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Andy Kalbaugh: It further supports their ability to manage and grow their businesses and provide even greater value in affiliation with LPL.

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


Jud Bergman: As we go from four or five big wins to 10 or 20 big wins, and we begin to monetize Yodlee, then people will say, 'OK, I see what you saw in it.'

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

Rudy Adolf: A key reason for our partnership is the vision we share for continued growth.

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



Rob Goldstein: Acorns is a pioneer in creating innovative ways to engage investors in a mobile-first world.

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


Aaron Schumm:  [We want] to work with advisors versus displacing them.

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

Dan Arnold: Our principle here is to use our strength in a more agile way.

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

Michael Mongin

UHNW Atlanta family office takes on ex-GenSpring relationship manager in advance of Florida push

UHNW Atlanta family office takes on ex-GenSpring relationship manager in advance of Florida push

May 21, 2018 – 9:56 PM

The churn of talent in the RIA business no longer happens the old-fashioned way.

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

Lowell Putnam: We've all decided to band together to principles that arent even necessarily in our own best interests.

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

David Ireland: We started with Advent and Black Diamond integrations, then APX … now we're talking with other [SS&C] portfolio systems.

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

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