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Ken Fisher has been trying to tell anyone who would listen.

The documented RIA threat, 'phono-advisors' and their nearly $300 billion of assets
Not much romantic about call center-based advisors but under banners like Vanguard, Fisher Investments or Merrill Edge, they are a force to be reckoned with

Friday 9.12.14
Michael Kitces: Most of the Wall Street firms will be reluctant to bypass advisors and go direct to investors.

Thoughts on 'robo-advisors' served cold, compliments of Kitces and Waymire
With the potential for channel conflict, wirehouses are the most handcuffed in thwarting automated financial 'advice'

Sunday 6.15.14
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
Yale professor Ian Ayres was this year’s wild card, causing near panic among RIAs with his ominous mass mailing to 401(k) plan providers warning them to cut back on fees — or else.

10 most-read RIABiz stories of 2013 and why you couldn't resist them
This year's potpourri includes young Horatio Algers, aged Cassandras, irate investors and a professor with the 401(k) industry in his sights

Wednesday 12.18.13
Anthony Rochte:  We're not trying to build a passive-ETF business.

Why Fidelity's Anthony Rochte could still laugh best in the ETF game -- despite a late, late start
The Boston fund giant, with its hired gun ETF czar, has an outside shot at jumping from laughing stock also-ran in ETFs to first-mover if it pulls off its deep-in-the-rockies launch of active ETFs

Friday 10.25.13
Andrew Dierdorf: We're focused on shareholder outcomes.

After 'a lot of flak' Fidelity Investments does a study and pledges to change how it manages its $170 billion of target date funds
The Boston giant announces findings to justify its surprising embrace of stocks but skeptics say Fidelity is under pressure to conform with rivals T. Rowe Price and Vanguard Group

Friday 9.27.13
Robert Boslego: There is no guarantee that stocks will recover from a major loss within the time frame the retirement money is needed. [An investor] may literally die waiting for his or her portfolio to recover.

Why target date funds fail in the one area they're supposed to succeed -- downside protection
SEC recommendations about the inherent risk of target date funds are more controversial than their author's realize, says a veteran risk assessor

Monday 7.22.13
John Bogle: They have a problem.

John Bogle tells the Morningstar crowd just why Vanguard Group has a 'problem' -- and it starts with his dogged criticism
The outspoken sage is outraged that his old company sells funds with 'Wonder Bread' sales tactics while holding itself out as the low-cost choice

Friday 6.14.13
Martin Smith: We never considered this investigative in the sense that it wasn't information that was already out there.

Why the industry needs to accept some blame for 'flaws' in PBS Frontline's 'Retirement Gamble'
The PBS report was slanted, simplistic and went in for shock value, say critics, but some in the industry say too-high fees are in fact the root of the problem

Wednesday 5.15.13
At the Red Rocks resort this week, Denver lay at the feet of the 100 advisors who subscribe to active managing of portfolios.

RIAs who trade very much seek to know more at a mile-high NAAIM Conference
The 24-year-old group makes its first dedicated market hire and continues to demand respect

Thursday 5.2.13
Jack Bogle was lending his experience and reputation to Advizent.

Jack Bogle steps aside as senior standards chairman at Advizent
The Vanguard legend reportedly had competing interests for his time

Friday 12.28.12
Walt Bettinger: They’re not in response to something else that someone has said.

Walt Bettinger strikes back to show that Charles Schwab won't be bested in the brewing ETF price war
The Schwab CEO says that moves are permanent and that ETFs are not a loss-leader for his firm

Friday 9.21.12
Joe Masterson: It's always bugged me that passive investors weren't paying their fair share.

RIAs join move to right a 401(k) wrong: Lopsided plan expenses -- a non-DOL issue
Participants using mutual funds with active management pay for their passively managed brethren; with fiduciary issues being taken for real, this is a problem

Thursday 9.20.12
Michael Brown: When you hit those milestones, it causes you to reflect.

Why making partner at Deloitte Touche helped convince a CPA to join a $2 billion DFA RIA 2,300 miles away
After Michael Brown earned CPA nirvana he realized what he really wanted to do -- become an IA

Friday 8.10.12
Ken Weber says he knows Fidelity funds better than the company's reps.

How two RIAs succeed by using only Fidelity funds -- but not without weathering criticism about closing their own architecture
The heads of Weber Asset Management are unfazed by peers and analysts who says they are taking brand loyalty too far

Monday 7.30.12
Rick Meigs: These plans are knowledgeable, well-informed and have sufficient leverage to compel change.

