Here is an excerpt: "The next thundering herd on Wall Street may be the ranks of low-cost portfolio managers such as MarketRiders and Folio Investing, which cater to self-directed investors like Cohen. Sites that sell prepackaged portfolios have attracted more than $3 billion in assets over the last three years as more investors leave their full-service brokers."
It seems to me that financial advisors are gaining assets from baby boomers who are or nearing retirement. Capital accumulation is, I suppose, relatively easy: Just go long some indexes (, commodities, fixed income, a simple combination thereof). But creating a distribution plan --- how to live on accumulated capital --- is a far more complex task, one that may require actual professional help.