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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


Rudy Adolf: There is no equivalent proposition to Focus available in Canada.

Roll-ups are off at an acquisition clip in 2015 as $2 billion washes over the transom in a single week
Focus follows Dynasty into Canada as the three big aggregators toggle between organic and inorganic growth

Friday 4.17.15
Joe Duran: We think this is the closest example to what Dimensional Fund Advisors does.

United Capital chases DFA's MO, trains '1099 advisors' and co-opts Starbucks brand guy
The multitasking Newport Beach-based national RIA also announced closing on two more RIA purchases with about $625 million of AUM

Thursday 4.16.15
Martha Post: People who had knee-jerk reactions and exited the fund last year out of panic or fear missed out.

PIMCO is 'probably healthier' without Bill Gross and the outflow bloodbath is likely near its end, Morningstar says
Using a management-by-triumvirate approach, the Newport Beach bomber is killing its peers despite floods of outflows and unflinching RIAs are saying their version of 'I told you so'

Tuesday 4.14.15
William Hamm Jr.: I spent close to $100,000 and we had two auditing firms come in together to go over our compliance and procedures and we got a clean bill of health.

How Bill Hamm is turning a $10 billion-plus loss of 401(k) assets into a revenue-neutral, neural-neutral experience
After cleaning up his compliance act with an LPL assist, the head of Independent Financial Partners is fighting back

Friday 4.10.15
Mike Foy: We were wondering if hiring more women is a good strategy for making women investors happy and we found out it isn't.

In tight race, Fidelity and Edward Jones tie for top honors in J.D. Power survey as spiky markets drive down satisfaction scores across the board
In a first, J.D. Power asked women the importance of a same-sex advisor -- and got a surprising response

Thursday 4.9.15
Troy Hammond: If we sold our enterprise to CAPTRUST, I think it would have felt weird to our advisors.

As $160-billion CAPTRUST makes a snack of $10-billion Pensionmark, Fielding Miller accelerates his roll-up plans with a liberal structure
The Raleigh, N.C.-based firm's willingness to buy 49% reduces 'weird' and may set the stage for life as more of a 401(k) franchisor

Monday 4.6.15
Tim Schaefer: There are actionable 'to-dos' for the clients. The client can make progress on the plan.

The real reasons Northwestern Mutual paid a reported $250 million for LearnVest
With $2.7 billion in cash to burn after the Russell Investments spin-off, the Milwaukee-based company was simply an old-line insurer with desktop software in search of a planning pedigree

Wednesday 4.1.15
Sophie Schmidt: I think they're taking a very bold approach.

Schwab is accelerating its software upgrading pace on the back end
The San Francisco-based firm's front-end technology surpasses the system's foundation, which is OK for now, but the bill is coming due

Tuesday 3.24.15
Joe Martinetto: Schwab Advisor Services' RIAs will drive about $8 billion of incremental growth to the balance sheet of the bank in 2015.

For sub-$500k accounts, Schwab is sweeping RIA client cash into its bank, pumping up corporate profits
Unlike the robo, RIAs can manually direct funds to money market funds which makes this change less controversial

Thursday 3.19.15
Roger Hewins: It comes with their 'approved investments' instead of ours, so its a non-starter.

With apprehension in the air, Schwab invites its RIAs to a one-hour meeting about robo-advice
Many of Schwab's 7,000 advisors are eager for robo-technology but are wary of what's behind the amiable blue facade

Friday 3.13.15
Schwab Intelligent Portfolios is now evocatively named 'Blue'

Schwab sings 'Blue' as it rolls out its robo -- and phono -- functions ahead of deadline, with minimums
Schwab Intelligent Portfolios now has breakpoints of $5,000 and $50,000 of assets -- and comes with human broker help

Monday 3.9.15
Payel Farasat: You become very humble when you have to sit across from clients and manage their life savings. This is big stuff.

Extraordinary women awaken the RIA business, shepherd billions
In a business starved for beyond-the-books talent, executives are turning to a largely untapped gender

Friday 3.6.15
Robert Moore leaves LPL after steadying the firm.

