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Lisa Shidler

Chicagoland Reporter

lisa@riabiz.com
219.988.4653

Lisa has been a reporter for 14 years and has been covering the financial services industry for five years -- she also comes from the world of InvestmentNews. She's been with RIABiz since November 2010.

Lisa is based in the middle of the country on the northwest corner of Indiana, about an hour from Chicago. She's married with two young children – Liz, 7, and Chance, a toddler.

Articles written by Lisa Shidler


Bob Reynolds: Empower was clearly the one the first time we heard it.

The second-largest 401(k) provider drops 'Great-West' for 'Empower'
The name chosen for the second-largest retirement firm hits a mark but may face the challenge of seeming jargony

Thursday 10.30.14
Lou Harvey: It does mean that annuity sales will no longer be a 'caveat emptor' type of transaction.

'Paradigm shift' in 401(k) flows opens the DOL door for annuities in 401(k) plans and RIAs are split
In the wake of DOL and Treasury rulings, some fiduciaries, certainly not all, seem willing to give the oft-reviled instruments a chance

Tuesday 10.28.14
Stephen Brown: The 'big box' firms -- Morgan and Wells -- couldn't get their heads around the U-5 language.

The backstory of how a Merrill UHNW team found love in the time of U-5 -- but not with an RIA
Recruiters are still a little baffled as to why the $2.5-billion firm skipped a chance to go independent with a 'compelling story' but chose the comfort of the familiar business model -- and an office of their own

Thursday 10.23.14
David Stofer: At SageView I had to sell and service clients....I want to be a consultant.

How Mariner Holdings is angling to become a $3-billion 401(k) company overnight by co-opting a local SageView office
The $40-billion RIA/asset manager plans to combine $2 billion from Randy Long's RIA to $1 billion of existing 401(k) assets

Tuesday 10.21.14
Walt Bettinger: Against a backdrop of heightened market volatility during the quarter, we saw increased utilization of the help and advice available through Schwab.

Top 7 RIA takeaways, including some ouches, from Charles Schwab's earnings commentary
Windhaven's reverses are official, Schwab is minting advisors at its 'Wealth Academy' and the ETF 401(k) plan found just one taker but Schwab's asset growth is stellar

Friday 10.17.14
Tom Lewis: That's how things are in a community like Rochester, where successful people know each other and all socialize.

After Merrill Lynch allegedly 'crippled' their careers, two advisors are prepping a big counterstroke, lawyer says
FINRA may decide whether the wirehouse pulled the trigger too whimsically on its PBIG stars

Tuesday 10.14.14
Brian Jacobs: It's a substantial portion of our management fee. It's not coming out of clients' pockets. There's no cost to the clients. They're getting a good deal.

Why ETF sponsors are ponying up big fees to get on Schwab's ETF OneSource in a bid for access to ticket-averse RIAs
Direxion hands over much of its management fee to Schwab, its CEO says, but the rewards are worth the sacrifice

Thursday 10.9.14
Josh Brown: We know the alternatives and we don't like them and we're really happy we have a suggestion.

Josh Brown and Barry Ritholtz, masters of the financial Twitter/blogging universe, launch a robo effort to monetize their followers
The pair's modest RIA and immodest following could come catch fire with Upside as a partner

Monday 10.6.14
Paramus, NJ office building that Dragotta and his team of 30 advisors will soon occupy.

How a hybrid RIA with nearly $2 billion in assets claimed a 10,000 square-foot Smith Barney redoubt
Queasy about wirehouse practices, Rich Dragotta broke away to LPL 11 years ago but missed the old brass, glass, mahogany bullpen

Thursday 10.2.14
Cathy Curtis: I won't follow Bill Gross to Janus.

How RIAs are managing the Bill Gross problem -- from firing his old PIMCO fund, to detailed letters to clients to taking a good look at Janus
Like all matters related to advice, advisors are determined to be decisive and articulate to clients

Wednesday 10.1.14
Richard Weil has now completed the PIMCO trifecta with the Bill Gross hire.

