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Dina Hampton

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Dina is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has worked for more than a decade as a reporter and editor for publications including The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Investment News, Stage Directions and Oxygen.com. Her book, “Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond,” was published in March 2013 by PublicAffairs Books. Dina lives and works in New York City and Miami Beach.

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Fidelity's alt investments brain trust: 'It used to be three guys and a dog in Greenwich.'

Fidelity, Goldman Sachs and Morningstar call 16 top reporters to New York to define the RIA alts problem -- and to explain how their Dream Team solves it
The conundrum: In the dawn of the Age of Transparency, alts makers still favor pulling down the shades, and charging a premium for the disservice

Tuesday 4.8.14
Yale professor Ian Ayres was this year’s wild card, causing near panic among RIAs with his ominous mass mailing to 401(k) plan providers warning them to cut back on fees — or else.

10 most-read RIABiz stories of 2013 and why you couldn't resist them
This year's potpourri includes young Horatio Algers, aged Cassandras, irate investors and a professor with the 401(k) industry in his sights

Wednesday 12.18.13
Adri Miller-Heckman:  It's hard to find a woman who got into it who says: I got into this to make a shit load of money.

Long the underdogs, female advisors are actually winning in two important categories, a study based on $3.5 trillion of AUM shows
Trust is where women -- especially with their own gender -- gain the upper hand, the PriceMetrix study concludes

Monday 11.18.13
Mary Jo White: Anytime you've got the same conduct regulated differently you need to take a close look and see what you should do.

After starring in New Yorker article, Mary Jo White holds SIFMA event spellbound and 'no-admit, no-deny' is still in play
The muscular prosecutor of security fraud and terrorism cases delivered roses -- and maybe some thorns

Wednesday 11.13.13
Lloyd Blankfein: A job like this is hard to come by.

The 8 things I learned about Lloyd Blankfein at the SIFMA confab when he was grilled by Politico
The Goldman Sachs chief used artifice to boost himself and his company and stayed appealingly accessible all the while

Wednesday 11.13.13
Frank Campanale: E.F. Hutton was a whole generation ago.

Why Frank Campanale put his E.F. Hutton dream aside to join an OSJ
Campanale says the Hutton venture still has a future in Canada, but his heart went to an American fast-grower with momentum and a brand with $500 million of AUM

Wednesday 10.16.13
No Capris, please: At New York's University Club, hedge fund counsel gathered to find a safe way forward for their beleaguered clients.

The hedge fund legal elite meet in NYC to wrestle with a terrifying new threat -- RIA-like accountability
Something doesn't smell right to these attorneys about how allowing hedge funds to advertise with abandon coincides with making the them more liable for vetting investors

Thursday 10.3.13
Tyler Winklevoss: If you came to hear us talk about Facebook you came to wrong place.

How the Winklevoss twins disrupted a big NYC hedgie event and distracted from the poor job most hedge funds are doing for clients
In a break from whistle-through-graveyard business as usual, Cameron and Tyler unconvincingly pitched Bitcoin

Thursday 9.19.13
New York brings out the grand-strategy-explaining mood and Dina met Bill Van Law in at this Manhattan hotel lobby to get him to talk LPL.

A few things I learned about the Raymond James RIA effort in an NYC sit-down with Bill Van Law
The St. Petersburg, Fla. company's appraoch to the RIA business will be to do more for bigger RIAs that hunger for fuller custody service

Thursday 8.8.13
Jim Pavia is the latest in a swath of new hires intended to bolster the content of CNBC's business news network's digital presence.

Jim Pavia departs InvestmentNews and gets picked up by CNBC as part of its high-dollar hiring spree aimed at attracting advisors to its consumer-based website
The print-to-online maelstrom in trade media is hitting storm force; AdvisorOne changes its name to ThinkAdvisor

Thursday 7.18.13
Steve Dunlap joined Cetera for its flat organization. In his new home people 'can sit around a table and contribute ideas.'

