Articles Published 9/2017


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Why RIA clients packed a courtroom on behalf of their young 'Money Guys' advisor facing a lifetime ban

Phillip Rousseaux admits to wanton misuse of the MetLife signature guarantee medallion but says no clients were harmed in the process -- and they came to a Baltimore court in a bus to agree

September 29, 2017 — 10:23 PM UTC

TruClarity -- a 'Dynasty-lite' -come-lately with a Y Combinator-type twist -- hires Dan Cronin and fellow Fidelity alum Shad Besikof to show its true growth intentions

Backed by a Tampa family office that's served as 'incubator' to local firms for 30 years, the slow-starting outsourcer with nearly $1 billion in RIA assets is gearing up to compete with Dynasty and HighTower

September 28, 2017 — 8:07 PM UTC

Power Player: Addepar's Eric Poirier drags RIAs to seek alpha in a beta world even as the advisors demand -- and get -- eMoney and FolioDynamix connections

The Silicon Valley-based CEO seeks to change how RIAs invest by what they can track with a new API and a fresh $140 million of VC money to see it out

September 26, 2017 — 7:31 PM UTC

Hitting home run, Envestnet buys FolioDynamix creating '$2-trillion' super-platform

The Chicago-based giant outsourcer buys its closest competitor for $195 million -- less than what hastily liquidating Actua paid years ago

September 25, 2017 — 11:27 PM UTC

After storming PIMCO, Dan Seivert puts LA on RIA map with high-aptitude Summit

Appropriating the bond giant's Newport Beach headquarters was a masterstroke that took the investment banker's 'deal' event to an RIA MBA cram course

September 22, 2017 — 9:51 PM UTC

A look inside the agonizing decision to cut Tom Bradley from TD Ameritrade and what doesn't seem to add up

CEO Tim Hockey accords Peter deSilva a cultural edge as retail chief though Scottrade only hired him in 2016 -- either way there's 'no place' for Bradley after a 30-year run at TD

September 21, 2017 — 6:31 PM UTC

Louis Navellier ready to present 'extremely strong defense' to daunting SEC fraud charges

The Florida-based mutual fund owner says he advertised using GIPS-compliant material such that: 'I didn't sell this at all'

September 19, 2017 — 12:19 AM UTC

Michael Kitces attacks CFP Board for jacking fees 17% in name of 'strategy' when the certificant is flush with $20 million in reserves

The Board defends murky financials and a 'buried' hike as overdue -- even when it's operating at a $1.3 million surplus

September 18, 2017 — 7:23 PM UTC

SS&C overlords culturally shock Black Diamond RIAs in Chicago with heaviness and wow them with well-funded competency

'Intense' SS&C CEO Bill Stone let 1,000-strong attendees know they are part of $500-million cash cow not afraid to make strategic purchases

September 15, 2017 — 7:10 PM UTC

United Capital begins recapitalization and continues repeopling exec ranks -- both prompted by asterisked $6.9-billion of 'contracted' assets

Sydney, Australia's AMP invests 'tens of millions' in the firm but not to pay off existing PE partners whose stakes stayed static

September 14, 2017 — 7:57 PM UTC

Morningstar renders ETF verdict by discontinuing ETF-only conferences after category becomes the Vanguard-BlackRock show

Smaller, newer ETF players are forced to pursue micro-niches and active management -- only to encounter the big players lurking there, too

September 13, 2017 — 5:26 PM UTC

Grandaddy $220-billion RIA 401(k) roll-up books new $20-billion deal but may have bought its way out of a growth plan

CAPTRUST did 26 deals in 10 years and finally the firm's old 'friend-enemy' partner, CapTrust was one of the few needle-movers left to make its last 10% inorganic AUM leap

September 11, 2017 — 9:45 PM UTC

Eric Clarke keeps FUSE lit by rebalancing deep-suburbia hackathon with BlackRock and DFA real economiks

The event's subversive air drew the local police, yet again, to the door of the Park City, Utah weekend hackathon

September 11, 2017 — 6:43 PM UTC

United Capital nabs Min Zhang not long after Gail Graham leaves and Larry Shumbres continues a magical post-Schwab ride

The $19.8-billion national RIA in Newport Beach, Calif. makes the ex-Totum Wealth CEO its digital product manager and Shumbres fills the CEO spot

September 8, 2017 — 9:25 PM UTC

Sallie Krawcheck astonishes industry observers by raising another $32.5 million for her robo-advisor -- perhaps on strength of of 'unit economics'

Ellevest still has AUM in the $25-million range of a rookie LPL rep but venture angels may be rewarding the 13,000% jump in account count

September 7, 2017 — 9:25 PM UTC

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