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Alois Pirker: Innovation is now more of a visionary thing, and an appetite thing, rather than about the monetary angle.

The 6 biggest trends affecting the RIA business
Alois Pirker, Mike Durbin and Meredith Rice help RIABiz paint the Big Picture for private wealth management in the U.S. and beyond

Monday 2.24.14
Mike Durbin: I won't be threatened until one of these folks wakes up and decides to be a custodian or a clearing firm. I don't find that to be a near- or medium-term risk.

Part II: RIA custodians' answer to challenges to their monolithic control: We still have big-time scale advantages
Roll-ups and other mezzanine firms are squeezing RIA custody margins as a value proposition but the big-brand custodians -- and some new ones -- are liking the cards they have to play

Monday 11.11.13
Mark Tibergien in Part II: The balance of power has shifted to advisors, regardless of whether they are on a broker-dealer platform or a custody platform.

Part I: Is the era of the monolithic RIA custodian coming to an end?
RIAs, small custodians, co-ops, study groups, roll-ups, TAMPs, compliance shops, OSJ and IBDs are all chipping away at much of what fit under the roofs of Schwab, Fidelity, TD and Pershing

Friday 11.1.13
Mike Durbin: We will be working very closely with those active clients with less than $15 million to see how we may be able to help them grow their business.

Fidelity's annual $10,000 custody fee will attach to a wider swath of small RIAs
The dinging of the under-$15-million crowd is painful for initiates but a pleasing prospect for competing custodians ready to welcome defectors

Tuesday 9.24.13
The lobby at 315 Summer St. is airy, high-ceilinged, adorned by bright modern art and nobody engaged in conversations qualified in my mind as a dour New Englander.

My day of visiting the Fidelity campus in Boston and what vision and vibe I experienced
There's a Silicon Valley feel of natural light, spread-out buildings and sleeve-rolling that contrast with previous visits

Friday 7.12.13
Mike Durbin: Our attitude is the world is an absolutely enormous place so the overlaps don't bother us at all.

Fidelity reorganizes its advisor business and extrudes a custody unit aimed at outsourcers, roll-ups and TAMPs
The move is the biggest effort yet to wield the combined capacities of National Financial Services and Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services as a single Fidelity weapon

Wednesday 7.10.13
James "Chip" Mahan: If you ask any banker about the SBA, they'll say it's messy with a lot of paperwork and sometimes the SBA won't pay. But we disagree.

Fidelity's M&A program reload looks 'game-changing' after it partners with a middleman to get Uncle Sam to guarantee RIA deals
The piece de resistance is a maverick-owned North Carolina bank with an RIA-savvy ex-Schwabbie and software that fights SBA red tape

Thursday 6.20.13
Mike Durbin (with Sanjiv Mirchandani) says that Abby Johnson signaled her intention to meld the efforts of Fidelity's various business units.

Abby Johnson wins RIA respect by articulating her bold vision for Fidelity's future at the company's Executive Forum
Hillary Clinton gave a great speech in Naples but the chairman's daughter gave a glimpse of her determination to attack channel insularity -- and what kind of a successor she might be

Thursday 5.23.13
Mark Casady: When our same-store sales are up, then recruiting is typically down.

LPL, Raymond James and TD data -- and Walt Bettinger, Mike Durbin comments -- reveal rotten first quarter for breakaways
Mark Casady's explanation is hard to swallow for Danny Sarch, Mindy Diamond; Bettinger inveighs against 'rat trap' of checkbook recruiting; Ryan Shanks says advisors are "numb to the chaos"

Friday 4.26.13
Matthew Tuttle: If I'm trading 100 shares and hold on to them forever, I'll think this is awesome, but for RIAs this is a disaster.

Fidelity quietly imposes an ETF 60-day fee that makes RIAs with trading strategies seethe
Mike Durbin says that Fidelity still has net trading costs on iShares that are pretty unbeatable

Friday 3.15.13
Nicholas Gerber: By working with BlackRock, they gain scale but under their own banner.

