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The 2014 RIA hype frenzy may have peaked when suddenly Tony Robbins was everywhere.

Why the RIA business starts 2016 without its swagger: 2014 and 2015
What's hot right now? Almost nothing and nobody. But it might be a 'healthy correction' of equilibrium

Monday 1.11.16
Bill Sharpe founded Financial Engines so 401(k) participants, with the 1996 ERISA bar set at zippo, got baseline algorithmic attention -- a level of service whose deficiencies were exposed this summer.

How Mutual Fund Store is the real engine now at Financial Engines
Unable to hold 9 million hands as market tanked, Larry Raffone jumped when Warburg Pincus put The Mutual Fund Store on the block

Friday 11.6.15
Adam Bold: Putting money into a 401(k) isn't enough.

Hitting a robo wall, Financial Engines buys The Mutual Fund Store for $560 million to bust out of 401(k) confines
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robo colossus needed human advisors, and the radio RIA liked having a non-radio source of new clients

Thursday 11.5.15
Mike Sha: We haven't actually rolled out our asset management service yet.

Why SigFig is shifting its focus to using banks as middlemen despite having captive consumer audience with $350 billion
The San Francisco-based robo-advisor has trepidation about the scale it would take to handle the conversions after bad experience

Tuesday 7.21.15
Mike Alfred: The DC business isn't growing as fast. There aren't as many new plans and now there are assets leaving plans. So to me, this is a natural way to find more growth.

What exactly to make of the big robo-advice deal that, according to Reuters, Financial Engines and Wells Fargo are nearing
The pieces -- 401(k) pricing, DOL, Supreme Court and massive scale -- are all in place to make the Silicon Valley-San Francisco deal make sense, analysts say

Tuesday 5.26.15
Jeffrey Maggioncalda: I think it becomes harder and harder for a product solution to replicate this holistic service solution that we put into the marketplace.

Financial Engines more than doubles its share price by defining a niche in the 401(k) market between target date funds and RIAs
Wall Street is seeing things Jeff Maggioncalda's way for now, as new DOL regs make plan sponsors more certain they want participants advised inexpensively but not cheaply

Tuesday 10.1.13
Scott Hanson: We think this is the biggest thing we’ve done.

New RIA with familiar faces gets running start at putting advisors into the 401(k) driver's seat
Two financial entrepreneurs have 50 firms on board; the idea is for Pathway Strategic Advisors to take the fiduciary burden off of advisors who handle 401(k) assets for clients

Thursday 2.21.13
Phyllis Borzi is poised to continue her mission of protecting 401(k) investors in 2013: "The laws need to keep up."

10 most influential individuals in the 401(k) industry affecting RIAs in 2012, Part 2
Executives and lawmakers are leading the charge on a fast-shifting landscape as retirement funds gain increasing importance to an aging US population

Friday 1.4.13
Anne Tuttle:  We’re happy to see more information provided to sponsors.

How giant advice provider Financial Engines can sweep the 401(k) field -- or not
It has $53.7 billion of assets under its managed account platform, but how the new DOL disclosure rules, competition from Morningstar and Schwab's bet on GuidedChoice play out will be very telling

Tuesday 5.22.12
Walter Bettinger, Schwab's CEO, is high on ETF-infused 401(k)s combined with independent advice

What to make of yesterday's Wall Street Journal report on Schwab's 401(k) 'bet'
RIAs favor WSJ's suggestion that Financial Engines is getting a close look as an outsourced 401(k) advice provider

Thursday 6.2.11
Larry Goldbrum: (DOL's proposed rules) will have a significant chilling and negative effect on the retirement plan community.

DOL's proposal puts the screws to legacy 401(k) providers
As SPARK, SIFMA, others cry foul at yesterday's hearing, RIAs may be sitting pretty with the right fiduciary framework in place

Wednesday 3.2.11

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