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Sharon French: Over the course of the next decade there will be a lot of other strategies that we will develop.

Hard numbers that show the zero-sum advantages of RIAs over wirehouse brokers as told by fund flows

The hold by the Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley crowd over product manufacturers is fast slipping

July 28, 2016 – 9:00 PM

Scott Smith: They're a late entrant but we're still early in this game.

Fidelity launches new robo as Schwab's hits $8.2 billion in assets

The Boston giant differentiates itself by its promise to keep cash holdings at less than 1% and in having a published fee -- albeit a floating one

July 27, 2016 – 4:06 AM

Elliot Shmukler is the first top-tier talent to leave Wealthfront.

Talent exodus hits Wealthfront including heads of product, marketing and compliance

Elliot Shmukler is credited with much of the product development that vaulted the robo from $150 million to $3.5 billion

July 26, 2016 – 10:08 PM

Brian Hamburger: Given the case and knowing Joel, I thought I'd be a doing a net disservice by not participating here

Brian Hamburger joins the fray -- and ups the ante -- in Bruckenstein-Winterberg lawsuit

MarketCounsel CEO framed the answer to the Winterberg lawsuit; it says Winterberg did not meet 'measurable' demands and that he subverted T3 by promoting his own services

July 25, 2016 – 7:49 PM

The Vestorly office in New York needs to be regularly unburdened of pizza boxes.

Did Vestorly just right-place, right-time itself into an advisor content force with Dow Jones deal -- and what seems set to follow?

The New York-based startup is out-Dow Jones-ing Dow Jones at distributing the Wall Street Journal to advisors but very much with its blessing, too

July 21, 2016 – 11:47 PM

James Dowd: There is no correlation between an investor's income and net worth and their investment sophistication.

How the SEC is poised to hand RIAs the keys to the $1.3 trillion private placement market -- largely at the expense of stockbrokers

Dodd-Frank kicked off a series of events that demanded a more rational way to define the sophistication of investors and who is best able to judge investments that don't have prospectuses

July 20, 2016 – 9:54 PM

Ron Rhoades: Any 'complexity' ... is the direct result of their own appeal to the DOL to adapt the fiduciary principle to the conflicted compensation practices of the B-Ds and insurance companies.

The short scoop on Wall Street's claim that the DOL rule is too long

The core of the Labor Dept's rule is 237 words; blame the prolix portion on exemptions accorded to complainers' interests

July 19, 2016 – 6:53 PM

Brian Amidei: We'll still be in the business, we will still service our client needs.

HighTower blindsides its own Palm Desert team with pink slips leaving pregnant questions in the arid air

The Chicago roll-up cites improprieties by its partner-employees but recruiters find the timing interesting as the team was actively seeking an exit

July 16, 2016 – 12:05 AM

Eli Broverman: That's a part of what she's here to do -- implement all the best practices of a public company.

Betterment makes CFO hire with $20 billion AUM 'line of sight' and IPO mindfulness

As the NYC robo hits $5 billion ahead of its rivals, Amy Shapero will deploy hundreds of millions en route to a stock symbol

July 15, 2016 – 5:54 PM

Greg Vigrass:  We're not incumbent on any system. That means we've got the ability to be far more flexible. We're like the plumbers.

How custodians Folio Institutional and Equity Advisor Solutions keep on ticking -- Part 3 of 3

Both custodians counter their peewee size by offering that something extra

July 14, 2016 – 8:11 PM

Tom Heffernan: I automate as much as I can. I can onboard 1,000 accounts today. Just automate so much of what we do that we don't have to add staff.

How a Schwab cast-off became a niche custodian for RIAs who like to trade options

MoneyBlock emerged from BrokersXpress after the San Francisco broker bought it but didn't want IBD reps in its mix

July 13, 2016 – 8:51 PM

Ron Carson: The more I stepped back the better. I even shocked myself.

What to make of Ron Carson selling 29% of his empire for $35 million -- and how he's evolved his no-pain, no-gain approach to attract a new generation of talent

Improbably, the master motivator of Omaha is seeking a few good millennial slackers en route to building a firm that exudes as much silicon as charisma

July 12, 2016 – 10:16 PM

Bill Hamm: We can do it at significantly less cost than what I was paying LPL and they are fine with it.

LPL restores OSJ rights to $35-billion AUA super-rep that just kept growing during its three-year ordeal

By taking compliance back in-house, IFP slashes its $1 million compliance budget in half and gains a lost flexibility, according to founder Bill Hamm

July 11, 2016 – 6:12 PM

Kunal Vaed: This is not a me-too solution. We were careful not to start when the others came out.

E*Trade finds now the right time to launch its e-advice robo with an 'active' twist

The New York-based discount broker means to put $1-million minimum-bogey institutional funds in the hands of retail investors

July 8, 2016 – 11:11 PM

Drew DiMarino: Anytime we get a chance to present to the top advisors, we’ve got a very good chance of winning

eMoney makes its first big enterprise sale as a Fidelity sub-unit by showing a few features and much salesmanship

Though Advicent is being phased out, an analyst says that eMoney and Advicent are more similar than you'd think

July 7, 2016 – 5:14 PM

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