Articles Published 5/2017


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Fidelity-owned VC pumps $10 million into Quovo, which staffs up and prepares for the big leagues

CEO Lowell Putnam plays on 'second-mover advantage' and gets raves from Steve Lockshin, Ron Carson and Marty Bicknell

May 30, 2017 — 6:09 PM UTC

Merrill Lynch's second act for RIA reinvention is revealed but may yield 'field day' for classic RIAs in the short term

The wirehouse's mothballing of mega-bonuses, directed from Charlotte, removes giant impediment to poaching but may lay groundwork for nationwide, talent-nurturing virtual RIA

May 26, 2017 — 7:04 PM UTC

DOL fiduciary rule's upcoming September surprise'll send brokers memo-izing -- or else -- says Fred Reish in Nashville to a spellbound room

The Drinker Biddle attorney's invariably even tone gained inflection as he spoke of how brokers can only invoke BICE exemptions to go off DOL script by zealous, proactive documentation

May 25, 2017 — 7:53 PM UTC

Alexander Acosta's DOL rule letter to WSJ contains double message and one long-term objective: 'Gut' it

Labor Secretary explains that flouting administrative rule is counterproductive but his comments to Wall Street Journal 'parrot' the brokerage lobby line, reassuring them that larger effort to kill the regulation is on track

May 23, 2017 — 7:29 PM UTC

Anthony Scaramucci admits Trump hire 'didn't materialize' amid 'rambling' series of confessions at SALT conference, press reports say

With no job, no Trump appointment and a 'rabbit hole' factor, he got backhanded support from the hedge fund community in Las Vegas, according to Reuters and The New York Times

May 22, 2017 — 11:07 PM UTC

Addepar deal may salve big, lingering pain point for RIAs who use alternative investments

The Mountain View, Calif. software firm bought AltX to help back-end operations catch up with front-end display

May 19, 2017 — 11:46 PM UTC

TradePMR is making RIAs sign a promise to succeed -- to good effect

The low-profile Gainesville, Fla. custodian is using the inked compact to motivate, make hard conversations softer and make purges of the small and stagnant practices less frequent

May 18, 2017 — 11:47 PM UTC

Focus Financial's 'extraordinary' purchase of $16B-AUM SCS Capital and what Stone Point -- both buyer and seller in the deal -- may do to juice its investment

With Stone Point CEO Charles Davis now calling the shots, the RIA roll-up tacks to UHNW-directed RIAs, perhaps for their positioning in selling insurance

May 17, 2017 — 9:06 PM UTC

How Joshua Pace seized his 'moment' to convince Mark Matson to shift $1-billion-plus of assets to his small RIA custodian after a 20-year tryout

Matson Money had RIA assets with Trust Company of America as far back as 1996 but its plan to go national made the $7.6 billion RIA see the deeper beauty in the smaller player

May 15, 2017 — 8:47 PM UTC

Wealthfront nixes Apex Clearing and explains it as step in ridding 'semi-manual processes and disjointed systems'

The Redwood City-based robo-advisor says in its blog that its software advance enables new destiny in "personal banking"

May 12, 2017 — 10:18 PM UTC

How Neal Simon parlayed a hoity-toity family office RIA into a $5 billion serial buyer in two years by letting the whale swallow him first

The CEO of Bronfman E.L. Rothschild engineered nine roll-ins and liftouts since 2015 and, with a key Cantor Fitzgerald hire, is now turning a hungry eye on NYC

May 11, 2017 — 9:52 PM UTC

Mark Matson's $7.6-billion DFA TAMP exits Schwab custody as it sets $100-billion AUM goal

With 'reset' mindset, Matson Money trains his advisors to meet with investors en masse following a Weight Watchers script

May 10, 2017 — 9:08 PM UTC

Vanguard RIA's growth leaps to $5B of assets per month in 2017 as Schwab's RIA robo jumps to monthly $1.3B

Vanguard Personal Advisor Services now has 500 advisors and Schwab, downplaying robo success, promises more advisors are its 'robo' future

May 9, 2017 — 7:12 PM UTC

How BlackRock stopped Vanguard from devouring ETF market share by pleasing RIAs -- but how that strategy could endanger iShare profit margins in the long run

The $5 trillion iShares-maker scores with low, low-priced 'non-Core' ETFs that don't cannibalize high-margin Core iShare products but the liquidity of the cheapo funds could be a problem

May 8, 2017 — 7:50 PM UTC

Owner of $1.2 billion RIA dies in Palm Springs under mysterious circumstances after swirl of allegations

One client accused Jim Casey of using her assets, unbeknown, to fund ill-fated movie ventures and his Integrated Wealth Management is being sued for misappropriation and mishandling of pension funds and client assets

May 5, 2017 — 6:45 PM UTC

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