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What FPA's chief sponsor MetLife pays isn't peanuts but Snoopy is.

An advertiser's-eye view of what the new-look FPA looked like in Seattle
The Denver-based association showed signs of diminished draw but mostly offset by a stunning presence of youth and start-up exhibitors

Wednesday 9.24.14
Lauren Schadle: Nothing has changed to accommodate MetLife.

The FPA is now brought to you by MetLife, for better or worse
The insurer's cash is the good news but some see it as tainted money

Wednesday 4.23.14
Lauren Schadle: We need to go back to our roots with a laser-like focus for why FPA was created in the first place -- and that is to support the CFP professional.

Lauren Schadle shows mettle as FPA stakes out turf in skirmish with CFP Board at its national conference in Orlando
Despite a no-show Phyllis Borzi, the FPA Experience was a substance-filled event in which the organization sought to redefine and reclaim its soul

Tuesday 10.22.13
Ron Rhoades: Shouldn't the phrase: 'member, FINRA' be viewed like the warnings on cigarette packages -- i.e., as a consumer warning sign?

FINRA's scandalous litany of failures and its efforts to redefine the true fiduciary standard out of existence
Our one-man think tank continues his scathing indictment of the SRO's disingenuous and downright fraudulent practices

Wednesday 7.17.13
Dan Sievert and Greg Friedman, who noted:I am basically the poster child for every problem in our industry.

The FPA NorCal Conference burnishes its little-gem image with big RIAs and other advisory progressives
700 people pow-wowed at The (respendent) Palace of San Francisco and none of their activity escaped the Tim Welsh watchful eye

Thursday 5.30.13
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
Can RIAs do TED? George Tamer gives it a go.

How the FPA sexed up its 2013 Business Solutions Conference
One session was so successful that the attendees wouldn't let it end -- surely a conference first, our correspondent believes

Monday 3.11.13
Kelli Cruz: There's a lot of: What am I going to be when I grow up?

Kelli Cruz and Jennifer Specter leave consulting unit at InvestmentNews for new 'come-to-Jesus' venture
The departures mark some big changes at IN away from consulting to advisors

Wednesday 1.16.13
Jack Waymire: It is hard for me to believe a CPA/PFS with 10 years' planning experience is any less qualified compared with a CFP with the same amount of experience.

Opinion: Why NAPFA's CFP-only approach is a slap in the face of many financial advisors
In the alphabet soup of designations for advisors are many legitimate practitioners whom the association's new policy will shut out

Friday 12.21.12
Kevin Keller: We are business-model- and compensation-neutral, but all CFP professionals are required to put client interests ahead of their own.

The once underrespected CFP gets a lift after Merrill Lynch and now NAPFA make it central for newbies
Still, CFP certificants shoot down the idea of making the CEO credits requirements even harder, and fiduciary concerns linger

Wednesday 12.5.12
Ron Rhoades: I can assure you that I am doing fine.

Ron Rhoades: Staying on at NAPFA would have given ammunition to RIA industry foes
Shocked industry advocates are conflicted as to whether Rhoades should have stayed the course; in another industry shakeup, FPA's Marvin W. Tuttle announces he will step down

Tuesday 8.21.12
In the heart of the SF financial district, the FPA uses The Palace to pull of one of the best regional events on the RIA calendar

At FPA's Norcal event, wary advisors are told how to stop worrying and love the cloud
RIABiz' editor storms The Palace at the San Fran conference, listens in on tech chiefs soothing mobile angst and checks out the after-party in an old-time saloon

Tuesday 6.5.12
Ron Rhoades: "Suitability" is a failed doctrine. FINRA itself is a colossal failure, by any measure.

An in-depth analysis of FINRA's attempted takeover of RIAs and why the group should be disbanded, Part 2
FINRA's aim is to stamp out small RIAs that compete with its large Wall Street firms. Don't let it happen, pleads NAPFA's new chairman

Thursday 5.31.12
Ron Rhoades: FINRA was already an expert at protecting its large Wall Street firms from competition.

Why FINRA's power grab for RIAs needs to be stopped to avert the death of the profession, Part 1
Looking back from the year 2025, the author recounts how FINRA seized regulatory control and crushed the life out the once-thriving RIA channel

Wednesday 5.30.12
Brent Burns: A lot of people were talking about psychology and a lot of advisors are eager for that sort of training.

FPA Retreat 2012 shines spotlight on the emotional and psychological dynamics between advisor and client
The 400 advisors on hand seemed eager discover ways to make the advisor-client process more meaningful

Friday 5.18.12
Karen Nystrom: This proposed bill is a big deal to advisors...We hold out hope that our message will be heard.

