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Sallie Krawcheck raises fresh $33 million but only after her 'get-your-hand-off-my-leg' venture becomes Schwab RIA with classic fees and minimums and a warrants-for-AUM program

Ellevest has only $283 million of AUM but now Melinda Gates is an investor and big clients will get warrants kicked back to them for bringing in AUM

March 30, 2019 — 5:49 PM

Schwab hopes to blend into the subscription world of Netflix, Amazon and Apple by dumping asset-based fees and wooing millennials with Intelligent Portfolios for $30 a month

Ex-Betterment exec Cynthia Loh wins 'love' by making digital advice a $30 monthly ding regardless of assets citing its 'approachability'

March 29, 2019 — 1:02 AM

HiddenLevers' Raj Udeshi takes victory lap after nabbing Focus Financial account: 'We dropped a bomb in BlackRock's backyard;' But it's just a battle not the war, analysts say

The founder's analytics software firm had to beat out Aladdin but the reward is a doubling of assets and $1-million-plus contract

March 27, 2019 — 9:41 PM

Josh Brown launches by-and-for RIA event, Wealth/Stack, in Arizona but with pay-to-speak slots for sponsors

With partner Barry Ritholtz, he frontlines a technology-leaning gathering in Scottsdale but Inside ETFs owns/runs the event and vendors will gain their customary influence

March 26, 2019 — 12:02 AM

Oisin's Bits: Vanguard aborts banking effort, because it was more fixated on beating BoA than being itself, an analyst says; SEI is killing it in the Mercer/Russell realm by competing with a retrofitted TAMP-thingy

The $5.3-billion Malvern, Pa. monster finds its investors want it to stick to investing, not checking accounts and the Oaks, Pa. TAMP leader gets upmarket with no-conflict pitch and product fit and

March 22, 2019 — 11:22 PM

With IPO clock at 10-years and ticking, Personal Capital makes two big, out-of-character moves to go upmarket and downmarket

With $9 billion in assets, the Redwood City-based national RIA hired the ex-Virgin America CMO Porter Gale to make one brand investors associates with both the freebie tools and the full-priced financial advice its advisors provide mostly from call centers

March 22, 2019 — 7:55 PM

As Bob Oros-led HighTower reboots, it bags an ex-Goldman RIA, hires two, makes a CMO imminent, and clarifies mission

The new CEO will need to somehow weave together the debris of the first roll-up run and the new one to the satisfaction of RIAs and the hundreds of people already inside the HighTower umbrella

March 20, 2019 — 11:32 PM

Fidelity's 2016 'secret' fee fix for 'broken' 401(k) business model may spark fresh state and federal 401(k) crackdown on heels of investor civil suits

The DOL, William Galvin and a class action hang over the Boston 401(k) king's 15-basis-point fee, but experts think Fidelity -- its squirrel-y disclosure aside-- can fight the charges

March 18, 2019 — 9:28 PM

It took years to woo Bob Curtis to sell MoneyGuidePro but what Envestnet gets for its patience seem plenty worth it -- for both

The Fidelity-eMoney combination was a big success but a Yodlee-MGP pairing could turn the tide in the battle for the advisor desktop. Just don't call it 'competition'

March 16, 2019 — 2:04 AM

A perfect storm of factors -- including 'code' and 'annuities' -- made Jud Bergman pay Bob Curtis $500 million for MoneyGuidePro, plus $30 million to keep the MGP crew around a few more years

MoneyGuidePro's growth rate is declining, it's only '5% accretive' and Envestnet is already fully integrated, but unless the price got paid, the broader network was out in the cold

March 15, 2019 — 12:55 AM

BNY Mellon's new CEO is an RIA fan, and Pershing Advisor Solutions made a big personnel move to reflect it

Charles Scharf loosened the Pershing purse strings for Mark Tibergien who created 'head of platforms' position for Christina Townsend

March 12, 2019 — 10:14 PM

After $2-billion asking price for Ascensus gets no bites, Genstar and Aquiline opt to sell 25% stake to juice roll-up kitty

Atlas Merchant Capital and GIC are the new financiers but the capital raise suggests inorganic growth is still Plan A

March 11, 2019 — 6:39 PM

Rudy Adolf's Buckingham meal ticket looks golden after the $35-billion RIA/TAMP absorbs Dan Goldie's $1 billion Loring Ward book and margins leap from 25 basis points to more like 70

The New York-based roll-up's gain is offshoot of Loring Ward deal where Goldie is the biggest client but was too big to buy until Focus capital could be tapped

March 9, 2019 — 3:28 AM

Bank of America's purge of 'Lynch' and 'U.S. Trust' neuters storied brands, but the revamped training of raw recruits under a new name is where the real eradication of broker culture is going down

The Charlotte, N.C. banking bruiser is reeling in the mega-producer model, perhaps paving the way for a more monumental shift in compensation toward a U.S> Trust, salary-and-bonus structure

March 8, 2019 — 6:05 PM

Schwab PortfolioCenter sale to Envestnet signals open season on 2,300 RIAs in the deal; Orion bags six; 'Why didn't Tamarac call me?' some ask

Whether you are Bridge, BlackDiamond, FinFolio or Morningstar, you are not sitting out this once-in-a-generation orphaning by a legacy giant of portfolio accounting software

March 7, 2019 — 1:59 AM

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