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Bill Gross: I'll say, repeat after me: Bill Gross is the kindest, bravest, warmest and most wonderful human being you've ever met in your life. Hopefully that will work. [photo credit: Jim Tweedie]

Bill Gross's stage antics leave Morningstar conference-goers gobsmacked
Wearing sunglasses, comparing himself to Justin Bieber and making his desire to bribe journalists known (albeit in jest) baffled observers

Friday 6.20.14
Joel Bruckenstein: When you're strong you can afford to overpay a little bit.

How Joe Mansueto's purchase of ByAllAccounts is mostly a show of faith in the Morningstar brand, global reach and the future of asset-quarterbacking as a billable service
The Woburn, Mass.-based aggregator has the dubious distinction of being a near-monopolist that can't quite crack the profits puzzle, sources say

Friday 4.25.14
Fidelity's alt investments brain trust: 'It used to be three guys and a dog in Greenwich.'

Fidelity, Goldman Sachs and Morningstar call 16 top reporters to New York to define the RIA alts problem -- and to explain how their Dream Team solves it
The conundrum: In the dawn of the Age of Transparency, alts makers still favor pulling down the shades, and charging a premium for the disservice

Tuesday 4.8.14
Joe Mansueto sees the buy 'particularly bolstering our offerings that support an advisor’s workflow.'

Why Morningstar's purchase of ByAllAccounts might be a bigger deal than its paltry $28-million price tag shows
The Chicago firm becomes the king of charging for held-away assets facilitation and has a view into the data of its competitors

Wednesday 4.2.14
Steve Anderson: None of the consultants are utilizing our business model.

Schwab fesses up to Wall Street just how hard winning plan sponsors to its 401(k) ETF platform will be
Convincing plan sponsors and pension consultants to join a ETF paradigm shift to ETFs is a big ask, its executives tell Wall Street

Tuesday 2.18.14
Mike Alfred: If we tell people they can't engage until they pay, then we're losing 90% of the people from the start.

Brightscope lets advisors get basic entry to its Advisor Pages for free, talks Morningstar deal and pencils in an IPO for about 2017
After two years, less than 1,000 advisors paid for the website and BrightScope hopes free is a better price-point for some

Thursday 12.12.13
Gary Gallagher: By no means do we consider this watered-down alternatives in any way. We think it's the most comprehensive of all of the custodians in business today.

Fidelity teams with Goldman Sachs as part of big push into alternative investments on behalf of RIAs
The Boston giant's resolute move is a 'blue-ocean' strategy that may give it an edge with advisors looking for a one-stop, one-statement approach to AI management

Friday 11.1.13
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
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
Andrew Dierdorf: We're focused on shareholder outcomes.

After 'a lot of flak' Fidelity Investments does a study and pledges to change how it manages its $170 billion of target date funds
The Boston giant announces findings to justify its surprising embrace of stocks but skeptics say Fidelity is under pressure to conform with rivals T. Rowe Price and Vanguard Group

Friday 9.27.13
Shawn Carpenter: We preemptively raised capital to take advantage of the growth we are seeing with advisors, hedge funds and portfolio managers.

Morningstar takes a big stake in a startup gunning to be the Bloomberg for RIAs
Flush with $8 million in VC dollars, YCharts is betting that its data feed and content can challenge the Bloomberg behemoth by filling a hole for wealth and hedge fund managers

Tuesday 8.13.13
John Bogle: They have a problem.

John Bogle tells the Morningstar crowd just why Vanguard Group has a 'problem' -- and it starts with his dogged criticism
The outspoken sage is outraged that his old company sells funds with 'Wonder Bread' sales tactics while holding itself out as the low-cost choice

Friday 6.14.13
Roger Hewins:We don't use them. We don't even look at them.

Why Schwab handed Facebook and Apple 'F' ratings -- and why advisors seem unfazed
Clients may be perturbed by the flunking grades meted out to the popular Silicon Valley firms even as some RIAs discount the data as 'backward-looking'

Monday 1.21.13
Schwab held IMPACT in Chicago this year but really the city was already very much on the RIA map.

