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Greg Verfaillie: In the conversations I've been having with advisors, it's clear this decision is not going to be made on product or platform; it's about the relationship.

Curian Capital predators position to pounce -- but a few copiously keep their distance to avoid quills
As smaller TAMPs play the finesse game, SEI, AssetMark and Envestnet, with combined $100 billion-plus AUM, see a path to play up their size and scale after the smaller TAMP falters

Monday 8.17.15
Anil Arora: There’s an enormous transformation going on in financial services, and we’re going to accelerate that.

Envestnet buys Yodlee and its treasure trove of 'permissioned' data by selling its vision of the future of financial advice
The Chicago overachiever's deal is its third Silicon Valley acquisition overall, and second this year

Monday 8.10.15
Bill Crager: Financial planning creeps closer to us. We'd like to build or be strategic.

How it is that the new, new thing in financial advice is an old, old thing retreaded and vastly improved
Financial planning software is hot everywhere you look, from the M&A market to the robo pipelines, driven by a reframing of its very reason to exist

Tuesday 4.21.15
Matthew McGinness: A lot of advisors have grown rusty in engaging clients.

Envestnet gets Matt McGinness as it launches an advisor consulting division
The problem for the Chicago outsourcer is that its insourcers are stung by 2008 and operating in suboptimal fashion

Wednesday 4.15.15
Charles Goldman carries on the kind of side conversation that makes the Tiburon CEO Summit wheels spin.

Top RIA takeaways from my trip to New York City and my stop-by at the Tiburon CEO Summit
My trip spanned Midtown (Envestnet), the Flatiron District (Betterment) and Wall Street (periphery of the Tiburon CEO Summit)

Monday 4.13.15
Gib Watson: A lot of these challenges revolve around fragmented data.

Envestnet turns its guns on the 401(k) business
With a 57% stake in a new venture, the Chicago SMA supermarketer tackles a second TAMP gusher

Tuesday 12.9.14
Bill Crager: We will leverage our core competency of converting large books of business.

After years of working to stand on its own two feet, Placemark staggers into the arms of Envestnet
The future looked nova-bright in 2006 when Smith Barney labelled the Dallas-based advisor, but since then the UMA specialist has fallen short of expectations

Thursday 7.3.14
Stuart DePina of Tamarac is Envestnet's RIA connection

Observations on the Envestnet Advisor Summit from the carsick seat of a Chicago taxi cab
Brian Hamburger relayed his thoughts on 36 hours at Jud Bergman's 'house' on the way to the airport

Friday 5.16.14
Bill Crager: We're not going to be a robo advisor. We're not going direct to consumers.

Bill Crager: I've got your back against the attack of the killer robo-advisors
Bringing the wood at the Envestnet Advisor Summit, the president allows that online advisors are crackerjack at providing account views 24-7 but human advisors can close that gap

Friday 5.16.14
Roger Paradisio: I think model delivery is early enough in its world—it's only been going on for so many years and it's small enough that we can contain it now.

How Envestnet is taking its stranglehold on money-managers-to-IBD reps distribution to a much wider channel base of financial advisors
The Chicago-based giant will use standards, critical mass, manager relations, folio technology and a special MMI blessing to cut costs and hassles in a way that shift the cost paradigm

Monday 3.17.14
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
Stuart DePina: They wanted to find a reach into the RIA channel and they placed their bet on Tamarac to make that happen.

Envestnet struts upmarket stuff by signing a $1.5-billion, a $3.3-billion, a $2.3-billion and a $4-billion RIA to big technology deals
Post-Tamarac acquisition and bolstering, the Chicago-based king of SMAs to IBDs poached accounts from the likes of The Colony Group, Henssler Financial, Laird Norton, RegentAtlantic from legacy RIA providers

Monday 11.25.13
Bill Crager: New chapter, full speed.

Envestnet goes back to its un-marketing marketing approach as Marion Asnes (mostly) leaves and her CMO spot gets deleted
On fire, Envestnet will still 'market' through conferences, advertisements and the like but with a more decentralized command structure

Tuesday 9.10.13
Bill Crager: The content race will be on and we'll open up a whole new competitive landscape for asset management.

Having won advisor assets, Envestnet's next -- more Google-like -- play is for their smarts
The Chicago outsourcer will soak up and synthesize information from 23,000 advisors and distribute it in real time in an effort to create one big giant brain out of an atomized industry

Friday 5.10.13
Sallie Krawcheck: I worry our industry will become the Republican party -- with middle-age white guys talking to middle-age white guys, saying that we need to change.

At Envestnet event, Sallie Krawcheck alludes to Crager alliance, blasts women-as-niche marketers and edges perhaps closer to endorsing the RIA model
The former wirehouse exec is satisfied with her own 'gal about town' status but not 'Republican' tendencies of financial advisors

Tuesday 5.7.13
Jud Bergman: Many of them have experienced an ah-ha moment. That's the moment that all pioneers love. (Photo courtesy of Tiburon Strategic Advisors)

Envestnet breaks out ENV2 to oohs, aahs and a few groans at its bust-out event in Chicago
After years of cobbling on capabilities, the TAMP streamlined and made tablet-compatible its web presence, though not to pure approbation

Thursday 5.2.13
Adam Birenbaum: We fundamentally believe that a group will emerge as a large practice that will compete against the wirehouses.

