Articles Published 3/2018


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Totum's bid to beat Riskalyze, including its own 1 to 99 risk number, gets reward -- acceptance by Black Diamond and CircleBlack

CEO Larry Shumbres says financial advice industry is in for a shock, as thousands-strong uptick in users shows Totum Risk is the real deal

March 30, 2018 — 8:39 PM UTC

Betterment reboots its RIA business big-time with new chief, ACATS for ETFs and the ability to fold existing holdings into robo portfolios

Cara Reisman absorbs duties of Tom Kimberley -- then gets to work making the New York robo-custodian more like classic RIA custodians

March 29, 2018 — 12:06 AM UTC

After Orion user conference, CEO Eric Clarke greenlights new software layer -- spearheaded by his general counsel

RIAs told horror stories to the Omaha software firm in Phoenix about SEC compliance -- encouraged by presentation by NorthStar's Kylee Beach -- and it fell on receptive ears this time

March 27, 2018 — 11:50 PM UTC

Vestwell jets ahead and adds pilots on the fly to keep startup on course

Founder Aaron Schumm is dealing with the dilemma/windfall of business coming over the transom ahead of projections

March 26, 2018 — 10:10 PM UTC

Bill Van Law's exit from Raymond James was preceded by 'administrative leave' and HR investigation, sources say

The head of the RIA unit succeeded in growing RIA assets to $25 billion but never was accepted as 'RIA native' by RIAs or the industry

March 23, 2018 — 11:54 PM UTC

Mike Durbin says Fidelity Institutional has heightened 'strategic anxiety' softened by its best asset growth ever

His $2.6-trillion unit's 2017 asset growth includes big adds from AssetMark, Sepio, Carson Group and Principal Securities

March 23, 2018 — 3:19 AM UTC

Trizic CEO raises $10M, poaches ex-FolioDynamix COO and luxuriates in 'ocean' of FIS 14,000-bank insider advantage

Drew Sievers vows that firm's five-year plan will make his bank clients massive competitors to Wealthfront and Betterment

March 21, 2018 — 8:13 PM UTC

Fidelity Investments makes unlikely turnaround as active equity manager but is it taking on too much risk?

With Abby Johnson in charge, Fidelity is swinging for more fences, beating peers, continuing to see asset outflows and thinking long-term

March 20, 2018 — 9:34 PM UTC

Seeking loan of $2 million, PCR discloses $12-million payment due in 2020 -- putting 'sale' on the table, offering memorandum shows

Private Client Resources, founded in 2000 projects it will break even next year but declines to say how it'll pay back mounting pile of loans

March 19, 2018 — 7:03 PM UTC

Fidelity's bet on ultra-compliance with the DOL rule pays off big as 401(k) assets jump stunning $280 billion in 2017

The Boston giant also added staggering 1.6 million plan participants but here comes DOL rule's BICE and the need to come extra clean on all those in-house funds

March 16, 2018 — 5:41 PM UTC

How Lori Hardwick's startup -- funded to the gills -- may co-opt the advisor desktop by creating an overarching open architecture

The co-founder's AI Labs is a portal-of-portals software that means to create -- and just may -- a virtual mono-custodian, mono-software platform

March 15, 2018 — 1:53 AM UTC

What exactly to make of PCR 'doubling' assets to $250B in an eye-blink amid Addepar's inescapable presence

CEO Bob Miller pivoted to safer 'aggregation' ground where margins are slimmer but competition may be lighter

March 13, 2018 — 9:12 PM UTC

After $30-million VC raise, 106 hires and topping $1 trillion of AUA, Vestmark is no longer just that UBS-LPL TAMP engine in the Massachusetts suburbs

Rob Klapprodt is helping reinvent his 'aggressive' firm to compete with the 'Vestmark' brand

March 12, 2018 — 7:53 PM UTC

Recruiters salivate as Greg Fleming completes marriage to Rockefeller & Co. to fill 'HighTower' void but now begins the wait for a business model

The Morgan Stanley ex-head sees 500% assets growth to $100 billion AUA by 2023 as critics see old branding, old money, old technology and old recruiting challenges

March 9, 2018 — 11:03 PM UTC

No sooner does hedge fund take big Wealthfront stake than the robo pivots toward becoming one

Tiger Global brought $75 million of cash in January but the New York hedge fund's baggage of higher fees, hard-to-grasp fees, PhD investing may have been quickly transferred, too

March 7, 2018 — 11:26 PM UTC

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