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


Ben Johnson: This latest filing is the last rabbit that you'd imagine they'd try to pull from the hat.

After Vanguard gains $550-billion ETF lead, Fidelity makes 'rabbit out of the hat' play to regain ground
But even as Boston execs attempt magic, Vanguard makes almost simultaneous ETF move that requires no lagomorphs

Monday 8.22.16
Brodie Cobb: I saw a lot of similar-sized very successful firms begin to sell in San Francisco like Constellation, Luminous and Bakers Street and the question is: why?

How Tiedemann and Presidio did a no-cash merger of their $4.9 billion and $4 billion RIAs -- and their disarming honesty about jitters
A restructuring by Presidio's stricken CEO's deputy paved the way for a 'non-threatening' union in which all principals keep their equity

Tuesday 8.16.16
Matt Fellowes: You have annuity companies coming out with new tools and fund companies but there isn't a solution out there that is really different.

With a 'unicorn' as the stated objective, Morningstar hijacks its own venture founder, backs him with VC funding and sends him out into an annuity world
HelloWallet founder Matt Fellowes left his team with eyes on extracting profits from baby boomers looking to spend down their nest eggs

Friday 8.12.16
Alan Zafran: Luminous nearly doubled assets in the past three-and-a half years under First Republic.

First Republic's $70B-plus RIA roll-up loses four top executives as its contract with Luminous team ticks down
Sources say another Great Hou-Sear Escape could be in the offing based on the team's clannish ways when it comes to technology

Monday 8.8.16
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

Tuesday 8.2.16
Sharon French: Over the course of the next decade there will be a lot of other strategies that we will develop.

Hard numbers that show the zero-sum advantages of RIAs over wirehouse brokers as told by fund flows
The hold by the Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley crowd over product manufacturers is fast slipping

Thursday 7.28.16
Scott Smith: They're a late entrant but we're still early in this game.

Fidelity launches new robo as Schwab's hits $8.2 billion in assets
The Boston giant differentiates itself by its promise to keep cash holdings at less than 1% and in having a published fee -- albeit a floating one

Wednesday 7.27.16
The Vestorly office in New York needs to be regularly unburdened of pizza boxes.

Did Vestorly just right-place, right-time itself into an advisor content force with Dow Jones deal -- and what seems set to follow?
The New York-based startup is out-Dow Jones-ing Dow Jones at distributing the Wall Street Journal to advisors but very much with its blessing, too

Thursday 7.21.16
Greg Vigrass:  We're not incumbent on any system. That means we've got the ability to be far more flexible. We're like the plumbers.

How custodians Folio Institutional and Equity Advisor Solutions keep on ticking -- Part 3 of 3
Both custodians counter their peewee size by offering that something extra

Thursday 7.14.16
Tom Heffernan: I automate as much as I can. I can onboard 1,000 accounts today. Just automate so much of what we do that we don't have to add staff.

How a Schwab cast-off became a niche custodian for RIAs who like to trade options
MoneyBlock emerged from BrokersXpress after the San Francisco broker bought it but didn't want IBD reps in its mix

Wednesday 7.13.16
Bill Hamm: We can do it at significantly less cost than what I was paying LPL and they are fine with it.

LPL restores OSJ rights to $35-billion AUA super-rep that just kept growing during its three-year ordeal
By taking compliance back in-house, IFP slashes its $1 million compliance budget in half and gains a lost flexibility, according to founder Bill Hamm

Monday 7.11.16
Drew DiMarino: Anytime we get a chance to present to the top advisors, we’ve got a very good chance of winning

eMoney makes its first big enterprise sale as a Fidelity sub-unit by showing a few features and much salesmanship
Though Advicent is being phased out, an analyst says that eMoney and Advicent are more similar than you'd think

Thursday 7.7.16
Evan LaHuta: Is it reasonable to offer this type of discount for new clients, but not your long-term valuable existing clients?

Schwab launches biggest RIA-targeted price war in years -- but TD and Pershing say they won't play along
In what may be a prelude to commission-free RIA custody era, Schwab eliminates equity and ETF commissions for all new clients for a year; Fidelity says it is still cheaper

Friday 7.1.16
Jon Stein [to CNBC]: The only thing I would do differently is I would put a notification in the app and say, 'By the way, we delayed trading right now,.

