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How Wells Fargo is using 'counter-punch' to get unheard-of upper hand in the poaching wars with Morgan, Merrill and UBS

The DOL rule, abject opportunism and a little luck give the non-wirehouse wirehouse a window to reverse decades of getting bludgeoned by big checks

June 15, 2017 — 10:42 PM UTC

The smart beta ETF industry gets blasted at swank Manhattan summit by an unlikely group of critics

The active-but-passive category soared from $200 billion to $620 billion in the past four years, but Rob Arnott and other big smart-beta names at Convene were not in a gloating mood

June 15, 2017 — 2:44 AM UTC

Small RIA custodians eye 400-plus RIAs who may come into play thanks to TD Ameritrade-Scottrade deal -- but with a cultivated calm

Accepting RIA orphans is less automatic than more-the-merrier policy of RIA inclusion that traditionally held sway at TradePMR, Folio Institutional, Trust Company of America, Equity Advisor Solutions and Shareholders Service Group grow, learn and seek profits

June 12, 2017 — 7:36 PM UTC

TradePMR is making RIAs sign a promise to succeed -- to good effect

The low-profile Gainesville, Fla. custodian is using the inked compact to motivate, make hard conversations softer and make purges of the small and stagnant practices less frequent

May 18, 2017 — 11:47 PM UTC

How BlackRock stopped Vanguard from devouring ETF market share by pleasing RIAs -- but how that strategy could endanger iShare profit margins in the long run

The $5 trillion iShares-maker scores with low, low-priced 'non-Core' ETFs that don't cannibalize high-margin Core iShare products but the liquidity of the cheapo funds could be a problem

May 8, 2017 — 7:50 PM UTC

As Acorns grapples with monetizing 1.1 million micro-accounts, the laid-back LA robo-advisor brings Wealthfront’s former chief exec onto its board

After this week's $1.3-billion Robinhood valuation, the sheer quantity of Acorn accounts may count for plenty in VC estimations

April 28, 2017 — 9:50 PM UTC

Andy Rachleff makes waves with NY Post quote: Don't get 'hung up' on our lose-more-funds-than-you-deposit disclosure

Fresh off blasting BlackRock, the feisty Wealthfront CEO claims he was 'misrepresented' as the robo offers ready credit lines for those with $100K-plus in taxable accounts

April 25, 2017 — 9:06 PM UTC

Wells Fargo's new ADV reveals plenty about its robo's ambitions to max cross-selling and minimize channel conflict

Intuitive Investor is priced on the high side and bars micro-investors, yet is positioning itself as the anti-niche player

April 18, 2017 — 6:24 PM UTC

After putting big chips on DOL fiduciary rule, Betterment hosts funereal event to mark the April 10 Go Day That Wasn't

CEO Jon Stein sat shoulder to shoulder with CFP Board and Consumer Federation of America guests and held court with CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports reporters

April 13, 2017 — 6:50 PM UTC

Talent exodus at MoneyGuidePro revealed by posting from Mount Kilimanjaro includes two Knulls

The big execu-shuffle may reflect influx of power players into the business of financial planning software -- perhaps hottest of RIA technology categories

April 7, 2017 — 8:03 PM UTC

The 10 takeaways Chip Roame imparted at his Tiburon CEO Summit in NYC and other items I gleaned by gumshoe reporting

From the Battery Ritz common space, disembodied text and email recipients appear in human form

April 6, 2017 — 5:26 PM UTC

Navellier is latest to catch F-Squared affliction as SEC broadens parameters of wrongdoing

The Reno, Nev.-based $1B advisory firm and its CEO are No. 17 on the Commission's hit parade and may not be the last, experts say

March 27, 2017 — 8:11 PM UTC

How and why Morningstar sliced 16 bps for RIAs by dumping third-party mutual funds and stamping its Switzerland brand on its own mutual funds

Morningstar offers a Bogle-like rationale damning third-party mutual fund wrappers as an extravagance in $7 billion Managed Portfolios product

March 22, 2017 — 8:15 PM UTC

Alexandra Lebenthal, with help, cheats business death again but her latest white knight did not cash out the last one -- or eliminate lawyers with swords drawn

The owner of the blue-blooded New York firm retains her woman-run, woman-owned status -- with all the benefits that accrue -- but the now-shuttered wealth management division left a scar

March 16, 2017 — 6:13 PM UTC

Schwab employee 401(k) lawsuit taunts Chuck by using Vanguard as Exhibit A

The San Francisco giant is latest to get hit with legal scourge; Ameriprise and Fidelity already shelled out megabucks to settle claims that their retirement funds underperform and charge a lot to do it – but not Vanguard

March 8, 2017 — 6:34 PM UTC