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HighTower's advisors get a say in who buys the firm.

The HighTower Advisors 'for-sale' rumors grow to include a named suitor

Source says Oppenheimer is consummating a deal but observers question how HighTower could graft its roll-up onto the aging B-D

September 1, 2017 – 2:24 PM

Anthony Scaramucci: Every dentist in America can have a $25,000 to $50,000 hedge fund portfolio, run by the best and brightest hedge fund managers in the world.

The art of the leveraged deal: Borrowing against the patience of a Chinese buyer, 41,000 FAs and the White House ethics office, Scaramucci scores 10 days of fame and runway to do more deals

Hedging his bets, 'the Mooch' took out Priebus and stayed 'on track' to sell his SkyBridge stake to the Chinese at an above-market valuation

August 1, 2017 – 11:41 PM

Andy Rachleff: You know what? It’s going to keep getting better. Because software is better than people

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

Robert Dineen: We thank Larry Roth for his many contributions to our company, and welcome his assistance through the transition.

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

Brian Hamburger: Given the case and knowing Joel, I thought I'd be a doing a net disservice by not participating here

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

Jon Stein: In January with all of the market volatility, we saw our fastest-growing month ever until this month. March will be our fastest growing month ever.

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

Anil Arora:  We are powering some of the biggest financial institution, investment and wealth management entities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India.

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

Frank Polefrone: RIAs are growing assets they manage at a faster rate than all other channels, especially the wirehouse channel. RIAs are utilizing lower-fee products index funds and ETFs in a bigger way.

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

Tony Robbins: When Ajay left UBS, his level of attention was very different and that's what drew me to him.

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

Lance Nelson:  It got to be that we were making two calls on every case to make sure we had the same story.

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

Simon Roy: It's a classic attempt to freeze the market.

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

Steve Foldes: This creates a big win for me.

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

Steve Anderson became RIABiz' top Q1 newsmaker when he announced his firm had 'fired' $25 billion worth of 401(k) clients.

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

Mike Durbin: I won't be threatened until one of these folks wakes up and decides to be a custodian or a clearing firm. I don't find that to be a near- or medium-term risk.

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

Mark Tibergien in Part II: The balance of power has shifted to advisors, regardless of whether they are on a broker-dealer platform or a custody platform.

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

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