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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


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
Elliot Weissbluth: These are not simple lift-outs.

Elliot Weissbluth pooh-poohs the idea that HighTower faces channel conflict as 'stupid and uninformed'
The roll-up has added franchise- and outsource-type channels in the wake of a capital raise that failed to materialize

Friday 3.14.14
Phyllis Borzi: We're troubled by this and employers are having a hard time finding the documents they're looking for.

Phyllis Borzi tightens the noose on 401(k) providers that flout DOL disclosure, not without critics
The idea is to have a de facto big red arrow pointing to key disclosures on revenue sharing but it'll add to the verbiage surplus

Tuesday 3.11.14
Racquel Oden is tasked with RIA-ifying the training program and infusing new blood into the starchy Merrill advisor force.

Is Merrill Lynch taking its more RIA-like training program another step forward with Racquel Oden's promotion?
The new head of training breaks stereotypes and may break new ground for the industry -- or not

Monday 3.10.14
Jeffrey Krum: It wasn't what we were missing at Merrill but we wanted more.

Loving Merrill but leaving Merrill, two 38-year olds and an 'old guy' take $700 million of assets to an RIA citing the model's better mousetrap
The three advisors found they had less and less in common with other Merrill advisors in the Portland, Ore. office

Tuesday 3.4.14
Steve Anderson: We made the decision and notified these clients that we're going to resign our services. I personally made the call and explained our thinking.

Schwab shoos $25 billion of client assets out the door as it calls the bluff of employers with lopsided 401(k) contracts
The San Francisco giant is trading recordkeeper revenue for the prospect of wielding its mighty brand directly at plan participants

Friday 2.28.14
Brodie Cobb: The culmination was just the unlucky perfect storm.

How the founder, CEO of a $4-billion RIA survived a brutal bike accident and kept his firm rolling
First Brodie Cobb needed a saw to reset bones, now he's sawing apart silos to make Presidio Group function as a unified team

Tuesday 2.25.14
Steve Anderson: None of the consultants are utilizing our business model.

Schwab fesses up to Wall Street just how hard winning plan sponsors to its 401(k) ETF platform will be
Convincing plan sponsors and pension consultants to join a ETF paradigm shift to ETFs is a big ask, its executives tell Wall Street

Tuesday 2.18.14
Bernie Clark: Fidelity is half our size and TD is half their size and Pershing is half their size ... It's a long ladder.

Bernie Clark discloses that Schwab Advisor Services hit $1 trillion of assets -- and why the order for commemorative T-shirts is still on hold
The RIA custody leader may find it easier to promote its size as an advantage with a nice round nine-zero number

Wednesday 2.12.14
Tom Bradley, seen here snapping a selfie at TD's national conference Orlando: I'm incredibly proud of these numbers.

Tom Bradley pollinates TD Ameritrade branches and RIAs get sweet referrals in return
Bradley is teaching retail advisors to spend more time with clients -- and local RIAs

Tuesday 2.11.14
Tom Nally: You've got to build a good team and it's not a one-man show.

What two things Tom Nally says 'no' to in managing his $270-billion RIA empire
The TD Ameritrade chief of RIA custody sees no reason to handle advisor commission business or serve roll-ups geared to hybrids

Thursday 2.6.14
Nicholas Schorsch: We don't want more product sales.

Nicholas Schorsch explains why buying Cetera makes him a white-hat magnate in a black-hat world
The RCS chairman says the whole purpose of buying IBDs is to diversify away from product sales

Tuesday 2.4.14
Mitt Romney: It's not just America. There needs to be a global understanding and a real global effort.

At TD event Mitt Romney ressurrects his Massachusetts stance on global warming and throws cold water at Obama
The former presidential candidate pushed the reset button on his acerbic tone and now sounds more Al Gore than Bain Capital

Monday 2.3.14
Tom Nally: We want to simplify this for them so they can actually get engaged in retirement and leverage the TD Ameritrade brand name.

TD Ameritrade launches a 'Goldilocks' 401(k) approach aimed at competing with big wolves -- like Fidelity and Schwab
The turnkey RIA service seeks the middle ground between set-and-forget target date funds and the crazy complexity of building a 401(k) practice

Friday 1.31.14
Nicolas Schorsch is known as a man of his word but his word is not fully known on products.