Robert Moore walks from LPL Financial president role for new gig, but Dan Arnold softens the blow by filling the void
Mark Casady's second-in-command was hired as CFO from a bank early in the 2008 crisis but Arnold is known as entrepreneurial soul who can 'do' corporate

Tuesday 3.3.15
Matt Brinker: It wasn't technically a transaction for various reasons.

How United Capital's unconventional rolling up of a $2 billion RIA reveals how close the roll-up model is to extinction
Joe Duran's Newport Beach firm does cryptic non-transactional acquisition as Focus Financial becomes a tuck-in machine and HighTower sells de facto franchises

Tuesday 3.3.15
Sheryl Garrett poses with DOL's Phyllis Borzi and the Fiduciary Oath from the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard.

How Sheryl Garrett got a hush-hush invitation from President Obama and how she pierced the fog about putting clients first
The Arkansas RIA booked a flight to DC with no explanation to colleagues

Wednesday 2.25.15
President Obama: There are a whole lot of advisors that do put their clients first.

As President Obama takes the gloves off, pro-broker groups throw up 'sledgehammer' response
After a lot of waiting around FSI calls this news 'the real thing'

Tuesday 2.24.15
Vilas Naralakattu: My initial reaction was 'oh crap,' but I got a lot more information and I talked to the folks at Orion, I felt much better.

Orion signs on three $1 billion-plus RIAs on its even-keeled Omaha reputation then rocks its own boat with a sale to Boston firm
Pinnacle Advisory Group, Brouwer & Janachowski, HK Financial Services bought Orion for scaling and nervously accept that it made its own scaling move

Friday 2.20.15
Naureen Hassan's revenue weapons for robo-accounts include one howitzer.

Schwab tells the SEC its robo-advisor has a 30 basis-point fee and big-time cash allocations held by Schwab Bank
The Schwab Intelligent Portfolios ADV says as much as 30% of clients assets are being sent to Schwab Bank

Wednesday 2.18.15
Teri Kallsen: We've got OneSource and we've got the scale to get to market quickly. This will disrupt our competitors. They may try to copy us as we've seen in the past.

Schwab spills robo-beans to Wall Street, including a Schwab Bank wrinkle, cannibalization rates and the algorithm's distaste for OneSource funds
Calling Schwab Intelligent Portfolios a $400-billion opportunity, Walt Bettinger boasts of his own four-minute sign-up

Thursday 2.12.15
Ben Johnson: The bigger risk is to not participate.

An outflow-plagued American Funds holds its ETF fire until it can resolve the vehicle's front-running exposure, which defies a resolution
Edward Jones and other legacy American customers consider ETFs a niche solution to a main portfolio -- lessening the urgency for change

Tuesday 2.10.15
Jeff Colin built his RIA to $5 billion in 10 years with DFA, Goldman Sachs and myCFO all part of the recipe.

AMG is suddenly among the RIA roll-up elite after the Baker Street deal pushes it past $25-billion of AUM
After adding the $5.2-billion San Francisco firm, John Copeland's Florida-based skunkworks is smelling sweet

Thursday 2.5.15
Jason Furman's memo: The proposal allows businesses to continue using existing, conflicted business models but requires that they adopt additional consumers protections such as ensuring advisors follow a best interest standard.

The White House puts its best Obamacare minds behind cleaning up the 401(k) business -- starting by issuing a withering memo
The executive branch's endorsement of the fiduciary rule is based on finding that Americans may have to work for an extra three years because of Wall Street overbilling

Friday 1.30.15
Jim Nesci: If 1% of our customers were turned into wealth management clients, it's a new mechanism to feed a new business.

Why a suburban New Jersey bank and a white-shoe $1.3 billion RIA found love in Morrristown
A lousy lending market is stunting Beacon Trust's revenues; enter The MDE Group with its revenue-rich 200 ultra-wealthy clients

Wednesday 1.28.15
Ric Edelman: Our thought was we'd hire a COO who could turn in a few years into a CEO. We've decided to accelerate that process now.

