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Robertson Stephens falters as its CEO and founder steps aside, Susan Reese goes home and a venture capitalist steps in to lead turnaround

Joe Piazza's plan to jumpstart the once-beating heart of the former San Francisco-based 'Robbie' brand always faced long odds -- and it's new chief says a pending deal means it's 'not dead' yet

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LPL Financial clips wings of 20 top fund companies by asserting itself as 'gatekeeper' on newly launched DOL-proof 3.5% flat-commission mutual fund superstore

Using Labor Department as leverage, LPL cuts itself in as middleman between branded fund giants -- including Fidelity, Legg Mason and Putnam -- and its advisors' clients -- in exchange for semi-exclusive shelf space positioning

August 4, 2017 — 10:04 PM UTC

Black Diamond loses serial white knight Dave Welling to a $10-billion RIA that uses Orion

The RIA performance reporting software giant in Jacksonville grew like crazy under its leader though two mergers but David Barton made an irresistible offer

August 3, 2017 — 4:43 PM UTC

InvestCloud, a start-from-scratch Envestnet emulator and Jamie Dimon darling, gets cozier with Apex to better reach RIAs

Apex RIAs can now customize portfolios via InvestCloud, which JP Morgan has a stake in, perhaps creating a counterweight to back-end monolith Envestnet

July 19, 2017 — 6:50 PM UTC

Charles Schwab & Co.'s vertical play to monopolize ETF market -- to be its low-cost maker, distributor and manager -- diesels ahead as ETF OneSource grows again

San Francisco giant executes macro strategy to underprice Vanguard, get paid big bucks to sell third-party funds for free, sell ETF portfolios gratis in its industry-leading robo-advisor and keep custody of $1.4T of RIA assets fast-converting to ETFs

July 14, 2017 — 8:51 PM UTC

LPL Financial lets go of David Reich to pull its crucial $135-billion 401(k) division into a central service and branding sphere

The head of the unit exits amid advisor chatter that the hyper-channelization of LPL sometimes makes six phone calls necessary when one would do

June 26, 2017 — 9:34 PM UTC

After VC personally supplants CEO, Trizic raises $3.3 million, signs online octopus and begins to shed perception that it squandered a lead

Drew Sievers invested $1 million in the robo-advisor then took the place of CEO Brad Matthews, who admits it's been for the better as he became a father at 38

April 27, 2017 — 10:39 PM UTC

RIA lobby fires off letter to DOL claiming rules aimed at reining in overzealous stockbroker sales pitches chill RIA conversations with their prospects

The IAA's letter to the Labor Department asks that RIAs not get entangled in rules designed to prevent stockbrokers from making misleading pitches

April 20, 2017 — 5:16 PM UTC

Joel Bruckenstein pitches DOL rule to Sen. Marco Rubio after fate makes them JetBlue seat mates

Rubio opened up on small investors and retirement issues -- and cracked wise about the Russians

April 17, 2017 — 6:38 PM UTC

Why ProShares yanked ETFs from Schwab's no-commission OneSource ETF exchange

The fund firm puts faith in the drawing power of its own brand -- and saves more than $2 million

April 3, 2017 — 7:04 PM UTC

As Goldman Sachs' badly kept secret about branding an advice robot leaks out, Goldman-watchers see contours of Lloyd Blankfein's grand if 'scattergun' virtual advice strategy take shape

The NYC investment bank's CEO may be saving the Goldman brand for last after smart beta ETFs, Honest Dollar, Motif and 'Marcus by Goldman Sachs' are up and running

March 30, 2017 — 7:20 PM UTC

HighTower parts ways with -- and doesn't replace -- the dealmaker who has 'worked on more breakaway transactions ... than anyone in the industry'

Elliot Weissbluth's gun-slinging No. 2, Mike Papedis, moves on after HighTower's assets declined, deals waned and the once-loud company took on an indoor voice

March 21, 2017 — 9:53 PM UTC

What happened next after a Wall Street analyst called Walter Bettinger on the carpet for capping virtual RIA's fees

The Schwab CEO cedes no ground to Rich Repetto and others who come to San Francisco to question whether shareholders are losing as investors win

March 17, 2017 — 8:06 PM UTC

Peter Mallouk-Tony Robbins partnership set to soar on new book but quid-pro-quo details of pact between $23-billion RIA and super-salesman are still murky

'Unshakeable' may drive $1 billion-plus in referrals to Creative Planning but just how much lands in Robbins' wallet is undisclosed

March 1, 2017 — 10:59 PM UTC

Where Puzder's exit leaves the fiduciary rule, the DOL's bastardized mission and whether the new appointee prospect is a patsy

New nominee is law professor Alexander Acosta with a more politically correct profile but a similar stance on where power should lie in a free enterprise system

February 16, 2017 — 6:44 PM UTC