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Josh Brown: Weather-wise, we definitely took a risk, but the risk paid off.

Future Proof spent 'millions' and got a 'gazillion permits' in 2022 and the VC-backed 'Reformed Broker's' festivus is on track for 10,000 attendees by 2025

The RIA 'festival' kept sessions short, mingling high, ages low and older folks amazed, as the weather cooperated and Josh Brown proved how far a blogger can go.

September 21, 2022 – 1:55 AM

Ching Tao: Farther is really trying to revolutionize wealth management, and it's incredibly exciting.

Farther hires Ching Tao as 'head of people,' and she discloses three weapons the VC-backed RIA with $250-million of AUM is arming her with to attract gobs of premium talent

One ex-Goldman Sachs co-founder in his 30s nabbed an ex-Goldman exec in her 50s and promise to arm her with many flexible lures, like remote work and maybe 1099 jobs -- and shares in the startup early on.

September 16, 2022 – 8:26 PM

​  ​​Sonya Dreizler [with Liv Gagnon]  is betting she can make societal advancements into good business.

Sonya Dreizler's zeal is turning 2022 RIA events into a giant coming-out for talented women, with Choir algorithms and a larger halo effect

Long a Twitter force, the San Francisco entrepreneur caught a women's wave with a judicious admixture of money, meaning and exquisite timing.

September 13, 2022 – 10:58 PM

Louis Harvey:  You could say the DOL is at the root of the problem.

Fidelity Investments reveals 'all-time high' 401(k) plan sponsor discontent, thanks to DOL monkey wrench that creates 'race to bottom,' key expert adds

Some 47% of plan sponsors are considering a new advisor, up from 34% last year, and 48% are considering a change of recordkeepers.

September 13, 2022 – 1:51 AM

Taylor Matthews: The way we started differently is we started with code.

Private equity firms value a $250 million RIA at $50 million based on killer business model that includes 'grid payouts,' classic RIA fees and a startup robo-level of attention to software

Bessemer, MassMutual and others put $15-million of seed capital into Farther, which will need to grow AUM 10-fold 'every few years' to justify the optimistic valuation.

August 19, 2022 – 2:39 AM

Tyrone Ross Jr.: BlackRock leapfrogged everyone today.

BlackRock and Coinbase snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by creating a 'monumental' combo that 'leapfrogs' Fidelity and others vying to dominate advised crypto investing

The New York and San Francisco superpowers in conventional assets and crypto assets sacrifice profit margins and exclusivity with investors but are 'huge' in tandem by tearing down prohibitive RIA barriers, says Tyrone Ross Jr and other RIA crypto experts

August 6, 2022 – 1:06 AM

Walt Bettinger is playing his crypto cards carefully.

Schwab's late entry into the 'crypto' game with a 'spaghetti' product just might be primo

With investors undeterred by crypto winter, the SEC offering wiggle room and Fidelity, a largely unopposed giant, threatening to run away with the market, CEO Walt Bettinger makes a bold leap from even two years ago.

August 3, 2022 – 1:59 AM

Walt Bettinger and Chuck Schwab co-hosted the virtual annual meeting last year and tweeted out this photo.

Chuck Schwab reveals Part B, doubling-down on Walt Bettinger by making him co-chair, a day after Part A -- wagering $15 billion from the Schwab corporate treasury on the CEO's future leadership

The 84 year-old founder's elevation of his 61-year-old protege may foretell bigger fireworks from Rick Wurster who recently took over many of Bettinger's CEO duties, one executive recruiter says.

July 30, 2022 – 12:41 AM

Ashley Arrington: 'I felt like I hit a ceiling, and I didn't see a path forward.'

Ashley Arrington is leaving Fidelity for one of its hottest RIA clients, but she'll have to start cold in Nashville to keep her and her boss in the giant's good graces

Boston 'big three' custodian's no-compete agreement will force her to leave behind clients, but it's a small price to pay for a new opportunity and equity in a top RIA.

July 29, 2022 – 2:28 AM

Marty Bicknell: This is a great solution for us long term.

Marty Bicknell suddenly has a giant LPL Financial (and mass affluent) future, just as David Canter leaves Fidelity, an executive he tried to forge a future with for mass market advice

By adding the $26-billion AUA 'hybrid' in Sacramento to his $60-billion RIA-classic, the Kansas CEO has a near $90-billion advice empire with Fidelity, Schwab and LPL vying for his patronage.

July 22, 2022 – 2:38 PM

Naureen Hassan is back on the 'digital' Wall Street brokerage track after a year as a bank executive.

UBS bets its 'wealth' future on ex-Schwabbie Naureen Hassan, a corporate digital A-lister, who analysts give a fighting chance to transcend PaineWebber's ossified culture

Still a $2-billion cash-flow cow, the Swiss bank's 6,000-broker, US-based wirehouse is milking aging broker relationships with aging investors but needs a new kind of human presence, empathy, mindset and smarts to draw in Gen Z.

July 16, 2022 – 1:35 AM

Stuart Silverman: 'We've got a great relationship with Fidelity... I wouldn't say anything is malicious or intentional.'

The 48-hour mystery of David Canter's Fidelity departure gets solved when RIA custody client steps forward with claim to his future but the headhunter lost his job to the headhunted

Now we know that Bluespring sprang Canter from the Boston giant and that the rollup's co-founder, Stuart Silverman, was the protagonist in the high stakes hire, and the guy who needs to make room for Canter as day-to-day chief.

July 15, 2022 – 2:05 AM

David Canter was known for harmonious relations across the RIA business.

David Canter is the latest to leave Fidelity Investments amid the ongoing changing of the guard across the company, a 'huge loss,' says RIA CEO

Beloved by mega RIAs for high intelligence and low ego, the RIA custody chief and ex-Schwabie is moving on amid a wider company script of turnover, new job descriptions, ' and wild amounts of hiring

July 13, 2022 – 1:15 AM

Louis Harvey: 'Schwab could elevate its robo to be a true fiduciary.'

Charles Schwab & Co. will pay $187 million settlement after SEC drops its 'pre-set for business reasons' case

Federal regulators claimed Schwab pre-set client cash allocations without making proper disclosures to Schwab Intelligent Portfolios clients.

July 7, 2022 – 12:10 AM

Jason Roberts: 'We know where the administrative hot spots are.'

ERISA attorney co-founds venture to take advantage of DOL's liberal new pooled 401(k) plan guidelines, a boon for RIAs looking to break into the business

The new San Diego firm will be a TAMP-like unit that gives a way for small companies to get big-plan leverage while still letting RIAs handle the investment advice, says CEO Jason Roberts.

June 23, 2022 – 6:56 PM

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