Fidelity and BlackRock are cooking up a (de facto) de novo ETF company deep in the Rockies
The Boston giant appears to be renting the iShares first-mover advantage as a way to get big in a hurry

Thursday 3.14.13
Mike Durbin: We feel that the story about ETF investing goes beyond the simple costs and is like an onion, and there are several layers.

How Fidelity is locking arms with BlackRock and appealing to RIAs to fend off a Schwab ETF threat
The Boston and New York giants are seeking a big win by offering greater value through greater liquidity on the distribition side -- while quietly partnering on ETF-making in the fund factory

Thursday 3.14.13
Mike Durbin: We can't take somebody by the scruff of the neck but we can be much more methodical.

Viewing RIAs in a new light, Fidelity Institutional shifts from a top-down to a bottom-up emphasis to serve them
A couple of counterintuitive findings in a big study are part of Mike Durbin's more methodical approach to practice management

Wednesday 2.13.13
Mike Durbin is not shy about going and getting top sales talent from competitors large and small.

Power shift in Fidelity's RIA sales: Scott Dell'Orfano is out; Rich Policastro defects from Schwab
Bob Oros has his hands full as the Fidelity sales effort gains more of a Schwab presence and feel

Wednesday 12.12.12
Mike Durbin: We've stabilized this foundation.

Fidelity to play midwife to RIAs-in-the-making now that WealthCentral is firmly on its feet
Fidelity RIA execs envision a post-WealthCentral landscape that incudes marketing consultations, strategic planning sessions and M&A facilitation

Friday 10.19.12
Jim Dario developed respect for TD Ameritrade over the years as a competitor.

What's up with Jim Dario making the leap from Pershing to TD Ameritrade
The former Fidelity star -- and an almost star in 'Jaws' -- made an intra-Jersey City move but actually never left Boston

Wednesday 9.5.12
Bill Dwyer gave a high-energy speech predicting 500% asset growth among independents as 401(k)s roll over.

What went down at Barron's Top Independent Advisors Summit in the Arizona desert
Many of the biggest and best RIA stars showed up and put Bernie Clark, Mike Durbin, Tom Nally, Mark Tibergien, Bill Dwyer, Charles Goldman and Barnaby Grist in one room

Monday 3.26.12
Ed O'Brien says CRM is an appropriate hub for an advisor system of technology under certain circumstances.

As WealthCentral surpasses 2,000 users, Ed O'Brien responds to questions about Fidelity's technology system at T3
The head of Fidelity's RIA tech efforts says that the technology is a good fit for breakaways

Thursday 2.23.12
John Beirne: It was really traumatic to go to my manager's office and resign.

A $2 billion, 69-year-old Merrill Lynch advisor passes up the gold watch in favor of breaking away
Fearing the loss of massive public accounts, John Beirne swallowed the idea of independence with help from Focus Financial

Thursday 2.16.12
Tom Bradley has achieved impressive results by not taking life too seriously.

What Tom Bradley's 25-year reign at TD Ameritrade says about the RIA business
People in this industry can be themselves while prospering and inventing a profession

Monday 2.6.12
Scott D'Alessandro left Fidelity last month as part of Fidelity's realigning of its sales efforts.

As Fidelity disassembles powerhouse sales team aimed at major RIAs a top talent departs
Scott D'Alessandro's position was a casualty of Fido's new regional approach that worked so well that the last vestige of the old system was eliminated

Thursday 2.2.12
Mike Durbin: Now we can say: Here's the data.

Fidelity dissects the breakaway cycle with a new study
On average it's a seven-month process, and many advisors admit that they are winging it

Wednesday 2.1.12
Bob Oros resigned from Trust Company of America on Jan. 17.

Fidelity hires Bob Oros as its new RIA sales chief
The Schwab and LPL veteran leaves Trust Company of America and fills a void left by Scott Dell'Orfano

Friday 1.27.12
Andrew Salesky: We're very optimistic with the ability to build this model.

The 10 most influential figures in the RIA business going into 2012
The RIA power elite: Part 1 of 2

Tuesday 1.3.12
Mike Durbin: We want to have the largest clients with the most assets. We're going after the largest teams and getting them.

