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Andy Rachleff blasts flesh-and-blood advisors -- even planners -- as Wealthfront returns to offense in robo game after losing ground under former QB Adam Nash

The Redwood City robo's founder and CEO sneers at the traditional retirement planning process even as Wealthfront concedes it's still chasing the essential snark of automated advice: artificial intelligence

February 24, 2017 — 5:33 PM UTC

PE-backed Cetera board member Robert Dineen sees Larry Roth to the door, takes CEO reins

A former secret service agent and Merrill Lynch exec, Robert Dineen is known for leading by example and delivering results

September 2, 2016 — 8:08 PM UTC

Brian Hamburger joins the fray -- and ups the ante -- in Bruckenstein-Winterberg lawsuit

MarketCounsel CEO framed the answer to the Winterberg lawsuit; it says Winterberg did not meet 'measurable' demands and that he subverted T3 by promoting his own services

July 25, 2016 — 7:49 PM UTC

Betterment raises $100 million a year after a $60-million round, enabling it to step up efforts to win the HNW wallet

The conversation is moving from play money to competing with Fidelity, Merrill Lynch and Schwab as it seeks build out a full-service offering to win plan sponsors, rich individuals and RIAs

March 29, 2016 — 11:57 AM UTC

This time Envestnet plays most cards face up as analysts press again for cogent Yodlee deal rationalization

Jud Bergman supposes, though not until 2020, that the merger will yield an extra $200 million in revenues

September 24, 2015 — 11:44 PM UTC

ETF makers mostly have $500-million-plus-AUM RIAs to thank for growth, study shows

RIAs added half a trillion in assets to ETFs in a recent 12-month period, far outpacing wirehouse brokers

August 27, 2015 — 8:37 PM UTC

9 ways that Tony Robbins impressed the 'jaded' journalists at RIABiz

The guru lived through a wirehouse breakaway as the client of an RIA -- and saw the before and after of his portfolio

November 26, 2014 — 5:07 PM UTC

Why it took 13 years and one bad Beverly Hills moment for a $92-million AUA advisor to leave LPL for Commonwealth

As smaller IBDs struggle for ground against the giants, they need to first demonstrate their tenacity on the sales gridiron

November 3, 2014 — 4:29 AM UTC

Can Schwab, six years late to the robo party, 'freeze the market', catch up and blow doors?

The potential is awesome but the San Francisco giant is currently generating PR for an offering that does not yet have a launch date

October 29, 2014 — 8:22 PM UTC

How Steve Foldes merged his $600-million RIA with mentor (and former advisor) Harold Evensky creating a $1.5 billion Florida behemoth

The former sandal magnate got rich at 35, became an Evensky client, a rival and now a partner

June 19, 2014 — 4:34 PM UTC

How rising RIA super-bloggers, 401(k) brush fires and a short RIA-Salesforce courtship captured RIABiz readership

As we examined our top 10 articles Q1, the common denominator was ... an RIA intangible that you know when you see

April 24, 2014 — 6:28 AM UTC

Part II: RIA custodians' answer to challenges to their monolithic control: We still have big-time scale advantages

Roll-ups and other mezzanine firms are squeezing RIA custody margins as a value proposition but the big-brand custodians -- and some new ones -- are liking the cards they have to play

November 11, 2013 — 6:53 AM UTC

Part I: Is the era of the monolithic RIA custodian coming to an end?

RIAs, small custodians, co-ops, study groups, roll-ups, TAMPs, compliance shops, OSJ and IBDs are all chipping away at much of what fit under the roofs of Schwab, Fidelity, TD and Pershing

November 1, 2013 — 4:51 PM UTC

Abby Johnson wins RIA respect by articulating her bold vision for Fidelity's future at the company's Executive Forum

Hillary Clinton gave a great speech in Naples but the chairman's daughter gave a glimpse of her determination to attack channel insularity -- and what kind of a successor she might be

May 23, 2013 — 2:12 AM UTC

LPL loses a mega-client -- but not to a competitor

The big IBD also confirmed long-whispered rumors that it's begun to offshore some operations

October 31, 2012 — 7:00 PM UTC