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Elliot Weissbluth featured on InvestmentNews: The biggest challenge facing RIAs is ...

by on June 21, 2018

Elliot Weissbluth, Founder & CEO of HighTower, talks with InvestmentNews’ Matt Ackermann about some of the key operational challenges plaguing RIAs today at the 2018 Pershing INSITE conference. He explains that increased regulatory scrutiny, evolving technology and the ever-changing complexity of the investment universe will continue to take RIAs away from focusing on serving their […]

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Old Wall Street’s Creatively Dishonest Attack on the DOL Fiduciary Rule

by on November 12, 2017

How can you fight against regulation that protects working-class American families from fraud without destroying your own reputation? That has been the question facing old Wall Street wirehouses as they try to kill the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule, a new standard for financial advice that could save retirement investors $17 billion per year in unnecessary […]

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In Age of Fintech, People are More Important than Ever

by on July 19, 2017

According to a recent LinkedIn survey, 25% of finance professionals are worried about losing their jobs due to automation. Their fears are not misplaced, or unique to the industry. Just as technology hollowed out American manufacturing and eliminated the middle-man in commerce, it’s driving significant disruption and disintermediation on Wall Street. New technologies are squeezing […]

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The Smart Stranger, Part 2: The Power of Outsiders

by on July 04, 2017

“What can the story of an outsider tell us about spurring innovation?” asks this New York Times video, featuring Charles DuHigg: The video tells the story of Malcolm McLean who, in the 1930s, had an idea about speeding up the cargo shipping industry. Instead of a crew unloading 40 bales of goods from each truck […]

Read More Lessons in Physics

by on June 26, 2017 This is the one about your very first time on a rollercoaster, bringing back to memory that moment of the coaster cars slowly climbing for their initial decline – only to embark on yet another, far more violent, explosion downwards, right after the first descent. You may also recall the “breather” (that seemingly calm […]

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Huffington Post: Bubblewrapped

by on June 06, 2017

Tension keeps lingering, at times not even allowing the slightest hope of bridging our conquering world views; my wife and I continue to lead a passionate debate over what has been and, more importantly, what we should expect to come. Our ongoing give-and-take, if it had to be defined in brief, is largely centered around […]

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Bye-Bye, Fat Broker Signing Bonuses

by on June 05, 2017

One of Wall Street’s most storied traditions—the fat signing bonus—is on the chopping block. The New York Post reports that Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS are “calling an abrupt end — for now — to hiring raids and the seven-figure upfront signing bonuses they once paid to poach each other’s talent.” According to the article, wirehouses […]

Read More Hearing Voices

by on May 19, 2017

by Matthias Kuhlmey No, this is not a lesson in mental health, but instead a reminder to closely examine our inner voices – those in pretense of knowing the truth. The broad opinion considers domestic stocks to be overpriced, or “high” in casual terms, especially when viewed in context of not only an “OK […]

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