Kristen French

One Thousand RIAs Miss Deadline for Registration Switch
There are a whole lot of RIAs out there in registration limbo—about 1,150 to be exact, according to the Securities Exchange Commission.
Well-paid FINRA Lobbyist Departs as Losses Mount
Howard Schloss, head of corporate communications and government relations for FINRA and a key figure in lobbying to grant the organization oversight of investment advisers, announced he will leave in September.
Really Rich Really Want Financial Quarterbacks
Enthusiasm for the financial quarterback role is growing among the super-rich, according to research released Wednesday by Morgan Stanley and Campden Research.
Divesting Offshore Wealth Biz Could Sting Merrill Advisors Back Home
Two months after news leaked that BofA is shopping the business, no buyer has emerged. But when one does, U.S,-based advisors who do some international business could stand to lose it.
The Online Advice Revolution
While the machine may never completely replace the flesh-and-blood financial advisor, it will force you to narrow your focus and lower your fees.
Envestnet Goes Mobile With New App, User Interface
The advisor support and technology firm is set to launch a mobile app with complete platform access and a client-facing tool with advisor branding.
Pershing's Insite 2012 Conference Highlights 1
Pershing's 14th annual Insite conference kicked off with a flurry of announcements, including being the first custodian to offer 529 plans on its platform.
John Thiel: Merrill Lynch Clients Want Banking Products 3
Bank of America wants greater collaboration between the bank and the advisor force. Merrill’s head of wealth management says advisors need to manage clients’ total wealth picture—assets and liabilities.
Wells Fargo Advisors Stepping Up Advice with Atul Kamra 1
What is the job description for "Head of Advice"? Atul Kamra, former head of First Clearing, takes on a high profile role at Wells Fargo Advisors.
E.F. Hutton is Back, But Will Anyone Listen? 2
E.F Hutton was one of the most innovative firms in the industry. Veteran Frank Campanale talks about reviving the brand in a changed world and why in some ways the E.F. Hutton of the past isn't the E.F. Hutton of the future.
Blotter: June 2012
The SEC charged Mark Spangler, the former chairman of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, with secretly diverting around $48 million in client money
Morgan Now Says All Retail Clients Can Get Facebook Shares
Morgan Stanley clients had been clamoring for shares ever since the IPO was announced, but it was, until now, unclear who would be eligible to get them.
Building a Better Art Index
Artnet has just launched a new art pricing index that it claims will demystify art investing. It covers more ground than the benchmark Mei Moses, but is that a good thing? Art world advisers say successful art investing will continue to resist formulas and equations.
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