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Ric Edelman: It's all additive.

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

David Musto: It's completely realistic to think there could be a dozen or more acquisitions in any twelve month period.

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

Craig Pearson: [Clients] said: If you come back, we're here.

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

Andy Rachleff says his firm's price drop is an act of conscience reflecting the good example of Vanguard Group. Some find the explanation hard to stomach.

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



David Pottruck: It’s time for new board leadership.
April 20, 2018 – 7:01 PM

Paul Gamble is selling what academics do as he did at Financial Engines -- and that worked out.

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

Yvette Butler signaled from the start there was 'work to do.'

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


Elliot Weissbluth: I'm used to Seal Team Six. It's quite lovely getting to know people and walking through the front door.

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

Sara Grillo: Do it creatively or don’t do it at all.

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

Hussain Zaidi: What they need is what Morgan Stanley and Ameriprise have … whole programs in place to help advisors drive financial planning and advice.

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

Bill Morrissey launched a 'disruption campaign' with a ferocity that startled some observers.

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


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