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Michael Kitces: There's very little other ongoing  'work' tied to blogging, once everything is set up.

The RIABiz top 10 industry blogs -- and which bloggers they recommend
The RIA business is a land of micro-niches where owner-operated blogs are often the best reading spot for advisors to find the vibe and the level of granularity they seek on a subject

Wednesday 1.15.14
Yale professor Ian Ayres was this year’s wild card, causing near panic among RIAs with his ominous mass mailing to 401(k) plan providers warning them to cut back on fees — or else.

10 most-read RIABiz stories of 2013 and why you couldn't resist them
This year's potpourri includes young Horatio Algers, aged Cassandras, irate investors and a professor with the 401(k) industry in his sights

Wednesday 12.18.13
Ron Rhoades: There was a time when the SEC was respected. No more.

How the SEC has pulled a vanishing act, looking the other way while brokers with flimsy pretenses hold themselves out as trusted advisors
The federal keeper of the standards has stopped battling brokers from calling themselves 'wealth managers', advertising 'trust' or looking the other way on principal trades

Tuesday 12.17.13
Michael Askker: Of course, we're going to defend it.

Private-equity firm buys the Loeper-Wealthcare financial planning patent and big-time business execs are running with the ball
Here comes a CEO with an IPO under his belt, a Smith Barney legend and the E*TRADE baby-commercial guy

Monday 12.9.13
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
Financial advisors tend to scrutinize articles that point the way to the industry's future.

How 10 articles in August define what RIAs care about
From naked fear in the 401(k) realm to ad campaign overhauls in custody world, advisors read up on big picture information defining their business

Tuesday 9.3.13
Ron Rhoades: Here is the rub: the plan sponsor has great difficulty holding the "retirement plan consultant" to account, given the low standard of conduct applicable to measure the potential liability of a non-fiduciary consultant.

Legal analysis: Why the Yale 401(k) letters, limits aside, should raise an alarm to plan sponsors
Ayres may not have it all letter perfect but his basic points have a legal basis

Monday 8.19.13
Ron Rhoades:  The broker-dealer, and its financial advisors, received way more compensation than the 0.85% annual amount they stated to Janet.

An X-ray of one affluent, educated and sophisticated investor's portfolio shows how it was chewed up by fees
Helping an ex-Fortune 500 retiree prepare for her appearance before Congress, the author waded through a mountain of paper only to discover that the woman was likely to outlive her portfolio

Monday 8.12.13
Sheryl Garrett is able to give her advisors a steady flow of quality referrals.

Ron Rhoades, a lawyer, asks: Has Sheryl Garrett invented an RIA future of attorney-like comp?
Members of the Garrett network find pitfalls using flat fees and hourly fees (people want to kill lawyers, remember?) but a template for a fiduciary future may be taking shape

Thursday 8.1.13
Ron Rhoades: Only we, as professionals, if armed with a history of its practical application, will be able to call upon Congress to implement a true fiduciary standard and the formation of a professional regulatory organization.

What the 8 pillars of a FINRA-replacing entity for RIA oversight look like and how personal accountability is key
First and foremost, the PRO would have as it members individuals (not firms) who are qualified to become members of the profession

Sunday 7.28.13
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
Ron Rhoades: Brokers continue to operate with a free hand -- unburdened by the duty of nearly every other person in the U.S.

The story of FINRA's implacable drift from its founding ideals to a pallid 'no-lying baseline'
In Part 2 of a four-part series, our one-man think tank narrates the back story of today's fiduciary standoff, getting to the root of the 'insidious conflicts' that made the terms 'broker' and 'trustee' oxymoronic

Tuesday 7.9.13
Ron Rhoades: Wall Street and the large U.S. banks have captured our regulatory bodies and Congress, to the detriment of individual American investors.

Why keeping FINRA from ruling RIAs is critical to these firms, the investor -- and even the U.S. economy
In Part 1 of a four-part series, our One Man Think Tank pulls back the lens to look at how the resolution of the fiduciary furor could reverberate nationwide

Monday 6.24.13
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
Ellen Turf: I do feel like I've done everything I could do.

NAPFA's Ellen Turf hands in her resignation -- in part on the advice of her financial planner
On the heels of the l'affaire Rhoades the nonprofit mounts a search to replace its longtime leader when she steps down next year

Monday 11.12.12
Kevin Keller: Alan Goldfarb’s description of the alleged violation ... is not correct.

