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9 tips for advisers looking to work with celebrity clients - How to break into the celebrity client market

February 14, 2016

Breaking in to the business of advising entertainers and athletes can be random, but there are ways advisers can improve their odds. Click through for nine practical steps to take to get started, and don't miss our in-depth look at successful...

Serving famous athletes and entertainers poses unique challenges for advisers

February 14, 2016

Before Ed Butowsky became his financial adviser, former Major League Baseball all-star outfielder Torii Hunter lost $70,000 when he invested in an investor's idea to develop an inflatable raft that rests under furniture in case of flooding....

Embrace the robo-adviser disruption

February 14, 2016

It's time to stop all the fretting and hand-wringing about whether robo-advisers will put financial advisers out of business. They won't. What they will do — and, in fact, already are doing — is force all advisers to rethink their business...

The biggest drawbacks of the retail robo-advisers

February 12, 2016

In my last article, I addressed what robo-advisers do right. In general, robo-advisers provide investors who have any size portfolio the opportunity for convenient, low-cost, tax-efficient investment management. No matter the shortcomings I...

Reminding clients of their goals is a critical part of an adviser's job

February 10, 2016

I know that real financial advisers have spent years helping their clients identify goals and what matters most to them. But I'm betting most people don't think about us this way. After all, we help people build portfolios. What does that have...

How to attract, and keep, young high-net-worth clients

February 8, 2016

The high-net-worth market has grown significantly over the past six years, with nearly one million new high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) added globally in 2014, according to the 2015 World Wealth Report. Every year there is a higher proportion...

Hollywood makes it tough on advisers to build trust

February 1, 2016

Expect Bernie Madoff's multi-billion-dollar client bilking to be fresh on the minds of the investing public again as the first of two television movies about the corrupt financial adviser starts Wednesday night. Many advisers say prospects and...

Clarify what diversification really means, and why it matters

January 28, 2016

When you sit down with a client for the very first time, what happens when you start talking about diversification? I'm betting you talk about picking a mix of investments, like stocks and bonds, maybe even some cash or real estate. You probably...

What robo-advisers do right

January 27, 2016

Robo-advisers are everywhere — on television, in consumer media and professional publications. What is really under the hood? What do these services actually provide to investors? In this three-part series, I will address both the positives...

Lessons in leadership for advisers from 'Game of Thrones'

January 20, 2016

Until the Middle Ages, warfare was primarily a battle of numbers. Those with the most men won the war. That changed as weaponry became more important than people in winning combat. The battle for market share in our industry is much the same....

Social Security changes reveal a knowledge gap advisers can fill

January 17, 2016

Ask just about anyone what Social Security is, and they will confidently tell you that it is a government program designed to help provide financial protection against certain hardships, like disability, death and retirement, by way of monthly...

Correcting the adviser-client disconnect over the definition of risk

January 7, 2016

When we say the word "risk" to clients, we're most often thinking of technical things. Like volatility or standard deviation. But when clients hear the word "risk," they're thinking of the chances they'll run out of money or fail to meet an...

Help clients stomach scary market headlines, or pay the price

January 7, 2016

It's a challenge to calm investors when headlines like “Chinese stocks halted” and “Stock market turmoil” proliferate in their email inbox before they even get out of bed. Then at breakfast they're hit with “Dow set for triple-digit...

2016 outlook from top advice executives

January 3, 2016

"Firm leaders will need to make deliberate choices as they evolve from practices to businesses. With the technology boom and changing investor preferences, principals will need to decide: Do I want to focus on running a business, managing investment...

What will 2016 bring?

January 3, 2016

2016 will be an especially interesting year because of the pending fiduciary decision and the November presidential election. About 62% of advisers said the DOL fiduciary standard will be their top concerns next year, according to the InvestmentNews...

Advisers optimistic about 2016 business

January 3, 2016

Adviser eyes will be laser-focused on the Labor Department in 2016, as the agency is poised to finalize new rules requiring advisers to act in the best interests of their retirement clients. But despite concerns about effects the rule might...

How to prevent clients from making a classic behavioral investing mistake

December 23, 2015

At some point, we've all had a client walk into the office and start a sentence with something like "I heard" or "I read." This happened pretty regularly after David Swensen wrote a book about his experience managing Yale's endowment fund. For...

4 steps to take to make sure you win with clients in 2016

December 21, 2015

As another unusually active year comes to a rapid end, let's look forward to 2016 and imagine what the industry should anticipate in the year ahead. In 2015, the stock market fluctuated along to a flat year. Indexing ruled, with a small group...

How retirement coaching can add value to your practice

December 21, 2015

The unstoppable pace of technology innovation and market competition could put you out of business unless you take steps now to add value far above and beyond traditional investment management. Today, advisers face unprecedented competition...

Big data ushers in the predictive future

December 20, 2015

Advisers already use big data to analyze their clients' behavior and measure themselves against the competition. But the predictive abilities that experts say are coming from the massive amounts of information being gathered around the web will...

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