Articles written by By Lisa Shidler


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Judge shows Howard Present no mercy then verbally shreds him after the F-Squared founder 'fails to understand the wrongfulness of having misrepresented the strategy'

U.S. District Judge Sorokin wants the public record to show -- in no uncertain terms -- that ex-CEO is a high risk to commit further violations

April 5, 2018 — 11:22 PM UTC

Merrill Edge eases Bank of America's transition to a post-wirehouse world

The Charlotte super bank's plan to add 600 branches builds on success but recruiters say lingering tension between Merrill and Merrill Edge advisors is more of a factor than the bank admits

April 3, 2018 — 8:32 PM UTC

After Orion user conference, CEO Eric Clarke greenlights new software layer -- spearheaded by his general counsel

RIAs told horror stories to the Omaha software firm in Phoenix about SEC compliance -- encouraged by presentation by NorthStar's Kylee Beach -- and it fell on receptive ears this time

March 27, 2018 — 11:50 PM UTC

Fidelity's bet on ultra-compliance with the DOL rule pays off big as 401(k) assets jump stunning $280 billion in 2017

The Boston giant also added staggering 1.6 million plan participants but here comes DOL rule's BICE and the need to come extra clean on all those in-house funds

March 16, 2018 — 5:41 PM UTC

How Scottrade's 'pain'-seeking sales tactics and 'cut-and-paste' lawyering allegedly led to breaching a DOL rule

Massachusetts securities cops seized on DOL rule clause still under delay and seeded effects for brokerage business that are pervasive and lasting

March 1, 2018 — 1:08 AM UTC

Citigroup downgrades Charles Schwab Corp. on fears that vise grip of lavish staff expense and slashed prices will overwhelm banking windfall

Vaunted analyst William Katz sees Schwab's expanding reliance on pushing cash to its bank to earn spread revenue as too risky to recommend a 'buy'

February 16, 2018 — 12:02 AM UTC

Why exactly Fidelity chose 2018 to levy visible .05% 401(k) surcharge on Vanguard funds

After an abrupt business model shift from recordkeeper to advisor, the Boston-based 401(k) king may be a leader in fee 'levelization' that encourages other fund firms to act

February 9, 2018 — 6:10 PM UTC

SIFMA helps oust Bressler, Amery & Ross PC after alleged duplicity -- but weak pledge by replacement means 'issue' remains

Known DOL-rule naysayer Capital Forensics steps in to keep Broker Protocol list and draws immediate fire for stopping short of promise to avoid conflicts

January 31, 2018 — 7:59 PM UTC

What an RIA should make of Wall Street Journal's expose of how Schwab, Fidelity and TD Ameritrade's advice machines steer client assets

Product of a six-month of investigation, the Jason Zweig and Anne Tergesen-authored article alleges conflicts at the discount brokers are rife -- but RIA reactions to the revelations are textured

January 27, 2018 — 12:43 AM UTC

Claiming DOL rule has no handle on truth, Don Trone crafts lie detector test to assess RIA brains

The Neuro-Fiduciary & Governance Psychometric Instrument involves an EEG, an interview and six colleagues willing to vouch for your true fiduciary bona fides

December 24, 2017 — 5:23 AM UTC

How Vanguard lost a $19.4-billion 401(k) account to Fidelity and why it's the exception to the rule -- and isn't

Chevron boots the hyper-fiduciary Malvern, Pa.-based indexing giant in favor of Fidelity after two dismissed lawsuits

November 21, 2017 — 12:53 AM UTC

Mark Hurley battles to end his relationship with his billionaire investor

The Fiduciary Network CEO needs a "bigger" investor, he says, as RIA LBO game heats up and he holds upper hand after winning arbitration but Howard Milstein's bank hasn't waved the white flag

November 9, 2017 — 4:08 AM UTC

Five RIA principals with $60 billion of combined AUM form ScratchWorks as 'publicity stunt' and serious effort to fund fintech startups

With Fidelity Investments as sponsor, Barron's hiring the hall and Marty Bicknell cracking the whip, an RIA 'Shark Tank' will bow in Orlando

November 3, 2017 — 10:09 PM UTC

Guilty as charged, Howard Present retreats to no-harm, no-foul defense in sentencing phase

Back against the wall, the ex-F-Squared CEO hopes for leniency because 'no investors suffered losses' as SEC seeks $11-million disgorgement and $150K penalty

October 24, 2017 — 9:28 PM UTC

TD Ameritrade angers RIAs who feel 'blindsided' after TD Ameritrade's actions prompt the departure of all Vanguard and some iShares ETFs from its NTF platform

The Omaha-based broker's roll-out of new ETF platform also removes Morningstar as ETF-picker as new State Street ultra-cheap fund line-up gets the Vanguard/iShares spoils

October 18, 2017 — 9:45 PM UTC