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Rajeev Sharan: I function as a market ‘shock absorber’ for clients.

Two 'super RIAs' -- Aspiriant and Salient -- hire risk officers in a sign of what clients value post-2008-'09, post-Madoff
In the post-Madoff era, explicit downside is becoming more important -- and lets Aspiriant justify its $7,500 planning fee better

Sunday 11.24.13
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
Cammie Doder: We want to be super-responsive and empathetic that our industry and our space can be very confusing.

Family offices are facing frustration as 'prima donna' sales stars prove to be in short supply to handle like clients
Assets seem to be growing healthily at family offices but many of the old-school practices are in a bad spot

Friday 5.31.13
Rob Francais: It gets a little easier each time. We learn how to do it more effectively.

Aspiriant sets the stage for its next big buy -- and only RIAs with more than $1 billion in assets need apply
Now that the $7-billion Los Angeles firm has digested Deloitte, its executive M&A team ponders its next move

Tuesday 3.5.13
Aaron Klein: I'm hoping that our entire industry will rise up and throw the idea of selling IPOs and derivatives to grandmothers under the bus.

Riskalyze debuts website featuring 'worst' wirehouse portfolios to shock and attract clients
Horror stories abound -- like the 82-year-old widow who has 15% of her holdings in Apple stock and 9% in Facebook

Friday 2.15.13
Schwab says that its RIAs have signaled, finally, a trust in the solidity of the cloud.

Schwab's plan to quickly get 1,750 RIAs off the desktop gets pricing and a pilot
Schwab PortfolioCenter will finally have a cloud option that doesn't take away an advisory firm's control of its data

Friday 10.26.12
Brooke Southall: Roll-ups can look as different as Great Danes and lhasa apsos, but we can all agree that these two breeds are both very much dogs.

Why the term 'roll-up' should stay in the RIA vocabulary
It's a short term packed with tall meaning

Tuesday 10.16.12
Bob Veres engages CEO of Moss Adams Wealth Advisors Rebecca Pomering and Tim Kochis, former CEO of Aspiriant, on issues of scale.

Veres and Bruckenstein lure big RIAs to Denver to discuss getting even bigger
Tim Kochis and the virtual Moss Adams all-stars brought firepower to the 2nd annual Business and Wealth Management Conference

Monday 9.17.12
Rob Francais: I knew they were cut from the same cloth.

Why Deloite Touche talent is such a coveted building block at some esteemed RIAs
The changing challenge of serving the ultra-affluent is demanding skills that look more like Big Four accounting than the four wirehouses

Thursday 8.16.12
Tim Kochis: I winced when I detected a slight tone of condescension in the presentation.

Ex-RIA chief: 'How I learned more in a month as a client than in 20 years as CEO'
Aspiriant's Tim Kochis and his wife experienced firsthand the upsides and downsides of being paying clients

Wednesday 7.25.12
Andrew Russell: It will be a rough couple of years but I think as a nation we'll grow to accept it and be a healthier nation.

RIAs see mostly silver linings in the wake of Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare
As small business owners and financial shepherds of human flocks, accessible and affordable health care is a good thing

Thursday 7.5.12
Brian Shenson: That's a huge pain point for a lot of our clients.

Schwab moves to keep 3,500 desktop-bound RIAs from walking onto somebody else's cloud
Advisors with PortfolioCenter housed on a closet-based server can get on Schwab's titanic servers without giving up years of customization -- and, finally, get data through Schwab from multiple custodians

Tuesday 6.19.12
Tim Kochis: No one should be CEO for life.

Tim Kochis retires, months earlier than scheduled, but also years later than planned
The Aspiriant founder sent an e-mail to fellow employees on April 27th saying he's bolting a little early because of projects he wants to pursue.

Friday 5.11.12
Sandi Bragar: I don't know how they can invest that portfolio without knowing what it's supposed to do.

How RIAs like Aspiriant and United Capital are working to put financial planning back at the center of financial planning firms
It's expensive, hard work, hard to charge for, difficult to deliver and adds real value

Monday 4.23.12
Philip Palaveev: 'Super-ensembles' are the most dangerous competitors to independent firms today.

How a swath of billion-dollar-plus RIAs are posing a threat to indie advisors
Forget the aggregators -- a specific segment of RIAs is gunning for mom-and-pop shops and wirehouses alike

Monday 3.5.12
Rob Francais: You can look at our growth in the last three-and-a-half or four years and say it's off the charts, but it's all been part of a very patient well thought-out process.

How Rob Francais combined two giant RIAs and then added the assets of Deloitte Investment Advisors
Kochis Fitz, Quintile Wealth Management and Deloitte are now $7.2 billion Aspiriant and there are more plans to grow -- carefully

Monday 10.3.11
Mark Tibergien: My goal is to upset you.

Tibergien uses brutal honesty to captivate big Schwab RIAs and others at San Francisco event
The Pershing leader and former Moss Adams star lit into advisors on practice management issues

Friday 6.24.11
Tawn Jacobs: It’s so cool to do these Roth conversions where people don’t owe anything at all.

A tide of Roth conversions sweeps through the advisory business this month
The Bush tax-cut compromise is changing calculations, again

Thursday 12.9.10
Joel Bruckenstein: iRebal is still better technology but Tamarac is 'infinitely better' than it was two years ago.

Tamarac claims what was unthinkable two years ago -- that it is on the same playing field as iRebal for rebalancing software
Tamarac has made leaps, say iRebal loyalists, but it had a long way to go

Friday 7.9.10

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