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Mike Allard: I like having LPL as the big brother.

All-LPL M&A deal yields one $875-million firm in which Black Diamond, Schwab and Vanguard are named factors

The 51-year-old founder of CalBay Investments Inc. and the Hillis Financial Services founder, 73, do a succession-minded combination that keeps assets all in the LPL family

November 29, 2017 – 11:49 PM

Maliz Beams keeps a low profile amid a series of high profile jobs.

An ex-Voya chief, Maliz Beams, exits State Department after three months

Hopes she would gel better with Rex Tillerson than she did with Voya Financial chief Rodney O. Martin Jr. were quickly dashed

November 29, 2017 – 2:20 PM

Micah Hauptman: We are not taking this lightly.

Pro-DOL rule forces sharpen knives now that DOL rule's 18-month delay is carved in stone

Labor Department loses formerly effective duck-and-weave defense tactic after 'U-turn' toward a more Wall Street golden goose ethos

November 28, 2017 – 10:14 PM

Tom Naratil plays catch-up on recruitment withdrawal after setting the early pace.

How UBS exited the Broker Protocol and why the aftereffects may surpass those of Morgan Stanley's earlier departure

Using Thanksgiving and the alleged complicity of his firm's attorneys as a smoke screen, CEO Tom Naratil made good on warning to slam the door on his sales force

November 28, 2017 – 2:37 AM





Brooke Southall: Clients trust that you are better than the self-direction, broker-direction, assisted self-direction and robo-direction that TV ads daily push at them.

The one thing no RIA should forget to thank God for at Thanksgiving

Instead of clients carving you up like a turkey they place an astounding amount of trust in you and your business model

November 22, 2017 – 10:37 PM

Mike Alfred: Maybe going through the legal process caused them to make the change.

How Vanguard lost a $19.4-billion 401(k) account to Fidelity and why it's the exception to the rule -- and isn't

Chevron boots the hyper-fiduciary Malvern, Pa.-based indexing giant in favor of Fidelity after two dismissed lawsuits

November 21, 2017 – 12:53 AM

Dan Campbell: Employees and employers pay a lot of wasted dollars into a system that is set up to manage the large chronic claims of their peers.

As health insurance premiums blow gaping holes in financial plans, Bryan Kuderna interviews an expert

Dan Campbell identifies two areas where an employer and/or consumer stands a chance of managing incoming health care missiles

November 20, 2017 – 7:32 PM

Bernie Clark: We are at an inflection point where new technology craves data, a scenario where incumbents have the advantage.

Bernie Clark uses Schwab IMPACT 2017 as pulpit to preach Schwab scale as firewall to blaze of dystopian big-data future

With no RIA deliverable to pitch, Charles Schwab & Co. execs presented their go-big, 'no goals' vision for managing accelerating external change

November 17, 2017 – 10:45 PM

Mark Matson: They've gone from smart beta is stupid to we're the ones that can pull it off. It's hypocritical at best and they're applying it completely wrong.

Wealthfront calls its smart beta approach 'superior' to Dimensional Fund Advisors largely because DFA works with RIAs

The Redwood City-based robo-advisor's CIO Burton Malkiel says his firm's robo-approach to factor investing convinced him to reverse his stand on passive investing as unbeatable

November 17, 2017 – 2:21 AM

Barry Friedberg: Hurley’s claim that 'we need a larger investor' is simply absurd.

In letter to the editor Emigrant Bank finance chair calls out Mark Hurley for bad faith, improbable claims

Barry Friedberg answers Hurley's theory of the acrimonious dispute case point by point and makes counterclaims

November 15, 2017 – 9:38 PM

Karl Heckenberg: Mark has done a good job building the business. As [EB's] gotten more educated on the business over the last year, the thinking has changed and evolved and at some point you ask yourself, at what cost?

After 'thinking changed' Emigrant Bank hires new CEO to either take Mark Hurley's spot at Fiduciary Network or to head new unit that will compete head-on

With Hurley now characterized as expendable, the New York bank makes Karl Heckenberg chief-in-waiting and Harold Evensky expresses 'reservations' about Emigrant Bank power play

November 15, 2017 – 9:38 PM

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