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Sheryl Rowling and Eric Clarke will join their softwares at the hip.

Orion Advisor Services inks licensing deal to close the rebalancing gap with Tamarac and Black Diamond
Eric Clarke makes Total Rebalance Expert one with his portfolio accounting software to assuage CPAs and other tax-minded advisors

Tuesday 3.25.14
David Welling: The large firms are starting to outsource. I feel like the momentum is building. We're in a great spot.

Black Diamond blows the lid off asset growth in Dave Welling's first year in charge
Assets jumped about 65% and the former Schwabbie says that growth is accelerating

Wednesday 2.26.14
Derek Jaskulski: My gripe is that when you have special groups like advisors, [Salesforce] should be aware that e-mail retention is an industry requirement.

How one RIA's faith in Salesforce's sophistication led to cut-and-paste hell and a major rethinking
After a dazzling SF demo, Portland Global Advisors planned to dump its advisor-dumb Microsoft CRM for Salesforce but the devil was in details

Wednesday 1.22.14
Ron Carson: It's beautiful.

Ron Carson chooses Orion-Salesforce software for his $5-billion RIA as he lines up an additional $3 billion
Besides Carson Wealth Management Group using it, his roll-up/TAMP, Carson Institutional Alliance, will also become an Orion/Salesforce shop

Friday 12.13.13
Franklin Tsung (with Tim Welsh to his right and Andy Wang to his left) : This puts the direct purchase option out of reach for the average advisor.

Salesforce rolls out giant product, pricing changes -- a virtual doubling for the direct-sold version that could price out some mainstream RIA practices
As part of a big revamping, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff will make CRM work on mobile but it may now cost twice as much for the comparable direct-sold product

Thursday 11.21.13
Chris Romano: We don't even consider trading away at Fidelity because of the high ticket trade away fee.

RIA custodians charge steep new ETF-related fees that can range into the tens of thousands of dollars for big trades and advisors are working to deal with them
Schwab, Fido, TD and Pershing are all in on these 'trade-away' fees and claim they simply are defraying costs of manual labor -- but RIAs aren't so sure

Monday 11.18.13
Pete Hess: I think we're really going to shock some people...it gives me a great feeling.

Peter Hess throws a Black Diamond lifeline to stubborn Advent Axys users, but will the price be right?
The Advent CEO shows his respect for 1,400 change-averse Axys loyalists -- who hold hundreds of billions in assets -- by paving the way for delivery of Black Diamond's coveted reports

Wednesday 9.25.13
Dean Zayed:  We can be picky.

RIA TAMP for insurance agents hits a quick $700 million AUM then opts for Orion software
With 50% annual growth and 215 IARs, Brookstone made the switch from Albridge

Friday 8.2.13
Downtown Omaha is the fount of the RIA business with its critical mass of competent, cheerful people who can smile and work at an affordable rate.

How Omaha is emerging as the RIA business' center of gravity
With no mountains to block your views or salt air to rust your car, you can get down to business with no distractions and low expenses

Tuesday 7.30.13
David Welling: We call these 'boomerang' folks. These people make a move as soon as they can get out of their existing contract.

Black Diamond divulges 'unbelievable' data about how Advent is doing, two years after its $73-million buy
The growth at the Jacksonville, Fla.-based RIA unit is pretty stunning, but competitors say that Axys users are still ripe for the picking

Wednesday 6.26.13
Like the almost-completed Freedom Tower, as seen from the Ritz-Carlton at Battery Park, the RIA channel continues to grow in Wall Street's backyard.

From a Wall Street perch, Chip Roame imparts wry skepticism anaerobically at Tiburon CEO Summit of 2013, spring edition
The independent channel is booming -- but objects in the mirror may still be in front of you, the Tiburon guru warns

Wednesday 4.10.13
Savneet Singh: With RIAs we had to build our own platform since we weren't integrating into someone else's. As you can imagine that is a big tech build.

How a TAMP, a New York startup, a $14-billion hedge fund and Brinks are part of bringing cold, hard gold closer to RIAs
Merrill Lynch was first to put Gold Bullion International at advisor fingertips, but now Envestnet will make it easier for independents

Friday 4.5.13
Terence Hong: I can confirm that these technical challenges are not insignificant given a large readership.

What to make of Orion's efforts to expand RIAs non-renewable resource -- advisor face time
RIABiz technologist Terence Hong gives his first impressions of Orion Connect and Orion Mail

Thursday 4.4.13
Peter Hess has been putting Advent through a crash course of reinvention but now he may be seeking a buyer.