How Janus CEO Richard Weil's Bill Gross hire completes the PIMCO-ization of the Denver equity shop
The Denver-based fund company now has its chairman, CEO and star manager seats filled by PIMCO alums

Wednesday 10.1.14
Eric Jacobsen: The fund's bronze Morningstar analyst rating reflects [our] high level of confidence in PIMCO's resources and overall abilities but also the uncertainty as to exactly how all thee parts will mesh in the wake of Gross's departure.

With kid gloves and after great patience, Morningstar yanks gold-level rating on PIMCO Total Return Fund and predicts possible exit of 'tens of billions' in assets
The Chicago fund tracker says the cut to the bronze level suggests positivity but lack of

Tuesday 9.30.14
Bill Dwyer: When I met Nick it reminded me of a similar presence ...(Todd Robinson). Lightning strikes twice.

What exactly enticed Bill Dwyer out of retirement to work on the other side
The former LPL leader takes a spot vacated by Larry Roth at RCS Capital that involves selling to advisors

Thursday 9.25.14
Jeff Ramseyer: My joining Addepar signals the company's successful growth trajectory, not a shift in strategy.

Addepar hires in the direction of revenues -- and maybe even an IPO
The mature start-up adds an ex-Advent sales chief a year after hiring a CFO with a nose for initial public offerings

Tuesday 9.23.14
Adam Nash [with AndyRachlieff]: Wealthfront automatically ensures that every withdrawal minimizes the taxes owed and keeps your portfolio balanced.

Wealthfront's advice is now an employee benefit for Google employees' non-401(k) savings
Employees at the search giant with less than $100,000 get their balances managed for free -- as do employees of the San Francisco 49ers and Palantir

Tuesday 9.23.14
Joe Mrak: Envestnet tried to get more into our market and we're going to go right after them.

Philly buyer lays down a cool $199 million in cash to buy FolioDynamix, the better to put Envestnet firmly in its sights
The 'it' factor of the 2007 start-up was its revamped Sungard orphan software with LPL, Pershing and Cetera as anchors

Wednesday 9.17.14
J. Fielding Miller: We were talking a big game, and he wanted to see results.

How uncomfortable questions from prospects led a 'small' $12-billion 401(k) advisory RIA to finally say yes after eight years of rebuking overtures from a $120-billion AUA RIA
With the purchase of DCAdvisors, CAPTRUST emerges as a bigfoot player in a consolidation-bound industry

Tuesday 9.16.14
Ed Murphy: It hasn't led to a pause on the part of our prospects.

Bob Reynolds delegates the Great-West 401(k) business to old Fidelity mate after excruciating three-way choice
Edmund Murphy, kicked upstairs, is dispatched from Boston to Denver and will own the brand decision -- just for starters

Wednesday 9.10.14
Bob Reynolds: We're going to run the businesses together as one company.

Bob Reynolds does 'a lot of testing' to avoid foisting his 'Great West' brand on JP Morgan and Putnam Investments clientele
The chief executive also sees upside opportunities in bringing all three divisions under one banner

Tuesday 9.9.14
Andrew Stoltmann: Schwab has always been the big-eyed doe sitting off on the sidelines.

After Morgan Stanley 'raided' Schwab branch in San Francisco, Schwab fought in FINRA 'court' and lost, but perhaps won on the larger level
The San Francisco-based $2.4-trillion broker still isn't swallowing the loss and sent a clear message that it will battle tirelessly

Thursday 9.4.14
Peter Mallouk: We're laser focused on clients and absolutely not focused on acquisitions and breakaways and trying to merge cultures. I'm not trying to be the most well-known person in the industry.

By outing a reluctant star in Peter Mallouk, Barron's Top 100 advisors list yields a surprise winner -- Leawood, Kansas
Is it the water supply, fate or a bizarre coincidence that Peter Mallouk and Marty Bicknell, Barron's No. 1 and No. 2 advisors for two years running, are based in the same obscure 12,000-household suburb?

Friday 8.29.14
Jay Wells: Fees have become a huge concern. I'm talking to more plans about fiduciary insurance.

Warranties and guarantees come to the 401(k) game but can insurance really put the client first?
Unwilling to stomach new legal exposure, employers -- and their advisors -- are looking to buy protection

Wednesday 8.27.14
Stephanie Bogan is getting a break from airless rooms and fluorescent lighting.