CFP Board shoots down Goldfarb's description of his alleged violation
The former chairman claims he's being hanged on a semantic technicality, but CEO Kevin Keller repudiates the claim

Monday 11.5.12
If any characteristic should be rewarded, it's courage.

5 recent acts of courage in the RIA business
Scott Leonard, Tim Kochis, Ron Rhoades, Steve Lockshin and Mike Brown have each shown backbone in their own way

Monday 9.10.12
Lauren Locker: I'm very, very busy.

Little-known understudy steps into NAPFA star role as Ron Rhoades bows out
Some are still pining for Ron, but Lauren Locker is confident she'll be able to win over her audience

Thursday 9.6.12
Ron Rhoades: I’ve put a big target on my back.

Before taking a self-imposed vow of silence, Ron Rhoades sounds off on the RIA industry and tells what's it's like to hit a professional wall
The outspoken NAPFA chairman-who-wasn't covers why the Bachus bill will rise again, the true fix for RIA exams and why the term 'fee-based' is inherently 'fraudulent'

Monday 8.27.12
Ron Rhoades: I'm looking forward to a full night's sleep tonight.

State of Florida gives low sanction to Ron Rhoades
Mitigating factors are cited by the Division of Securities and the resigning NAPFA chair expresses appreciation

Thursday 8.23.12
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
Rep. Spencer Bachus fired off a WSJ Op-Ed pushing for his bill two weeks after he had tabled it -- leaving advisors gobsmacked.

Amazed and confused: Advisors struggle to make sense of Bachus' Wall Street Journal Op-Ed salvo
House panel chief dives back into the oversight fray, but confusion persists over timing, intentions

Tuesday 8.7.12
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
Duane Thompson: It’d be a compromise, even though that doesn’t seem to be a fashionable word right now.

Duane Thompson says Bachus bill will croak in Congress but others see danger aplenty
The FPA veteran who spearheaded the killing of the 'Merrill Lynch Rule' outlines his vision of compromise on the SRO issue

Tuesday 5.29.12
Ron Rhoades: You're going to see a much more active NAPFA.

NAPFA's appointment of a new chairman could be a big deal for RIAs
Ron Rhoades spent the last year in obscurity but now he's "ready to take the gloves off"

Wednesday 5.23.12
Harold Evensky: They want to be in a position to raise money from industry sources and that's something we didn't want to do.

Fiduciary leaders splinter into two advocacy groups over divergent views
Knut Rostad takes six people with him to start the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard

Thursday 8.25.11
Dave Loeper: If advisors are using our process, they need to make sure they have the appropriate rights to it.

David Loeper is taking on UBS but his patent lawsuit is raising alarms in the RIA business
A pitched battle over the uniqueness of a financial planning process could result in thousands of advisors paying royalties

Thursday 8.11.11
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
Ron Rhoades channels his inner Chekhov to envision a scenario arising from a uniform fiduciary standard as per SIFMA's wishes.

A conversation between a wirehouse advisor and a senior citizen who seeks trust
Aunt Bea extracts the true meaning of the word 'fiduciary'

Tuesday 7.26.11
Stacey Lau Welsh gave up her investment banking career to manage wealth. 'I can work hard and sleep in my own bed.'

Three happenings in the RIA world right now
The Innovative Alternative Strategies conference kicks off; United Capital brings aboard two high-level women advisors; and Ron Rhoades finally gets recognized for his efforts

Wednesday 6.22.11
Ron Rhoades: We need to foster a next generation of leaders, armed with a greater knowledge.

Ron Rhoades is a lawyer and RIA with no back-down; the VA industry is finding that out in a hurry
The relationship began with a comment about the ineffectiveness of cosmetics on pigs

Friday 4.8.11
Ron Rhoades:  In essence, the “theory” of FIAs often fails in its execution, due to poor product design and abusive sales practices.

The ABCs of doing due diligence on fixed income annuities
State regulators are stepping up as the SEC, reigned in by Dodd Frank, retreats on regulation of fixed income annuities

Friday 3.18.11
Mercer Bullard: "If the CFP Board, the Financial Planning Association or the Investment Adviser Association finally get their act together, they might want to get involved."

Mississippi lawyer Mercer Bullard volunteers to form an RIA SRO and nobody's laughing it off
IAA won't join forces; annual cost to run an SRO could top $150 million

Thursday 3.10.11
Ron Rhoades: “Sh***y products” – such as the many poor asset-backed securities manufactured in the 2002 to 2008 time frame – would likely not have been manufactured in such great numbers had financial intermediaries been fiduciaries.