Avoiding FINRA oversight may depend on talking sense to an options-trading House Republican
Spencer Bachus, known to expertly trade options for his own account, seems to be down with what transactions-based advisors like

Thursday 4.26.12
Philip Chao: The fiduciary standard should not be reserved for the affluent America.

Why it's not OK that NAPFA and FPA agree with FSI about relaxed accountability for holders of IRAs
There is no 'suitability' America and 'fiduciary' America

Monday 4.2.12
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
Susan John: It appears we may be on the same page for once. This is just one of those odd circumstances.

As DOL contemplates stiff fiduciary-related penalties on advisors, NAPFA and FPA find rare concord with FSI
The more RIA-focused groups agree with the IBD trade group that holders of smaller IRA accounts will not be able to pay for advice under new rules

Thursday 3.22.12
The FPA put on a humble but eye-opening event in Burlingame, Calif., this week.

A reporter empties his notebook after attending FPA's Business Solutions event
Marty Kurtz lets crowd in on peer review plan, big custodians square off on tech and Eric Clarke yields interesting thoughts in a one-on-one interview

Thursday 3.8.12
Michael Branham: I'm passionate about getting the younger generation entrenched into the profession.

FPA chooses president-elect with the seasoning of young advisors in mind
Michael Branham says firms should set up medical-residency-like programs for young planners

Wednesday 11.23.11
Brooke Southall: The RIA business needs to be alert to the danger of becoming something uncomfortably similar to the world of banks, brokerages and trust companies that it is trying to reinvent.

Nine threats to the RIA business and how they can be avoided
The fragmented 13,000-firm army is poised for great things but too much focus on expediency could bring its own problems

Monday 11.14.11
Duane Thompson says FINRA is keener than ever to regulate RIAs considering the waves of money flowing from the B-D to the fee-only side.

RIAs and B-Ds don't mix, says Duane Thompson at MarketCounsel Summit 2011
TD's Tom Bradley delivers a caffeine jolt of good news about the growth of the RIA channel

Tuesday 10.18.11
Brian Hamburger, founder of MarketCounsel's Member Summit 2011, expects 200 advisors with between $100 million and $1 billion in assets

MarketCounsel, CFDD, T3 and Schwab vie for advisors to attend their fall conferences
As competition for RIA time and money grows, many events are catering to more defined niches

Monday 9.26.11
Frank Noto saw no sun in San Diego as the FPA conference warmed to its task.

An advertiser's-eye view from among the booths of the FPA convention's exhibit hall
Technology companies, Chubb, TD Ameritrade and BrightScope get special notice

Sunday 9.18.11
Ron Rhoades: Public policy concerns may well influence the outcome of the Wealthcare vs. UBS litigation.

Legal analysis: The chances that Wealthcare beats UBS or upends the financial planning community
The patent lawsuit could have real consequences for financial advisors

Thursday 8.11.11
Neel Kashkari: The TARP chief believes that unchecked government entitlements could lead to bankruptcy.

Eavesdropping on a well-kept secret: the FPA NorCal event
Neel Kashkari, Michael Lewis, Bob Veres and a few others took a local event to a new level

Tuesday 6.7.11
Kevin Keller: We do not want to be a regulator. Our role is setting standards, and our role is most appropriate as it is.

(Updated) What’s behind the CFP Board’s big fee increase
'Category-killer' is in the eviable position of controlling a mark that many advisors think is essential

Thursday 4.14.11
Timothy Welsh: The latest mobile financial planning applications from Finance Logix and innovative email marketing tools from Boulevard R were among the coolest developments at the conference.

Eavesdropping on the FPA Business Solutions conference: Mobile apps, web-based marketing -- and how you can make the most of the connected world
At the conference-within-a-conference, advisors explored a tech ecosystem

Monday 3.7.11
Brian Hamburger: The SEC is lining up the facts so that later the conclusion becomes obvious (it can’t regulate advisors with current resources). ... It’s genius, what they’re looking to do, but it’s incredibly transparent.

The RIABiz list of winners and losers in the wake of the SEC's fiduciary study
The race is on as laggards adapt to new vision of the future

Friday 1.28.11
Mary Schapiro:A fiduciary owes its customers and clients more than mere honesty and good faith alone.

How 10 top groups define 'fiduciary'
Obama administration, SEC, FINRA, FPA, fi360, U.S. Supreme Court and SIFMA raise fiduciary bar to different heights

Friday 1.21.11
Marty Durbin: We said, ‘Never again do we want our motives called into question, and here’s how we’re going to do that.’

