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Oisin Breen

Oisin Breen

Irish journalist, poet, and academic Oisín Breen has spent the last half decade writing about finance for RIABiz, in particular deep-sea diving into the world of RIAs -- a world he now can't get enough of. Prior to writing for RIABiz, Edinburgh-based Breen was a jobbing FX and equities writer, a teacher, and a sales manager. Three times award nominated for financial and creative writing, Breen is also published as a poet across 95 journals in 20 countries. His debut "Flowers, All Sorts Forgotten, Figs, Berries and Fruits Forgotten" (Dreich, 2022) was widely praised. The follow-up "Lilies on the Deathbed of Étaín" is due out Jan. 2022 (Beir Bua Press). A part-time PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Breen also is mired in doctoral research into the structure of narrative, a task he pursues with the support of his rabbit Hessell.

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Thomas Moore: It's more strategic… we see an opportunity.
May 23, 2024 at 2:43 AM

Peter Mallouk: We would consider another custodian.

Peter Mallouk is exploring new RIA custody vendor for his $300-billion firm, despite new Fidelity referral deal; this time around upstart brands are in the running

The founder and CEO of the national RIA in Kansas was tight with TD Ameritrade and says although no 'dominant' No. 3 custodian has emerged he is optimistic that it's imminent.

May 9, 2024 at 1:31 AM

Nick Richtsmeier: RIAs need to get straight answers from Goldman.

Goldman Sachs is holding its first RIAs-only event -- with Mark Tibergien as keynote -- but it's invitation-only for GSAM clients and RIA clients of Big Three custodians get equal priority

Goldman Sachs Asset Management is going big for 100 select advisors at its two-day 'RIA Professional Investor Forum' with Bill Belichick and no brokers for the first time.

May 4, 2024 at 12:39 AM

Tim Buckley: We were founded on the idea of giving clients a fair shake.

During CEO Tim Buckley's waning months, Vanguard is imposing fees that may affect its older investors, while hand-off to Ascensus of certain IRA and 401(k) products also comes with some sticker shock

The Malvern, Pa., giant transferred SEP IRA and 401(k) assets to its recordkeeper, which immediately imposed new fees, while Vanguard's new pricing schedule includes a commission to phone in Vanguard fund sales or purchases

May 2, 2024 at 1:27 AM

Jonathan Holtaway: This one has some legs.

FDIC bid to strip BlackRock and Vanguard of superpower 'has legs' and reckoning may start with curbs on self-certification of passive index funds

The bank deposit insurer could make the $17-trillion ETF power bloc lose the ability to self-certify as 'passive' funds because their sheer scale could make them an active menace to the banking regulator, at least in this political climate.

April 25, 2024 at 1:29 AM

Alyssa Thornton: [There's] room to grow if needed.

With technology still its Achilles heel, Vanguard makes Charlotte, N.C., a 'hub' for software engineers, purchasing 700,000-square-foot campus to house 2,400 with 'room to grow'

The $117 million purchase in exurbia may finally resolve one of Vanguard's biggest shortfalls -- lagging tech from the boombox and cassette tape era.

April 19, 2024 at 2:01 AM

Jason Wenk: Imagine if you took Schwab and Fidelity ... [fees], and then made them even better.

RIAs assailed Altruist and put Jason Wenk on defense over a new fee schedule, but-- four days later -- Wenk went back on offense, promising to better even unchallenged fees

Multiple RIAs expressed outrage over "X" before the Altruist CEO superseded his critics and committed to having the lowest price mutual fund platform in the market.

April 9, 2024 at 9:02 PM

Olivia Eisinger: it's about time that the industry wakes up and embraces the massive opportunity driven by the demand for quality financial advice in front of us.