Making sense of Steve Dunlap stepping into Barnaby Grist's 'big shoes' as Cetera's RIA czar
The Lockwood, Pershing and Schwab alumnus with a products and PM background is tasked with leading strategic development and expansion of Cetera’s RIA unit

Friday 6.28.13
Cecile Munoz: Trying to be like a man diminishes our natural advantages.

Top RIA business executive recruiter chides 180 women gathered in a New York ballroom for second-guessing themselves
The make-no-excuses female headhunter, Cecile Munoz, says men claim the power after women 'self-select out'

Thursday 6.20.13
Before the lights went out: A consumer panel says what it knows about what it doesn't.

TD throws its first client-best-interest summit, a micro-event, by 'candlelight' in Palm Beach and ideas rise from the RIA deeps
As members of a consumer panel bitch creatively, fed up advisors dig deep for ideas that depend less on DC vicissitudes and more on RIA will and unity

Monday 6.17.13
Barney Frank (r.) with TD's Skip Schweiss: We can’t confuse people who are already confused.

Barney Frank puzzles crowd on his fiduciary stance at TD summit -- as questions from Skip Schweiss and advisors expose his haziness on the RIA structure and soul
The namesake of the Dodd-Frank bill seems to buy into a suitability approach as a gold standard for financial advice

Thursday 6.13.13
Jim Crowley: Success would be 'growing faster than the market at a multiple rate.'

Between sessions at INSITE, Pershing execs describe how they'll spell victory in their grand custody merger -- and what stands in the way
Elsewhere at the southern Florida confab, Tibergien and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates fill in for Hillary Clinton under stormy skies

Friday 6.7.13
Like the almost-completed Freedom Tower, as seen from the Ritz-Carlton at Battery Park, the RIA channel continues to grow in Wall Street's backyard.

From a Wall Street perch, Chip Roame imparts wry skepticism anaerobically at Tiburon CEO Summit of 2013, spring edition
The independent channel is booming -- but objects in the mirror may still be in front of you, the Tiburon guru warns

Wednesday 4.10.13
Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are now aware of how persuasive Brian Hamburger can be as they put Vegas on their pre-Christmas calendar.

In a major 'get' MarketCounsel books Dodd and Frank to play Vegas
How Brian Hamburger booked the Martin and Lewis of financial legislators to his -- formerly -- bare-bones conference

Wednesday 4.3.13
James Combs: [Open architecture is] the key to growth and expanding the shareholder base moving forward.

National Advisors Trust appoints former SEI exec as its new chief -- and hands him a big to-do list
The trust company hopes to give its RIA owners the ability to put their trust assets at the custodian of their choice

Tuesday 4.2.13
In a deal that rocked the RIA world, David Hou (pictured) and Mark Sear sold Luminous for a staggering $125 million in cash to a San Francisco bank.

10 most influential RIA figures going into 2013 and how they're reshaping the industry, Part 1
2012 was a year of drama as sweeping deals of unexpected size were struck and the industry took to the Hill to fight against FINRA overlords

Friday 3.8.13
Aite Group's Alois Pirker (center) moderated a conversation on the joys of independence -- and interdependence

Fidelity goes to the Wall Street Ritz-Carlton with five partner firms and preaches going independent more dependently
The takeaway at this hybrid mini-summit: Yes you can -- but probably not without some serious backup

Monday 3.4.13
Mike Papedis: Partnership is not for all advisors.

It won't be long before HighTower's fee-for-service channel revenues draw even with its partner firm revenues
Chicago aggregator is in talks with 50 firms about signing up with the newly unveiled Network and Alliance options

Monday 3.4.13
Brian Hamburger: Don't think for a moment this is it. FINRA is playing coy.

FINRA's regulatory white flag may be a pause before it plays white knight to SEC's cash-starved damsel
Brian Hamburger, David Tittsworth and Pat Burns see no gain in breathing easy with so many endgame possibilities still in play

Friday 2.8.13
Stephen Cucchiaro: Think of all the bad things that could happen in the future.