Mike Durbin is putting his stamp on Fidelity as an RIA custodian for asset-flush breakaways
The leader is working to improve its customer services as the custodian pours big bucks into upgrading its tech offerings

Tuesday 10.25.11
Scott Dell'Orfano is one of a long line of Fidelity executives internally drafted into new positions.

Fidelity is shopping for new head of sales after Scott Dell’Orfano is tapped for semi-secret mission
Dell'Orfano and his team are developing product services and technology the better to lure major RIAs

Wednesday 10.19.11
Tim Oden: The amount of due diligence they're conducting is so deep. I just can't imagine they'd go to that trouble to just kick the tires.

Breakaway Movement II is kicking in, say Schwab and Fidelity execs
Spurred by waning wirehouse retention packages, a wave of advisors are poised to jump ship in 2012

Wednesday 8.10.11
Michael Durbin: It may seem elegant and easy to take a check and walk across the street, but it’s important to spend the time to get to the right destination.

Fidelity study: Breakaway RIAs could pocket millions in after-tax profits
Dazzling wirehouse retainer deals are nice but going it alone can pay much, much better after taxes get figured in

Tuesday 6.7.11
Trevor Norton needs no introduction at Fidelity.

Fidelity nabs a top LPL RIA executive for new ultra-affluent unit
Trevor Norton will lead Fidelity's drive to bring white glove services to giant clients of RIAs

Thursday 5.5.11
Bernie Clark: Why would you claim the middle ground of being a quasi-employee (at an IBD) with a lesser brand name?

Virtually all big IBD reps covet the independent RIA life, Schwab study says
Schwab's Bernie Clark and TD's Tom Nally see IBD reps undergoing a palpable mood switch, but Fidelity's Mike Durbin and Pershing's Mark Tibergien are unconvinced

Tuesday 3.29.11
Scott Dell'Orfano: The average is well up from what we saw at this time last year

Big advisors drive solid year for breakaway wins at Schwab, Fidelity, Pershing and TD
Aggregators drive momentum in 2011

Thursday 1.27.11
Chuck Bean: When I was a little fish, I relied heavily on the broker-dealer.

IBD reps are new wave of breakaways to the RIA channel, say some recruiters and custodians
Schwab has a 45% jump in IBD teams in 2010; others see a similar trend

Monday 1.24.11
Maggie Serravalli is stamping out bifurcation in her new role as Fidelity's service czar.

Fidelity unveils latest effort to make its advisor-servicing silos work as a single unit for hybrids
Pershing still believes it has an edge in seamless service because of NetX360

Wednesday 12.8.10
Nick Georgis:  We do not support a SRO for the RIA industry. Schwab has had conversations with SEC staff to share this point of view.

Custodians defend their records in having RIA backs in battles for the fiduciary standard and against FINRA takeover
TD Ameritrade has publicly made some regulatory efforts for advisors and other say they mostly do it behind the scenes

Tuesday 11.23.10
Bill Crager: Not having technology integrated is like leaving the windows open in New York in winter.

Envestnet's Crager and Fidelity's Durbin both say soon-to-be-realized scale advantages will bring more wirehouse assets into play
Their executive speeches at MarketCounsel Member Summit admit current shortcomings

Monday 11.22.10
Mike Durbin: RIAs have come a long way.

Fidelity arms its RIAs for battle with white-glove brands
Pershing and Schwab are also angling for advisors game to bag some mega-clients

Monday 10.25.10
Mike Durbin: We’ve very comfortable with the move but as you might imagine, advisors have reacted negatively.

Fidelity will soon charge a big fee to small advisors
Boston-based custodian is on service crusade and economics need to work

Friday 9.24.10
Michael Lee: If our systems are playing well with the custodian, we don’t want to fix what’s not broken.