Olivia Eisinger convinced Apex to hire dozens of her fellow ex-TDA staff to 'reimagine' VEO and the service and now it's an RIA custody deliverable with a Big-Four-or-bust mandate -- and some analyst doubts

Now head of RIA custody leading loyal people like George Tamer, she re-platooned, Eisinger doesn't plan to compete much with Altruist because Apex plans to go straight after bigger RIAs, not startups -- perhaps with foot-in-the-door beginnings to prove itself.

April 5, 2024 at 1:48 AM

Tom Moore: Adding mutual funds has long been advisors' top request.

As Betterment AUM balloons to $45 billion, Tom Moore ends DFA's exclusive mutual fund deal for RIAs and opens the floodgates; PIMCO, T.Rowe, Fidelity and Vanguard get first crack at DFA 'menu' hegemony

The New York City RIA custodian now has 850,000 end investors and admits mutual funds are a 'top request,' but big limits remain on how RIAs can manuever with mutual funds.

March 30, 2024 at 2:19 AM

Baiju Bhatt: 'Robinhood has been my life.'

In 'forced-evolution,' Robinhood subtracts a co-founder and pivots to credit cards to create captive sales that dried up after its phone-app trading platform and zero-commission novelty act imploded

Co-founder Baiju Bhatt exits management, but Deepak Rao is just getting started as CEO Vlad Tenev goes all in on making Robinhood a credit card company.

March 29, 2024 at 5:02 AM

Clara Shih:  I do have a healthy level of concern about [AI].

Clara Shih lands new Salesforce AI power title, with 'healthy' trepidation • Skience patents onboarding auto-fill for RIAs • Another Brit invasion [attempt] meets its Breed's Hill • Defusing an RIA time bomb

If Salesforce gets winning [and safe] AI strategy, thank Hearsay founder • Salesforce reseller patently harvests data to onboard assets • Kingswood thoughts IBDs were US trash but Brit treasure

March 27, 2024 at 1:47 AM

Jeff Schmitt: Schwab awaits potential changes that could increase bank capital requirements.

Briefs: Schwab shares soar past $71 as two negatives get more positive • Yodlee upgrades after writedown • eMoney's new dashing portal lands • Ritholtz drops freebie

Schwab pares short-term borrowing costs • Yodlee hires document-scraper • eMoney adds portal customization • Ritholtz settles into middle-age with fatter fees.

March 22, 2024 at 12:33 AM

Stephanie Cohen (pictured) has left Goldman Sachs after 25-years, following its failed retail banking bid.

Breen Blitz: Mercer seals Vanguard OCIO buy • Goldman[Sachs] & Cohen split • PIMCO joins ETF shift • AdvisorEngine-Schwab bond grows • Ellevest milestone • Lonsdale nets new chief • Fidelity leaks data & staff move • Collation wins RIAs • Justin Wisz returns as investor • LPL nets CMO & Tifin a CEO

OCIO sale to Mercer may be Buckley's last act • Goldman's retail lead departs • PIMCO latest to convert mutual funds • Software firm upgrades Schwab data • Krawcheck preaches wisdom of naps • Fidelity hit by data snafu, but D&I on track • New Lonsdale tech shop imminent • Vestorly founder now funding start-ups • Eight month wait for CMO ends at LPL.

March 21, 2024 at 4:41 AM

Michael Carvin: The vision is to offer 'a wide range of referral generation...'

SmartAsset bars new RIA clients from buying referral milk without renting the whole lead-generating cow for $25K a year -- a smart move, analysts say

The New York City referral generator is countering rival Zoe with broader offer, but it may now encounter out-of-niche providers like SS&G, FMG, or Hearsay.

March 19, 2024 at 1:30 AM

Jeff Yabuki is even putting 'brand identity' under the McKinsey microscope.

Jeff Yabuki puts InvestCloud 'brand identity' under McKinsey & Co. review and signals that no job is safe as Pete Hess exits: report

The 64-year-old InvestCloud CEO got dragged out of the Motive boardroom to reclaim control of the private equity firm's ROI -- and he's proving that nothing is sacred.

March 15, 2024 at 11:34 PM

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