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Rob Isbitts: It was amazing to see how far this field has come. And yet, I wonder if it's already gone the way of too many advisory industry trends: Overkill!

Top 10 alternatives to alternative investments for RIAs: 2013 edition
Our alts maven gives his thumbs-up and thumbs-down on products and strategies and offers ways to cultivate a taste for off-the-menu offerings in clients

Monday 7.15.13
Michael Collins: Only the fittest roll out.

8 reasons why the hedge fund industry deserves a second look in 2013 and why RIAs are so well positioned to capitalize
It's a buyers market for investors who will need an advisor's help to sort the hedge fund manager sheep from the goats

Tuesday 4.23.13
Jeff Cusack: The average RIA doesn't think of Nuveen when he's thinking of alternatives.

After three RIA division heads in five years, Nuveen looks to ex-Schwab star to shift into higher gear
The $211-billion Chicago giant is counting on Jeff Cusack to introduce an alternative investments flavor to spice up its more vanilla offerings

Thursday 9.27.12
Felipe Luna: We're seeing ... high-net-worth clients ... who want to be more aggressively involved in alternative investments.

How CONCERT is leveraging a full-service alternatives platform to boost its carriage trade clientele
CONCERT sees CAIS catering to the $200 million-plus set while its current alts provider tends to those who may like their hedge funds in mutual-fund wraps

Tuesday 8.21.12
Rob Isbitts: Clients can even tell an advisor they would like a double-long midcap equity ETF.

5 counterintuitive reasons why the investment vehicle of the the decade is ... stocks
These days there are more varieties and combinations of investments than selections on a Starbucks menu -- but that's not necessarily a good thing

Thursday 8.2.12
 Kelly Rodriques: Even if an asset is currently worthless, advisors still need to transfer that asset to a successor custodian.

The 30-day alternative assets challenge: Finding the right successor custodian
Deftly remediating alternative assets held in retirement accounts can strengthen the client-advisor bond and avoid a dreaded 'taxable event'

Friday 7.27.12
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
Barry Martin: The primary risk of a covered option strategy is opportunity risk.

In search of alternative income solutions in the current low-yield environment
Selling covered calls on a portfolio of equities or on a concentrated position may offer clients incremental gains while reducing direct exposure to interest rate risk

Monday 5.21.12
Jon Sundt: More than 70 new alternative mutual funds were launched in 2011.

A more liquid alternative to alternative investments catches on
Using hedge fund strategies in a mutual fund can offer risk-adjusted returns and a way to bail out to cash

Thursday 3.8.12
Ann Bergin: We'll see a rush to the front door in coming days and weeks.

Schwab wins long-awaited green light from the SEC on alternative-assets distribution
The no-action letter on a DTCC standard may pave the way for custodians to create supermarkets of hedge funds

Wednesday 3.7.12
Rob Isbitts: Options typically require far less capital than inverse ETFs used to hedge.

4 reasons to use options -- and 4 more reasons why you should think twice
Options can smooth the bumps inherent in longterm investing but expect to take some time educating your clients about them

Friday 2.24.12
Jeremy Norton: The burden falls squarely on advisors.

How RIAs can best pick alternative investments: Punt
This minefield is best left to experts with the right resources and expertise

Tuesday 8.16.11
Matthew C. Brown: For most RIAs, outsourcing to a reputable vendor that offers an independent, end-to-end alternatives solution makes the most sense.

Step-by-step on finding a platform for alternative investments
A guide to assessing solutions to meet rising demand from high net worth clients

Tuesday 5.17.11
Stephen J. Cucchiaro spoke with Chuck Schwab and Walt Bettinger before deciding to sell his company to theirs.

A look inside Schwab's big deal with a small asset manager
Windward sold for a big premium but Schwab may be the bigger winner

Friday 11.12.10
Ben Bernanke's popularity with advisors stays steady in turbulent markets

9 things worth knowing from Schwab's newest advisor study
Social media is not catching on with big advisors but alternative investments are

Wednesday 8.25.10
Bernie Clark: Our competitors are still treating this [custody of alternative assets] as an accommodation.

After a wait, Schwab has a program for alternative assets
The giant custodian will hold many of the assets itself

Thursday 4.22.10
Mark Tibergien: We are managing risk. That is what B-to-B firms do.

Pershing is working to create a better alternative assets experience
The Jersey City RIA custodian believes a defined list of criteria gives it an edge

Monday 3.8.10
Shawn Paulk: RIAs do not sell products to their clients– and they don’t care to be “sold” to either.

The alternative investments sales cycle for RIAs got longer but marketing patience got shorter
High net worth investors are under stress, and pushing them to quick decisions can backfire

Monday 1.18.10
Robert Isbitts: "The temptation to try something exotic to prove 'value-add' to your clients may be great."

The top 10 alternatives to alternative investments
Why you shouldn't always be giving clients what they want

Thursday 11.12.09
Sean Cook: Fidelity's cuts are a validating symbol of the company's willingness to take alternative investments

One notable Fidelity price cut may enliven conversation, advisors say
Cut of alternative investment custody fees is symbolic to key Schwab advisors

Thursday 9.10.09
Fidelity cuts come two months after Schwab's and go further

Fidelity's Durbin debuts with strategic price cuts
Head of RIA unit wants to eliminate obstacles to winning business

Thursday 9.10.09

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