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LPL Financial is latest to go the 'risk number' route by signing deal with LifeYield, which signed a Riskalyze deal in February

The Fort Mill, S.C.-based IBD will use the software to help advisors arbitrage between taxable and non-taxable accounts to minimize the bite of the IRS

May 30, 2018 — 8:14 PM UTC

Jud Bergman defines 'stupid' and post-'stupid' eras at his firm after Raymond James analyst dares to unearth the Yodlee question

The Envestnet CEO's rebuke, embracing the synonym for imbecilic and unintelligent, showed how raw feelings got in 2015 with the firm's purchase of Yodlee for about $600 million

May 29, 2018 — 11:03 PM UTC

Focus Financial files for IPO to raise $100 million, with 'interesting' timing

Private equity bought the New York-based roll-up a year ago and its revenues are growing about 20%

May 24, 2018 — 5:15 PM UTC

Mindful of 'Snapchat' dynamic, BlackRock takes big Acorns stake after the micro-robo wins 2.2 million investors in 12 months

The $6.3-trillion asset manager led the $50-million round to ensure a foothold at LA-based firm with an app that onboards 6,000 investors daily

May 24, 2018 — 3:28 AM UTC

Vestwell makes hard-charging payroll startup, Namely, its portal to win plan sponsors for RIAs and IBD reps it services

CEO Aaron Schumm is helping advisors get the benefit of feet already wedged in doors thanks to pervasive payroll service apps

May 22, 2018 — 8:13 PM UTC

LPL shares skyrocket near to $72 after signaling to Wall Street a cheaper, better way to lure assets and advisors

The Fort Mill, S.C.-based firm may cut salaries and commissions to recruiters and give advisors more benefits directly

May 22, 2018 — 4:12 PM UTC

RIAs and RIA vendors churn talent madly in March and April '18 as 'New Moves in the Biz' captures 35 of them

Serial HR moves by Raymond James, FinMason, American Century and Vestwell helped them expand into new territories, add job descriptions and more varied product lines

May 18, 2018 — 9:23 PM UTC

Envestnet quietly deals rivals in on Yodlee play to placate big banks and their latent threat of 'oblivion' in response to 'screen scraping'

The Chicago-based outsourcer orchestrates a Yodlee/Morningstar/Quovo show of force in response to vulnerability to 'throttling' by mega-custodians

May 17, 2018 — 7:24 PM UTC

As Salentica settles into life as SS&C's fair-haired CRM, downsides of being a sheltered software child are also apparent, critics say

Black Diamond and Advent are still in reach but the firm's appeal to smaller fry in need of low pricing is more limited

May 15, 2018 — 5:26 PM UTC

A maverick RIA and a bank walked into a bar in 2006, 2011 and 2014. It's all settling out in a 2018 M&A & spin-off pub crawl

Boston Private lets a $9-billion RIA buy itself back to free up cash to be used to roll up more bank-minded wealth managers this time around and Peter Raimondi is back in the game

May 14, 2018 — 8:05 PM UTC

Downmarket Redtail hustles at 'crazy pace' to steal march upmarket as CRM rival Junxure wires merger and Salesforce relaunches as an off-the-rack product

The Sacramento-based CRM firm moves to 'Transaction Alley' in Atlanta from the Georgia 'burbs to attract urbane engineers

May 10, 2018 — 9:00 PM UTC

Why exactly Northwestern Mutual bought a digital darling for $250 million, shut it down, orphaned its customers and declared progress

When the Milwaukee-based mega-insurer relaunches in six months, the one aspect certainly subtracted from the mix will be the cash-draining 8,000 mass market customers

May 9, 2018 — 9:23 PM UTC

TD Ameritrade scores sweet exclusive deal with Vanguard that includes RIAs managing otherwise self-directed 401(k) accounts

To make up ground, Vanguard Group also partnered with Newport Group

May 8, 2018 — 12:40 AM UTC

Derek Bruton joins Keith Gregg as Chalice Wealth Partners makes urgent Dynasty-lite bid bolstered by $4.5 million and Aaron Schumm

The two San Diegans of LPL and First Allied fame are hungry for success and redemption after a few stop-and-go years

May 4, 2018 — 10:30 PM UTC

LPL Financial pulls pricing lever after Bill Hamm moves to yank $12 billion and 500 advisors off the IBD's line

The CEO of Independent Financial Partners will take 12 months move the asset trove to his own broker-dealer giving LPL time to woo reps looking for the door

May 3, 2018 — 10:01 PM UTC

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