Articles written by By Lisa Shidler


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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

Caveats galore, Redtail attempts CRM revolution based on texting starting with 27,000 firms who use its software

Compliance experts and advisors throw down the gauntlet on CRM chat challenges but CEO/CTO Brian McLaughlin is unfazed

October 11, 2017 — 7:30 PM UTC

'No BS' Mike Durbin leapfrogs up the Fidelity Investments ladder but can he serve RIAs, eMoney and Abby?

RIAs run out of superlatives for the eight-year exec's ability to 'get it' at both the intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial level as he ascends to president of $2.3-trillion Fidelity Institutional

October 6, 2017 — 8:06 PM UTC

Michael Kitces attacks CFP Board for jacking fees 17% in name of 'strategy' when the certificant is flush with $20 million in reserves

The Board defends murky financials and a 'buried' hike as overdue -- even when it's operating at a $1.3 million surplus

September 18, 2017 — 7:23 PM UTC

Granddaddy $220-billion RIA 401(k) roll-up books new $20-billion deal but may have bought its way out of a growth plan

CAPTRUST did 26 deals in 10 years and finally the firm's old 'friend-enemy' partner, CapTrust was one of the few needle-movers left to make its last 10% inorganic AUM leap

September 11, 2017 — 9:45 PM UTC

Tensions build with OSJs after LPL Financial's 'about face' on held-away RIA assets and forced use of its corporate RIA

Can the Fort Mill, S.C. broker-dealer add 3,200 NPH advisors, make RIAs bend to its will and not break bad with giant partners?

September 6, 2017 — 12:09 AM UTC