Articles Published 4/2018


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Ric Edelman's RIA empire to merge with legacy The Mutual Fund Stores in $3-billion deal that takes Financial Engines private

Hellman & Friedman stake the eye-popping sum in cash to outright own an RIA with nearly $195 billion of AUM including robo-advised 401(k) assets

April 30, 2018 — 11:57 PM UTC

Vanguard's 401(k) recordkeeper, Ascensus, gets set to roll up a world of third party administrators to create a small plan superpower

With recent Great-West poach and David Musto running the show the Dresher, Pa.-based TPA adds 14 firms in 16 months and sets sights on dozens more, as roll-up strategy takes flight

April 27, 2018 — 5:46 PM UTC

A higher bidder ripped WealthTouch from Craig Pearson's grasp but his startup could rip the clients, free of charge, right back -- and leave Addepar gasping

After his noncompete expired, the founder and CEO of Private Wealth Systems is welcoming old UHNW managers whose language he speaks

April 25, 2018 — 6:27 PM UTC

In robo-CEO vs. Twitter gadfly battle, it was no contest as Wealthfront's Andy Rachleff does 'ultimate flip-flop' without tweeting a reply

The $10-billion robo-advisor may weather 'PR nightmare' but not thanks to Rachleff's 'Vanguard' explanation, critics say

April 25, 2018 — 12:03 AM UTC

As Thomas H. Lee Partners asserts itself, Dave Pottruck steps down as chairman of HighTower's board of directors

The early investor and ex-Schwab CEO is giving ground to the new ownership

April 20, 2018 — 7:01 PM UTC

After losing Lee Kranefuss and raising $10M, 55ip gets RIAs to buy Ph.D. smarts, though a critic calls it gussied-up market timing

Guided by an ex-Financial Engines ringer, Paul Gamble, the New York startup is now portfolio modeler for $100 million

April 19, 2018 — 10:38 PM UTC

Capital One flunks 'RIA' bid with stunning rapidity but gets an A for 'failing fast'

The McClean, Va.-based credit card company bought advisory firms, put a head-hunted Wells Fargo big shot in charge, hit the $10-billion mark -- then got the hell out

April 18, 2018 — 8:56 PM UTC

HighTower Advisors lands $4.5-billion RIA with help from bigger, better checkbook

The Chicago RIA roll-up adds 45-employee Salient with T.H. Lee omnipresent in shepherding the UHNW deal

April 17, 2018 — 3:25 PM UTC

Five fully pregnant email subject lines and how they make investors open your RIA newsletter

A standout attn: line is a must to get clicks and reads yet often gets treated as optional

April 16, 2018 — 7:10 PM UTC

Advizr CEO reveals just how the lift-out of four Morgan Stanley breakaway engineers leapfrogs his plans ahead

Hussain Zaidi sees greenfields opportunities at small IBDs and Fortune 500 firms where planning software alone doesn't make the grade

April 13, 2018 — 7:48 PM UTC

LPL Financial wages 'war' on Cetera, Securities America and Kestra after they pounced on NPH advisors in wake of sale

Unheard-of packages, tight targeting and unusual timing rock recruiters who marvel at the competitive behavior that has Bill Morrissey escalating an epic battle

April 12, 2018 — 6:39 PM UTC

Orion buys $10-billion TAMP to take on Envestnet and AssetMark head-on for mega-accounts

Omaha, Neb.-based NorthStar division is buying FTJ Fundchoice to launch Orion Enterprise after painful losses in bidding for business with large RIAs and IBDs

April 11, 2018 — 2:03 PM UTC

Jeff Maurer poached his RIA from zero to $7.5 billion in nine years but now comes M&A

The ex-US Trust CEO has seen Evercore Wealth growth rates taper since a lightning start; now the hard work is done he sees deals on the horizon

April 10, 2018 — 5:34 PM UTC

What Tom Bradley's first post-TD Ameritrade gig says about him is interesting and his specific MaxMyInterest robo mission, more so

The non-competed New Jersey exec gets a piece of the action and much boils down to signing a wirehouse, an RIA custodian or an LPL

April 9, 2018 — 5:32 PM UTC

Judge shows Howard Present no mercy then verbally shreds him after the F-Squared founder 'fails to understand the wrongfulness of having misrepresented the strategy'

U.S. District Judge Sorokin wants the public record to show -- in no uncertain terms -- that ex-CEO is a high risk to commit further violations

April 5, 2018 — 11:22 PM UTC

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