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Michael Kitces:  "If you're going to be a hybrid broker/advisor, you can't market that you're an advisor - and then swerve into being a broker."

Michael Kitces picks his moment to demand the SEC close two giant faux-RIA loopholes -- the hat-switching 'hybrid' advisor and the wirehouse 'financial advisor'

The XPYN founder wants the SEC to honor its 'Merrill Lynch Rule' promise from 15 years ago, demanding the most fundamental truth in advertising.

October 1, 2021 at 10:33 PM

Marlena Lee: It's important to understand that we converted tax-managed mutual funds because we think the ETF provides a better tool for tax efficiency.

Dimensional Fund Advisors rocks the mutual fund industry by undertaking mass conversion of its mutual funds to ETFs

The Austin, Tex., manager of $640 billion largely for RIAs went from diehard mutual fund holdout to top-11 ETF provider with the swipe of a pen, and analysts predict copycats will convert trillions of dollars of their own mutual fund assets.

July 9, 2021 at 1:04 AM

Louis Harvey: One of the big things that RIAs had from day one was they could say they always put clients' interests first and now that argument is pretty much shot to hell.

How Merrill Lynch 'shot to hell' the RIA fiduciary citadel by casting its $7.5 billion fiduciary 401(k) unit as smaller, purer and more future-minded on paper

Despite FAS having fewer 401(k) assets than, for example, a single North Carolina-based RIA, CAPTRUST, the Charlotte-based Bank of America's brokerage unit has created a new competitive threat

December 16, 2017 at 12:20 AM

Lowell Putnam: We've got the second-mover advantage.

Fidelity-owned VC pumps $10 million into Quovo, which staffs up and prepares for the big leagues

CEO Lowell Putnam plays on 'second-mover advantage' and gets raves from Steve Lockshin, Ron Carson and Marty Bicknell

May 30, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Steve Braverman, co-CEO of Pathstone, downplayed any perception of Convergent advisors as damaged goods.

City National sells off salvaged remains of Convergent Wealth Advisors, but not before Convergent sheds nearly $7 billion of AUM

After a trifecta of traumas, Mark Hurley steps in to fund and help construct deal with Pathstone and PagnatoKarp; cuts a deal with four younger advisors to start segmented division

September 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

Brian Hamburger: The impact of this confusion is incalculable.

RIA advocates cry foul after international media pick up on U. of Chicago study labeling shady stock brokers as 'investment advisers'

Investment Adviser Association issues urgent press release; authors offer defense that Brian Hamburger finds hard to swallow

March 4, 2016 at 11:40 PM

Bing Waldert: This is almost an existential crisis for variable annuities.

As variable annuities face 'existential crisis,' LPL's Casady is latest to warn of end to commission-sold VAs in retirement plans

DOL's imminent final rule is prompting LPL and Commonwealth to consider nixing traditional VAs in qualified retirement plans

March 2, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Ray Ifert [with Lorraine Faedo]: A number of services and products you provide can create some stickiness but as long as you're going to a firm that has the same abilities, the clients will come.

Why an $850 million BNY Mellon RIA team finally said 'yes' to Raymond James after a 'no' in 2007

LPL may have the lead in the quantity of RIAs it's bringing onboard, but Bill Van Law touts this win as an exemplar of the high-quality firms RJ is attracting

January 9, 2015 at 8:22 PM

Bob Reynolds got his first bite at the Apple.

Empower wins Apple's $3.5-billion 401(k) account from Schwab

Bob Reynolds delivers quick response to the question of whether a branded company will swallow his new brand

November 14, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Kyle Ryan:  Everyone looks at headlines and says they're small and everyone was small once.

The steps Personal Capital is taking to win bigger accounts after a year of 100% growth and 95% of them small fish

This call center advisor is handing out free iPads to its wealthiest clients along with bulk pricing and concierge services that include two human advisors per family

September 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

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