM

Joshua Pace: Some advisors have grown so frustrated that they make a change to go to independent custodians. We don't compete on any level with advisors.

How an eclectic trio of RIA custodians are willfully gaining ground with snail-like precision -- Part 2 of 3

Lazarus-like RBC has another new leader, as does Trust Company of America and Shareholders Service Group, which is selling itself as a Pershing reseller of high security, but with more agile service

June 15, 2016 – 8:08 PM

Lorenzo Esparza was not interested in a 'faux-nership' roll-up model, which he says pretends to offer independence but provides little more than a subsidiary existence under a larger RIA platform.

Lorenzo Esparza leaves JP Morgan in LA to start Manhattan West with tutelage from Schwab

Honoring his immigrant parents' wish, he toiled for 10 years as a lawyer at Paramount before staking out ground in a market with few Hispanics

June 14, 2016 – 8:29 PM

Charles Biderman: Our shareholders have expressed disappointment that they would now be forced to accept a different investment strategy.

How Charles Biderman hopes to parlay his 'insane' firing by AdvisorShares from his five-star ETF into a win

TrimTabs' CEO is taking competitve action against the Maryland-based asset manager of $1.1 billion and seeking redemption by luring the investors he served into a startup ETF

June 13, 2016 – 9:04 PM

Skip Schweiss: We contacted each of the three guide services on Mount Shasta, inquiring about guiding our group up the mountain in that time frame. Two of them told us we were crazy.

After guides say no to RIA adventurers' proposal to scale Mount Shasta, ankles snapped, teams faded and only a few saw the summit

The experts said it couldn't -- shouldn't -- be done but 17 advisors and execs from 10 states displayed true RIA mettle on the harrowing climb

June 13, 2016 – 5:26 PM

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