Top 5 most influential RIA figures of 2012 going into 2013
Putting their own capital -- and that of trusting others -- into their own edge-cutting ideas, these guys plow ahead with smiles on their faces

Wednesday 3.13.13
All roads led to Silicon Valley as technology firms serving the financial advisory industry found their groove.

Top 12 crucial technology happenings affecting RIAs in 2012, Part 2
Silicon Valley woke up to the potential RIA business, a phenomenon perhaps best embodied by the meteoric rise of one youth-fueled venture -- and our No. 1 pick on this list

Tuesday 1.22.13
Shirl Penney: We're keeping the numbers small.

Dynasty Financial turns two, picks a new long-term goal and shows off $2 billion of SMA assets
The New York corner-office outsourcer guys leave plenty of room to grow but will never have Smith Barney numbers

Monday 12.17.12
Todd Thomson lives on an evacuated island but decided to stay with neighbors and depend on generators.

How RIA business players in New York are roughing it through Hurricane Sandy
Principals at Dynasty, Envestnet and AppCrown are engaging in guerrilla tactics to brave near-impossible business conditions

Wednesday 10.31.12
Alex Potts: It's the biggest investment we've ever taken on.

With help from Envestnet and a former Genworth technology whiz, Loring Ward is revamping its TAMP platform
The San Jose firm is counting on competitors and former talent of competitors to make sure it spends its millions efficiently

Tuesday 5.8.12
Stuart DePina: Right after the deal was announced, we signed a $10 billion RIA who wasn't an Envestnet client.

As it closes its $54-million purchase of Tamarac, Envestnet details plans to deploy $7 million worth of retention incentives
The big outsourcer says it wants Tamarac's execs to stay aboard -- and not just for the a few months

Thursday 5.3.12
John Coyne: It wasn't that we had a problem with performance. The industry had a problem with performance.

With formerly hot TAMP category hitting a cold patch, Envestnet stays on a roll
Genworth had great annual results but hit an asset-gathering wall this summer; Brinker, a dark horse, makes solid showing

Friday 3.9.12
Bill Crager: I think advisors are going to want something more end to end...we think that's going to be a competitive difference.

Can the new Envestnet-Tamarac Godzilla take on the Advent-Black Diamond King Kong?
Tamarac has trusted relationships with several hundred RIA firms who might like outsourced investments on their dashboard

Tuesday 2.21.12
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
Bill Crager: So many advisors dialed in. We realized there was great demand for timely information and analysis that was easily accessible.

With fear ruling the markets, Envestnet makes a temporary conference series into a semi-permanent one
The Chicago company is also opening the call to any advisor - regardless of whether they do business with its TAMP

Tuesday 9.27.11
Scott Welch says his company's success can be attributed to putting manager research and reporting under one roof.

How Fortigent got $50 billion on its platform by treating an RIA pain-point
The Rockville, Md.-based company was early in the high-end of the market but other outsourcers are catching on

Monday 9.12.11
Brandon Thomas: Some clients say I don't care what my original target allocation is  - I want risk off the table.

100 advisors convene with Envestnet's Crager and Stategas' Rissmiller to share strategies for managing the market turmoil
Some clients are doubling down on equities

Thursday 8.11.11
Jim Lumberg: Our ambition is to become the leading provider of aggregation performance reporting and billing solutions in the marketplace, and we’re investing accordingly.

Envestnet unbundles portfolio management software for RIAs and it won't be a sideshow
The Chicago firm serves 19,000 TAMP clients with technology, now it wants to take on Advent/Black Diamond

Wednesday 7.6.11
Gurinder Ahluwalia : We’re Trader Joe’s and they’re WalMart.

TAMP assets came easily to Genworth, Envestnet and Loring Ward in 2010 and the fourth quarter sizzled
Giant SEI had a big turnaround but ended on a down quarter

Thursday 3.10.11
Bill Crager of Envestnet: "There was a lot of momentum toward the fiduciary standard. Now the implications find their way throughout the industry."

(Updated) Groundbreaking SEC study would smash old regulatory system, creating fiduciary brokers and more regulated advisors
Controversy and conflict emerge as SIFMA, Schwab and others begin to react

Monday 1.24.11
Ron Fiske: Bachelorhood is overrated.

(Updated) Ron Fiske comes aboard at Envestnet as company unveils its grander technology vision
The former high-level advisory exec at Fidelity will sit at the right hand of Bill Crager and court RIA custodians

Monday 11.29.10
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
Marion Asnes: I want to be in a world that’s growing, and Envestnet is in a market that’s spectacularly growing.

(Updated) Envestnet hires Marion Asnes to tackle its marketing challenge
Financial Planning's editor-in-chief seeks to make the outsourcer's 'subtle' attributes 'explicit'

Monday 11.1.10
Bill Crager: There's real business happening in the RIA market.

[Updated] 10 reasons why the Envestnet IPO filing is for real
The platform giant has a monopolistic position and the opportunity to pull away

Thursday 7.29.10
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
Bill Crager: We do have a very large presence in the broker-dealer market, but most of the fiduciary work we've built will be delivered to the RIA market initially.

Envestnet is honing its business model -- and message -- as it drives toward an IPO
The giant product clearinghouse is recasting itself as a purveyor of fiduciary process

Wednesday 6.30.10
Mike Apker: We want advisors to think of us as a full outsourcing partner.

Envestnet buys a company to gain an edge with Schwab RIAs
The big TAMP's purchase is a move toward more generalized outsourcing

Monday 6.14.10

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