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Should your firm offer a robo-advice platform? Here's what your peers are doing

March 23, 2017

The latest research from InvestmentNews finds that offering a robo-advice platform may not be right for all advisory firms, but all firms can learn how to harness technology to offer innovative service. The following is an excerpt from the "2017...

How independent financial advisers can build practices that thrive regardless of DOL fiduciary rule outcome

March 14, 2017

When it comes to the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, financial advisers continue to feel considerable uncertainty driven by the recent complexity of presidential directives and federal court decisions. Beyond the general sentiment of DOL...

How to help clients who are going through major life events

March 13, 2017

I recently Googled "reasons to hire a financial adviser" and found something startling. Almost all the articles mentioned transitions. The advice was clear: If you are experiencing a major life event, such as retirement, divorce, inheritance...

4 ways to position your practice to attract more high-net-worth clients

March 1, 2017

Changes in demographics, technology and regulations have commoditized traditional core client-service offerings among retail financial advisers. Everything from asset management to fund selection to asset allocation strategies are no longer...

5 ways to build quality financial plans amid DOL fiduciary rule uncertainty

February 27, 2017

As advisers grapple with an uncertain regulatory environment, increased competition and fee compression, it's imperative for them to focus on strengthening client relationships. One of the best ways to do this is by creating and implementing...

Advice firms adapt to millennial advisers who want to help their peers

February 23, 2017

Young financial advisers are helping to convince the leaders of traditional planning firms that making their financial services more palatable to Next Gen clients will pay off. Seeking to serve their peers, many young advisers are persuading...

Client communication strategies for uncertain markets

February 22, 2017

We've recently seen financial media publish articles that directly contradict each other. Some outline the strengthening of the U.S. economy and the associated market reactions, while others outline rising debt levels and historically high P/E...

8 social media etiquette mistakes firms should avoid

February 17, 2017

Common online habits and marketing strategies of advisers may be breaking all the digital rules without them even knowing it. Scott Steinberg, author of Netiquette Essentials, which was recently updated, said firms should avoid making these...

U.S millionaire households hit 6.8 million

February 16, 2017

Households with $1 million or more in investible assets now number 6.8 million, up about 4% from the 6.5 million millionaire households last year, according to an annual study released today by Phoenix Marketing International. While the overall...

Adviser's Consultant: Creating a new service for clients with smaller nest eggs

February 15, 2017

Brandon Johnson decided that so many of Johnson Financial Group's family office clients were asking if the firm could help their less wealthy friends, neighbors and relatives that he'd create a new business to serve them. The 15-year-old multi-family...

Time for financial advisers to reimagine their offices

February 1, 2017

A slew of articles in several media outlets from CNN to TechCrunch have recently highlighted a medical disruptor called Forward that opened its first “doctor's office” in San Francisco in mid-January. I think it holds an important perspective...

Cross-selling a big focus for JPMorgan private bankers working with wealthy clients

February 1, 2017

Salespeople of all stripes know the drill. Go to the morning pump-up sessions. Hit the revenue targets. Move product or move along. The playbook for selling everything from phones to time shares also crops up in a rarefied environment — the...

Ask the Ethicist: What happens when an adviser gets caught in the middle of divorcing clients?

February 1, 2017

Q: I married my husband a few years ago. It was a second marriage for both of us. Since I was moving across country after the marriage, we decided to use the financial adviser with whom he already had a strong relationship. His adviser was younger...

Banks, credit unions could start buying advisory practices

February 1, 2017

In September, when Salem Five Bank acquired Stumm Financial Services, it set in motion a financial advice model that could become a blueprint for other banks and credit unions, and also represents new distribution for platforms like LPL Financial....

Advisory firm PagnatoKarp expands concierge services to smaller clients

January 27, 2017

It isn't just ultra-wealthy clients today who have access to concierge services through financial advisory firms. With competition for clients heating up and pressure on fees, some advisers are reaching down to clients with fewer resources to...

Adviser's Consultant: Provide these services to attract younger clients

January 26, 2017

Many who become Pamela Capalad's clients tried to be financially informed, but got lost along the way. Most of the others have been financially lost from the beginning and feel like it's their fault. Providing financial advice to people in their...

7 things you should never say to clients

January 24, 2017

If you want to attract and keep your clients, your messaging is crucial. And that all comes down to what you say, said Frank Luntz, CEO of Luntz Global Partners and speaker at the Inside ETFs 2017 conference on Monday, Jan. 23.

Aspiriant's focus on scale and aggregation makes it a top-tier RIA consolidator

January 24, 2017

With $10.4 billion under advisement, Aspiriant is muscling its way toward the top tier of serious consolidators of registered investment advisers. Rob Francais, the enthusiastic CEO of the Los Angeles-based RIA, likes to reference his “100-year...

10 signs you need to fire your client

January 23, 2017

Certain actions from a client should signal to a financial adviser that it’s time to cut that customer loose. Advisers who witness these behaviors should think about the impact a difficult client may be having on an adviser’s happiness —...

Facebook challenge 2017: Moving beyond money

January 17, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, publicly shared his personal challenge for 2017. He intends to meet people from all 50 states. His stated goal is to use technology to “change the game so it works for everyone.” In order to do that,...

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