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Lisa Shidler

Chicagoland Reporter

lisa@riabiz.com
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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


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
Clayton G. Deutsch: If you know Peter Raimondi, you know we're not going to sit on cruise control.

As Boston Private and Banyan Partners merge, the Big Three roll-ups become the Big Four
Banyan's Peter Raimondi will lead the combined entity that could morph into a fearsome acquirer

Thursday 7.17.14
Kevin Corbett: For me, it was picking my favorite client and spending more time with them.

In two-part deal, Fidelity sacrifices a top talent to its top RIA client then fills the gap with an impressive hire from Schwab
Mariner's Marty Bicknell nabs Kevin Corbett and Fidelity's Bob Oros in turn snaps up Catherine Davies

Wednesday 7.16.14
Talking to Chuck is likely going to cost you a few thousand more.

Schwab Private Client edges its fee closer to the classic RIA standard
Schwab Private Client jacked its price 20% and its minimum fee jumps 60%

Friday 7.4.14
Tim Clark: Half of my new business has been from engaging firms that didn't previously have an advisor -- they literally had nothing.

With plan sponsors 'running blind' on 401k plans, an RIA jumps from $12 billion to $32 billion of AUA and adds a former J.P. Morgan chief
Lockton Retirement Services locks in on 'small' businesses that have no DOL-assuaging fiduciary overseeing DC assets before they walk through the door

Wednesday 7.2.14
Liz Ann Sonders is taking the wheel of Windhaven's investment committee after Cucchiaro's sudden departure.

With Stephen Cucchiaro out, Liz Ann Sonders takes the Windhaven reins
The founder of the once-explosive ETF manager didn't have the same investing magic in the wake of his sale

Friday 6.27.14
Bernie Clark: Nearly 40% of RIA clients are retired, 30% are less than 10 years from retirement and 63% of those retired are withdrawing from portfolios, including from principal.

Framing it as opportunity, Bernie Clark delivers a chilling market warning at EXPLORE about the coming post-baby boom market
The Schwab chief tells 160 RIAs with $200-billion-plus of assets to learn to love and attract a poorer, younger, higher maintenance -- but lower mileage -- client pool

Friday 6.27.14
Russell Kinnel: It's times like this when it's most important to get out and talk to people.

Just what damage was done -- or not -- by Bill Gross ranting in shades
The PIMCO leash is still pretty long, say RIAs, Morningstar analysts and others but the bond king needs to rethink how he manages the media in a hurry

Tuesday 6.24.14
Bill Gross: I'll say, repeat after me: Bill Gross is the kindest, bravest, warmest and most wonderful human being you've ever met in your life. Hopefully that will work. [photo credit: Jim Tweedie]

Bill Gross's stage antics leave Morningstar conference-goers gobsmacked
Wearing sunglasses, comparing himself to Justin Bieber and making his desire to bribe journalists known (albeit in jest) baffled observers

Friday 6.20.14
Dan Arnold: Their strategy is they're a product manufacturer that is amassing distribution to complement that product manufacturing.

How LPL's CFO answered the Cetera question at Morgan Stanley Financial's conference
Dan Arnold wrote off the Schorsch roll-up as PacLife, AIG or Jackson National reincarnated

Monday 6.16.14
Danny Sarch: I don't think this is desperate at all. If you don't have money, then you can't make the deals.

Ameriprise makes its move upmarket by first moving its bonus payouts to Wall Street levels
The Minneapolis-based broker jacks its sticker bid to 150% bonuses of brokers' last 12-months of revenue

Friday 6.13.14
Brian Hamburger: My kids said, 'Dad, he's never going to respond to you.' Within 45 minutes, he responded and said, 'I'm in. Thanks for including me.'

How Brian Hamburger won speaking commitments from Mark Cuban, Sallie Krawcheck and Eliot Spitzer without throwing money at the challenge
The MarketCounsel chief would make Dale Carnegie proud with an old-fashioned approach that proved refreshing to the woo-ees

Thursday 6.12.14
Curtis Reed: For the most part our growth has and will come from advisors outside Nebraska. All of our advisors appreciate the Midwest attitude.

Securities America's RIA/roll-up launch gains ground by pushing back against its parent IBD and poaching an RIA that left it at the altar
Omaha's Arbor Point lured away the founders of a local rival and chafes against its parent firm but estranged advisors still share church pews

Tuesday 6.10.14
Brock Moseley: I think what we're trying to do is more than just sell something.

Schwab snares its first clients for ETF-only 401(k)s as one of its 401(k)-focused RIAs defects to TD Ameritrade
Miracle Mile and Schwab both have their eyes on the same value-proposition prize -- just not with each other anymore

Wednesday 6.4.14
David Butler: We don't talk much about the performance of funds. We talk a lot more about the theory of the investment process.

Cogent rates the top fund wholesalers to RIAs, and all advisors, and the 'sales' units at DFA, PIMCO, BlackRock and Franklin Templeton stand out
Dimensional Fund Advisors and PIMCO deliver some inside scoop without the sales dance to lead the sales-to-RIA pack in gaining netry to inner sanctums

Friday 5.30.14
Allison Couch went home to AIG without much to say about it.

As a second woman executive exits Cetera, a third one gets a bigger title
Allison Couch heads back to AIG and Erinn Ford gets a presidency on the heels of Valerie Brown's departure

Tuesday 5.20.14
Bill Crager: We're not going to be a robo advisor. We're not going direct to consumers.