Stephanie Bogan leaves United Capital for Costa Rica
Her former employer characterizes the move as a 'personal decision'

Friday 8.22.14
Jason Del Col: Our vision of the next-generation of an RIA office is they can service $200 million to $300 million with a support team in Dallas and not a lot of infrastructure.

In calculated gamble, United Capital begins to build, not buy, growth in major cities
Joe Duran will still buy firms but his $10-billion RIA will spin out six snazzy startup offices in the next two years manned by graduates of its own training program

Friday 8.22.14
Bill Hortz: I'm not going to waste anyone's time.

An RIA innovation co-op is born with Fidelity and Pershing among the founding members
Schwab Advisor Services declines comment and TD Ameritrade respectfully declines, citing a full plate of Veo initiatives

Tuesday 8.19.14
Neal Massand: I don't consider us to be hacks.

Why almost nobody seems fazed by an ominous lawsuit hanging fire against Financial Engines
Investors show no panic and lawyers are not seeing what the patent troll is getting at but trouble could lurk

Friday 8.15.14
Mike Alfred: Fidelity's gone from being generous to being assured of being generous.

How exactly Fidelity Investments extracted itself from a legal and HR quagmire and why it'll cost far more than the public $12-million amount
The settlement's small print reveals Fidelity employee may receive additional hundreds of millions of dollars in value over time

Thursday 8.14.14
Frank Campanale: When you find competent private bankers in almost every case they have been successful at bringing business over and growing substantially.

How Frank Campanale's heist, so to speak, of young BNY Mellon Wealth Management stars fits into a bold millennial strategy
The morphed E.F. Hutton venture that is now Lebenthal looks like anything but a retirement home for dusty old brokers from yesteryear

Thursday 8.7.14
RBC got Ryan Marcus to shake things up. He began to and he's leaving.

Ryan Marcus leaves RBC Advisor Services as clients and recruiters openly speculate that his drive was mismatched with his giant employer's bankerly ways
Despite a string of high-profile departures, RBC's US brokerage subsidiary is determined to keep a hand in the RIA custody business

Wednesday 8.6.14
Jim Hagedorn: We went from $350 million to $1 billion in seven years and most of that wasn't the market. It was mostly new clients.

How a Chicago RIA of PWC origin jumped to $1 billion by lacing its DFA approach with alternative assets
Playing on its base, Chicago Partners just hired a Guggenheim portfolio manager to oversee its first proprietary alt fund to woo ultra-HNW families

Monday 8.4.14
Matt Wilson has replaced Brian Davis as head of Scottrade's custodian and is presiding over its acute strategy shift.

After cutting loose its RIA chief, Scottrade is culling some RIAs and imposing an 'unpublished' $12,000 fee on others
Brian Davis is gone and the St. Louis firm is dealing with an unwelcome P&L effect after open invitations to all RIAs of all sizes produced more expenses than revenues

Friday 8.1.14
Dan Sontag: I met with Rudy Adolf several times ... and I was suitably impressed.

Dan Sontag surfaces as new cog in Focus Financial machine for taking down wirehouse advisors
After laying low for five years, the passed-over Merrill heir apparent will help advise Chis Dupuy in budding 'Connections' program

Thursday 7.31.14
Jeffrey Fratarcangeli is the dream FiNet recruit -- big assets from a big rival.

The perplexing case of Wells Fargo's non-wirehouse advisors: A blueprint for Merrill, UBS and Morgan or a cheap lesson in what not to do
The good news is that FiNet is the fastest growing channel at Wells Fargo; the bad news is that its brand and compliance can be hindrances

Tuesday 7.29.14
Marilyn Mohrman-Gillis: Quite frankly, what we're spending is less than half a percent of all financial services' expenditures.

How the CFP Board is getting its $40 million's worth from its advertising campaign and how it isn't
Unaided recognition of CFP certification jumps about 90% in three years ...assets stemming from that, not so much

Thursday 7.24.14
Rich Gill is bringing his analytical and personal skills to AMG's effort to replicate its asset mangement success on the RIA side.

Why AMG's poach of Rich Gill could be the missing ingredient for its V-8 roll-up engine
Loaded with cash, experience and $11.5 billion of market cap, the North Shore asset manager just downloaded the RIA roll-up app in hiring the Focus Financial veteran

Tuesday 7.22.14


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