The case for Chicago as an epicenter of the RIA world
The rise of registered investment advisors here means the city, once viewed as a very secondary financial center to New York and the Bay Area, is coming into its own in a big way

Tuesday 12.11.12
Rob Isbitts: Past performance guarantees one thing: That you cannot have that past performance.

The 4 biggest investment performance myths -- and how they can torpedo advisor-client trust
How to sidestep Wall Street mythology and give clients a clarified perspective on the ups and downs of their investments

Monday 7.2.12
Doug Trott: It'd be premature to share names, but we have dialogues going with three of the custodians.

Morningstar gives advisors a glimpse of fees RIAs are charging clients using PriceMetrix data
Price histories of 20,000 advisors are now at the fingertips of many Advisor Workstation users

Monday 4.2.12
James Poer: That's why we're partnering with Fidelity -- because of what they bring to the table.

Fidelity follows Schwab's lead on hybrid advisors -- and four other items of RIA interest
Both big custodians like NFP as a partner; in other news, Morningstar warms to alternatives, EP makes a hire, JHS gets bigger by 75

Tuesday 3.13.12
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
Marie Chandoha: I like to build things.

Schwab turns the YieldPlus page the old-fashioned way -- with a whole new CSIM team
Ex-Goldman and former BlackRock star Marie Chandoha has quickly overseen Charles Schwab Investment Management's rise from Barron's #34 to top 10 -- but Morningstar wants to see more

Wednesday 2.15.12
Russel Kinnel: Sometimes there's just some key information that's not being considered in the star ratings.

Morningstar explains its new forward-looking rating system -- and tosses in some hot fund picks for good measure
The Chicago-based firm adds Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral and Negative ratings to its rear-view-facing constellation of stars

Wednesday 12.21.11
Bryan Olson: These funds are there to protect on the downside and there will be a lower kick on the upside in a stronger equity market.

Windhaven misses its 12-month benchmarks again but still hits asset-gathering mark
More advisors are using Schwab's ETF manager but some of them dislike the company's tactical approach

Friday 11.18.11
Aniket Ullal says ETFs don't fit well into classification systems that were originally built for mutual funds.

Startup firm bets its ETF research technology can cut out the middle man for advisors
First Bridge founder Aniket Ullal came from S&P and believes he can take on Lipper and Morningstar

Wednesday 10.26.11
Bob Veres is helping provide the practice management twist to this new conference series.

What Messrs. Bruckenstein, Drucker and Veres cooked up in a Chicago airport hotel
The pilot effort to make a T3-like event with heavy admixtures of wealth management and practice management looked good

Tuesday 10.18.11
Neal Ringquist: We're doing it from the top down through enterprises and bottom up trying to convince advisors to buy it themselves.

Long a tech innard for Schwab, LPL and TD, Advisor Software is looking to push its own brand with new product
Its new software, goalgamiPro, is able to make sense of multiple housebold balance sheets and come out with a plan

Tuesday 10.11.11
Mike Alfred: Reviews will be in line with the spirit of [compliance regulations] if not in line with the antiquated letter of the law, which was written long before the era of social media.

Brightscope to launch Yelp-like reviews, putting advisors under the consumer microscope
The iconoclastic Alfred brothers' latest innovation will give clients a voice - but experts and advisors fear compliance complications

Monday 10.3.11
Joe Mansueto: There’s a need to find the right advisor for you and to evaluate that advisor. There’s a consumer need.

Morningstar's Mansueto views next horizon: rating RIAs
Company announces new forward-looking fund rating systems but how to rate advisors still has puzzling aspects

Monday 6.13.11
Bill Gross: Buy blue chip stocks like Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble.

Bill Gross wows advisors at Morningstar conference, but not with good news
The bond king slammed fixed income investments and encouraged blue chip stock investments in a hard-hitting speech

Thursday 6.9.11
Rob Major: If you have 200 reports that do everything but cook you breakfast in the morning, you have a system that is unaffordable for 80% of the advisors that are out there.