Nicholas Schorsch invites 500 reps to NYC to kick off a 25-city barnstorming tour aimed at easing fears
A blizzard of conference calls with the RCS chairman have only had a band-aid effect so the more personal assault is on

Wednesday 1.29.14
Mike Papedis: We are not engaged in responding to gossip and we are sticking to our business strategy.

Top recruiter Kevin Geary exits HighTower
The departure of the acclaimed Schwab veteran is a palpable sign for some that the roll-up is going in a new direction

Monday 1.27.14
Bob Oros: This is what cell phone companies do. They bring us in with a low entry fee and when it comes time, the switching costs don't seem worth it.

Fidelity counsels RIAs to suck it up and go after 'millionaires of tomorrow' but with a strict discipline
RIAs need to chop fees, stop counting pennies and, yes, babysit a bit to wrest these financial tweeners from discount brokers

Friday 1.24.14
John Deremo: Once we paid the government back in excess of $22 billion, we consider that whole matter is behind us and we're tackling challenges of tomorrow.

AIG puts its once-tarnished brand on a small band of obscure insurance brokers -- perhaps testing the waters for Royal Alliance and friends
The insurance giant isn't ruling out whiting out the motley brands of Royal Alliance, FSC, SagePoint and Woodbury

Thursday 1.16.14
Michael Kitces: There's very little other ongoing  'work' tied to blogging, once everything is set up.

The RIABiz top 10 industry blogs -- and which bloggers they recommend
The RIA business is a land of micro-niches where owner-operated blogs are often the best reading spot for advisors to find the vibe and the level of granularity they seek on a subject

Wednesday 1.15.14
Craig Gordon took a number of people by surprise with his move.

RBC's most visible RIA leader, Craig Gordon, departs
RBC gets hit with another loss but the company maintains its still has the foot on the gas pedal for its RIA unit

Thursday 1.9.14
 Raymond James recruited Becky Wiles, Terry Wiles, Heather Monzote, Ryan Smith and two hound puppies, Maia and Sky, in December.

The story behind how Raymond James won two big teams from LPL and Wells Fargo in the past couple of weeks
When the mid-sized Florida broker-custodian takes on bigger giants, it plays the little-guy card

Tuesday 1.7.14
Christopher Van Slyke: It's not black and white or we'd all use the cheapest custodian.

Fidelity loses some RIA assets over its new DFA/Vanguard fees but other RIAs crunch the numbers and soldier on
Some advisors reason transaction hikes are actually cheaper than hidden costs of other mutual funds -- others are just fed up

Friday 1.3.14
Kelley Snook: We got tired of saying no.

LPL's newest two recruits and their $4.3 billion of AUA show why RIAs can no longer call the 403(b) market sleepy
The flourishing market is a giant growth engine for a Troy, Mich.-based RIA that has its sights set on national growth

Tuesday 12.31.13
Jylanne Dunne: What's most surprising about the study is how concerned the husbands are that the wives aren't prepared.

Fidelity's new research unlocks women by fixating on -- men -- but elicits an 'ahem' from a big RIA client
As part of its gender efforts, the Boston giant has crafted a quiz -- one that strikes United Capital's Joe Duran as suspiciously familiar

Monday 12.23.13
Matt Enyedi: Anytime we do something at LPL, it's under the lens of how can we do this for RIAs. Five years ago, if we'd rolled this out, it would have been only for LPL corporate firms.

LPL Financial gets beyond the halfway-house model to compete with Schwab, Fidelity for advisors that are wholly RIAs
The big broker-dealer is making moves that do not discriminate against, may in fact favor, pure RIAs, but hybrid habits die hard, skeptics say

Tuesday 12.17.13
Mike Alfred: If we tell people they can't engage until they pay, then we're losing 90% of the people from the start.

Brightscope lets advisors get basic entry to its Advisor Pages for free, talks Morningstar deal and pencils in an IPO for about 2017
After two years, less than 1,000 advisors paid for the website and BrightScope hopes free is a better price-point for some

Thursday 12.12.13


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