Betterment explains why its Brexit-sparked trading halt on Friday wasn't 'suspended' trading
The $4.8-billion robo-advisor frames its trading actions in terms of discretionary management of assets but the prerogative it asserts puts RIA clients in a tight spot

Tuesday 6.28.16
Tom Kimberly: Given the magnitude of today's news and the corresponding market reaction, we have elected to suspend trading during this initial period of increased volatility.

Betterment shut down trading post-Brexit to dodge 'trading blindly into extraordinary volatility'
The New York-based robo takes a 150-minute time-out saying to do otherwise would have been 'irresponsible'

Friday 6.24.16
Christopher Norton: This campaign shows they are willing to ... run the type of national campaign these advisors could not execute on their own

Schwab wows EXPLORE 2016 crowd with revived bid to advertise RIAs with two magic ingredients: Schwab branding and a budget of 'millions' of dollars
Though skeptical observers call the effort window dressing, the San Francisco custody giant is incorporating lessons learned from the lackluster RIA-Stands-For-You campaign of 2011

Wednesday 6.22.16
Joshua Pace: Some advisors have grown so frustrated that they make a change to go to independent custodians. We don't compete on any level with advisors.

How an eclectic trio of RIA custodians are willfully gaining ground with snail-like precision -- Part 2 of 3
Lazarus-like RBC has another new leader, as does Trust Company of America and Shareholders Service Group, which is selling itself as a Pershing reseller of high security, but with more agile service

Wednesday 6.15.16
LPL put four people in a new Washington D.C. office with a criss-crossing legislative agenda in mind.

LPL Financial dumps FSI then goes full swank on lobbying office -- but legislative agendas of FSI and LPL don't reveal any divide
The big broker-dealer stopped paying dues to the Financial Service Institute but it'll pay up for hot offices near the White House

Wednesday 6.8.16
Robb Baldwin: Dealing with advisors who require lots of effort with very little assets, you realize that some of the greatest risk you end up facing is from small advisors.

The non-Big Four RIA custodians, no longer runts but stunted in growth, are applying tougher love to hobbyist RIAs
In part one of a three-part series, we examine how seven small custodians -- starting with Trade PMR and Scottrade -- are evolving away from the Utopian model of 100% inclusivity

Tuesday 6.7.16
Lou Harvey: One of the ways to attack the reasonableness of the regulation is to allege that it is 'arbitrary and capricious,' which the complaint does repeatedly.

Why SIFMA & Co.'s trip to a friendly North Texas court to upend the DOL rule looks more like its Alamo
Little credence is being afforded anti-DOL rule crowd that is trying to flip the script on who is screwing whom

Monday 6.6.16
Bill Winterberg: My attorney, Robert Graziano, has documentation for the numbers, revenue and expenses for all three years of T3 Enterprise.

As legal battle erupts between Bill Winterberg and Joel Bruckenstein, T3's allegedly wild profits from pay-for-play content get dragged into court of RIA opinion
In need of a partner when David Drucker retired, Bruckenstein brought in friendly rival Winterberg on a handshake coopetition deal; now Bruckenstein has Brian Hamburger defending him

Thursday 6.2.16
Tom Faust: I thought it would be an hour commitment and we'd move on.

Eaton Vance leads a $40-million investment round in SigFig with an eye toward capturing some of its lightning to spark NextShares
For his millions, Eaton Vance's Tom Faust gets a seat at the SigFig table, which he hopes his firm can leverage

Thursday 5.26.16
Bill Harris: We don't consider the robos our competition.

How Personal Capital plans to spend its $75 million of green to grow and become better known as the un-robo robo
Using the Denver locale as lure, the Silicon Valley RIA will bulk up on advisors, engineers and marketers

Tuesday 5.24.16
Jeff Carney is returning to his US retail roots as Personal Capital board member.

Personal Capital gets $75 million investment and an ex-Schwab retail chief in Jeff Carney
The Bill Harris-founded call-center RIA, which manages $2.4 billion in assets, hits it $500-million bogey for valuation

Thursday 5.19.16
Peter Swisher: The DOL's authority is limited to ERISA plans. The IRS retains control of enforcement. The DOL therefore gets to write the rules for IRAs though they have no power to enforce them.

