Articles Published 8/2016


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What to make of Cetera's prolonged CEO murkiness and how the Nicholas Schorsch 'dumpster fire' of bad PR relates to it

RIABiz sources for Friday article stand by contention that Larry Roth will make way for Robert Moore at CEO -- precipitating de facto gag order on 9,000 IBD reps

August 31, 2016 — 10:23 PM UTC

Why Focus Financial is risking it all -- including the advantages of privacy and private stock -- for a successful IPO

RIAs are perhaps being held in place by just those two elements, but with $1-billion valuation on the line, the liquidity event is taking on a life of its own

August 30, 2016 — 6:57 PM UTC

Sources: Larry Roth is out at Cetera, supplanted by ex-LPL president, Robert Moore

A column co-written by Roth and Moore earlier this month hinted to some that Cetera's newly rechristened parent firm is still actively engaged in refurbishing its image

August 26, 2016 — 6:06 PM UTC

What FINRA's CEO shuffle reveals about its waning viability as the self-funded fox guarding the investor henhouse

As Richard Ketchum departs amid fulsome praise, FINRA's failed bid to make RIAs 'rules based' combined with member unrest leave the SRO in deep dilemma mode

August 25, 2016 — 9:41 PM UTC

Betterment wins Uber account from under the nose of its Silicon Valley robo-rivals

The New York robo-advisor won the mega de facto pension plan of the San Francisco-based hail-a-ride app maker

August 24, 2016 — 1:05 PM UTC

After Vanguard gains $550-billion ETF lead, Fidelity makes 'rabbit out of the hat' play to regain ground

But even as Boston execs attempt magic, Vanguard makes almost simultaneous ETF move that requires no lagomorphs

August 22, 2016 — 10:54 PM UTC

What to make of LPL freezing the wages of most staffers -- and some reaction to the company's explanation

Cost savings may be less the issue than the desire to turn a page, change a culture and even headhunt Google- and Goldman Sachs-like visionary execs

August 19, 2016 — 3:17 AM UTC

FINRA shifts an unwelcome spotlight away from itself -- by training it on the brokers it oversees

The embattled SRO is spending $3.5 million to advertise BrokerCheck and is requiring its front-and-center placement on firms' websites as public demand for heightened fiduciary care grows

August 17, 2016 — 8:05 PM UTC

How Tiedemann and Presidio did a no-cash merger of their $4.9 billion and $4 billion RIAs -- and their disarming honesty about jitters

A restructuring by Presidio's stricken CEO's deputy paved the way for a 'non-threatening' union in which all principals keep their equity

August 16, 2016 — 9:05 PM UTC

Jaws drop after Dale Brown Skypes keynote address to Laser App conference with the claim: 'We were fiduciary believers long before being a fiduciary was cool'

The FSI chief's comments lit up Twitter then T3's Joel Bruckenstein and cleverDome announced a cybersecurity consortium at the San Diego gathering

August 15, 2016 — 8:03 PM UTC

With a 'unicorn' as the stated objective, Morningstar hijacks its own venture founder, backs him with VC funding and sends him out into an annuity world

HelloWallet founder Matt Fellowes left his team with eyes on extracting profits from baby boomers looking to spend down their nest eggs

August 12, 2016 — 5:55 PM UTC

RIABiz turns seven, with a central new 'problem'

With our inauspicious 2009 start year long gone, we see the chance to achieve a bigger destiny as RIAs rise and legacy publications embrace pay-for-play content models

August 10, 2016 — 7:18 PM UTC

Lebenthal breakaways stake out a pricey swath of the Hamptons the better to entice wealthy society types who now live there year-round

YorkBridge Wealth Partners is occupying Lebenthal's old digs in Southhampton, the better to scope out UHNW luminaries

August 9, 2016 — 11:23 PM UTC

First Republic's $70B-plus RIA roll-up loses four top executives as its contract with Luminous team ticks down

Sources say another Great Hou-Sear Escape could be in the offing based on the team's clannish ways when it comes to technology

August 8, 2016 — 8:10 PM UTC

What Vanguard's hire of a sizzling Wall Streeter reveals about Bill McNabb's determination to avoid the whiff of stale passivity

Anne Robinson is the new chief counsel reporting to the CEO, but her Citi and AmEx branding expertise and her outsider status hint at the $3.4-billion asset manager's nod to rapid shifts toward market challenges

August 5, 2016 — 7:21 PM UTC

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