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After tasting the 'nightmare' of FINRA confines, Roger Hewins buys back his $1.8B RIA from Midwestern CPAs -- with the new freedom worth leaving $3B of AUM behind

The $4.8-billion RIA mega-marriage of Hewins Financial and Wipfli in 2012 took 13 years to complete. The split in 2018 was more like lightning after brokerage regulators bellied up to the bar

June 4, 2018 — 4:51 PM UTC

Purchase of RIA in a Box with reclaimed Barnaby Grist as overseer shows ambition of New York buyer to create compliance 'robo-advisor'

Fresh off big AssetMark score, Aquiline's money talks, saying RIAs must spend big to comply but would like to spend smaller

June 1, 2018 — 3:01 PM UTC

A maverick RIA and a bank walked into a bar in 2006, 2011 and 2014. It's all settling out in a 2018 M&A & spin-off pub crawl

Boston Private lets a $9-billion RIA buy itself back to free up cash to be used to roll up more bank-minded wealth managers this time around and Peter Raimondi is back in the game

May 14, 2018 — 8:05 PM UTC

Why exactly Northwestern Mutual bought a digital darling for $250 million, shut it down, orphaned its customers and declared progress

When the Milwaukee-based mega-insurer relaunches in six months, the one aspect certainly subtracted from the mix will be the cash-draining 8,000 mass market customers

May 9, 2018 — 9:23 PM UTC

LPL Financial pulls pricing lever after Bill Hamm moves to yank $12 billion and 500 advisors off the IBD's line

The CEO of Independent Financial Partners will take 12 months move the asset trove to his own broker-dealer giving LPL time to woo reps looking for the door

May 3, 2018 — 10:01 PM UTC

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