Wanted: New CEO for Edelman Financial whose name is not Ric Edelman
As Edelman grooms his firm for a sale, the timetable to replace himself at the chief exec spot fast-forwards by years

Friday 1.23.15
Walt Bettinger: We ended 2014 with record client account levels.

Reading between the lines of Schwab's 2014 earnings release to understand investor indifference
Windhaven's results and Schwab Private Client's non-resullts could have investors on edge despite record assets from RIAs

Tuesday 1.20.15
Schwab is hoping Terri Kallsen's stint at USAA will equip her lead the crusade to capture high-end investors.

Schwab promotes relative newcomer Terri Kallsen to head retail, with John Clendening getting the golden parachute and Andy Gill transitioned
The hire from USAA is a nod to that firm's success inspiring loyalty but Kallsen will need to break the streak of short-lived tenures in that position

Friday 1.16.15
John Hyland pictured yesterday at his chemo session: I have every intention of coming out the other end.

How the industry is rallying to help John Hyland as his cancer returns and why the New Jersey advisor seems impervious to fear
The only path to survival for the owner of a $17-billion AUA OSJ is a bone marrow transplant and advisors are getting swabbed to improve his odds of finding an elusive match

Wednesday 1.14.15
Robert Thomas: They knew what they were doing.

Marty Bicknell buys a $1.1 billion RIA that serves the mass affluent, and taps credit for the first time
In buying Vantage with borrowed funds, 'liquidity' per se was not the issue for Mariner Wealth; speed of execution was

Wednesday 1.7.15
Phil Chiricotti: Most people think I am much younger, but those 18-hour workdays have definitely taken their toll.

Phil Chiricotti hangs up his spurs, and puts the CFDD out to pasture
The godfather of the 401(k) business says the glory days of conferences are winding down -- and tells why he chose not to sell the conference

Tuesday 12.30.14
Shirl Penney: The teams we're bringing out next year that we signed this year are really interesting and very large.

Dynasty Financial hits $22 billion of AUA after adding rare-bird Deutsche team
The $6-billion jump in 2014 for the Manhattan-based outsourcer comes four years out of the Shirl Penney garage

Tuesday 12.23.14
Margaret Towle's dalliance with non-national brands is over.

After leaving Northern Trust and later joining HighTower, Margaret Towle departs, cools her heels and lands at Merrill Lynch
The unusual instance may validate Wall Street's insistence that some advisors belong in their camp

Thursday 12.18.14
Kenton Shirk: Five years ago when they talked to a wirehouse advisor they'd mention independence and it would warrant a chuckle.

Cerulli's new numbers buttress the RIAs-supplant-brokers theorem with 40% market share jump seen by 2018
Wirehouses will lose 5% of their towering market share in the next four years, the report says, but not all experts agree

Thursday 12.18.14
Shirl Penney [l.] listens to Bernie Clark (far r.) response as Mike Durbin and Mark Tibergien listen in.

Schwab, Fidelity and Pershing custody chiefs square off in Vegas but not before a private meeting in San Francisco
Fresh off a Schwab-hosted meeting to find common ground, Bernie Clark, Mike Durbin and Mark Tibergien each gave a two-minute pitch on their company and hashed out robo-advisors

Thursday 12.11.14
Mark Cuban [with Christopher Cox]: You don't know what it's like to fight the SEC until you walk into an arena and they're chanting 'insider trading.'

Persecuted Mark Cuban prosecutes the SEC and wins some mea culpas from Christopher Cox
Many RIAs say the riveting conversation between Mark Cuban and Chris Cox was perhaps the best event session ever

Wednesday 12.10.14
Tony Robbins was given one hour, demanded two hours then performed for three.

Tony Robbins walks past the close a bit but nonetheless delivers at MarketCounsel
Despite detaining for three hours the just-arrived-in-Las Vegas crowd way past feeding time, Robbins won hearts, if not heads

Tuesday 12.9.14


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