What led to Vanguard allowing its 401(k) plan sponsors to shop around for non-Vanguard target-date funds
Despite the new choices available to plan sponsors, Vanguard believes clients won't stray -- but industry observers are not so sure

Tuesday 6.5.12
David Gaskin: It was time to move on.

A 17-year Vanguard veteran seeking new horizons lands at a Philly RIA with big plans
Wescott Financial brings on David Gaskin as COO with plans to add to it advisors, offices and $1.6 billion of assets

Wednesday 5.2.12
Larry Steinberg: The simple fact is that there is no way to even break even on a $200 per month (contribution) RIA account.

Two advisors debate the financial viability of serving as a fiduciary to small accounts amid DOL's new rules
Larry Steinberg expresses big doubts but Jeff McClure sees advisors wedging in like Ace Hardware amid Home Depot and Lowe's

Friday 3.30.12
Mike Harger: What we’re hearing is, 'We like your commitment to the marketplace.'

Fidelity reports 57% boost in 401(k) sales as it sets its sights on smaller plans and advisors
Heading downmarket, the Boston-based firm is trying to muscle in on boutique providers

Wednesday 2.29.12
David Loeper: The '68 convertible wasn't [the biggest] priority for the client but when he was overfunded, we told him to go buy it. Then we found one for him.

Four on the floor: Items of interest to RIAs this week
Russell defines the RIA-client gap, the latest from Loeper's Wealthcare, Vanguard halves a fund fee and FOX announces a make-your-own-family-office seminar

Thursday 12.8.11
J. Garrett Stevens: You have to be fast in this business. The barriers to entry have been so high for the individual RIA.

New company will allow RIAs to manufacture ETFs
Exchange Traded Concepts hopes that a cheap, simple ETF process will lure mid-sized firms onto the playing field

Tuesday 7.19.11
Christy White: No 401(k) plan provider has succeeded yet in having a top brand and a top service rating..

Fidelity, Vanguard and Schwab have top 401(k) brands but plan sponsors like the service of off-brands better, study shows
In market share wars for retirement plan dollars, big and small brands alike have much to learn

Friday 7.8.11
Sue Thompson: We look at the glass as 92% empty; there’s a whole lot of running left to do.

How BlackRock plans to grow iShares using advisors as one key
The New York powerhouse will focus on helping RIAs that are heavy users to succeed

Wednesday 3.16.11
Matthew Robinson: Even many advisors are bewildered when it comes to choosing among 800 different ETFs.

Would the intern buy an ETF?
After an investigation into ETFs, Matt Robinson, RIABiz's intern from the fall, says he wants the low-stress approach to investing

Wednesday 3.16.11
Bill Gross’ thought leadership may contribute to advisors' feelings of confidence and security.

Why PIMCO's brand is most sterling and Powershares, Vanguard and ProShares are fast-gaining
Emotions of investors need to be addressed in three areas

Tuesday 11.2.10
Matt Judge: We want increased share of wallet.

Relentless TD Ameritrade antes up a killer ETF platform
The number three custodian of RIA assets is finding ways to lead

Tuesday 10.12.10
Tom Lydon, editor of ETFTrends: Advisors starting to invest in ETFs trust Vanguard and likely already have a relationship with the firm.

Coming from behind, Vanguard is gobbling up ETF market share
iShares slip and a new, three-way fight for an expanding pie develops

Wednesday 9.22.10
Craig Watanabe: Adequately servicing 401k plans is a demanding endeavor and we will likely see retirement plan specialists gaining market share.

What Cogent's new study says about where RIAs stand in the 401(k) business
Brokers still dominate most segments but RIAs do well with bigger plans, results of two surveys show

Thursday 6.17.10
Bob Kleiber: Our fees are up front, on the statement every month. Brokers and insurance agents fees are hidden. Sometimes we have to explain that to clients, again.

Fidelity brings its 401(k) muscle to RIAs with new product
The 401(k) giant seeks to do for RIAs what it's done for brokers all along

Wednesday 4.21.10
Ryan Alfred: I would have expected Mr. Utkus to do a little bit more research before reaching this erroneous conclusion

Blog battle: Vanguard 401(k) principal and president of 401(k)-tracker have it out over the Internet
Steve Utkus suggests a flaw in BrightScope's system and Ryan Alfred is having none of it

Friday 3.19.10
Pat Allen: The assumption was that someone would come to your site and take the time to browse it. Oh no, they won’t.

Five changes to expect in social media in 2010
Expect asset managers to play major game of catch-up in modernizing web marketing

Monday 1.4.10

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