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Fidelity Investments (explicitly) enters 401(k) advice game -- then Financial Engines' shares plummet despite its 'Mutual Fund Store' RIA winning Boeing and Ford accounts

The Boston giant now offers non-discretionary advice to non-recordkeeping customers and Financial Engines cuts its prices, bleeding out Wall Street's belief in the firm

December 6, 2017 — 6:16 PM UTC

After 'thinking changed' Emigrant Bank hires new CEO to either take Mark Hurley's spot at Fiduciary Network or to head new unit that will compete head-on

With Hurley now characterized as expendable, the New York bank makes Karl Heckenberg chief-in-waiting and Harold Evensky expresses 'reservations' about Emigrant Bank power play

November 15, 2017 — 9:38 PM UTC

TD Ameritrade calms the RIA Twitter storm but not questions about the spreads on the ETFs replacing the super-liquid Vanguard and Core iShares

The additional 60-day extension lets advisors breathe but even Wall Street analysts wonder just how far TD Ameritrade should go in inflaming 'consternation' of 'golden goose' RIAs

October 27, 2017 — 12:45 AM UTC

Exploding to near $24 billion* of assets under automation, Schwab creates robo-exec slot and fills it with ex-Betterment unit chief

Cynthia Loh puts fresh face on Schwab Intelligent Portfolios and Schwab Intelligent Advisory as Betterment puts out a help wanted sign

October 3, 2017 — 7:58 PM UTC

TruClarity -- a 'Dynasty-lite' -come-lately with a Y Combinator-type twist -- hires Dan Cronin and fellow Fidelity alum Shad Besikof to show its true growth intentions

Backed by a Tampa family office that's served as 'incubator' to local firms for 30 years, the slow-starting outsourcer with nearly $1 billion in RIA assets is gearing up to compete with Dynasty and HighTower

September 28, 2017 — 8:07 PM UTC

A look inside the agonizing decision to cut Tom Bradley from TD Ameritrade and what doesn't seem to add up

CEO Tim Hockey accords Peter deSilva a cultural edge as retail chief though Scottrade only hired him in 2016 -- either way there's 'no place' for Bradley after a 30-year run at TD

September 21, 2017 — 6:31 PM UTC

LPL Financial's tack to roll-up mode -- complete with trash-talking its sweet terms -- may send its rep count sailing past Morgan and Merrill

CEO Dan Arnold's pivot away from seller's market in reps to buyer's market in scooping up rivals on the cheap is an experiment that could work

August 18, 2017 — 6:41 PM UTC

Chip Roame crosses Bay to proclaim bright future for classic RIAs -- and says a certain wirehouse will go fee-only to become the largest RIA -- at Laser App event

CEO Dan Arnold's pivot away from seller's market in reps to buyer's market in scooping up rivals on the cheap is an experiment that could work

August 17, 2017 — 6:36 PM UTC

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 startup 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