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Being heedless of competitors is dangerous but crying wolf has its own perils.

Why Joe Duran is dead wrong on 2015 marking the end of the Golden Era of the RIA
The serial entrepeneur's column in InvestmentNews forgets that RIAs are also advancing and that the 'new competitors' carry baggage and have fatal shortcomings

Monday 9.15.14
Steve Foldes: This creates a big win for me.

How Steve Foldes merged his $600-million RIA with mentor (and former advisor) Harold Evensky creating a $1.5 billion Florida behemoth
The former sandal magnate got rich at 35, became an Evensky client, a rival and now a partner

Thursday 6.19.14
Departed Schwab retail advisors protested the firm's termination policies on the first day of IMPACT.

Schwab IMPACT 2013 is another great bash but picketers and Fidelity siphoned off some precious RIA attention
Attendees were greeted by disgruntled ex-Schwab advisors chanting 'Find out how Schwab terminates' and Fidelity's RIA campaign jumped out at you on every sidewalk

Thursday 11.14.13
Lon Morton: They knew it wasn't a discussion we were interested in having.

Lon Morton shows how to sell to a bank and live happily ever after -- but don't try this at home
Morton Capital weathered five years of rough seas but ultimately the misfortunes of its original bank owners accrued to his benefit

Thursday 10.31.13
Stephen Janachowski: Partnerships are harder than marriages.

With cash and grace, Brouwer & Janachowski attracts another $100 million firm by creating a never-say-retirement home for older RIAs
Using Seton Smoke deal as a template, the $1.1 billion RIA adds a firm helmed by a local 68-year-old

Tuesday 9.17.13
Mark Hurley: The goal for us is not to build up and flip.

After more than two years of radio silence, Mark Hurley pings with a stake-taking in an under-the-radar RIA
The writer of firebrand reports describes his own company as 'boring' -- questionably -- but lately has lived up to his billing

Friday 8.23.13
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
David DeVoe: We should be seeing over 100 external sales a year – nearly two times what we are seeing in actual transactions.

Schwab 2013 RIA M&A data show hope but also futility
David DeVoe and Mark Hurley weigh in on just exactly what is and isn't working

Friday 5.3.13
Mark Hurley: The middle ground [of tweeners] is going to go away and there's a staggering amount of opportunity.

Mark Hurley drops a new wealth management prognosis on the industry with a zero-sum flavor
With the best clients aging, RIA business will be shaped by how about 2,000 'tweener' firms react to fast-deteriorating business conditions

Monday 4.29.13
David DeVoe: Literally hundred of firms need to be sold over the next several years -– just to solve for succession.

The RIA M&A market continues to be a no-show, though 2012 pace is ahead of 2011
Only the roll-ups seem to have the focus, knowledge, capital and deadly intent to get results in this market

Tuesday 10.23.12
David Selig: I’ve had numerous confidential conversations with other large RIAs who are considering buying themselves back from holding companies.

RIAs reveal their M&A war stories with 200 Schwab IMPACT attendees
Panelists discuss pitfalls to avoid if you're thinking of selling your RIA

Monday 11.7.11
David Canter is bringing an open architecture approach to assimilating intellectual capital at Fidelity.

Fidelity gives its execs a one-day crash course in RIA practice management
As a harbinger of a bigger initiative, the financial services giant called Mssrs. Skiles, Welling, Hurley and Rogers to a room in Boston

Monday 10.31.11
Michael Nathanson: If there is no IPO, we'd still be comfortable holding shares.

A look inside Focus Financial's big deal with The Colony Group
The Boston RIA put the big New York aggregator under a microscope and used high-end lawyers and investment bankers for added vetting

Friday 9.23.11
Mark Hurley: While we had little doubt that many people would disagree with our conclusions, we tried to be brutally candid about what our research found.

Mark Hurley's comeback to Veres: Fiduciary Network is investing millions in wealth management businesses -- it's just that few in the industry make the grade
Veres has 'concocted' a conflict-of-interest, says Hurley

Monday 4.4.11
Bob Veres: My own view of the future is that  there won't be very many sales to lending institutions or roll-ups.

Bob Veres' level-headed response to Mark Hurley on valuation
Conflicts of interest are culprits in the extreme positions being taken in the debate, he says

Monday 3.28.11
Mark Hurley: Wealth management firm operating margins are under assault from accelerating non-owner compensation, the single largest cost in the wealth manager economic model.

Mark Hurley takes on Bob Veres in round two of the valuation debate
Veres 'fanned the flames' but didn't account for certain key points, like the rising cost of labor and the expense of winning new clients, says Hurley

Wednesday 3.23.11
Dan Silver: The goal is to form one of the top firms in the country

E*TRADE unwinds its RIA roll-up, and a giant RIA rises in the Boston burbs
Mark Hurley chips in the cash and Liz Nesvold sells Kobren for a second time

Monday 3.21.11
Bob Veres: Hurley overlooks a key ingredient: growth.

Bob Veres adds his bottom line to valuation debate started by Mark Hurley
If you build it, what will they buy it for?

Tuesday 3.15.11
RIAs continue to rise above the landscape and capture notice from across constituencies

What happened in June shows that RIA fortunes stayed on the rise
The giant legislative victory was a landmark for RIAs but much more happened as Spring turned to Summer

Friday 7.2.10
Timothy Welsh: The competition between custodians means that even if advisors don’t invest in technology, their custodians will, providing advisors with the horsepower, efficiencies, productivity and the scalability to create leverage and value.

Counterpoint to Mark Hurley study: Wealth management firms are in rapid transition
Painting RIAs with a single no-value brush ignores vast technological strides and growth

Thursday 6.17.10
Mark Hurley's new report says building enterprise value is “unattractive and fraught with risk."

What to make of Mark Hurley's latest prophesy that most RIA firms will go out with a whimper
The Fiduciary Network principal sees minimal enterprise value -- and little will to build it -- among 19,000 wealth management firms

Tuesday 6.15.10
David DeVoe: The numbers have slowly crept up in terms of advisors that have these plans in place but we still see situations where folks don’t.

Favorite succession plan of RIAs remains the same: none at all
The biggest impediment to planning is finding a successor

Monday 6.7.10
James Poer: NFP Securities has undergone a vast evolution and now aims to serve a broader market.

With Schwab [and maybe Fidelity] as custody partners, NFP is positioned to make a run at the hybrid market
If NFP IndeSuite catches on, the success could make up for some struggles on the roll-up side of the business

Friday 3.19.10
Jessica Bibliowicz: We acted quickly in a difficult environment. We are now a stronger and more seasoned company.

Bibliowicz's turnaround plan for National Financial Partners includes rolling up RIAs
Publicly traded consolidator sees RIAs deals as a promising avenue of growth and stable earnings

Thursday 2.11.10

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