Articles published 2/2021
Tom Valverde is out at Apex, leaving Tricia Rothschild to take the reins as RIA chief, for now
The former Pershing and Fidelity sales czar confirmed he left Apex 'voluntarily' Feb. 25 amid a flurry of no comments.
February 26, 2021 – 10:53 PM
Focus Financial shares drop after hours as secondary offering gets filed that mostly pays off KKR and Stone Point without generating M&A capital
The New York rollup's shares have risen with RIA valuations, giving the pre-IPO investors an exit window
February 25, 2021 – 11:00 PM
Capitalize sees opening to serve RIAs with 401(k) rollover services on heels of DOL fiduciary rule and scores $12.5M from VC firms to make it happen
With DOL all but outlawing RIAs from advising investors from rolling pension assets to IRAs, New York startup that specializes in the hand-off steps into the breach for RIAs.
February 25, 2021 – 1:16 AM
AssetMark suddenly parts ways with president/CEO Charles Goldman; protégé Natalie Wolfsen named CEO; Michael Kim president
AssetMark chairwoman Xiaoning Jiao provided no details, faint praise for Goldman amid his unexpected departure, but was effusive over Wolfsen appointment.
February 24, 2021 – 3:31 AM
After growing to near $100 billion in custody, Apex Clearing strikes 'IPO' deal to raise 'up to' $1 billion to disrupt existing RIA custody
The Dallas turnaround project is now valued near $5 billion after its assets in custody jumped from $30 billion in 2017 under care of Pershing and Morningstar RIA defectors.
February 23, 2021 – 3:27 AM
Elliot S. Weissbluth, Hightower Advisors mastermind, cashes out and vacates chairman role as Pershing's ex-CEO Lisa Dolly takes a board seat
The Chicago rollup's founder got paid better by doing the second-stage exit and the new cast on the Board also includes Bob Oros ascending to chair and Darrell Horn of Green Square Wealth Management joining
February 19, 2021 – 8:58 PM
Goldman Sachs adds 'vanilla' robo as Marcus bank topping and -- behold -- a warning shot for taking on Robinhood for retail trades
The New York giant's investing robot may one day provide industrial strength day-trading side bets but, for now, is being soft-peddled as a child-proof Marcus bank bolt-on tool.
February 18, 2021 – 6:54 AM
Knocking down a 'wall,' Betterment will make RIA custody its 'biggest business' as Schwab/TDA merger opens door and robo-advice glut deepens
Charles Schwab undercut the New York City robo-advisor on price, but now Betterment, under new CEO Sarah Levy, can return the favor by chipping off some of Schwab's $3 trillion in RIA assets.
February 17, 2021 – 3:44 AM
The DOL's Trump-era reprieve from rollover fiduciary rigor is over with aspects of remedy that might 'scare the daylights' out of defense lawyers
The Biden DOL is cool with surprisingly toothy rules it inherited that are sure to cause some RIAs to scramble and may be easier for broker-dealers to manage.
February 13, 2021 – 2:29 AM
InvestCloud -- long tagged an 'Envestnet killer' -- sold at $1-billion valuation level, gets added to Tegra118, but some say, not so fast
The LA-based startup's 'data layer' serves as a lingua franca for applications, but it's still icing in search of a cake; yet Tegra118 could be the cake, believers say
February 12, 2021 – 12:14 AM
Charles Schwab prunes another 200 or so staff but assures Wall Street analysts the Jenga piece of TD Ameritrade RIA services is still part of the puzzle post-merger
The Westlake, Tex., broker deemed John Tovar 'best talent,' hence a keeper, and ex-TD staffers affirm Schwab's good instincts.
February 11, 2021 – 12:08 AM
A Massachusetts trust company is adding billions of dollars with a secret weapon -- a Cayman Islands-style tax haven, also known as New Hampshire
Fiduciary Trust Company is sheltering billions of dollars in a Granite State subsidiary to take advantage of the state's low tax burden.
February 10, 2021 – 3:48 AM
Orion will woo breakaway brokers with two events-- an unusual move for a software firm-- after missing the boat on 2020 recruiting in a tough pandemic year
The Omaha, Neb. software giant is seeking to supply pent-up demand created by the COVID-19 pandemic after many brokers saw the benefits of working independently from home.
February 8, 2021 – 11:46 PM
Oisín's Doubletakes: Clara Shih returns to Salesforce after 11-year hiatus • Focus reloads for M&A with $500 million debt raise, taking its credit north of $1.5 billion • Goldman Sach's 2020 partners list looks less homogenous -- even 'accretive' of women
Former HearSay CEO returns to her mother corporation • Focus Financial Partners debt levels soar 50% on fresh debt issuance • Goldman adds diversity, but snubs Marcus partnerships
February 6, 2021 – 2:39 AM
Walt Bettinger reveals Schwab projections got 'overwhelmed' by Covid-19-confined 'free' traders, but 'for now,' it's sticking with three-year window to wrap up TD Ameritrade merger
The Schwab CEO, his COO and CFO, say 'unprecedented' demand makes it even difficult to choose what year it'll unify brands and systems with TDA ; still it will aggressively add people to shore up service and continue to make merger-related cuts every quarter