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Betterment rolls out free baseline human advice to all customers with a smartphone and no RIA and cuts price on premium advice offer

The New York-based robo-advisor will use CFPs to answer advice-related questions over a dedicated chat app as part of the 25 basis points paid for asset management

July 26, 2017 — 1:01 PM UTC

Bypassing PR Newswire, Focus Financial reports purchase of $1.9B AUM RIA and it gets curiouser from there

The New York-based roll-up buys Brownlie & Braden Advisors LLC no asset-based fees, no photos of principals and a big-time second-entity sister firm

July 24, 2017 — 11:48 PM UTC

In letter to RIABiz, Ron Rhoades reacts to the ardent DOL rule detractor commandeering the White House microphone

Citing the new voice of the White House as 'contrary' in his comments regarding the Labor Department's efforts to shift Wall Street's culture and ways, the fiduciary scholar beseeches Scramucci to think it over

July 22, 2017 — 12:02 AM UTC

Anthony Scaramucci tweets his way to Donald Trump's side after flaming out of investment business

After jumping into the fray to defend Donald Jr. on Twitter, 'the Mooch' -- once (maybe twice) fired as a Goldman Sachs broker -- will craft communications for Donald Trump as financial and legal smoke threatens to burst into flame

July 21, 2017 — 11:45 PM UTC

Skip Schweiss and Chip Roame lead risky, if risk-managed, hike of RIA types on famously perilous trail -- with danger striking right on schedule

Wild boar, spinner dolphins and Portuguese men o' war looked on as we essayed Hawaii's Kalalau Trail, finding out firsthand why it's called the 10th-most dangerous hike in America

July 21, 2017 — 6:21 PM UTC

Schwab CTO's speech in NYC spotlights an RIA business addicted to innovation – with no fresh fix in sight

Timothy Heier set the lower-morale tone at In|Vest 2017 of a B2B industry waiting for a Mark Zuckerberg to push it forward again -- perhaps with artificial intelligence as the final frontier

July 20, 2017 — 9:37 PM UTC

InvestCloud, a start-from-scratch Envestnet emulator and Jamie Dimon darling, gets cozier with Apex to better reach RIAs

Apex RIAs can now customize portfolios via InvestCloud, which JP Morgan has a stake in, perhaps creating a counterweight to back-end monolith Envestnet

July 19, 2017 — 6:50 PM UTC

Power Player: Peter Mallouk hired 100 advisors in the past year to sop up referrals and fill 12 new brick-and-mortar branches

Creative Planning's chief got his firm to $26 billion of AUM without M&A or big breakaway brokers but Tony Robbins, who giveth, may present new challenges for the down-home Kansas firm

July 18, 2017 — 8:38 PM UTC

As the 'finance Snapchat,' Stash rakes in another $40 million of VC funding as it onboards at rate of 1,000 new 'HENRY' investors every business day

Less than two years old, the New York-based start-up raised $25 million in December and is part of a 'Robo II' movement that continues to crush 'Robo I' in terms of truly connecting with the masses

July 17, 2017 — 7:31 PM UTC

Charles Schwab & Co.'s vertical play to monopolize ETF market -- to be its low-cost maker, distributor and manager -- diesels ahead as ETF OneSource grows again

San Francisco giant executes macro strategy to underprice Vanguard, get paid big bucks to sell third-party funds for free, sell ETF portfolios gratis in its industry-leading robo-advisor and keep custody of $1.4T of RIA assets fast-converting to ETFs

July 14, 2017 — 8:51 PM UTC

What to make of Bill McNabb exiting Vanguard mid-rise, forsaking as much as a $15-million annual salary and what Jack Bogle might have to do with it

The Vanguard CEO played the indexing explosion to perfection and silenced the founder in 2016 as he kept his Malvern, Pa.-based giant on an investor-friendly course

July 14, 2017 — 12:01 AM UTC

Raymond James looks to extend its RIA roll-up success with FallLine deal that gets John Straus off the start-up schneid

The St. Petersburg, Fla.-based broker-dealer connected with Steward and this time it gets play at making gains in two weak areas -- serving RIAs and ultra high net worth investors

July 13, 2017 — 9:04 PM UTC

A year after John Copeland came to AMG with blue-ocean RIA growth plan, the publicly owned asset management giant spins him into new venture

Instead of sitting out frothy M&A market for $4-billion-plus RIAs as AMG exec, the now former president of the RIA unit is hustling, with more diverse backers, to crack the chronically stagnant M&A market for small firms

July 12, 2017 — 6:11 PM UTC

Schwab and Dynasty break $1B Celenza team out of Merrill Lynch five years after Barclays effort flags

Matthew Celenza reunites with former Citi contacts Shirl Penney and Todd Thomson to resume shared vision

July 11, 2017 — 2:01 PM UTC

HighTower loses two teams comprising 33 people and $3 billion of assets over July 4th weekend, declines comment, then issues a 'smashing' press release

The teams, led by Leo Kelly in Maryland and Joel Guth in Ohio, say the Chicago roll-up 'has its own agenda' but that it served as a good stepping stone to becoming fully independent RIAs

July 7, 2017 — 9:16 PM UTC

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