Articles Published 2/2018


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Vanguard Group gets under RIAs' skin by launching ETFs supposedly aimed at helping them

Joe Duran says debut of up-priced, factor-based ETFs paves the way for fatter Vanguard RIA margins and broader U.S. wealth-management market share

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LPL Financial pushes toward full-service-on-tap model with its 'virtual' play -- running some real risks in the process

With virtual, digital and OSJ firms making headway, CEO Dan Arnold's move may amend LPL business model or, one recruiter says, be a sop to Wall Street analysts hungering for a new angle

February 20, 2018 — 8:58 PM UTC

Citigroup downgrades Charles Schwab Corp. on fears that vise grip of lavish staff expense and slashed prices will overwhelm banking windfall

Vaunted analyst William Katz sees Schwab's expanding reliance on pushing cash to its bank to earn spread revenue as too risky to recommend a 'buy'

February 16, 2018 — 12:02 AM UTC

Determined to out-Joe-Duran Duran's United Capital, Dave Welling moves his $12B roll-up's HQ to Denver

As Mercer's torrid growth accelerates, its new CEO will hyper-unify investments and operations, make deals, pit software vendors against each other and hire like crazy

February 14, 2018 — 6:18 PM UTC

At T3 eMoney and MoneyGuidePro redraw the lines of battle and post-API-era blockchain discussion begins

Financial planning software giants zig to each other's zags, Ric Edelman rips the robos and Joel Bruckenstein bobbles

February 12, 2018 — 10:29 PM UTC

HighTower closes $450-million deal that ups advisor stake, inks deal with Elliot Weissbluth

The Chicago-based roll-up sold '50-60%' stake -- for $350 million plus $100 million

February 10, 2018 — 12:40 AM UTC

Why exactly Fidelity chose 2018 to levy visible .05% 401(k) surcharge on Vanguard funds

After an abrupt business model shift from recordkeeper to advisor, the Boston-based 401(k) king may be a leader in fee 'levelization' that encourages other fund firms to act

February 9, 2018 — 6:10 PM UTC

Unknown San Francisco 401(k) robo with famous backers gets $11 million more in VC funding -- and an interesting brand

With Y Combinator start, Human Interest, formerly Captain401, is only in its third year but 10,000 customers convinced Adam Nash, Joe Montana and Sequoia-, Accel-derived VC

February 8, 2018 — 12:10 AM UTC

Riskalyze tromps onto Envestnet turf by signing $20-billion, 975-advisor account with its robo-manager

Aaron Klein's Autopilot takes aim at 65% of advisors who find TAMPs are both expensive and too much abdication of portfolio management customization

February 6, 2018 — 10:26 PM UTC

TD Ameritrade brings tears and cheers to RIAs in Orlando

A little girl blindsided attendees with heart and TD's Veo Village took on a life of its own

February 5, 2018 — 6:13 AM UTC

Tim Hockey goes to Florida with an RIA 'problem' that's not RIAs

The TD Ameritrade CEO relies on 6,000 registered investment advisors for 80% of growth -- skewed by big, big 'bus drivers' like Ric Edelman and Ron Carson

February 1, 2018 — 11:17 PM UTC
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