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Richard Weil has now completed the PIMCO trifecta with the Bill Gross hire.

How Janus CEO Richard Weil's Bill Gross hire completes the PIMCO-ization of the Denver equity shop
The Denver-based fund company now has its chairman, CEO and star manager seats filled by PIMCO alums

Wednesday 10.1.14
Andrew Rogers: Unless they team up with a distribution or sales partner, smaller firms will likely find launching ETFs too big of a financial strain.

Why most RIAs bent on launching in-house ETFs should swallow hard and start a mutual fund
What makes exchange traded funds so great for consumers can cut the other way if you try to compete with BlackRock

Monday 6.23.14
Mark Wiedman: What we will not do is compete with you.

Mark Wiedman vows to ETF managers that BlackRock won't compete (directly) in the asset allocation game
The iShares chief encouraged the entrepreneurs, many of whom are ex-RIAs, to see themselves as primary purveyors of BlackRock ETFs

Tuesday 6.3.14
David Butler: We don't talk much about the performance of funds. We talk a lot more about the theory of the investment process.

Cogent rates the top fund wholesalers to RIAs, and all advisors, and the 'sales' units at DFA, PIMCO, BlackRock and Franklin Templeton stand out
Dimensional Fund Advisors and PIMCO deliver some inside scoop without the sales dance to lead the sales-to-RIA pack in gaining netry to inner sanctums

Friday 5.30.14
What looks disorderly at TD has the dead reckoning of dollars following ROI opportunity.

An advertiser's-eye view of TD Ameritrade's national conference
Firms that rarely advertise had booths, including mega-RIAs, competing custodians and Marty Bicknell

Monday 2.3.14
Andrew Ghezzi: The most sensitive issue, hands down, was how to convey trust in an online environment.

A departing NestWise advisor tells what he learned from the whole experience
Andrew Ghezzi's experience with the mass-market, online entity was a pleasant surprise, but it was troubling that he was winning clients largely in proportion to their physical proximity to Boston

Tuesday 10.29.13
Stephen Bozeman: There were some problems.

Unfazed by its misfire, BlackRock is taking a second shot at the 401(k) market, this time with a whiter hat
Skeptics abound but the world's largest asset manager aims to fill a mega-void by bringing payout precision of DC plans to the best-guess 401(k) business

Thursday 10.3.13
Jeffrey Maggioncalda: I think it becomes harder and harder for a product solution to replicate this holistic service solution that we put into the marketplace.

Financial Engines more than doubles its share price by defining a niche in the 401(k) market between target date funds and RIAs
Wall Street is seeing things Jeff Maggioncalda's way for now, as new DOL regs make plan sponsors more certain they want participants advised inexpensively but not cheaply

Tuesday 10.1.13
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
Paul Weisbruch questions whether Schwab is providing the same apparent ETF value once trading spreads are figured in.

Schwab makes play for ETF-distribution domination but not without risks
Low margins, a small list of ETFs, plenty of competition and possible trade-spread issues make this OneSource bid no slam-dunk

Friday 2.8.13
Schwab IMPACT is one place where the marketers and consumers clamor for each other.

An advertiser's-eye view of Schwab IMPACT: Who's doing what right?
Sponsors that use an outgoing approach get tremendous client inflow

Tuesday 11.20.12
Walt Bettinger: They’re not in response to something else that someone has said.

Walt Bettinger strikes back to show that Charles Schwab won't be bested in the brewing ETF price war
The Schwab CEO says that moves are permanent and that ETFs are not a loss-leader for his firm

Friday 9.21.12
Frank Troise: Once we have ascertained local consumer/baby boomer data, the physical store and staffing requirements are a mere formality.

Gathering assets with long tails: Exactly how RIAs of any size can market with the big boys with 'Google Love'
3 ways to slay your marketing adversaries by using Google ad words with military precision to maximum effect

Wednesday 8.15.12
Debra Taylor:  None of my clients has balked at it. If a manager doesn't perform, they will be fired.

