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United Capital begins recapitalization and continues repeopling exec ranks -- both prompted by asterisked $6.9-billion of 'contracted' assets

Sydney, Australia's AMP invests 'tens of millions' in the firm but not to pay off existing PE partners whose stakes stayed static

September 14, 2017 — 7:57 PM UTC

United Capital nabs Min Zhang not long after Gail Graham leaves and Larry Shumbres continues a magical post-Schwab ride

The $19.8-billion national RIA in Newport Beach, Calif. makes the ex-Totum Wealth CEO its digital product manager and Shumbres fills the CEO spot

September 8, 2017 — 9:25 PM UTC

Why brokers can't exactly relax even after DOL promises, in effect, to drop BICE from its rule, then delays it 18 months

Attorneys caution DOL-weary execs that Department of Labor can't huff, puff and ramrod through a big change, and even a rule delay is fraught for brokers that treat it as a pure reprieve

August 29, 2017 — 9:12 PM UTC

After home raid allegedly turns up wild evidence, the SEC goes after Dawn Bennett for civil fraud

A $20 million Ponzi-like scheme and attempted voodoo are the latest revelations out of the Securities and Exchange Commission

August 28, 2017 — 9:52 PM UTC

Months after being assigned a new co-CEO, Eduardo Repetto is out at Dimensional Fund Advisors

Gerard O'Reilly, a quiet superstar at the Austin firm, gets heaps of praise from DFA's chairman for moving its investing process forward

August 16, 2017 — 2:42 AM UTC

Elliot Weissbluth's second in command walks from HighTower to an ivory tower of 'pari passu' ownership with an 'impeccable' reputation

Michael LaMena trades in a $50-billion-AUA roll-up for $5-billion-AUM roll-up after headhunter lays out case of bright, de-Balkanized Bronfman Rothschild future

August 7, 2017 — 7:24 PM UTC

Scott Hanson sells RIA to Parthenon after 'semi-retirement' drove him half-crazy -- so he could work full-time to get to $10 billion

The Sacramento RIA turned 50, adopted two children and realized he needed a plan to embrace even more challenges and chaos

July 28, 2017 — 10:08 PM UTC

Betterment rolls out free baseline human advice to all customers with a smartphone and no RIA and cuts price on premium advice offer

The New York-based robo-advisor will use CFPs to answer advice-related questions over a dedicated chat app as part of the 25 basis points paid for asset management

July 26, 2017 — 1:01 PM UTC

Bypassing PR Newswire, Focus Financial reports purchase of $1.9B AUM RIA and it gets curiouser from there

The New York-based roll-up buys Brownlie & Braden Advisors LLC no asset-based fees, no photos of principals and a big-time second-entity sister firm

July 24, 2017 — 11:48 PM UTC

Anthony Scaramucci tweets his way to Donald Trump's side after flaming out of investment business

After jumping into the fray to defend Donald Jr. on Twitter, 'the Mooch' -- once (maybe twice) fired as a Goldman Sachs broker -- will craft communications for Donald Trump as financial and legal smoke threatens to burst into flame

July 21, 2017 — 11:45 PM UTC

What to make of Bill McNabb exiting Vanguard mid-rise, forsaking as much as a $15-million annual salary and what Jack Bogle might have to do with it

The Vanguard CEO played the indexing explosion to perfection and silenced the founder in 2016 as he kept his Malvern, Pa.-based giant on an investor-friendly course

July 14, 2017 — 12:01 AM UTC

A year after John Copeland came to AMG with blue-ocean RIA growth plan, the publicly owned asset management giant spins him into new venture

Instead of sitting out frothy M&A market for $4-billion-plus RIAs as AMG exec, the now former president of the RIA unit is hustling, with more diverse backers, to crack the chronically stagnant M&A market for small firms

July 12, 2017 — 6:11 PM UTC

Schwab and Dynasty break $1B Celenza team out of Merrill Lynch five years after Barclays effort flags

Matthew Celenza reunites with former Citi contacts Shirl Penney and Todd Thomson to resume shared vision

July 11, 2017 — 2:01 PM UTC

Eight years after historic Schwab-RIA rift, Jim McCool, the controversial former RIA chief and original Bettinger partner, exits

After McCool hastily axed alternative investments from Schwab RIA platform, Bernie Clark took the chief custody role as part of the healing process

July 6, 2017 — 11:07 PM UTC

Mindy Diamond unleashes her 26-year-old son on Wall Street to cut deals and recruit recruiters

Louis Diamond has a Manhattan office, an M&A mindset, a willingness to call his mom 'Mindy' and a green-pasture outlook when it comes to the RIA business

June 30, 2017 — 6:46 PM UTC