White papers and reports

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First Clearing
Neuroeconomics is a new science that studies how people make financial decisions. Advisers who have an understanding of this science can translate it into how they relate to their clients. Learn more about the insights of neuroeconomics with First Clearing’s White Paper, “The Silent Value: Advice for the 21st Century.”
Cadaret Grant
A central underpinning of classical economic — and investing — theory is that people act rationally to secure outcomes in their best interest.
What trends will likely shape the direction of capital marketsover the next decade? Learn more in this new forward-looking white paper from Principal Global Investors CEO Jim McCaughan.
May 28, 2015
InvestmentNews Research, BlackRock
With the business of providing financial advice fast evolving – presenting advisers with new service opportunities as well as urgent practice challenges – InvestmentNews Research, in partnership with BlackRock Inc., introduces a new study examining the primary keys to growth and success for registered investment advisory (RIA) firms. Specifically, “The Study of Elite RIAs” has identified how a select portion of advisers have managed to meet this changing environment’s new demands, attract assets and clients at an accelerated rate – and ultimately achieve industry-leading levels of growth and performance. The report also uses this analysis of Elite RIAs to prescribe a series of short- and long-term steps to future success for advisers.
Peak Advisor Alliance
We pride ourselves on being the voice of fiscal reason for our clients. We take our fiduciary responsibilities seriously, advising and planning in an effort to ensure that each of our clients will be well-cared for financially. Yet when it comes to planning for our own legacy, far too many of us fail to conduct adequate planning around what is likely our single most valuable asset – our business.
First Clearing
Daily news headlines reflect the harsh realities of cyber intrusions and cyber crime. Among the most targeted industries, financial firms and advisers need to remain particularly vigilant to protect themselves and client information from cyber risk. Start by reading the white paper, “Getting Serious About Cyber Risk.”
Why do we make decisions that aren’t always in our own best interest? This group of articles from Investments & Wealth Monitor takes a fascinating look at behavioral finance and behavioral portfolio management. Holding true to the Investment Management Consultants Association® reputation as the leading provider of advanced financial education, these articles are a sample of the content found in IMCA®’s Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) certification programs, conferences, membership, and publications.
Value Line Funds
Since Value Line Funds launched its first mutual fund in 1950, the investment industry has evolved considerably. To meet the needs of today’s investor, the fund family line-up has retooled in recent years, including re-branding two equity funds as concentrated portfolios of 30-50 positions.
Academic research suggests that actively managed funds that have high Active Share on average outperform index returns.
Trust Company
As a financial adviser, you’ve probably had to deal with the frustrations of not-in-good-order (NIGO) paperwork — especially if you work with multiple RIAs or reps.
Fidelity Investments
Findings from the Fidelity Advisor Insights study reveal the traits of "High-Performing" Advisors who earned twice as much as other advisors.
Questions routinely arise about the value of active investing: Can active managers beat their benchmarks?
Is your firm paying competitive compensation and employee benefits? Find out now by ordering the 2013 Compensation & Staffing Study, which highlights comprehensive compensation benchmarking data on 24 advisory firm job positions and outline current trends in owner compensation.
Our bi-annual study on the financial performance of advisory firms provides industry benchmarks on advisory firm financials including common-sized income statements, balance sheet and key performance ratios.
The industry's first-ever succession planning study offers key strategies for increasing the transferability & value of your business, while also highlight financing and valuation options.
The 2013 InvestmentNews Adviser Technology Study provides actionable information to advisers, along with the latest solutions to help them drive profitability, efficiency and growth. This research solves for a critical need for independent advisers, given how fragmented the independent adviser business can be and the absence of a comprehensive resource for assessing the best practices and procedures of peers.

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