First Command's Marty Durbin retires -- well after his scandalized IBD went RIA to rehab its image
A third of of the Texas-based firm's reps had to leave but it now has $18 billion of AUM

Thursday 12.2.10
Tim Welsh: As the sun sets and the temperature moves from comfortable to sublime, I start searching real estate listings and help wanted ads on the Blackberry.

What Tim Welsh had to do over Thanksgiving to break the FPA Australia story
Detours through the sunburned land of Oz

Wednesday 12.1.10
Paul Auslander: As an umbrella for members with many business models, the FPA is in a strong position in an environment in which the different models are merging. “The targeted groups are the ones at peril, not us.”

As state regulatory, tax battles loom, FPA is establishing statewide organizations to counter threat
New president-elect sees a big change among broker-dealers on fiduciary issue: 'Sometimes I walk out thinking I've been in a Kumbaya situation'

Wednesday 11.10.10
Ready to blog after uploading podcasts: Chris Hall (left) coaches students Kimberly Curtis, CFP, and Gary Klaben, ChFC, at FPA pre-conference Web 2.0 Boot Camp.

Eavesdropping on the FPA conference: a speech about scared investors resonates; and an embittered advisor speaks up
Plus, a top expert offers the next level of advice on social media

Tuesday 10.12.10
David Canter: One solution for broker-dealers looking to provide financial planning services in a fiduciary world: Fidelity's WealthCentral platform.

How the FPA's national conference is nudging large firms toward fiduciary care
Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, MetLife and others come as leopards looking to change their spots

Monday 10.11.10
Marv Tuttle: Some of our members haven't liked our positions.

The industry's largest association has plenty at stake at its annual conference this weekend
After a trying two years in which it lost a chunk of its membership and angered others with unpopular stands, FPA is reminding advisors of its benefits

Wednesday 10.6.10
Summer's last gasp: Advocates for advisors and broker-dealers were putting in long days to prepare comments on the fiduciary standard to send to the SEC's Mary Schapiro and the other commissioners.

Old foes in the fiduciary debate join new battle to sway SEC's six-month study
Advocates were working down to the wire to submit comments by the end of yesterday

Tuesday 8.31.10
Daniel Barry: As a former securities industry association lawyer, I have a more balanced view.

Daniel Barry takes on two big challenges: fighting for financial advisors and filling the size 15E shoes of Duane Thompson
Barry says he'll fight hard for financial planners and RIAs, but half of FPA's members hold a Series 7

Wednesday 7.28.10
Mike Byrnes: Plan now. The resulting greater success will be compounded over time.

What if you spent one hour a day on the #1 idea to free up time and cash flow?
10 people in the RIA business offer their best thought for making the second half of 2010 more productive

Thursday 7.1.10
Elizabeth MacBride on how a small group of advocates for advisors and the fiduciary standard influence the debate this year in Washington, D.C.

What went right: the story of the fiduciary standard this year
A long-odds fight by advocates and a well-timed Goldman Sachs stumble and -- voilà -- brokers may have to begin putting customers' interests first

Monday 6.28.10
Ian MacKenzie: [IMCA] has been well-known within the wirehouse community for 25 years, and my goal is to use my experience and expertise to elevate that recognition among independent advisors serving a high-net-worth client base.

IMCA fills out roster by nabbing yet another FPA talent
One Denver advisory association looks to the other for hires but the two organizations profess peace

Friday 3.26.10
Julie Littlechild: There is so much in this industry about talking. This is about doing.

The FPA's practice management event boasts two hot speakers in its first day
California entrepreneur and NSA star are among the top draws

Tuesday 3.2.10
Martin Kurtz: "The concerns around FINRA is that they've been in the suitability world; we're saying that this is a fiduciary world."

Martin Kurtz, president of Financial Planning Association for 2011, will take pragmatic approach
Electee has concerns about FINRA's historical 'suitability' mindset

Friday 11.13.09
Hardy Callcott was the FPA's feature attraction in drawing brokerage execs to Anaheim

FPA gets fast start in Anaheim with pre-event program for wirehouse execs and other non-members
Two-day program draws well for non-prime time of Friday-Saturday in LA suburb

Saturday 10.10.09
There are empty seats to fill at fall advisor conferences

Down economy subdues advisor attendance at fall conferences, FPA says
Schwab and IMCA events could avoid drops from last year

Tuesday 9.8.09

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