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Eric Clarke: When we did the agreement with TRX we knew there would be key learnings we could pick up along the way.

The four-year ordeal Orion's president underwent to launch Eclipse -- a sprint to stay in the race with Tamarac and Black Diamond for rebalancing

Eric Clarke tried to build, failed, bought, but kept on building until he got Amazon-ensconsed Eclipse

February 28, 2017 – 2:31 AM

Scott MacKillop: Your theory assumes that if some rebalancing is good, then a lot must be better.

The three big defects in Andy Rachleff's theory of robo-advisors' ineluctable destiny of domination

Robos no doubt are tireless machines that perform tasks like tax-loss harvesting at a higher frequency than RIAs. But at what cost?

February 27, 2017 – 6:23 PM

Andy Rachleff: You know what? It’s going to keep getting better. Because software is better than people

Andy Rachleff blasts flesh-and-blood advisors -- even planners -- as Wealthfront returns to offense in robo game after losing ground under former QB Adam Nash

The Redwood City robo's founder and CEO sneers at the traditional retirement planning process even as Wealthfront concedes it's still chasing the essential snark of automated advice: artificial intelligence

February 24, 2017 – 5:33 PM

Dave Butler: During my tenure with the firm, we’ve grown from less than $10 billion to $460 billion.

As Dimensional Fund Advisors' AUM nears half-a-trillion, David Booth yields his co-CEO duties to David Butler

Booth retains chairman role and Butler, long head of the advisor business, will serve alongside Eduardo Repetto as co-CEO as DFA hits $460 billion of managed assets

February 23, 2017 – 1:10 AM

Michael Kitces: The Series 65 is like the driver’s test. Becoming an RIA and registering is the equivalent of the license.

When you actually have to register to become an RIA, how to do it and when you qualify to sign on

Kitces know the ways of the checklist-resistant but says the challenge of becoming a registered investment advisor is highly doable and can save an advisor money and time stuck in a morass

February 22, 2017 – 6:41 PM

T3 organizer Joel Bruckenstein (l.) set the stage for a smorgasbord of announcements, acquisitions and integrations.

An e-marriage of Schwab and Fidelity, a reflective Ron Carson and good jargon-bashing made T3 take off like that helicopter outside

Addepar and FolioDynamix team up, Fidelity defends its robo-AMP and Carson tells why the Carson Wealth-LPL partnership failed -- and what blame he takes

February 21, 2017 – 6:52 PM

OC Isaac: I don’t see banks changing their credit policies to match what we do. I think that is highly unlikely.

JP Morgan breakaway RIA makes unusual hires with ambitious plan to lend to people that banks tend to shun

OC Isaac comes aboard Manhattan West to build supply for $100-billion investor demand for seeding startups viewed as messy

February 17, 2017 – 7:48 PM

Andrew Puzder: I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump.

Where Puzder's exit leaves the fiduciary rule, the DOL's bastardized mission and whether the new appointee prospect is a patsy

New nominee is law professor Alexander Acosta with a more politically correct profile but a similar stance on where power should lie in a free enterprise system

February 16, 2017 – 6:44 PM

Marcia Wagner: I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this comes after the Dallas ruling. That was pro-rule. Now the DOL is seeing how it can walk it back.

DOL rule-killers now on defense as legal failures add up, reinforcements don't make it to Washington and the clock ticks down

Cumulative effect of Puzder and Scaramucci implosions and looming April 10 go date shifts momentum to the rule's standard bearers

February 15, 2017 – 6:32 PM

Sources question whether Scaramucci has ever even met Trump. Hundreds of photos exist of him in the Trump building lobby. Google images failed to find one with him in Trump's company.

As dust settles on Scaramucci story, a different picture of DOL rule nemesis takes shape: A ladder-climber who slipped on the top rung

The SkyBridge Capital founder may have found an alleged conflict of interest as preferable to a less glamorous truth

February 14, 2017 – 6:30 PM

John Rourke: The name of the game is 10-person startups actually having a chance of taking down huge, established players.

VCs back Wealthbox with another $6 million as improbable play to upend CRM giants like Salesforce, Microsoft and Redtail by 'Facebooking' its look and shanghai-ing data from LinkedIn

CEO John Rourke recognizes that CRM and social media are birds of a feather and he is starting to make his startup fly with the power and simplicity of the Silicon Valley giants

February 13, 2017 – 8:22 PM

Dan Arnold: Let me expand on our first priority: growing our core business.

New LPL CEO Dan Arnold thrills Wall Street in debut by laying out vanilla vision

Deflecting talk of RIA strategies and alliances with giants aside, Mark Casady's successor says LPL Financial's recruiting machine is poised to crank in DOL turmoil cast-offs

February 10, 2017 – 7:55 PM

Scott MacKillop: The public sees us all as being members of the same club.

RIAs should ask not for whom the DOL-rule sharks swarm ... they swarm for you, too

Advisors who truly aspire to be part of a respected profession need to oppose the furious efforts to revive the commission-broker ethos from the top seat of government

February 9, 2017 – 10:39 PM

Marcia Wagner: This could be her saying: we're independent.

'Forum-shopped' Texas judge, refusing to play along, torpedoes Wall Street's efforts to stay the DOL rule -- narrowing chances of an end run by Trump and stockbrokers

DOL rule's would-be killers face the quagmire of law-making; Chief Judge Barbara Lynn grilled DOL, promised that it signaled nothing, and that turned out to be true

February 9, 2017 – 2:46 AM

Ron Fiske: I thought I’d be there the rest of my career.

Apex Clearing adds Ron Fiske to its Pershing mafia as it plays bigger for emerging asset class -- RIA digital

Fiske departs Envestnet to rejoin Apex CEO William Capuzzi, a former Pershing colleague, to build on Apex 'big league' success as custodian for firms like Betterment and Wealthfront

February 8, 2017 – 10:05 PM

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