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The T3 Enterprise Conference showed the dark side of the RIA software business in Vegas

RIAs may be reaching a point of diminishing returns in buying software unless RIA custodians can join them in the reinvention process -- with the tenuous fate of cleverDome hanging in the balance

November 7, 2017 — 1:00 AM UTC

The 2017 FPA conference leans heavily on a Michael Kitces unimpressed with the group's 'silence' on the CFP Board

Although its theme was elusive, the Denver-based advocacy group and standard-setter drew 1,800 advisors to the Country-Western capital

October 9, 2017 — 7:57 PM UTC

Morningstar renders ETF verdict by discontinuing ETF-only conferences after category becomes the Vanguard-BlackRock show

Smaller, newer ETF players are forced to pursue micro-niches and active management -- only to encounter the big players lurking there, too

September 13, 2017 — 5:26 PM UTC

DOL fiduciary rule's upcoming September surprise'll send brokers memo-izing -- or else -- says Fred Reish in Nashville to a spellbound room

The Drinker Biddle attorney's invariably even tone gained inflection as he spoke of how brokers can only invoke BICE exemptions to go off DOL script by zealous, proactive documentation

May 25, 2017 — 7:53 PM UTC

Jack Bogle's ICI grumbles and Kunal Kapoor's 'future' mode make Morningstar's 2017 conference sparkle with an uber relevance

The Vanguard founder made a dig at ICI and the Morningstar CEO put RIA bloggers on even agenda-slot footing with BlackRock CEO and IBM's Sironi

May 4, 2017 — 3:17 AM UTC

An e-marriage of Schwab and Fidelity, a reflective Ron Carson and good jargon-bashing made T3 take off like that helicopter outside

Addepar and FolioDynamix team up, Fidelity defends its robo-AMP and Carson tells why the Carson Wealth-LPL partnership failed -- and what blame he takes

February 21, 2017 — 6:52 PM UTC

RIAs get schooled on how to cut out the greediest middlemen -- insurers and hedgers -- at an event at Chicago Board Options Exchange

Options Industry Council panel showcased success stories and product pitchers of off-the-rack options automation and our caffeinated reporter swears it was all in a layman's intellectual grasp

December 19, 2016 — 6:47 PM UTC

Seven RIAs tell what big project they spent money for in 2016 -- and why

Graham Thomas corralled advisor principals at MarketCounsel's Summit in Miami Beach and got some intense answers

December 16, 2016 — 8:11 PM UTC

Asset managers at Morningstar's ETF event, facing an in RIA-in-charge future, show mettle

The Chicago event connected traders, index providers, issuers, marketers, PR, distributors -- and a knee-capped Liz Ann Sonders -- all trying to find footing in an everything-up-for-grabs playing field

September 15, 2016 — 6:44 PM UTC

At mostly morose Morningstar conference, mutual fund wholesalers play cards face-up on perma-dislocation -- and the glimmers of hope that innovation provides

The Chicago conference had a somber feel as it sought answers and as RIAs bemoaned structural impediments to using low-cost institutional retirement funds

June 21, 2016 — 8:04 PM UTC

Vanguard CEO says: 'We are a technology company' and hints strongly that robo-for-RIAs may be in the offing

Bill McNabb oversees 3,000 engineers who are willing to pay for 'dry holes' in drilling for the next Shaybah Oil Field of financial advice

June 16, 2016 — 8:17 PM UTC

An advertiser's chats from the Inside ETFs event and the Vanguard-versus-the-world chess match they depict

Ebullience born of dreams of a bright future for the ETF channel infused the crowd of 2,000 in South Miami

February 1, 2016 — 6:03 PM UTC

MarketCounsel event opens window on race to first $100-billion RIA and why a new round of 'destruction,' 'blunder,' culture wars, tech disillusionment and SRO jockeying must play out

With hedged hyper-optimism, Marty Bicknell, Ron Carson, Mark Tibergien and Shirl Penney got real with Graham Thomas about mad egg-breaking enroute to the perfect RIA omelet

December 14, 2015 — 8:55 PM UTC

NAPFA is small, pure and aching for an elevator pitch -- but the perfect place for NYC-based MaxMyInterest to debut

Amid the din of an otherwise predictable Midwestern JW Marriott event, a different kind of robo got swarmed by the advisors wearing halos

October 27, 2015 — 5:17 PM UTC

The 'other' Morningstar conference shaped up as a true ETF summit with principals of exchange traded fund programs on the prowl

The growing ETF universe is getting specialized as it braces for its post-disruption future as the establishment product

October 5, 2015 — 12:45 AM UTC