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To the surprise of some, Dept. of Labor grants get-out-of-DOL-rule-jail card to 225,000 firms that dabble in the 401(k) business

Without recent guidance, 401(k) specialists were set to devour one-off accounts held by brokers but new DOL rule guidance offers well-lit path to build toward a far larger 401(k) practice

August 15, 2017 — 12:54 AM UTC

As the 'finance Snapchat,' Stash rakes in another $40 million of VC funding as it onboards at rate of 1,000 new 'HENRY' investors every business day

Less than two years old, the New York-based start-up raised $25 million in December and is part of a 'Robo II' movement that continues to crush 'Robo I' in terms of truly connecting with the masses

July 17, 2017 — 7:31 PM UTC

HighTower loses two teams comprising 33 people and $3 billion of assets over July 4th weekend, declines comment, then issues a 'smashing' press release

The teams, led by Leo Kelly in Maryland and Joel Guth in Ohio, say the Chicago roll-up 'has its own agenda' but that it served as a good stepping stone to becoming fully independent RIAs

July 7, 2017 — 9:16 PM UTC

LPL Financial's DOL-rule memo to reps implies deeper message: Become an RIA or stand down on giving rollover advice

The 'deep-pocketed' broker-dealer puts its Series-7 brokers on notice to forget about suggesting a rollover even as it gives its hybrid RIAs a strict protocol to stay out of trouble

July 5, 2017 — 8:02 PM UTC

A Goldman Sachs team attempts breakaway with a client as stakeholder in new RIA and suffers the consequences

Grey Street Capital will have to wait until August to solicit former clients -- at the very least

June 22, 2017 — 9:21 PM UTC

Merrill Lynch accepts the slings and arrows of its recruiting pause as it develops compensation plan it knows it can honor

UBS, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and Ameriprise enjoy a bit of a field day as Merrill Lynch works to get right salary-bonus-grid admixture

June 9, 2017 — 8:52 PM UTC

Merrill Lynch's second act for RIA reinvention is revealed but may yield 'field day' for classic RIAs in the short term

The wirehouse's mothballing of mega-bonuses, directed from Charlotte, removes giant impediment to poaching but may lay groundwork for nationwide, talent-nurturing virtual RIA

May 26, 2017 — 7:04 PM UTC

Owner of $1.2 billion RIA dies in Palm Springs under mysterious circumstances after swirl of allegations

One client accused Jim Casey of using her assets, unbeknown, to fund ill-fated movie ventures and his Integrated Wealth Management is being sued for misappropriation and mishandling of pension funds and client assets

May 5, 2017 — 6:45 PM UTC

DFA RIAs remain in turmoil as Schwab and Fidelity ponder matching TD Ameritrade pricing deal and a key couple of basis points

The Austin, Texas-based asset manager says its door is open for negotiation but the two big custodians in San Francisco and Boston remain mum as RIA CEOs are pressing for clarity

May 2, 2017 — 9:32 PM UTC

DFA and TD Ameritrade strike 'strategic' deal with potential to shift RIA custody power axis

Tension in the three-way relationship between Fidelity, Dimensional Fund Advisors and the RIAs who use both vendors creates opening for Tim Hockey

April 24, 2017 — 6:33 PM UTC

TD Ameritrade shocks RIAs most accustomed to its largesse with a letter, a contract and a tight deadline to sign

The Jersey City, N.J.-based custodian tells RIAs to accept new terms on branch referrals or be terminated from the program

April 12, 2017 — 4:08 AM UTC

Scott MacKillop applies shock-and-awe pricing to SMA market to good effect after merely lower fees left RIAs flat

Using a robo out of a yoga studio, First Ascent is using a flat, capped fee to fulfill a founder's vision

March 14, 2017 — 10:47 PM UTC

Jon Stein unleashes elite RIA referral unit as crown jewel of grand Betterment plan to sell virtual fiduciary advice

Robo's CEO names Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab as market-share targets of his advice offensive across the full spectrum of affluence

January 31, 2017 — 10:11 PM UTC

Cornered by custodial edicts, CONCERT exits RIA business in deal with Arkansas-based white knight

Bill Sowell's first order of business is to keep the advisor crew on board, using as one sop the familiarity of CONCERT's proprietary CRM

September 28, 2016 — 9:18 PM UTC

How Joe Mansueto's CEO hand-off to Kunal Kapoor could be more than a succession play for Morningstar

The Morningstar CEO, 60, still owns 56% of the Chicago data firm's stock and his plan to 'read more books' needs to be examined in that light

September 9, 2016 — 6:30 PM UTC