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Publicly traded 'RIA' stocks are having a banner 2017

Wall Street is loving shares of Schwab, Envestnet, Morningstar and LPL

December 8, 2017 — 12:28 AM UTC

What seven attributes define RIA integrity and why -- unlike standalone 'fiduciary care' -- Wall Street finds it radioactive

Doing the 'right thing' by investors leaves plenty of room for Wall Street to play its patented game of blurring the edges, warns editor-in-chief Brooke Southall responding to RIABiz readers who disagreed with his earlier op-ed

December 5, 2017 — 6:45 PM UTC

It's time for RIAs to shift the 'fiduciary' debate and make it about 'integrity'

Integrity demands wholeness, which Wall Street can't claim as its sales staff and business model continues to get thrashed in the marketplace

December 1, 2017 — 2:19 AM UTC

All-LPL M&A deal yields one $875-million firm in which Black Diamond, Schwab and Vanguard are named factors

The 51-year-old founder of CalBay Investments Inc. and the Hillis Financial Services founder, 73, do a succession-minded combination that keeps assets all in the LPL family

November 29, 2017 — 11:49 PM UTC

Pro-DOL rule forces sharpen knives now that DOL rule's 18-month delay is carved in stone

Labor Department loses formerly effective duck-and-weave defense tactic after 'U-turn' toward a more Wall Street golden goose ethos

November 28, 2017 — 10:14 PM UTC

How UBS exited the Broker Protocol and why the aftereffects may surpass those of Morgan Stanley's earlier departure

Using Thanksgiving and the alleged complicity of his firm's attorneys as a smoke screen, CEO Tom Naratil made good on warning to slam the door on his sales force

November 28, 2017 — 2:37 AM UTC

The one thing no RIA should forget to thank God for at Thanksgiving

Instead of clients carving you up like a turkey they place an astounding amount of trust in you and your business model

November 22, 2017 — 10:37 PM UTC

Wealthfront calls its smart beta approach 'superior' to Dimensional Fund Advisors largely because DFA works with RIAs

The Redwood City-based robo-advisor's CIO Burton Malkiel says his firm's robo-approach to factor investing convinced him to reverse his stand on passive investing as unbeatable

November 17, 2017 — 2:21 AM UTC

After Brian Hamburger scores Greg Fleming, Tom Bradley, Elliot Weissbluth and other A-list whoppers, MarketCounsel Summit fees will rise

Speakers fresh off making RIA headlines, including ex-Morgan Stanley president who is launching Rockefeller-backed RIA, will address uncomfortable issues, which sends demand up; $1,000 tickets til Monday

November 10, 2017 — 11:09 PM UTC

BlackRock may build the biggest, baddest RIA platform yet as 'Boy Wonder' begins 'Aladdin-izing' FutureAdvisor

Since its acquisition in 2015, crickets for the $152-million robo-advisor, but under young legend Rob Goldstein, that could all change as BlackRock rolls out its play to own the advisor desktop

November 7, 2017 — 8:39 PM UTC

SS&C solves its Axys problem -- for now -- by acquiring Modestspark

The owner of Advent and Black Diamond buys tiny two-person Redmond, Wash. firm that also solves Schwab's PortfolioCenter problem with digital add-on

November 2, 2017 — 11:00 PM UTC

RIA lawyers cry foul against Bressler, Amery & Ross -- keeper of the Protocol flame -- after Morgan Stanley exit throws sunlight on attorney behavior

A livid Sharron Ash says she was stonewalled by Bressler, Amery when she called for info after spotting a buried notice that Morgan Stanley was bowing out of the Protocol

November 2, 2017 — 5:26 AM UTC

Timing of Morgan Stanley's Broker Protocol withdrawal sends shocks through RIA legal and recruiting circles

Hundreds of planned and in-process breakaways are reassessed after keeper of the list, Bressler, Amery, & Ross, sat on the change for a week but a silver lining is already emerging

October 31, 2017 — 3:08 AM UTC

Philip Palaveev writes the one RIA book worth reading this year

Passing down an RIA practice is barely easier than bequeathing a soul and he writes 'G2' accordingly

October 27, 2017 — 10:27 PM UTC

HighTower finds hundreds of millions to cash out itchy shareholders

Thomas H. Lee Partners likes financial firms -- especially ones with big cash flow and potential for operational efficiencies

October 25, 2017 — 3:59 PM UTC