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Walter Bettinger: We are fast at work.

What's up with Schwab getting into the robo-style online advice business and is Windhaven the linchpin?
Walt Bettinger's options for building using existing ETF portfolio capabilities or buying one of the many robos in existence point to a no-lose move

Friday 7.25.14
Karin Risi: To the extent there's conflict, it's always been there.

How exactly Vanguard Group -- with a dash of robo and lots of mojo -- went from a virtual unknown in wealth management to posing a threat to Merrill Lynch
The fund giant has 250 CFPs on staff for VPAS in Malvern, Charlotte and Scottsdale and virtually no minimum or maximum client size

Monday 7.14.14
Karin Risi is leading Vanguard's efforts to take on the 'robo' threat -- and the numbers are already on her side.

How Vanguard Group's robo-countering effort got to $1.3 billion of AUM so easily and why its future seems bright
Executed almost shyly, the hints-of-vanilla Malvern indexing giant is the unlikely Silicon Valley nemesis in automated services

Thursday 6.26.14
Michael Kitces: Most of the Wall Street firms will be reluctant to bypass advisors and go direct to investors.

Thoughts on 'robo-advisors' served cold, compliments of Kitces and Waymire
With the potential for channel conflict, wirehouses are the most handcuffed in thwarting automated financial 'advice'

Sunday 6.15.14
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
Mike Sha: Most people have a lot of dirty laundry that needs to be cleaned.

Why Mike Sha has a 2015 goal of $1 trillion in robo-assets for SigFig and where Marissa Mayer fits in
The ability of the ex-Amazon whiz to make slippery YahooFinance users sticky appears to be the get to launch this fueled-up rocket

Tuesday 5.27.14
Hardeep Walia: Our vision for our advisor platform is an open architecture DFA.

The two big moves Motif is making as Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan invest part of new $35-million raise
The San Mateo start-up online broker will take its act overseas and build out a smart beta effort with Dimensional Fund Advisors' hundreds of billion of AUM in mind

Tuesday 5.13.14
Jon Stein: I think anything's possible. That  [Betterment RIA business] could be the larger business [than the retail one] in the long term.

How Jon Stein plans to make the most of $45 million of VC money in remaking the RIA business
The Betterment founder says he is open to his B-to-B, read RIA unit, knocking his B-to-C business out of the spotlight

Tuesday 4.22.14
Brooke Southall: By using 'robo' we say to snippy entrepreneurs: Take your cutesy website, your fancy VC backing, your geeks and your Harvard, Stanford or MIT degree and go back to your ivory tower.

Why I find the term 'robo-advisor' objectionable and unhelpful
In the end, all good advisors will likely be both bionic and biological and terms of art creating a false distinction are unhelpful

Tuesday 4.1.14
Rob Foregger left Personal Capital to found NextCapital, which has a rare attribute -- big managed assets.

How one 'robo-advisor' got $25 billion on its platform with a Mint.com mindset, 401(k) friendliness, a merger and 16 years of work
NextCapital has deals with Barron's, Dow Jones and Russell Investments as part of a brick-by-brick history in a put-up-your-robo-shingle world

Monday 3.31.14
Andy Rachleff, right, with Adam Nash: We ultimately agreed to a one-year transition where he would concentrate on building out the team and product and I would focus on external issues.

Andy Rachleff is out as CEO of Wealthfront as former LinkedIn star takes his place
The founder of the Silicon Valley online RIA steps aside to make way for Adam Nash

Thursday 1.30.14
Brooke Southall: There are only so many flavors of trust, integrity and character.

The 10 biggest threats to the RIA business heading into 2014
The fiduciary planning model is taking shots from every angle but the jugular looks inaccessible

Friday 12.27.13
Ric Edelman:  Either they will die, or more likely, they will alter their business model.

Ric Edelman tells how he succeeds in advice's Death Valley -- online investing
For one thing the RIA maestro with $18 billion of advised asset charges full boat and people are an option

Friday 12.20.13
Jon Stein: There are situations where technology -- algorithms may be a better way of saying it—are more effective that a human advisor would be.

Betterment's Jon Stein talks human-RIA coopetition but breathes fire about fellow online RIAs
The 34 year-old CEO sees 300-fold growth to $100 billion, partially fueled by classic RIAs, and not much competition from Wealthfront and the like

Friday 11.22.13
Gregg Robins:  It is true that there was often more 'private' than 'banking,' and Swiss bankers were more often consummate relationship people rather than rigorous bankers.

