David Armstrong

Managing Editor,
Penton Media
Ten to Watch 2016: Chris Flint
Over Chris Flint’s 20-year career in financial services, he’s gained a reputation as a hands-on recruiter for independent broker/dealers, building up the advisor ranks rep by rep, office by office.
Ten to Watch 2016: Hollie Fagan
BlackRock, by far the largest asset management firm in the world, has established distribution in the institutional world and among Wall Street’s retail brokerages. It’s now on a mission to deepen its presence in the independent advisory channel. Hollie Fagan is leading the charge.
Editor's Letter: August 2015
There is a masthead change in this issue that merits some reflection. After 18 years as publisher, Rich Santos is retiring from daily duty.
Editor's Letter: July 2015
When Stifel Financial Corp. agreed to buy U.K. bank Barclays’ wealth management unit in the U.S., it put a final cap on a long, strange story of how an international bank stumbled badly trying to find a footing in managing the assets of wealthy Americans, and provides a cautionary tale of how corporate culture, as vague and amorphous as it can be, is really the oxygen of any business.
Morningstar: Gender Diversity Key to Success, Says Krawcheck
The $14 trillion retirement gap in America “is so scary we’ve stopped talking about it,” Sallie Krawcheck said during a keynote presentation at the Morningstar Investment conference. “And the retirement crisis is a woman’s crisis.”
Morningstar: ETFs 2.0 - When Innovation Leads to Proliferation
The growth of exchange traded funds has outpaced traditional mutual funds for a few years now, and has crossed $3 trillion globally. Now the funds are evolving.
Morningstar: Economy is Doing Fine, Says JP Morgan’s David Kelly.
After Jeremy Grantham’s “creeping to bubble land” keynote that kicked off Morningstar’s annual investment conference, JP Morgan Asset Management’s David Kelly was, relatively speaking, optimistic.
Creeping Toward Bubble Land
GMO’s Jeremy Grantham kicked off Morningstar’s annual investor conference with a warning that we’re “creeping nicely and slowly to bubble land,” as easy money policies lead corporate managers to focus more on short-term profits (and stock options) than capital expansion.
Editor's Letter: June 2015
Over 300 firms, from asset managers to custodians, from technology providers to broker/dealers, submitted their best advisor-focused initiatives from the past year.
Should Retail Investors Follow Endowment Model?
The rush of retail investors into alternative investment strategies is driven in part by the strategies’ success inside endowment and institutional funds. But dig deeper and all is not as it seems.
FROM IMCA: Adapting to a Robo Universe
It would not be a conference for wealth managers without a panel on robo advisors, where forward-thinking industry practitioners try to convince a skeptical audience that their conventional business model is being disrupted faster than they realize.
Advisors With Heart Awards 2015: David Young
Family is clearly important to David Young, so when his son-in-law died suddenly from a brain aneurysm, leaving his 25-year-old daughter Katie alone with a newborn, his sensitivity toward the matter led to what is now the Live Your Dream foundation.
Advisors With Heart Awards 2015: William Pickens
In 2007, William Pickens founded the Mid-South chapter of Gift of Life International foundation which brings children with heart defects from developing countries to leading U.S. hospitals for operations and recovery.
Editor's Letter: May 2015
It’s worth looking at the so-far relatively muted response of the industry to the Department of Labor’s second go around in proposing new fiduciary regulations for financial advisors to retirement accounts.
Editor's Letter: April 2015
No longer just salespeople at the tail end of Wall Street, advisors have come into their own as professionals.
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