Articles Published 8/2017


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Why brokers can't exactly relax even after DOL promises, in effect, to drop BICE from its rule, then delays it 18 months

Attorneys caution DOL-weary execs that Department of Labor can't huff, puff and ramrod through a big change, and even a rule delay is fraught for brokers that treat it as a pure reprieve

August 29, 2017 — 9:12 PM

After home raid allegedly turns up wild evidence, the SEC goes after Dawn Bennett for civil fraud

A $20 million Ponzi-like scheme and attempted voodoo are the latest revelations out of the Securities and Exchange Commission

August 28, 2017 — 9:52 PM

Dallas RIA with $550 million jumps to $1.1 billion of AUM by slicing off $550 million of PBIG bacon in form of Merrill Lynch breakaways

With Pershing and Dynasty Financial as anchors, Syntal breaks down Private Banking Investment Group walls at Merrill Lynch on the strength of Texas ties

August 28, 2017 — 6:56 PM

RIABiz turns eight with Moss Adams-style growing pains and -- finally -- accelerating growth

The Mill Valley, Calif.-based publication grows 13% again in the 12 months ended July but pipeline assures higher 2017-'18 rate of increase

August 24, 2017 — 7:48 PM

Robertson Stephens seeks revival under new CEO after departures that included the old one

Founder Joe Piazza is still a director and his new chief, Ren Riley, says a pending deal means the San Francisco-based RIA is 'not dead' yet

August 23, 2017 — 7:06 PM

Never mind seared corneas. Will the first total American Eclipse since 1991 trigger a major equities market correction?

LPL stat-gazer says signs point to 'no' -- since the turn of the last century total solar eclipses as viewed from the US have presaged double-digit equity gains

August 22, 2017 — 5:59 PM

Power Player: Joe Duran powers beyond old 'roll-up' labels even as his United Capital roll-up shifts into a higher gear

In America few second acts surpass the first but the United Capital CEO is on at least his third act -- and he's a native African

August 21, 2017 — 10:48 PM

LPL Financial's tack to roll-up mode -- complete with trash-talking its sweet terms -- may send its rep count sailing past Morgan and Merrill

CEO Dan Arnold's pivot away from seller's market in reps to buyer's market in scooping up rivals on the cheap is an experiment that could work

August 18, 2017 — 6:41 PM

Chip Roame crosses Bay to proclaim bright future for classic RIAs -- and says a certain wirehouse will go fee-only to become the largest RIA -- at Laser App event

CEO Dan Arnold's pivot away from seller's market in reps to buyer's market in scooping up rivals on the cheap is an experiment that could work

August 17, 2017 — 6:36 PM

Months after being assigned a new co-CEO, Eduardo Repetto is out at Dimensional Fund Advisors

Gerard O'Reilly, a quiet superstar at the Austin firm, gets heaps of praise from DFA's chairman for moving its investing process forward

August 16, 2017 — 2:42 AM

To the surprise of some, Dept. of Labor grants get-out-of-DOL-rule-jail card to 225,000 firms that dabble in the 401(k) business

Without recent guidance, 401(k) specialists were set to devour one-off accounts held by brokers but new DOL rule guidance offers well-lit path to build toward a far larger 401(k) practice

August 15, 2017 — 12:54 AM

How Power Player Jon Stein's braggadocio about how Betterment is the next Amazon may be a blind distracting from stealth IPO moves and surgical deployment of a flesh-and-blood workforce

Stein, 38, tightened reins at his NYC robo-advisor this year when the COO departed, stuffing more cash into a war chest and adding CFP-wielding humans to the mix at every turn

August 11, 2017 — 4:13 PM

Silicon Valley $300-million RIA strikes back at $30-trillion BNY Mellon with act of counter-intimidation

Lyell Wealth's response in the Atherton Lane case discloses dirty laundry list of allegations including blatant cross-selling, bullying ex-Atherton advisors out the door and retaliation against clients considering following them

August 10, 2017 — 4:23 PM

LPL investment chief to advisors: Buy the dip! What'll it look like? Good question.

Keep an eye out for a pullback triggered by a central bank goof-up, a Trump super-SNAFU or a geopolitical kaboom

August 8, 2017 — 9:56 PM

Elliot Weissbluth's second in command walks from HighTower to an ivory tower of 'pari passu' ownership with an 'impeccable' reputation

Michael LaMena trades in a $50-billion-AUA roll-up for $5-billion-AUM roll-up after headhunter lays out case of bright, de-Balkanized Bronfman Rothschild future

August 7, 2017 — 7:24 PM

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