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Troubling surprises advisers discover when switching firms

July 12, 2016

Even though advisers often ruminate for many years before going independent or even changing brokerages, many are still surprised by certain realities of the shift. Most of the difficulties relate to administrative responsibilities and back-office...

What to say when clients hate you for advising international investments

June 24, 2016

If you're a financial adviser, you probably get occasional questions about your investment recommendations. And if you've put 15% to 20% or more of your client's assets in international funds, many of those questions may have been more pointed...

Layoffs hit Pimco, GMO as assets shrink amid flight from active management

June 17, 2016

Layoffs have been scarce in the mutual fund industry, but they have hit two complexes recently: GMO and Pimco, which are suffering from declining assets as investors flee active management in favor of passive strategies. Boston-based Grantham,...

CFP Board announces agenda for new Center for Financial Planning

June 14, 2016

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. announced Tuesday the agenda for its new financial planning center, focusing on initiatives to promote racial and gender diversity, workforce development, and academic research. The CFP...

CFP Board center announces mentorship program for women

June 2, 2016

Women studying to be certified financial planners will now be able to work with a mentor provided by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards' Center for Financial Planning. Under a program called WIN-to-WIN, the center plans to address...

How stocks' performance can help predict the presidential election

May 31, 2016

Paying attention to how stocks trend between August and November could be a giveaway for which party's candidate will be elected president. When voters decide between the incumbent party and the challenger, it often comes back to: "It's the...

The time is now for young financial advisers

May 29, 2016

After graduating from college, Eric Roberge worked at two investment banks and then four different advisory firms within five years, unable to find a company where he felt comfortable. After he decided to start his own firm, he was forced to...

Wirehouses escape the worst of the DOL fiduciary rule

May 22, 2016

While many financial advisory firms have hunkered down, unwilling to talk about the impact of the disruptive Labor Department fiduciary rule, the wirehouses have sought to reassure their shareholders that the sky is not about to fall. Bank of...

REITs to get own classification on major indices

May 10, 2016

Coming this August, major market indices will give REITs their own classification called "real estate." REITs currently are bundled inside of “financials." There's a growing consensus that pursuing a CFA instead of an MBA makes more economic...

Activities every financial adviser should delegate to someone else

May 5, 2016

If you're a financial adviser and you feel overwhelmed by all the things you have to get done or you feel like you're on the verge of burnout from working long days for weeks or months in a row, then there's a good chance you're suffering from...

Adviser with $663 million in AUM leaves U.S. Trust to go independent with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network

March 18, 2016

Most of Jim Murray's clients are business owners, and after more than a year of self-evaluation, he decided he wanted to be one, too. On March 10, Mr. Murray opened his own investment advisory firm, GuideStar Private Wealth Management. It will...

How brokers can navigate consolidation in the B-D industry

February 4, 2016

Financial advisers today face more uncertainty and potential headwinds than ever before — the Department of Labor's pending fiduciary ruling, rising technology and compliance costs, and increased regulatory scrutiny are just a few of the significant...

Survey: African-American investors optimistic

February 3, 2016

African-Americans are more bullish on the stock market than they have ever been, but they're still not investing enough, according to the most recent Ariel Investments Black Investor Survey. The poll of 500 whites and 500 blacks taken between...

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...

Sheryl Garrett on the importance of making impartial financial advice accessible to all

November 22, 2015

Sheryl Garrett loves financial planning now, but it took 11 years' working in the industry for the passion to bloom. The founder of the Garrett Planning Network first spent a couple of years as a broker, where she learned she hated selling products....

3 reasons the time is now for big breakaways

November 2, 2015

The number of large teams breaking away and starting their own independent advisory firms has been rising. Scott Highmark of Mosaic Family Wealth likes to compare this trend to the growth of the craft beer industry. Craft beers, like breakaways,...

From the C Suite with Janney's Timothy Scheve: Patience really is a virtue

October 21, 2015

The young Timothy Scheve dreamed of being an architect, a profession that blended science with more creative passions. Trouble is, even after earning a college degree in the subject, he just wasn't any good at it. Plan B was business school,...

$258M UBS team goes independent with Wells Fargo FiNet

October 14, 2015

A team of financial advisers have parted ways with UBS to join a Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network practice in Irvine, Calif. Curtis Rach and Jud Crary, former senior vice presidents of wealth management at UBS in Irvine, resigned from...

Advisers seek independence, but less often as entrepreneurs

October 8, 2015

Going it alone isn't nearly as attractive for financial advisers as it used to be. Today, financial advisers are more likely to join an established RIA than to create their own independent advisory firm, a new report by Cerulli Associates found....

FPA aims to connect advisers with business help in Boston this weekend

September 25, 2015

Financial advisers are gathering in Boston this weekend to learn how to unlock the value in their business, help clients with diminished mental capacity and pick up a few tricks to improve their firm operations and service. The Financial Planning...

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