Advent Software is for sale, with Frank Quattrone as the sales agent, reports say
The owner of Black Diamond is well along in the process of seeking someone to take it private, according to a Reuters report and anonymous RIABiz sources

Wednesday 3.13.13
Peter Hess: They don't feel the same urgency.

How Black Diamond is working out -- or not -- as Advent's agent of deliberate cannibalization
The great migration from Axys to Blue Sky is still not a torrent -- and has actually slowed from pre-merger days -- thanks to an unforeseen psychological freeze from Axys clients

Wednesday 3.6.13
W. Patrick Clarke and his son Scott were killed when their Cessna 410C went down on Nov. 10.

A terrible loss in the RIA business of the original breakaway broker
A plane crash takes Patrick Clarke, the founding owner of Orion, Gemini and CLS, who leaves behind a family and friends in grief and three booming companies

Wednesday 2.6.13
Ben Welch: We are bridging that gap.

TD Ameritrade will make iRebal software available free to all its RIA clients
The custodian may disrupt both the RIA technology and RIA custody businesses -- but not inexpensively

Thursday 1.31.13
Travis Rychnovsky: We wanted functionality that PortfolioCenter didn't have.

Orion bags Schwab's 'best' advisor -- a $1.3 billion RIA weaned on Schwab PortfolioCenter
Eric Clarke will serve Foster Group but he's also becoming a vendor of the firm's startup, Orchestrate, which automates work flows through Salesforce

Wednesday 1.9.13
Zohar Swaine: InStream does not intend to limit an advisor's choice of which financial provider to use -- this key point may have been misreported or not understood by others.

Could inStream be the Next Big Thing in RIA technology?
Alex Murguia is assembling a minor Dream Team of RIA execs including Zohar Swaine, but the revenue model is causing some consternation

Monday 1.7.13
Eric Clarke sees Salesforce approaching 'industry standard' status and nudges its rivals to get into the integration ballgame.

Orion hauls down nearly $2 billion of accounts from two Advent clients, clinching better than 50% growth for the year
Eric Clarke's firm is high on Salesforce and starting to look beyond its Omaha home for expansion as it needs more and more skilled labor

Thursday 12.27.12
Eddie Wong: It's been quite an adventure with FinFolio -- a good one.

Braving setbacks, FinFolio wins a $1.6 billion RIA and dark-horses its way on to the software track
Index Fund Advisors carefully vetted Tamarac, Orion and Black Diamond for a year but gambled on the newer, smaller vendor -- with the veteran quarterback, Matt Abar

Tuesday 11.6.12
Aaron Rowe of Edelman Financial and and Eric Clarke take the field of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium

Eric Clarke delivers a behind-the-scenes account of his own Gemini & Orion Advisor Forum
The Orion chief was taken aback by overwhelmed advisors but found time for predawn runs, a pep talk from a legendary coach, a tour of the Cowboys' stadium and the launch of 80 apps

Tuesday 9.25.12
Dean Cook: In the end it came down to Pershing and TD.

TD Ameritrade wins a $2.5-billion RIA custody client on the strength of its delivery of B-to-B capabilities using Orion, Veo and API
FTJ FundChoice took its assets from a bank in the name of efficiencies aimed at big growth

Wednesday 9.12.12
Eric Clarke and Chip Roame atop Mount Whitney

How RIA industry execs took on the ultimate teamwork challenge: Conquering the highest summit in the lower 48
Training regimens for the group -- including a Green Beret and a Gulf War veteran -- ranged from crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to Google searches for portable bottles of oxygen

Thursday 7.12.12
Marty Bicknell: It's not a coincidence at all.

On its march to $50 billion, Mariner finds its groove buying RIAs connected to accounting firms
First it was CBIZ, now Orizon Investment Counsel, and Marty Bicknell doesn't plan to stop there as he notes accounting firms want to get back to their core business

Thursday 7.12.12
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
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
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
'This year’s shareholder meeting was an absolute blast,' says Eric Clarke seen here with the animated alter egos of Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett

10 insights an RIA software CEO gleaned from Warren Buffett at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders' meeting
Orion chief Eric Clarke joined 40,000 of the faithful in the pilgrimage to hear the Oracle of Omaha's pronouncements

Monday 5.7.12
Ron Carson: It came to me that there was a better way to approach the industry.

