Vanguard Group launches its free-trading super desk of 1,800 ETFs; now only if clients won't abuse the privilege
The Malvern, Pa. giant risks creating a casino but its clients are expected to stay responsible and use free trades for dollar-cost averaging, rebalancing and harvesting losses for tax purposes
|9 hours ago|
How HighTower's executive shuffle, kicking CEO Elliot Weissbluth upstairs, opens door for new talent and paves way for Thomas Lee-fueled acquisitions splurge
Since Thomas H. Lee's $350 million February purchase of HighTower, the firm has sought ways to separate dealmaking and operational duties, but recruiting goes to outsourcer and M&A goes to Marc Cabezas.
|August 20, 2018 — 7:57 PM UTC|
Chip's and Skip's 'Excellent Adventure' breaks RIA stereotypes, sheds risk aversion for 'gut-busting' Alaska hike; black bears, grizzlies and moose, oh my!
This year the Excellent Adventure crew assembled in Girdwood, Alaska for a trek up the Crow Pass Trail, which meanders through a rain forest inhabited by black bears, grizzly, and moose.
|August 20, 2018 — 5:30 PM UTC|
Morningstar causes uproar with new study that upends everything RIAs assumed about retirement planning, and it all comes down to a number
In July, Morningstar published its latest retirement report, and its author David Blanchett poses tough questions, suggesting advisors risk “havoc” when predicting retirement. But the industry claims it's well prepared.
|August 17, 2018 — 8:51 PM UTC|
Envestnet CEO Jud Bergman's FolioDynamix deal suddenly looks prescient as SMA-to-UMA market shift dings revenues, third-party asset managers
In Envestnet's latest Q2 earnings call, Jud Bergman revealed the transition from SMAs to UMAs will hit Envestnet and third-party asset managers who sell their SMA wares through Envestnet's platform. But UMA efficiencies may drive down costs faster than revenues fall, making the FolioDynamix purchase look shrewder than ever.
|August 16, 2018 — 5:12 PM UTC|
Cresset cracks the family office market with a unique proposition; a suite of touchy-feely services that go beyond money management and help clients manage their lives
Cresset, guided by two savvy venture capitalists. is aiming to build the next-generation multi-family office on an independent, employee- and client-owned platform
|August 15, 2018 — 4:42 PM UTC|
After RIA private equity hot-shot Genstar's $1.7 billion purchase of ugly duckling Cetera, Robert Moore plans to take on LPL--not with acquisitions, but a recruitment storm
Genstar bought a majority share in Cetera in July for a rumored $1.7 billion; now Genstar MD Tony Salewski and ex-LPL President and Cetera CEO Robert Moore have put ramping up the rep count front-and-center in their plans to turn the long-troubled IBD ugly duckling into a market giant at LPL's expense.
|August 15, 2018 — 12:35 AM UTC|
Orion wins its 95th LPL advisor to show it's also advancing on Envestnet in the broker-dealer market and greening up its pastures
The Omaha, Neb.-based software maker just bagged $5-billion AUA OSJ, Independent Advisor Alliance
|August 13, 2018 — 5:54 PM UTC|
Posse of top cops from 17 states dresses down SEC, demand same fiduciary standards for broker-dealers and RIAs and cite other 'egregious' deficiencies in proposed son of DOL rule
Since the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in March struck down the Department of Labor's (DOL) embattled "fiduciary rule," broker-dealers have been operating with a virtual "get-out-of-jail-free" card
|August 10, 2018 — 8:18 PM UTC|
Peter Mallouk has diamond as big as The Ritz, a flashy new Kansas City headquarters, complete with Silicon Valley perks; Now his new goal--top $40 billion in assets
'Everything's up to date in Kansas City, They gone about as fer as they can go;' Giant RIA, Creative Planning Inc., upgrades its Overland Park headquarters to set the stage for more explosive growth
|August 9, 2018 — 5:47 PM UTC|
Goldman Sachs banking on David Solomon to be a catalyst for more RIA-ifcation, getting hip with millennials, diversifying firm... and keeping bankers happy
Solomon is the perfect fit for the advent of 'an enlightened wirehouse', but it's the same old Goldman, say experts, with the sly understanding that the phrasing has oxymoronic overtones.
|August 7, 2018 — 11:52 PM UTC|
How InvestmentNews may become nucleus of U.S.-based roll-up if UK investment banker succeeds with 'wild swim' across Atlantic to purchase it
If Vitesse pulls off 'reverse merger,' it can use the cash-cow revenues of the Manhattan-based Crain weekly to fuel string of 'bolt-on acquisitions' in United States
|August 6, 2018 — 5:32 AM UTC|
Schwab Advisor Services's 'very tight ship' sprung leak that may signal a flood of SEC actions against custodians, leading to potential crack down on RIAs
The $1.6-trillion RIA custodian in San Francisco settles SEC lawsuit in a day by paying a $2.8 million fine in a case meant to be a 'shot across the bow' of custodians and RIAs, say analysts
|August 3, 2018 — 12:24 AM UTC|
Marty Bicknell-led Shark Tank-style contest chooses to back super-ambitious RIA-automation startup, but his $25-billion RIA'll keep Orion for now
ScratchWorks picked Jacqueline Ko Matthews' InvestmentPod to improve advisor productivity by 60% but it's still just 'potential,' says Bicknell; Good potential
|August 1, 2018 — 5:17 PM UTC|