After tortoise-like beginnings, AssetBook is now on-the-hop in portfolio management software
Rob Major takes what he learned in building Techfi to make AssetBook a functional, no-frills system

Wednesday 5.25.11
Rob Isbitts: What we don’t know is whether the current strength is sustainable, or whether easy money from the Fed is stoking the rally, which has now produced more than a doubling of stock prices (based on the S&P 500’s value) in just over two years.

Why smart diversification and risk management are your best friends
Earnings season gave stocks a reason to rally in April; healthcare and European funds lead pack

Wednesday 5.11.11
Rob Isbitts: There's not much of an effort to get this valuable information into the hands of investors.

How capture ratios can help you prepare for the next downturn
A tool little noticed by investors can help you determine which investment style works in which market

Friday 3.25.11
Rob Isbitts: Investors tend to ignore a lot of things in the short-run, and tend to react to bad news when it reaches crisis mode.

Performance envy strikes investors as a familiar pattern sets in
Twice before -- in 1999 and 2007 -- we have seen how a strong market taints expectations

Monday 2.14.11
Rob Isbitts: Certain categories, such as Equity Precious Metals and China Region, now boast 5-year returns that make you wonder if they can maintain the pace.

Six things to know about the winners and losers in November’s market
Morningstar data: The market only eked out a gain, but some fund categories like natural resources stood out. Meanwhile, Europe stock funds got walloped.

Wednesday 12.8.10
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
Rob Isbitts' monthly review of financial market performance and trends,  as told through mutual fund category performance (data supplied by Morningstar)

Market Fund-A-Mentals: After an in-your-face rally, which fund categories rise to the top?
Funds incorporating hedging strategies see a tough year so far; a group of gold-inspired funds are acting like stocks

Monday 11.8.10
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
Robert Glovsky: Advisors should be realistic about whether their clients’ can meet their goals.

Fidelity study reveals greater reliance on advisors to manage the college savings vs. nest egg vice grip
RIAs steer parents clear of the high-fee 529-plan bandwagon

Friday 9.10.10
Peter Hess: [The concern] is getting existing Advent clients to rethink their relationships with us. That’s our biggest uphill challenge.

Advent Software is moving ahead in the RIA tech market-- even if most Axys users refuse to budge
Advent Portfolio Exchange is hitting its stride but mostly thanks to a whole new generation of customers

Monday 5.10.10
Michael Wilson: We are trying to cut down on the number of systems an advisor needs to use.

Review: Morningstar Office's web-based platform combines research, advisor tools
No-frills interface offers easy access to reports, benchmarking

Monday 4.26.10
Matt Abar is talking up his vision of the future at the T3 conference

T3 conference sizzles under the hot San Diego sun
RIA event is all about making expensive business decisions

Friday 2.19.10
Frederick Van Den Abbeel has made CNBC his ally in recruiting RIAs to his Florida-based custodian

Trade-PMR is elbowing its way into the RIA custody market with cheap software and expensive advertising slots
Florida custodian is opening its doors to career-changers and smaller IBD reps who want to become RIAs

Wednesday 2.10.10
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
Paul Zettl: Conference registrations are running at double last year's rate

TD Ameritrade revs up to have the biggest three-day RIA rally in its history
Early attendance figures and a full agenda bode well for the rising custodian's 2010 National Conference

Friday 1.15.10
Reed Colley: “We’re working on some really great ideas including CRM integration, workflow analysis and advisor communities

Black Diamond green lights beta testing of BlueSky
Reed Colley is wise to not rest on his laurels, observers say

Thursday 10.29.09
Peter Hess: “It’s more affordable and it’s more of an offering.”

Outsourcing begins to catch fire at Advent Software
Hess recognizes that a new breed of advisor doesn't want the 'dirty work'

Wednesday 10.28.09

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