The top 10 people to watch in the RIA business in 2012, Part 1
Forces changing the trajectory of the RIA movement

Monday 3.12.12
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
Erik Clarke: We went through quite a process with them.

Orion wins a $2-billion RIA account from Advent after two very long drives across the prairie
The second round-trip Omaha-to-Kansas City drive -- three years after the first -- led to the win of Mariner Wealth Advisors' private client assets

Tuesday 12.13.11
Alan Carlisle: Between Orion and Envestnet, it came down to pricing.

Orion wins another RIA with $1 billion-plus in AUM
Hanson McClain is switching over from Schwab PortfolioCenter and Envestnet was the runner-up

Thursday 9.22.11
Peter Hess: We are continuing to aggressively reinvest Black Diamond’s profits back into the business to accelerate our ability to expand [its] feature set and serve even more clients.

How Advent plans to make money with purchase of 'break-even' Black Diamond
Company execs tell Wall Street analysts that in-house Axys migrations will be more likely and more profitable

Thursday 9.1.11
Frank Germack: We wanted to show performance and we also wanted the ability to aggregate accounts as part of it.

Orion snags $2 billion Rehmann Financial account from Black Diamond
The mega-Michigan-based RIA had hyper-specialized needs

Tuesday 8.23.11
Joseph Theisen was looking for better CRM and more customized reports.

Orion wins software accounts of two $1-billion-plus firms - one a broker-dealer and one an RIA
Advance Capital leaves IAS and United Planners gets performance reporting for the first time

Monday 7.18.11
Redtail's Brian McLaughlin: Are we on the same page, and are we ready to go with the ability to open a new account through Redtail?

TD Ameritrade brings software elite to Dallas for an API summit
The number three custodian its letting its technology partners put the final touches on a low-walled garden

Tuesday 4.26.11
Mike McNamara: The numbers were staggering.

How Mike McNamara became a TD Ameritrade RIA and pruned his book in one move
The former Commonwealth advisor also had goals related to succession, compliance and a bigger bottom line

Thursday 4.7.11
Eric Clarke: We’ve struggled with the lack of a standard, but with TD we’re taking a step forward.

Third-party vendors vouch for TD Ameritrade's API at first general session
The days of batch downloads may be numbered

Thursday 2.3.11
Aaron Grey: People working with us don’t have to sacrifice anything in terms of life’s little conveniences.

How Orion Advisor Services became a mobile device pioneer and how competitors plan to react
The first-mover edge may hold for a while for Black Diamond and Orion

Thursday 1.6.11
Jonathan Heck: The Axys software might as well be an entirely separate business and it’s in run-off mode.

Advent Software is squandering its market leadership by keeping focus on Axys, according to a hedge fund analyst's report
The San Francisco-based leader is slow to react with new technology, web-based solutions, pricing, and ease of upgrades and integration, the report says

Monday 12.6.10
Boston Convention Center: Advisors were swarming exhibitor booths for much of IMPACT 2010

Eight software vendors give insider accounts of their IMPACT 2010 booth experiences
Non-stop booth traffic -- including visits from giant RIAs -- suggests advisors came to Boston in a code-buying mood

Tuesday 11.9.10
Peter Giza: We’ve been desperate to not pigeonhole RIAs into a situation where they cannot afford us or can’t use us.

RedBlack's Peter Giza gives RIABiz a look under the hood of its Rebalance Express software
New Hampshire-based software maker competes with a lower price and an easy-to-use interface

Tuesday 9.7.10
Bob Adams: Advisors can rest assured that we will meet the needs they have. We're acting in their best interests.

Fidelity delivers a white paper and a warning to RIAs regarding new cost-basis rules
Multi-custody arrangements and third party platforms can lead to troublesome data fragmentation, the Boston custody giant says

Friday 3.26.10
Eric Clarke: Growth-minded advisors have made Orion's pipeline of prospects fatter than ever

Orion is outshining competitors in the eyes of some RIAs
The Omaha-based portfolio management outsourcer is winning on service and innovation

Wednesday 3.17.10
Facebook:

Orion will take a page out of Facebook to help RIAs achieve better inter-office chats
The Omaha-based portfolio management outsourcer sees potential in co-opting social media methods

Wednesday 3.17.10
Heather Underwood: Orion is planning on integrating some well known social media constructs, most notably the Facebook Newsfeed or

A closer look at Orion Advisor Services' software and what's in store for its next release
Eric Clarke's Omaha company has wedged its way into the RIA consciousness with good reason

Monday 3.15.10

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