LPL Financial sees explosive asset growth of model portfolios by linking BlackRock and J.P. Morgan-level brand names to the little guy
The big IBD saw a 72% jump in assets for its Model Wealth Portfolios platform to near $9 billion after lowering account minimums to $25,000 from $100,000

Friday 7.13.12
Frank Troise: Advisors can now acquire new business each day for the price of a Starbucks coffee.

How Google Love can put an RIA onto an equal marketing footing with BlackRock
The big search engine -- and the web in general -- may be the two technologies most neglected by advisors

Friday 7.6.12
Andrew Arenberg: Our goal is to build Russell 1.0, not iShares 2.0.

How Russell is faring since joining the competitive ETF party with an all-star ex-Barclays crew
The team is offering two dozen enhanced ETF offerings, hoping to gain traction with advisors in an increasingly competitive market

Monday 2.27.12
Milton Ezrati: You don't need absolutely good news.

How Bob Doll, Milton Ezrati and Tony Crescenzi see brightness in the murky 2012 outlook
The heavy hitters offered encouragement to advisors on Envestnet conference call

Tuesday 1.10.12
The 325-plus exhibiting firms connected with a sea of humanity in IMPACT's 2011 expo

An advertiser's-eye view of Schwab IMPACT and the mini-city of marketing it created
Three days of conversations, recycled swag and ancillary events

Monday 11.7.11
Randy Long: I'll be calling all of their clients.

The head of a $12 billion RIA spars with UBS and LPL execs on the great fiduciary debate
Retirement-plan leaders grapple with different degrees of fiduciary and how best to address advisors and clients

Friday 10.21.11
State Street's Anthony Rochte: Some ETF managers are building true institutional-powered portfolios. Some have strong performance records and can take their solution and market it to other RIAs or investors.

Windhaven's success draws attention to emerging ETF managers
Aided by big companies like State Street and BlackRock, managers offer a leg up to RIAs seeking ETF strategies

Wednesday 4.6.11
Sue Thompson: We look at the glass as 92% empty; there’s a whole lot of running left to do.

How BlackRock plans to grow iShares using advisors as one key
The New York powerhouse will focus on helping RIAs that are heavy users to succeed

Wednesday 3.16.11
Walt Bettinger: Let’s cut through the noise that is out there. A participant spending a career in a program offering an index oriented line up of investments will retire with $115,000 more over a similar participant using actively managed funds.

Schwab's CEO engages in a Q&A about how his company's deep-discount, more-advice 401(k) plan will work
It's the fees and the index approach that's important, Bettinger says -- not that Schwab plans to offer the capacity to trade

Wednesday 2.16.11
Mike Henkel: There’s a recognition of the breakaway movement.

Envestnet deepens relationship with PIMCO, BlackRock and other big guns of investment management
Wirehouse broker demand and the TAMP's critical mass help usher in the changes

Wednesday 1.5.11
Matt Judge: We want increased share of wallet.

Relentless TD Ameritrade antes up a killer ETF platform
The number three custodian of RIA assets is finding ways to lead

Tuesday 10.12.10
Tom Lydon, editor of ETFTrends: Advisors starting to invest in ETFs trust Vanguard and likely already have a relationship with the firm.

Coming from behind, Vanguard is gobbling up ETF market share
iShares slip and a new, three-way fight for an expanding pie develops

Wednesday 9.22.10
Ron Fiske: You don't have to have that discussion with clients about what the right forum is to do business

9 things RIAs need to know about Fidelity's pricing moves on equities and ETFs
The trade commissions grab headlines but ETF cuts are a glimpse of the future

Wednesday 2.3.10
Bruce Bond: "It's been a good time to refocus."

Bond puts mutual fund assets in PowerShares' ETF sights
Barclays, State Street see less urgency for investing actively using passive vehicle

Friday 10.9.09
Mohamed El-Erian: We are not at escape velocity from this crisis

BlackRock CEO rates U.S. economy closer to brink than PIMCO CEO
Fink and El-Erian both decline to sound the all-clear

Monday 9.14.09
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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