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  • Oct 23, 2014
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    The Daily Brief: Antoine Walker's Financial Failure

    Former Boston Celtics power forward and NBA All-Star Antoine Walker talked to Bloomberg's Pimm Fox about how he lost $110 million, spending it on exotic cars, jewelry and handouts to a posse of "about eight to nine guys."...More
  • Oct 22, 2014
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    Fiduciary Advocates: We Need a New Strategy

    The brokerage industry outspends RIAs 50 to one in lobbying dollars, and the press hasn't done a good job covering the fiduciary debate, advocates for the fiduciary standard said during NAPFA's fall conference today. The industry needs a new strategy....More
  • Oct 22, 2014
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    The Daily Brief: Asia Pacific Wealth Report 2014

    According to the Asia Pacific Wealth Report 2014, by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management, the region's population of high-net-worth investors grew 17 percent to 4.3 million, while their assets grew 18 percent to $14.2 trillion....More
  • Oct 21, 2014
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    The Daily Brief: Admitting to Fraud

    An accomplice to jailed Ponzi scheme artist Scott Rothstein has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud as part of the Florida attorney's $1.2 billion crime....More
  • Oct 20, 2014
    Commentary

    Is More Regulation Really Necessary to Protect Investors?

    The Financial Planning Coalition is advocating for new regulatory standards for financial planners, contending new research shows investors are harmed by the lack of appropriate standards....More
  • Oct 16, 2014
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    Buyers Are Just Not That Into You

    Despite there being a high ratio of buyers to sellers in this business, practices are not worth as much as advisors expect. Is it, actually, a buyer's market?...More
  • Oct 16, 2014
    Commentary

    The Daily Brief: The Gates Made of Gold

    Entrepreneurs who made their own fortunes accounted for 35 of the 50 people on a recent Wealth-X list of the wealthiest individuals in each U.S. state. That includes self-made entrepreneur Bill Gates....More
  • Oct 15, 2014
    Commentary

    The Daily Brief: Reducing the Risk

    A report released this month by Research Affiliates argues that young workers should begin with a less risky portfolio, noting that their attitudes about investing and risk bearing should not be “poisoned” by a bad early experience....More
  • Oct 14, 2014
    Article

    The Daily Brief: Fade to Black

    A former stockbroker was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to scamming the Broadway producers of Rebecca: The Musical by lining up fake investors in the production in exchange for a finders' fee....More
  • Oct 13, 2014
    Article

    The Daily Brief: Trumped

    We know it’s hard to believe, but not every business Donald Trump touches turns to gold. Here are 12 that no longer exist....More
  • Oct 10, 2014
    blog

    The Daily Brief: Alt ETF of ALT ETFs

    ProShares has partnered with Morningstar to launch an alternative investments ETF that is meant to be a one-stop diversified portfolio of alternative strategies in a single, low-cost ETF wrapper, with the ticker ALTS....More
  • Oct 9, 2014
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    Financial Advisory Twitter War 4

    If you weren't on Twitter today, you missed a showdown between MarketCounsel's Brian Hamburger and industry commentators Michael Kitces and Bill Winterberg....More
  • Oct 9, 2014
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    Growing Pains for Hedge Funds in the Liquid Alts Space

    The transition into liquid alternatives has not been an easy one for hedge fund managers, but ‘fund adoption’ could be the next wave of growth, says 361 Capital....More
  • Oct 9, 2014
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    The Daily Brief: The Future of Finance is More of the Same?

    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreesen got a lot of attention with a Q&A in Bloomberg Markets magazine where he suggested the entire realm of finance was ripe for disruption....More
  • Oct 8, 2014
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    The Daily Brief: Myth Busting 101

    Clients should be disabused of the notion that they can do financial planning by themselves....More
  • Oct 7, 2014
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    The Daily Brief: Worthwhile

    Hightower CEO Elliot Weissbluth is profiled in this month’s Worth magazine, which also named him No. 91 on the publication’s list of the 100 most powerful people in finance....More
  • Oct 6, 2014
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    The Daily Brief: Broker/Dealer Liable for Inside Trades

    The SEC has charged a broker/dealer for failure to protect against insider trading for the first time. The Wells Fargo broker, who had previously been charged, is accused of trading on material non-public information when he learned from a client that Burger King was bieng sold to 3G Capital Management....More
  • Oct 3, 2014
    blog

    RIAs “Passing” on Diversity

    Most RIAs either have no knowledge about their firms' diversity programs or say that their programs are satisfactory, according to a recent survey by Schwab Advisor Services....More
  • Oct 3, 2014
    blog

    The Daily Brief: Estate App

    Woody Levin developed an app that stores all digital passwords, financial accounts, health records, social media log ins, etc. and automatically release them to a designated individual when they verify your death with the service....More
  • Oct 2, 2014
    blog

    FSI Responds to CARDS by Forming Task Force

    FSI formed a task force of broker/dealer executives to analyze and respond to FINRA's Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System (CARDS) proposal....More
  • Sep 29, 2014
    blog

    Thinking About Buying a Practice? Talk to More Than One Seller

    It’s a seller’s market when it comes to the merger and acquisition activity around advisory practices, so for those looking to buy, better have more than one iron in the fire....More
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