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How Merrill Lynch 'shot to hell' the RIA fiduciary citadel by casting its $7.5-billion 401(k) unit as smaller, purer and more future-minded on paper

Despite having fewer 401(k) assets than, for example, a single North Carolina-based RIA, CAPTRUST, the Charlotte-based Bank of America's brokerage unit has created a new competitive threat

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Why Brent Brodeski, a $6-billion GOP RIA, is in a furious full-time fight against the Republican RIA-unfriendly tax bill

The Rockford, Ill.-based owner of $6-billion Savant Capital makes appeals to Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson and other GOP higher-ups after LLC income gets short shrift

December 14, 2017 — 12:44 AM UTC

Vanguard Group makes $1.15-trillion AUM bet on blockchain technology that eliminates giant daily manual process

The $4.8-trillion giant applies the 'bitcoin' decentralized ledger to CRSP-tracked AUM to match indexes and index funds in real time

December 13, 2017 — 1:09 AM UTC

An RIABiz advertising exec derives hard meanings from soft comments made by big shots at MarketCounsel Summit

Post-TD Tom Bradley, post-refinanced Elliot Weissbluth, post-divorce David Bach and Ric Edelman, post-protocol Shirl Penney and post-windfall Marty Bicknell were among execs who tipped their hands and hearts about where they are headed

December 12, 2017 — 2:18 PM UTC

Robo-advisors hit lull in everything but VC backing as reality fragments their identity

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist lectures Sallie Krawcheck on drawbacks of human advisors after she explains she needs capital to hire some

December 11, 2017 — 9:43 PM UTC

Publicly traded 'RIA' stocks are having a banner 2017

Wall Street is loving shares of Schwab, Envestnet, Morningstar and LPL

December 8, 2017 — 12:28 AM UTC

Citi exec 'accidentally' invents cash-robo with 400 RIAs as distribution channel

Gary Zimmerman scrambled in 2009 from Tokyo to shield millions in uninsured cash, leading to MaxMyInterest, which RIAs now use to automate process of getting $5 million under FDIC protection -- and often earning an extra 100 basis points in the bargain

December 7, 2017 — 8:00 PM UTC

Fidelity Investments (explicitly) enters 401(k) advice game -- then Financial Engines' shares plummet despite its 'Mutual Fund Store' RIA winning Boeing and Ford accounts

The Boston giant now offers non-discretionary advice to non-recordkeeping customers and Financial Engines cuts its prices, bleeding out Wall Street's belief in the firm

December 6, 2017 — 6:16 PM UTC

How Greg Fleming got props from his 90-year-old uncle by ankling the wirehouses after 25 years and joining a 'small' family concern

From his perch atop Rockefeller Capital Management, the Ex-Morgan Stanley and Merrill exec derives lessons for profitably serving the 'Vanguard set'

December 6, 2017 — 5:38 PM UTC

What seven attributes define RIA integrity and why -- unlike standalone 'fiduciary care' -- Wall Street finds it radioactive

Doing the 'right thing' by investors leaves plenty of room for Wall Street to play its patented game of blurring the edges, warns editor-in-chief Brooke Southall responding to RIABiz readers who disagreed with his earlier op-ed

December 5, 2017 — 6:45 PM UTC

PIMCO's institutionalize-Bill-Gross effort culminates after three years in price hikes tempered by ETF migraines and fee cuts

The Newport Beach, Calif.-based manager notably jacks up charge for PIMCO Income Fund after it soars to $92 billion, which slowed its asset flows not at all as it zoomed past $100 billion

December 4, 2017 — 8:31 PM UTC

It's time for RIAs to shift the 'fiduciary' debate and make it about 'integrity'

Integrity demands wholeness, which Wall Street can't claim as its sales staff and business model continues to get thrashed in the marketplace

December 1, 2017 — 2:19 AM UTC
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