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Mike Alfred also exits BrightScope to follow brother Ryan into cryptocurrency sphere

With Mark Casady and Josh Brown as backers, the former BrightScope CEO raised a quick $1.5 million over the weekend, partnered with a third Alfred -- Eddie -- and set about casting light on 1,000 cryptocurrencies for hedge funds

7 hours ago

Ron Carson 'arrived' after investing $52 million, grabbing Orion and TD talent and letting his hair down

Pumping out content 'like Netflix' and preparing for an Amazon fee squeeze, the Omaha entrepreneur is set to just keep investing in growth

16 hours ago

Greg Friedman buys 'needle-in-a-haystack' Seattle RIA

With a much more feminine look, the CEO of Private Ocean can now assault Amazon.com wealth

January 20, 2018 — 12:11 AM UTC

How a $500-million Commonwealth rep became a $5-billion-plus RIA in two years and where Dynasty's M&A war on roll-ups comes in

After forming his own RIA, moving assets to Schwab and partnering with Shirl Penney's firm, David Root just kept M&A-rolling into 401(k) clover

January 19, 2018 — 8:19 PM UTC

Chafing under $4 trillion of passive assets, BlackRock CEO warns Fortune 500 CEOs he may bring other activist means to bear

Already adding 'factors' and Aladdinizing robo-technology, Larry Fink's 1,755-word missive warns his firm will also invest with good of society in mind

January 18, 2018 — 6:51 PM UTC

How much of SS&C's $5.4-billion buy of DST Systems trickles down to Black Diamond RIAs? Maybe a good bit

The mother lode of DST data is expected to salve RIA data aggregation distress as the mega-vendor of data to Advent Custodial Data comes in-house

January 17, 2018 — 6:54 PM UTC

NextCapital does $30-million VC round with a staggering objective that's taking shape first with John Hancock

Nearing 100 employees, the Chicago-based robo-advisor blurs 401(k) and retail asset distinctions by making advice factories out of investment product manufacturers

January 16, 2018 — 8:06 PM UTC

Eric Clarke makes seven big Orion hires that reflect the big check it wrote to Bain & Co. -- including a 'poach' from his brother, Todd

The word-of-God consultant told the Omaha, Neb. software maker to build Eclipse, which worked well, and sparked demand for asset management and marketing experts

January 12, 2018 — 7:28 PM UTC

With hedge fund help, Andy Rachleff buys Wealthfront $75 million of time and swaps out 'robo-advisor' moniker he reviles for his own coinage

Tiger Global PE unit's cash buoys CEO of Silicon Valley who recategorizes his robo as 'software-only' and gives it new life in contending with front-running Betterment

January 10, 2018 — 8:12 PM UTC

Morningstar makes tough choice in shedding a 'fiduciary' division -- perhaps to avoid a conflict

Once primarily a 'research' firm, now more of a 'data' firm, the Chicago-based firm was discordant selling 15(c) board consulting services and sell data into the same market, say experts

January 9, 2018 — 8:44 PM UTC

Vanguard's new CEO Tim Buckley hints the next move for his firm's RIA's 30-basis-point fee may be down, down, down

As the Malvern, Pa. fund giant's VPAS passes the $100-billion mark it doesn't rule out automated advice or greater robo-ization to follow asset management fee play where cost savings get passed along

January 8, 2018 — 10:22 PM UTC

Parthenon Capital buys Simply Money, adds it to Hanson McCain, and 'presto' a $3.3 billion radio show-based RIA roll-up rises

The PE firm already knew principals Nathan Bachrach and Ed Finke who bring $700-million-plus AUM from Simply Money generated largely by their daily broadcast

January 6, 2018 — 1:21 AM UTC

CAPTRUST dumps Advent and Microsoft, flirts with Tamarac and Salesforce, then hires Black Diamond and Microsoft

As CAPTRUST switches gears from its $240-billion 401(k) business to its $6-billion wealth manager, it is forced to make mammoth and wrenching software moves

January 4, 2018 — 10:56 PM UTC

'New Moves in the Biz' section rises as human assets in RIA business flow

The RIABiz micro-stories are diverse. A robo startup star migrates to legacy-land, Sallie Krawcheck hires a CMO, an ex-NBA player bounces out of Goldman and an advisor moves back to Cleveland to put the '& son' in his father's RIA

January 3, 2018 — 7:28 PM UTC

Greg Friedman pockets maybe $20 million, subtracts one full-time CEO job and goes all in on Private Ocean

WisdomTree pledges $30 million of cash and 56 year-old seller will pour his energies into building $1.2-billion RIA with new roll-up strategy

January 2, 2018 — 10:28 PM UTC
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