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Michael Kitces: I think the team is still trying to figure out availability and scheduling logistics.

Rival RIA custody chiefs Bernie Clark and David Canter, who oversee a combined $4.5 trillion, may lock arms to debate Michael Kitces on custody fee transparency -- for a very good reason

The head of Schwab Advisors Services and the head of the RIA unit of Fidelity Institutional are caught in an existential debate to preserve their right to play favorites based on economics, observers say.

October 20, 2021 at 10:48 PM

Tim Buckley: Our clients should expect change. They should expect significant change.

Vanguard's new CEO Tim Buckley hints the next move for his firm's RIA's 30-basis-point fee may be down, down, down

As the Malvern, Pa. fund giant's VPAS passes the $100-billion mark it doesn't rule out automated advice or greater robo-ization to follow asset management fee play where cost savings get passed along

January 8, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Brent Brodeski: We are being deemed 'have-nots' for being in the professional services and financial services businesses.

Why Brent Brodeski, a $6-billion GOP RIA, is in a furious full-time fight against the Republican RIA-unfriendly tax bill

The Rockford, Ill.-based owner of $6-billion Savant Capital makes appeals to Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson and other GOP higher-ups after LLC income gets short shrift

December 14, 2017 at 12:44 AM

David LaValle: ​There are so many factors. Some of them we can be very perceptive about and others are more difficult to estimate.

TD Ameritrade calms the RIA Twitter storm but not questions about the spreads on the ETFs replacing the super-liquid Vanguard and Core iShares

The additional 60-day extension lets advisors breathe but even Wall Street analysts wonder just how far TD Ameritrade should go in inflaming 'consternation' of 'golden goose' RIAs

October 27, 2017 at 12:45 AM

MIchael Kitces: TD Ameritrade continues to maintain that lots of firms are happy, but I have not heard from one that is pleased with the changes. Literally not one.

TD Ameritrade is 'gathering feedback' after Michael Kitces's blogged overture for RIA collective bargaining on wholesale ETF line-up shift

The blogger and RIA platform owner offered three compromises and one request for a deadline extension but the RIA custodian is thus far having none of it

October 20, 2017 at 11:47 PM

Brian McLaughlin: No one is offering advisors best practices for texting clients. It doesn't exist.

Caveats galore, Redtail attempts CRM revolution based on texting starting with 27,000 firms who use its software

Compliance experts and advisors throw down the gauntlet on CRM chat challenges but CEO/CTO Brian McLaughlin is unfazed

October 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Michael Kitces: Was there a major downturn on the CFP Board’s 2016 Form 990 that we just can’t see yet?

Michael Kitces attacks CFP Board for jacking fees 17% in name of 'strategy' when the certificant is flush with $20 million in reserves

The Board defends murky financials and a 'buried' hike as overdue -- even when it's operating at a $1.3 million surplus

September 18, 2017 at 7:23 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 at 5:33 PM

Michael Kitces: The Series 65 is like the driver’s test. Becoming an RIA and registering is the equivalent of the license.

When you actually have to register to become an RIA, how to do it and when you qualify to sign on

Kitces know the ways of the checklist-resistant but says the challenge of becoming a registered investment advisor is highly doable and can save an advisor money and time stuck in a morass

February 22, 2017 at 6:41 PM

Michael Kitces: They compare to every other RIA that meets with clients using Skype -- which is all of us.

Vanguard virtual RIA's growth rate plummets from 50% to 32% with a staggering consolation -- another $10 billion in AUM since January

Now at $41 billion, up from $31 billion six months before, Vanguard gorged on easy cannibalization but classic RIAs are also losing assets to the Malvern growth engine

August 2, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Sharron Ash: It's virtually impossible to have an arbitrator's decision overturned on appeal, and suddenly, court may be the much preferred path.

After being jostled by a lawsuit, CFP Board makes bold play to inoculate itself against future ones

Due caution or paranoia? Either way, a sour whiff of FINRA self-protectionism pervades

March 25, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Michael Glowacki: You say, 'this is my succession plan' and they say, 'you sold me!'

How Rob Francais is convincing RIAs to sign on the dotted line with Aspiriant -- no money down

The CEO of the $9 billion RIA grabbed nearly $1 billion of AUM from Hokanson and Glowacki with stock swaps

February 19, 2016 at 8:35 PM

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