One-Man Think Tank: Four red flags in the SEC's fiduciary report
The standard may help right an economy overweighted by finance, but there's a strong chance Wall Street will block it

Tuesday 3.1.11
Ron Rhoades: The SEC will require the support of many professional groups and consumer groups, as well as that of the media and general public, to overcome the ferocious attacks which are certain to follow.

One-Man Think Tank: SEC courage likely to be tested in coming months
Study on fiduciary standard may be the most significant advance for investor protection in a half-century, but real progress will be made rule by rule

Monday 1.24.11
Chuck Moran, of the CFB Board of Standards board of directors: “We were looking for a more definitive recognition of financial planning."

GAO study puts insurance agents up for scrutiny as it rejects idea of sweeping RIAs, b-ds, planners into one regulatory pool
A disappointment to those advocating for a financial planning profession, the study details the hodgepodge of regulation without recommending major changes

Wednesday 1.19.11
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
Ron Rhoades' crystal ball extends to 2025 when Americans finally say 'uncle' to another 15 years of having brokers' interests go first.

Why a swing-and-miss on fiduciary standards will haunt us for decades
An ounce of good sense now could save the U.S. economy a pound of unnecessary pain downstream

Thursday 12.23.10
Ron Rhoades crafted this response to two advisors' question about turning RIA

One-Man Think Tank: Yes, advisors, there is a way to cope with fiduciary liability
Ron Rhoades recipe includes one surprising ingredient

Tuesday 12.21.10
Ron Rhoades: I have personally observed dozens of my clients, throughout my 25-year legal and then investment advisory career, inform me that their “financial advisor” took them on “for free” and “has never been paid a dime.”

One-Man Think Tank: The fiduciary standard may sink Wall Street's advisors-on-yachts. Should we care?
How much should a professional investment advisor make?

Tuesday 12.7.10
Ron Rhoades: From a review of the academic literature, it appears that relatively few investment strategies, as to the design of portfolios for individual clients, withstand academic scrutiny.

One-Man Think Tank: With even governments abandoning pension plans, investors are being tossed to the fee-hungry wolves
Disclosures don't deal with the psychological issues of risk aversion, overconfidence, and cognitive dissonance.

Thursday 12.2.10
Ron Rhoades: I have seen in my 25 years of practice ... a large number of individual Americans withdraw from the stock and bond markets after discovering the inadequacy of the conflict-ridden investment advice they received.

One-Man Think Tank: What would Adam Smith say about the fiduciary standard?
As the SEC ruminates, the invisible hand lurks and Rhoades finds support for a strong standard in unlikely places

Monday 11.22.10
Ron Rhoades: It appears that relatively few investment strategies, as to the design of portfolios for individual clients, withstand academic scrutiny.

One-Man Think Tank: Would your investment strategy stand up in court?
Advisors should apply due diligence not only to products and suitability, but to their overall approach, says the new ADV form.

Wednesday 11.3.10
Ron Rhoades: If you read to the end of this column, you may conclude that due diligence is not easy. But whoever said being an RIA should be?

One-Man Think Tank: Inside the due diligence that uncovered serious questions about a REIT
Ron's firm convinced an investor to sell his shares after an analysis that looked at the share redemption program

Monday 8.9.10
Ron Rhoades: Many RIAs rightly question the utility of limited inspections by regulators.

One-Man Think Tank: The SEC's custody examinations leave gaps big enough for Madoff to drive a bus through
How to reassure clients who are seeing Ponzi after Ponzi unveiled

Tuesday 7.27.10
Jim Sotell: Fees that were hidden are coming to the surface. That will put RIAs on a more level playing field with brokers in the retirement plan business.

How the new 12b(1) fee restrictions could transform the financial advisory industry
Brokers selling 401(k) plans may have another nail driven into their coffin

Thursday 7.22.10
Eugene Steuerle explains why it's often better to spend your 401(k) for a year or two before delving into Social Security

RIABiz Conversations: Eugene Steuerle answers RIAs' technical questions about how to use Social Security as an annuity
Plus, a debate you may have missed on Harold Evensky's FINRA comments

Tuesday 7.20.10
Ron Rhoades: Potential clients rightfully adhere to the old adage, "Where there's smoke, there's fire."

One-Man Think Tank: Six steps to avoid getting sued and having your reputation destroyed in the bargain
Beware prospects who bad-mouth their old advisor; fire clients who don't stick to the strategy

Monday 7.19.10
Ron Rhoades: It is time for FINRA to be dismantled.

