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After losing Lee Kranefuss and raising $10M, 55ip gets RIAs to buy Ph.D. smarts, though a critic calls it gussied-up market timing

Guided by an ex-Financial Engines ringer, Paul Gamble, the New York startup is now portfolio modeler for $100 million

April 19, 2018 — 10:38 PM UTC

Advizr CEO reveals just how the lift-out of four Morgan Stanley breakaway engineers leapfrogs his plans ahead

Hussain Zaidi sees greenfields opportunities at small IBDs and Fortune 500 firms where planning software alone doesn't make the grade

April 13, 2018 — 7:48 PM UTC

What Tom Bradley's first post-TD Ameritrade gig says about him is interesting and his specific MaxMyInterest robo mission, more so

The non-competed New Jersey exec gets a piece of the action and much boils down to signing a wirehouse, an RIA custodian or an LPL

April 9, 2018 — 5:32 PM UTC

Matt Abar hopes three's a charm with FinFolio cloud launch and robo play

FinFolio finally goes 2.0 and gets $20-billion assets bump, but there's a lot of ground to make up

April 5, 2018 — 12:08 AM UTC

Totum's bid to beat Riskalyze, including its own 1 to 99 risk number, gets reward -- acceptance by Black Diamond and CircleBlack

CEO Larry Shumbres says financial advice industry is in for a shock, as thousands-strong uptick in users shows Totum Risk is the real deal

March 30, 2018 — 8:39 PM UTC

Vestwell jets ahead and adds pilots on the fly to keep startup on course

Founder Aaron Schumm is dealing with the dilemma/windfall of business coming over the transom ahead of projections

March 26, 2018 — 10:10 PM UTC

Trizic CEO raises $10M, poaches ex-FolioDynamix COO and luxuriates in 'ocean' of FIS 14,000-bank insider advantage

Drew Sievers vows that firm's five-year plan will make his bank clients massive competitors to Wealthfront and Betterment

March 21, 2018 — 8:13 PM UTC

Seeking loan of $2 million, PCR discloses $12-million payment due in 2020 -- putting 'sale' on the table, offering memorandum shows

Private Client Resources, founded in 2000 projects it will break even next year but declines to say how it'll pay back mounting pile of loans

March 19, 2018 — 7:03 PM UTC

What exactly to make of PCR 'doubling' assets to $250B in an eye-blink amid Addepar's inescapable presence

CEO Bob Miller pivoted to safer 'aggregation' ground where margins are slimmer but competition may be lighter

March 13, 2018 — 9:12 PM UTC

After $30-million VC raise, 106 hires and topping $1 trillion of AUA, Vestmark is no longer just that UBS-LPL TAMP engine in the Massachusetts suburbs

Rob Klapprodt is helping reinvent his 'aggressive' firm to compete with the 'Vestmark' brand

March 12, 2018 — 7:53 PM UTC

What Aaron Klein's board pick of Lori Hardwick tells about Riskalyze's next big hurdle

The Envestnet fourth partner and ex-COO at Pershing plans to make sure the fast-rising Sacremento-area robo-plus finds and makes the right enterprise deals with broker-dealers

March 6, 2018 — 10:51 PM UTC

Buckingham becomes KKR-fueled, check-listed M&A 'machine' that now feeds on BAM TAMP clients

The Focus Financial-owned DFA RIA faces hazards of going '100 miles per hour' but Buckingham CEO Adam Birenbaum has no fear

March 2, 2018 — 9:28 PM UTC

As robos try to crash Envestnet's platform party, CEO Jud Bergman explains pivot to 'wellness' and tells where FolioDynamix and Yodlee stand

Ric Edelman is an early Envestnet 'wellness' pilot and Yodlee's expanding margins are -- maybe -- a good sign for that unit as it moves toward break-even

February 28, 2018 — 12:49 AM UTC

LPL Financial pushes toward full-service-on-tap model with its 'virtual' play -- running some real risks in the process

With virtual, digital and OSJ firms making headway, CEO Dan Arnold's move may amend LPL business model or, one recruiter says, be a sop to Wall Street analysts hungering for a new angle

February 20, 2018 — 8:58 PM UTC

Tim Hockey goes to Florida with an RIA 'problem' that's not RIAs

The TD Ameritrade CEO relies on 6,000 registered investment advisors for 80% of growth -- skewed by big, big 'bus drivers' like Ric Edelman and Ron Carson

February 1, 2018 — 11:17 PM UTC