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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

Marty Bicknell sells Tortoise stake for '$150 million' with cash already earmarked for four or five RIA purchases

Mariner Holdings CEO banks tidy gain as he dumps his 67% stake in $20 billion-AUM Tortoise that had just $1.3 billion of AUM when he bought it

October 23, 2017 — 10:08 PM UTC

TD Ameritrade is 'gathering feedback' after Michael Kitces's blogged overture for RIA collective bargaining on wholesale ETF line-up shift

The blogger and RIA platform owner offered three compromises and one request for a deadline extension but the RIA custodian is thus far having none of it

October 20, 2017 — 11:47 PM UTC

Why exactly E*Trade is paying $275 million cash for Trust Company of America

CEO Karl Roessner cites his firm's high demand for an RIA foothold in a low-supply market to counter RIAs and wirehouses preying on E*Trade's HNW investors

October 20, 2017 — 9:12 PM UTC

E*Trade enters RIA custody business by purchasing number five player

The New York-based discount broker buys Trust Company of America with plans to rebrand it and invest heavily in its technology

October 19, 2017 — 11:49 PM UTC

As Aaron Schumm's 401(k) startup gets $8 million the FolioDynamix founder loves Vestwell's odd juxtaposition to Fidelity

Vestwell attracts second big FMR seed capital tranche by co-opting advisors to go where the Boston 401(k) king is most challenged -- very small plan sponsors

October 13, 2017 — 5:12 PM UTC

HighTower hooks a 'rare' Miami catch of a JP Morgan Private Bank stripe at a crucial moment

As sales chatter hits a fever pitch on the conference cocktail party circuit, the Chicago roll-up affiliates with a white shoe recruit and gains some needed business-as-usual credibility

October 5, 2017 — 11:23 PM UTC

Power Player: Addepar's Eric Poirier drags RIAs to seek alpha in a beta world even as the advisors demand -- and get -- eMoney and FolioDynamix connections

The Silicon Valley-based CEO seeks to change how RIAs invest by what they can track with a new API and a fresh $140 million of VC money to see it out

September 26, 2017 — 7:31 PM UTC