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Sun shines on RIAs, and product makers bask in the glow

SAN FRANCISCO — The days when registered investment advisers could remain as cloistered and mysterious to outsiders as a John Grisham-style law firm may be drawing to a close.

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Advent Software faces competition

Seizing an opportunity to exploit the perceived integration problems of Advent Software Inc.’s offerings to financial advisers, 19 technology companies have formed YourSilverBullet.net.

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Thomson expands push into wealth management

SAN FRANCISCO — Thomson Financial’s recent acquisition of a Belgian software company is a clear indication of its desire to appeal to higher-end financial advisers, analysts say.

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Vanguard adds online offerings aimed at advisers

PHILADELPHIA — As part of its ongoing efforts to appeal to financial advisers, The Vanguard Group Inc. has added several features to its adviser website.

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Canadian SRO pressuring gadfly on complaint data

OTTAWA — A tussle has erupted over what to do with complaints against more than 2,000 brokers that the Investment Dealers Association of Canada inadvertently posted on its website.

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Mass. hedge fund scrutiny called a ‘sting operation’

Hedge fund manager Phillip Goldstein, who has been accused of marketing alternative-class investments to a non-qualified investor through his firm’s website, is crying foul by drawing attention to what he described as a “sting operation” aimed at him and his company.

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Microsoft’s Vista hits advisers in their pocketbooks

SAN FRANCISCO — The biggest software company in the world may be forcing financial advisers to purchase expensive hardware in the wake of its recent upgrade.

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Online options trading is getting cheaper

NEW YORK — The online options trading arena is rapidly expanding, as the cost to trade such investments has fallen significantly.

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Franklin Resources expanding in India

BOSTON — Franklin Resources Inc., the nation’s fourth-largest mutual fund company, boosted its head count by 229 workers last quarter, with more than 90% of that growth coming from India, where it opened a new facility last month.