Bill Crager: I've got your back against the attack of the killer robo-advisors
Bringing the wood at the Envestnet Advisor Summit, the president allows that online advisors are crackerjack at providing account views 24-7 but human advisors can close that gap

Friday 5.16.14
Mike Kitces: Social media has been so effective for all of my various businesses, that I've added several over the past few years just to handle the capacity.

The 25 financial advisors with the biggest online presences -- and a frank analysis of what online omnipotence does (or not) for them
Brightscope's top-100 social media maven list shows that RIA bloggers, tweeters, Facebookers and Youtubers sacrifice client face time to cater to web consumption

Thursday 5.15.14
Nicholas Schorsch: It wasn't what we both wanted. Fortunately or unfortunately there can only be one person in charge.

Why exactly Valerie Brown is out of a job at Cetera -- and Larry Roth is in
Nicholas Schorsch and his CEO may have differed on the way forward as Cetera's inorganic growth runs full tilt

Wednesday 5.14.14
Mike Maurer: We've coached their kids in little league and gone to weddings and funerals with them.

How Ex-Morgan Stanley powers are rolling up ex-colleagues and how big Raymond James cash fits into the picture
Steward Partners Global Advisory will custody all its assets at RJ but won't have to foot the bill for signing bonuses

Monday 5.12.14
John Lueken - r. - with Tim Pagliara: There is a significant tax advantage ... as well as a sizeable general cost of living improvement

This 32 year-old Goldman Sachs trader chucked New York for a $1-billion RIA outside Nashville
Embodying a reverse brain drain, John Lueken bolted for for the country-music capitol -- and not because of his way with a guitar

Monday 5.5.14
'Telepresence' robots allow an advisor to be in two places at once -- at least from the neck up.

Fidelity now has an Office of the Future for RIAs, pre-RIAs and their clients
Part Best Buy, part Google, part Office Depot, the Rhode Island facility has robots, wearable tech and hard floors

Thursday 5.1.14
Joe Piazza: I prefer to let my actions and the success of our firm speak to the doubters.

Swatting aside 'doubters,' Joe Piazza uses an improbable hook to nab Wells Fargo private bankers -- pent-up Addepar lust
Robertson Stephens chief learns it's easier to court advisors winning Silicon Valley wealth using Made-in-Mountain-View software

Wednesday 4.30.14
Lauren Schadle: Nothing has changed to accommodate MetLife.

The FPA is now brought to you by MetLife, for better or worse
The insurer's cash is the good news but some see it as tainted money

Wednesday 4.23.14
Victor Fettter: We believe there's a special sauce that LPL can provide and I don't think there's one size fits all.

Victor Fetter turns his guns on LPL's thorniest software challenge -- 21st century performance reporting
The former Dell guru eschews a best-of-breed strategy as his firm plays a game of catch-up under a big tent

Monday 4.21.14
Tom Valverde's hire is part of Fidelity's new 'geographical' sales strategy.

Fidelity Institutional bags Pershing's RIA sales chief and gives him a lesser title
The prize is Tom Valverde who Pershing replaces with Ben Harrison

Thursday 4.17.14
Mike Alfred: If you're hoarding all of this data and won't help wholesalers to help everyone get better they won't work with you.

BrightScope sees sales soar as formerly adversarial big 401(k) companies buy data about their own business
The business model of the La Jolla-based maverick evolves and triggers millions in new fee revenue and some big hires

Wednesday 4.16.14
Bill Morrissey epitomizes LPL's ability to grow rapidly.

What Derek Bruton's replacement may say about the departure that still has people shocked
Bill Morrissey is known to grind out quantifiable results

Monday 4.14.14
Bob Reynolds: They reached out and asked if we'd like to buy their proprietary business.

Just what good Bob Reynolds' purchase of J.P. Morgan's billions -- sans sweet brand -- will do for his Great West-Putnam 401(k) empire
The Boston exec was opportunistic in getting this deal and remains open to others but the 'O' word that made Whole Foods famous is holding sway

Friday 4.4.14
Bob Reynolds: In this business especially it's a game of scale.

Bob Reynolds strikes again in his 401(k) quest -- this time buying JPMorgan's retirement recordkeeping business
The deal includes blue chip 401k accounts of Procter & Gamble, American Airlines and JPMorgan itself

Thursday 4.3.14
Bob Reynolds: We think that two plus two equals six. We want to be the best in this space.

Fidelity's old 401(k) mastermind, Bob Reynolds, gets a merger, a promotion and a stronger hand to compete with his old employer
With Great West and Putnam joining 401(k) units, there may be a dividend of critical mass and synergy

Thursday 3.27.14
Thomas Clark: There's no liability for Fidelity, but it just doesn't look good for them.

Fidelity Investments wins huge in the 'biggest 401(k) case in decades' -- but bearing battle scars
Boston 401(k) giant is able to reverse prior judgement related to fees in landmark Tussey v. ABB

Thursday 3.20.14
Dwayne Grady and Caroline Girgis: We wouldn't have taken this much off the table if the price of the stock wasn't what it is.

United Capital drops a six-figure check on 10 partner firms in share buyback program financed by SageView
Joe Duran's company is belatedly paying fully vested firms for up to 25% of their stock after the 2008 crash threw off the promised liquidity schedule

Tuesday 3.18.14


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