How the DOL brought the IRS wolf to the RIA door with its 'rule' -- think IRAs
The Internal Revenue Service was always the IRA cop for individuals but now advisors may answer to the tax man

Friday 5.13.16
Phyllis Borzi: Invesco Trust stepped up to the plate.

DOL glows and Invesco glowers over $10 million settlement of alleged ERISA infraction
Labor Department's Phyllis Borzi praises Invesco Trust Company for 'stepping up' but the Atlanta fund company says it did nothing wrong and was merely extracting itself from DOL overreach

Tuesday 5.3.16
Dawn Bennett was named as example of how the Barron's Top 100 list can lead investors astray.

AdvisorHub slams Barron's for its advisor list - correlating higher rankings with higher complaint rates
Jed Horowitz cites an unholy alliance between the Dow Jones publication and the many advisors and firms who make the list -- with criteria based largely on asset accumulation

Thursday 4.28.16
Seth Waugh is neither a real Alex. Brown guy nor somebody who has walked in a broker's shoes, but his Wall Street bona fides are platinum grade.

As Raymond James seeks to wire its Alex. Brown upbranding deal, it hires past Deutsche CEO Seth Waugh with bona fides and baggage
In adding execuive chair, Raymond James is looking to complete the orchid botanist's task of providing just the right Wall Street water and Baltimore sunlight

Wednesday 4.27.16
Walt Bettinger: The retail investor tends not to move as rapidly . . . or certainly doesn’t have a mutual fund sales person calling on them, telling them to move, like you have going on in the RIA space.

Amid hail of DOL questions, Walt Bettinger calls RIAs' draining OneSource 'identified' risk, and explains away LPL/ RBC/BBVA picks of BlackRock FutureAdvisor over Schwab robo
Schwab CEO admits he underappreciated 'brand' barrier in selling Schwab robo on B2B basis, and DOL 'best interest' issue hangs fire

Friday 4.22.16
Bing Waldert: 401(k) plans are difficult [when it comes] to generating income. You can set up a withdrawal but only at a certain age. If you need to take out a big chunk because of a big medical bill, you can't do that.

Why luring 401(k) assets to IRA rollovers in a post-DOL-rule world remains child's play, which keeps $7.6 trillion in the IRA game and growing
Clients still hate 401(k) inflexibility around withdrawals and the DOL granted advisors the upper hand in getting clients to sign away protections with regard to pricier products

Wednesday 4.20.16
Scott Smith: I don't think the goal for them is to fight Wealthfront.

With BlackRock ahead and blue ocean behind, LPL finds its robo comfort zone
With the 150 basis-point-plus price of Guided Wealth Portfolios, LPL's robo plan doesn't look so robo, except for the onboarding

Friday 4.15.16
Ryan Parker was brought over to LPL from Russell Investments and now heads its robo efforts.

LPL unveils BlackRock's FutureAdvisor as its robo partner -- albeit with LPL model portfolios
After Nestwise dropped off the twig, then crickets, then a secret pilot launch, LPL announces that robo FutureAdvisor gets the nod

Wednesday 4.13.16
John Clendening: I saw this unbelievable potential in this business.

Schwab's former retail chief ends garden leave with two new gigs -- as chief of HD Vest holding company, and as Betterment CEO's operations confidante
John Clendening is now CEO of Blucora and a director at Betterment -- and a new resident of Bellevue. Wash.

Tuesday 4.12.16
Knut Rostad: Phyllis Borzi moved heaven and earth with the tools she had and I think we let her down. I think we were too polite.

How Wall Street emasculated the DOL rule with an old-fashioned end game: 'Somebody made a deal' -- and why tort lawyers are licking their chops
End-game style politics exposed fiduciaries' lack of playoff experience, but RIAs can console themselves because DOL exposed shady dealings on 'the dark side'

Thursday 4.7.16
Thomas Perez: We don't believe it's necessary for an employee of MetLife to have an obligation to advise a client about the products that New York Life is selling.

The DOL's final rule contains a litany of 11th hour concessions to brokers that show Wall Street lobbyists earned their keep
12(b)1 fees, variable annuities and proprietary products are all still allowed and so is partiality in the sales process

Wednesday 4.6.16

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