One-Man Think Tank: Six reasons that FINRA should be dismantled
Insuperable issue: Each FINRA firm has an equity interest in FINRA - and would be entitled to a slice of its billion-dollar war chest

Wednesday 7.14.10
RIAs continue to rise above the landscape and capture notice from across constituencies

What happened in June shows that RIA fortunes stayed on the rise
The giant legislative victory was a landmark for RIAs but much more happened as Spring turned to Summer

Friday 7.2.10
Ron Rhoades: Fiduciary organizations benefit from the media's growing attention to the fiduciary issue.

One-Man Think Tank: Being a fiduciary is suddenly in style, even as lawmakers dance around the issue
The conference committee puts off action for another day, but Ron Rhoades points out that the private sector is finding its own solutions

Thursday 6.24.10
David Bellaire: Improving regulatory examination and enforcement for investment advisers and broker-dealers is more complicated than changing the responsible regulator or throwing money at the problem.

Debate continues: Fiduciary standard no panacea
Financial Services Institute advocates for study, deliberate look at investor protection

Thursday 5.6.10
Ron Rhoades: Settlement of the case between Goldman Sachs and the SEC is highly likely within the next several months.

One-Man Think Tank: Inside the legal issues of the Goldman Sachs hearings
Sorting out the culpability of the Wall Street powerhouse requires a close look at the suitability standard

Wednesday 5.5.10
FINRA, SEC and NASSA offer guidance on the suitability standard

The suitability standard, defined
If you've wondered, as we have, exactly what it says, wonder no more

Wednesday 5.5.10
Ron Rhoades: When will Congress stand up to Wall Street?

One-Man Think Tank: When Wall Street has investors' 'best interests' at heart, watch out
As Senate is poised to take up reform, Ron Rhoades contends the movement to create a "new" fiduciary standard is a campaign of disinformation

Tuesday 4.27.10
Ron Rhoades: The more you make brokers and advisers look the same, the more likely it is that FINRA will end up regulating them all.

What financial advisors can expect from Washington this spring: 8 predictions
Financial reform will move forward, but regulation will move backward

Monday 4.5.10
Ron Rhoades: The large broker-dealer firms should be partying tonight

FINRA and SIFMA win big for Wall Street with release of Senator Dodd's bill yesterday
The proposal is a 'devastating grant of authority to the SEC to write the rules'

Tuesday 3.16.10
Ron Rhoades: Arguably, language in the Johnson Amendment provides the SEC with the authority to craft whatever rules it wants to.

Why the New York Times fiduciary article won't deter the special interests
Consumer-protection regulations rarely get stiffer in the legislative process

Friday 3.5.10
Ron Rhoades: If investment advice becomes a profession, demand will soar.

Part One: Investment Advisers: Is our path toward, or away, from a true profession?
An argument for taking the high road

Monday 2.15.10
Washington's attention to financial advice is a major step in its evolution

Part Two: The last advice model standing
Five links on the evolutionary chain toward a profession

Monday 2.15.10
Ron Rhoades: Increasing attention is now being given to FINRA’s failures as a regulator

7 reasons why wirehouses shouldn't milk the old business model
Once the chief protector, FINRA and its lapses may contribute to brokers' darkening picture

Thursday 1.28.10
Mary Schapiro: When investors receive similar services from similar financial service providers, they should be subject to the same standard of conduct

'Unthinkable' progress was made on creating a new regulatory world for advisors in 2009
Change is in the air but upcoming Senate elections complicate prospects for 2010

Thursday 12.17.09
SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar: These rules are a "Madoff fix."

SEC details new "Madoff fix" custody rules
Advisor groups relieved: no surprise audits for RIAs with third-party custodians

Wednesday 12.16.09
Paula Monopoli: Money equals power within a relationship and power asymmetry yields inequality.

Should men control retirement accounts? ERISA rules say yes
Professor says 401(k) system is biased against women

Tuesday 12.15.09
Ron Rhoades: Congress should replace the current mismash of  IRAs, SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), 457, etc. with four types of accounts

Experts open playbook on retirement plan reform
What's in the mix: eliminating loans from retirement funds, annual rollovers, self-directed Roth IRA

Tuesday 12.15.09
Kristina Fausti is watching for whether fiduciary standard will apply only to personalized investment advice provided to retail investors

SEC one step closer to losing oversight of most RIAs
But will budget-crunched states do a better job?

Wednesday 10.28.09



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