A former exec of a Swiss private bank offers his insights into the country's wealth management business and what innovations could redefine it
Gregg Robins, most recently head of UBS private banking in Russia, gives front-row insight on his industry's recent challenges but believes more of a Branson-Jobs mentality could shape its future

Friday 9.13.13
Davis Janowski: That's something I can get excited about -- rather than writing to the 1%.

Davis Janowski gets scooped up by Wealthfront
The longtime IN technology voice will now straddle Silicon Valley and the East Coast in a new role

Wednesday 8.7.13
Andy Rachleff: We're trying to build a business that attracts tens of billions or hundreds of billions of dollars.

Wealthfront raises a cool $20 million from VCs to pursue a big slice of a $1 trillion market
The Palo Alto fast-grower brought aboard a LinkedIn veteran who played a role in the 20-million- to 200-million-member jump; a VC tells how he 'leaned forward in his chair'

Friday 3.22.13
Hardeep Walia: These are crazy ideas, but they work.

A Microsoft alum stomps into the RIA business with $26 million in VC money, Sallie Krawcheck and a 'new' approach that looks old to skeptics
The Motif plan is monetize ideas, but other firms say they've been there, done it -- and found tepid interest

Monday 3.11.13
Andy Rachleff: Mark Zuckerberg should not use us.

Looking more like Windhaven after a revamp, Wealthfront names a noted academic CIO and boosts its assets 15-fold
Andy Rachleff's new strategy omits RIAs-as-managers in favor of a centralized ETF-manager approach with Burton Malkiel calling the big shots

Tuesday 11.27.12
Ric Edelman: We need to serve the 99% that hate us, not just rich people.

Ric Edelman is looking to add a $1-billion RIA elephant even as he unveils an online consumer strategy aimed at the chipmunks
Already Barron's No. 1 with predominantly a mass-affluent game, the radio dynamo is ready to invest private equity to add a quick $1 billion of AUM

Monday 10.29.12
Jack Waymire: Mathematicians are not chief investment officers, analysts or portfolio managers.

Online RIAs will mostly fail -- and here are 10 reasons why
Firms like Personal Capital, Covestor and Betterment are garnering both media attention and big VC bucks -- but backers severely underestimate the tie between investor and advisor

Thursday 5.24.12
CEO Asheesh Advani aspires to partner Covestor with broker-dealers and institutional investors, and to expand the firm's content.

Unfazed by declining assets, VC-backed Covestor has another go with a new CEO and some concessions to the old-fashioned machinery of investment advice
The good news is that it has 400 clients -- up from 150 a year ago -- but can the company still be seen as primarily web-based?

Friday 3.23.12
Andy Rachleff: Am I frustrated I can’t update Brightscope’s database? Sure, but I think they’re doing the right thing for the consumer.

BrightScope debate has familiar feel of an industry being dragged kicking and screaming into the new world
Investing in the Digital Age: Andy Rachleff writes about the freight train of transparency

Thursday 5.12.11
CEO Perry Blacher: There are about 80,000 mutual funds globally but there are tens of millions of people with much of the same tools, access to research and, most importantly, talent actively managing their own portfolios.

How Covestor got VC backing, became an RIA and is waving a fist at mutual fund giants
Unlike other such social networking efforts, Covestor's platform mingles amateur RIAs with professional money managers on its platform

Monday 4.4.11
Andy Rachleff: The value of information is undeniable, but it is not truly useful until it can be conveniently accessed, easily integrated into business processes, and professionally supported and verified.

Investing In the Digital Age: How RIAs could start a free-data revolution and why it won't bankrupt the vendors
Data suppliers and software vendors in the investment space are the biggest laggards

Monday 3.14.11
Andy Rachleff: Getting a minute-by-minute view into what your money managers are doing doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t a long-term investor.

Investing in the Digital Age: Why real-time data is a must-have for RIAs and long-term investors
The investment industry has created a classist system of haves and have-nots when it comes to information

Wednesday 1.26.11
Elizabeth MacBride: Sometimes, we even get to hear the end of the story: an idea that has leaped from the online world to spur action.

Ideas born in the advisory world that flew far in 2010
How one conversation influenced NYC economic policy

Thursday 12.30.10
Andy Rachleff: Don’t stand for closed systems. No one in Silicon Valley would. Why should you?

You already know the 80/20 rule. Here's how you can apply it not only to your clients but your operations.
The trick this VC used when talking to entrepreneurs

Friday 10.29.10
Wealthfront rang the NASDAQ bell today at a marketing event. Co-founder Dan Carroll said he hopes it's not the last time the venture-backed company rings the bell.

Why big RIAs are taking a risk on Wealthfront
KaChing changes its name, gains 10-fold jump in assets and intrigues the industry with its strategy to reach mass affluent

Tuesday 10.19.10




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