Fidelity Institutional and Black Diamond tie the knot through WealthCentral
The companies promise 'bi-directional' integration

Thursday 9.23.10
John Meunier: Evidence that the great migration among advisors is over is the fact that, on average, advisors’ satisfaction with their firm is up 15% over last year, with the biggest uptick noted among the national wirehouse representatives.

Finding greater advisor satisfaction at the wirehouses, Cogent study concludes the breakaway surge is over
For the first time in history, the majority of advisory compensation comes from fees; plus 9 other findings from one of the year's most ambitious surveys

Wednesday 9.1.10
Mike Durbin: WealthCentral eliminates a major difficulty in breaking away

Fidelity wins converts to WealthCentral, but most of its advisors have yet to make the switch
The giant technology project is behind Fidelity's schedule but ahead of one analyst's expectations

Tuesday 8.31.10
Craig Gordon: We have 2,400 in-house advisors. It would be very different if I told you it was 24,000. The commitment in that channel would be too big to disrupt..

Royal Bank of Canada is hustling to become an RIA custody force
RBC Advisor Services weaves together RIA businesses of old Dain Rauscher and old Bear Stearns

Monday 5.24.10
Abigail Johnson stood in Monday morning and addressed the high executive turnover issue

Postscript to the Fidelity Executive Forum article: The RIA perspective
Abigail Johnson sent the right message with her presence and her speech, advisors say

Thursday 5.20.10
Ned Johnson led a charge of top execs and board members who gave advisors their attention in Naples

What happened at Fidelity's RIA conference this year
The presence of Ned Johnson and George W. Bush lent gravitas to the annual event

Tuesday 5.18.10
Barron's Top 100 advisors paid for their own Ritz-Carlton rooms but didn't seem to mind

Enthusiasm simmers in the wake of the by-invite-only Barron's Top 100 conference
The purity of the all-independent crowd was palpable, powerful for attendees

Monday 4.26.10
Mike Durbin: Fidelity's investment management heritage and capital markets resources are unique qualities among custodians

Fidelity plows ahead in the RIA business with overhauls of service, technology and management
Stagnant for more than a decade, the Boston-based RIA custodian has become a cauldron of dynamic change in last few years

Tuesday 3.30.10
Mike Durbin authored a memo detailing a major changes to Fidelity's RIA business

Fidelity reorganizes its RIA business
Mike Durbin folds sales and relationship management together and two veterans depart

Wednesday 3.10.10
Charles Goldman: Because this industry is filled with so many wonderful people, I truly believe that the best is yet to come.

Postscript to the story of Charles Goldman parting ways with Fidelity Investments
Many people are still coming to grips with the quick split of the attractive couple

Thursday 2.11.10
Mike Durbin: "I think Fidelity has done the best job of speaking the language of the breakaway."

Focus shifts to Durbin at Fidelity as Goldman prepares to depart
With Goldman leaving, president of Fidelity Institutional will demonstrate his own brand of leadership

Wednesday 1.27.10
Rodger Lawson let his spending do the talking when it came to RIAs

Rodger Lawson was a silent champion of RIAs at Fidelity and now he's going: What's next?
FMR's president gave nearly carte blanche spending to the RIA initiative at Fidelity

Thursday 1.21.10
Bernie Clark: We’ll continue to build the connectivity that will make it better

A giant is awakening in the hybrid RIA market
Schwab vows to spend big in 2010 and 2011 on better connections to IBDs

Thursday 1.14.10
Charles Goldman: Service and knowledge of clients’ accounts is not the place to skim.

Goldman aims to make red carpet service for RIAs universal at Fidelity Investments
Boston investing giant is showering tip-top clients in service but it won't stop there, advisor exec says

Tuesday 11.24.09
Sean Cook: Fidelity's cuts are a validating symbol of the company's willingness to take alternative investments

One notable Fidelity price cut may enliven conversation, advisors say
Cut of alternative investment custody fees is symbolic to key Schwab advisors

Thursday 9.10.09
Fidelity cuts come two months after Schwab's and go further

Fidelity's Durbin debuts with strategic price cuts
Head of RIA unit wants to eliminate obstacles to winning business

Thursday 9.10.09

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