As Windhaven assets head moonward, Stephen Cucchiaro keeps right on warning of falling skies in New York
At IMCA event, the Schwab investments superstar is selling catastrophe-proofing at Dow 14,000 as well as he was at Dow 7,000

Tuesday 2.5.13
Bernie Clark with Paul Merage Scbool of Business dean Andy Policano: 'Schwab is thrilled to be supporting academic institutions to cultivate highly skilled future business leaders'.

Schwab nonprofit ponies up $500K for simulated securities floor to give prospective advisors hands-on experience
Cozying up to academic institutions has both a charitable and a shrewd side; Zero Alpha Group also launches an education project

Friday 1.18.13
Readers most 'liked' a May story that featured an enigmatically unpeopled office (think IPO cash) and some old fashioned gumshoe reportage.

RIABiz' 10 most-read stories of 2012: What fascinated you and why
Facebook, fallout from DOL's new 401(k) regs and happenings at Advizent, Addepar and Windhaven were reader catalysts

Wednesday 12.26.12
Jeff Spears: JMP's financial stake in Sanctuary played no part in the appointment of Johnson to the chairman post.

$2.5 billion roll-up-like entity in San Francisco brings aboard a chairman from its big investor
Montgomery Securities veteran Craig Johnson will help corral runaway wirehouse advisor dollars as the San Francisco firm seeks to build on an exponential leap in assets this year

Tuesday 12.18.12
Sallie Krawcheck writes:  I have woken up earlier than my husband almost every day since we have been married.

Sallie Krawcheck talks tough -- and with disarming openness -- online about the glass ceiling and lip gloss
With 45,517 followers on LinkedIn alone the ex-wirehouse exec is using a first-person voice to reinvent herself and expand her sphere of influence, observers say

Friday 11.2.12
Douglas Hodge: We privatized profit and socialized losses.

New York conference: SIFMA wants members to be like RIAs -- minus the same rules of accountability
Alan Greenspan jumped in on the mea-culpa-fest that included bracingly frank comments from a top Pimco official

Wednesday 10.24.12
Ron Ferguson revitalized the RIA-owned trust company when he came aboard in 2008.

Ron Ferguson steps down as CEO of National Advisors Trust after 4-1/2 years
The executive proved an adept turnaround artist; now the RIA-owned company is left to search for his replacement

Wednesday 9.12.12
Ron Rhoades: I can assure you that I am doing fine.

Ron Rhoades: Staying on at NAPFA would have given ammunition to RIA industry foes
Shocked industry advocates are conflicted as to whether Rhoades should have stayed the course; in another industry shakeup, FPA's Marvin W. Tuttle announces he will step down

Tuesday 8.21.12
New York not the center of the RIA world? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Why the slow-evolving metro New York area is still on course to be the capital of the RIA business
The city's sheer wealth and jungle-like powers of regeneration alone mean that it can stomp San Francisco

Wednesday 8.8.12
Steve Ippolito: You've got $8 million and you're not getting any attention, really?

By hiring a Fidelity sales veteran, National Advisors Trust goes after the $1 million to $10 million client who use $500 million RIAs
Steve Ippolito, an RIA-savvy veteran of Schwab and Fidelity, will also work with existing member firms

Friday 7.6.12
RIABiz spent its first marketing dollars cladding bar staff at INSITE, with help from Ryan Shanks. [Photo by Mike Byrnes]

Pershing draws a record crowd to steamy Miami but many hearts are in D.C.
INSITE produced bipartisan cheers for Bill Clinton and a split view on the FINRA battle up North

Thursday 6.7.12
Jennifer Hatch: There's been cold feet all over the state.

Christopher Street Financial's president becomes the 'Talk of the Town'
The New Yorker magazine article capped a banner week for the head of an advisory practice that caters to the gay community

Monday 4.30.12
Chip Roame sees a coming explosion of discount brokerage branches.

8 notable takeaways from the spring 2012 Tiburon CEO Summit
The breakaway movement still depends more on Wall Street's moves than Main Street's moxie

Wednesday 4.18.12


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