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The continuing growth of the RIA channel, by the numbers

May 31, 2015

Market appreciation alone doesn't explain the continuing growth of the RIA channel. Overall, there was a 21% increase in the total assets under management of all included firms in the InvestmentNews RIA Data Center, from $1.1 trillion at the...

The top RIAs pose strong competition to large brokerages

May 31, 2015

When Veritable founder Michael Stolper was working at Kidder Peabody & Co. in the early 1980s, he found that sometimes the best advice for clients was to do nothing. But that wasn't very lucrative, since his income depended on commissions. So...

InvestmentNews Research, BlackRock launch new study of “Elite” RIAs

May 28, 2015

New York, May 28, 2015 – With the business of providing financial advice fast evolving – presenting advisers with new service opportunities as well as urgent practice challenges – InvestmentNews Research, in partnership with BlackRock...

Is adviser compensation rising in tandem with advisory firm revenues?

April 29, 2015

Our research studies have shown again and again that independent adviser compensation stacks up well against some of the best-paid professional careers. Two years ago, after the results were in from our 2013 InvestmentNews/Moss Adams Adviser...

Cantor Wealth regroups following CEO's departure

April 29, 2015

After a year of slow recruiting and the recent departure of one of its founders, Cantor Fitzgerald Wealth Partners, the budding wealth arm of storied trading firm Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., is recalibrating and betting on a stronger second act....

CEO of Cantor's wealth unit to depart

April 16, 2015

Stanley Gregor, who joined Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. in 2013 to help the Wall Street firm branch out into wealth management and launch Cantor Fitzgerald Wealth Partners, is leaving the firm in coming weeks, according to several sources familiar...

HighTower lands $750 million Morgan Stanley team

April 2, 2015

HighTower Advisors, a hybrid broker-dealer and investment adviser, has netted a top Morgan Stanley team in California with the addition of the Bahnsen Group, which previously managed around $750 million in assets. The group, which joins HighTower...

The robo-fication of RIA deal making

March 16, 2015

The wealth management industry is awash in robo hype. The mainstream introduction of online, automated investment services, known as robo-advisers, has the financial advisory business riveted. Headlines, shop-talk and strategic planning sessions...

Time for RIAs to set transition plans as SEC steps up focus

March 6, 2015

Mary Jo White, chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, recently discussed potential regulatory reforms that would lay the foundation for regulating the risks arising from portfolio composition and operations of investment advisers...

Is there a bubble in RIA prices?

March 2, 2015

Are RIA prices getting too rich? At least two well-known names in the acquisition business, United Capital and HighTower Advisors, have backed away from buying established registered investment advisers while citing, in part, the high costs...

$800 million Morgan team breaks away

February 23, 2015

A team previously managing $800 million in client assets at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management has broken away to form an independent firm. The team, which is partnering with Dynasty Financial Partners, a platform and service provider for independent...

Having integrated technology can improve RIAs' businesses

February 20, 2015

Much has been written about how integrated technology can help advisers streamline their practices, position themselves for growth and strengthen client relationships and service. But what does technology integration actually entail? There are...

Some RIAs cautious of using alts, despite industry buzz

February 17, 2015

Clients, product manufacturers and even major custodians are all pushing the advice industry toward alternative investment products, but some registered investment advisers are still holding back. Alternative investments, which generally include...

The Mutual Fund Store adds new products, services as it eyes eventual IPO

February 15, 2015

Three years after taking over leadership of The Mutual Fund Store from its charismatic, straight-shooting founder, Adam Bold, John Bunch is starting to make his mark by expanding its products and services. The company is expanding its financial...

A numbers-based approach to bringing in more client assets

February 13, 2015

Upon ringing in the New Year, successful advisers set their sights on new goals, many of which focus on bringing in new assets. What's your goal? Are you trying to bring in $10 million, $20 million, or even $30 million in new assets? As much...

Top-performing firms invest big in technology — a critical driver of success

February 11, 2015

As we dive into the results of the 2015 InvestmentNews Adviser Technology Study and begin analyzing the data, one of the first steps is to identify the "top performers." By focusing on this group we can gauge how their success, typically defined...

Fidelity's acquisition of eMoney Advisor could be a watershed moment for the advice industry

February 9, 2015

I have written at length about the changing landscape created by robo-advisers and mega direct-to-consumer brands like the fund companies, banks and custodians. And while I don't have a crystal ball, I think the acquisition of eMoney by Fidelity...

3 qualities all advisers' outsourcing partners should share

February 4, 2015

I recently participated in a panel on the subject of outsourcing at the Women Adviser Summit hosted by InvestmentNews. Since the event, I've had time to think further about the topic and to discuss it with our panel moderator, Marion Asnes,...

Password managers are a powerful tool in the fight to fend off cyber crooks

February 4, 2015

As advisers renew their focus on cybersecurity, one important area not to overlook are passwords. While choosing the right technology is an important component of reinforcing our security when online, so is correcting some of our bad habits....

A fiduciary standard creates internal conflicts for advisers

January 28, 2015

Registered investment advisers could have more competition by the end of the year if Finra extends a fiduciary standard to its regulated brokers. The change would be significant, increasing expectations for brokers currently held only to a suitability...

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