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Envestnet Tamarac overhauls adviser software

November 14, 2017

Envestnet Tamarac is launching a significantly redesigned version of its wealth management software suite for advisers. What was formerly known as Advisor Xi is now simply called Tamarac, but the company says the update is much more than either...

Say goodbye to IBDs, and hello to 'IAB firms'

November 13, 2017

Sometimes inertia wins the day on issues such as nomenclature. Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of this can be found in how many independent firms across the retail financial advice space continue to describe themselves as an "independent...

Behavioral finance can attract fee-based assets

November 8, 2017

Most independent firms agree that successful adviser practices in the future must become more effective in gathering fee-based advisory assets. But from there, industry views diverge. For some firms, it's solely about providing the latest technological...

Don't fall for myths about women investors

October 25, 2017

It is time to update some outdated notions about women investors. Many women are highly engaged in financial and investing decisions, they contribute meaningfully to their household income and assets, and they understand their portfolios. Despite...

Finding common ground with clients from different ethnic groups

October 19, 2017

Investing involves money and money is personal. This business changes constantly, but what always remains the same is building trust and strong relationships with your clients. It's the key to growing your business. The best relationships are...

A New Approach: Wealth Management Redefined

October 19, 2017

Wealth Management Certified Professional from The American College Studios on Vimeo. The Wealth Management Certified Professional (WMCP™) designation is an advanced specialization in personal wealth and investment management unlike any other...

Let hard data, not gut instinct, define your ideal client profile

October 18, 2017

In an industry based on facts and figures, why is it that financial advisers base most, if not all their marketing data on "gut instinct"? When asked about a profile of their core client, they rarely base their answers on facts, thinking about...

Financial therapy 'money scripts' can help you beat the robots

October 12, 2017

Why would someone pay a financial adviser to manage their assets when an automated system can do it for less money? To accomplish this, many advisers are beginning to explore the discipline of financial therapy, a relatively new practice combining...

To see the future of wealth planning, look to your car

October 5, 2017

People, supported by technology, are going to chart new futures that draw upon a dynamic mix of planning, budgeting and tax-smart portfolio management. Traditional wealth planning is a challenge for both the client and the financial adviser....

The Dating Game: How to Find a Continuity Partner

October 2, 2017

As an advisor, you know the value of having a continuity partner. In the event you become ill or otherwise unable to participate in the business, your partner can step in to ensure client service continuity, keep your staff informed, and protect...

Advisers discover what investing innovations are coming their way

September 30, 2017

Creative innovations coming out of the investment world will provide financial advisers with outstanding new tools to use with clients in coming years, such as portfolios that mimic a client's personal index. Advisers attending the premiere...

USAA sets sights on financial advisers

September 30, 2017

If you're looking for a financial company with military expertise, you don't have to go much further than USAA, the San Antonio, Texas, insurer and mutual fund company. USAA's mutual fund family grew out of its insurance arm, and launched in...

Armed forces personnel need the help of financial advisers

September 30, 2017

Last year, when financial planner Christy Raines helped a military widow invest part of a life insurance death benefit, it underscored both the challenges and the need for financial planning among the nation's vast military community. "A lot...

Philanthropic advisers: Making a difference in the lives of others

September 30, 2017

Financial advisers have once again received well-deserved accolades for their outstanding and inspirational volunteer work.

Fidelity has 'real need' to recruit more women, Johnson says

September 27, 2017

For people well-schooled in the relationship between supply and demand, here's one Fidelity Investments may not have seen coming: The demand for female financial advisers outstrips the supply. Women customers often ask to work with female advisers,...

Dividing retirement assets when divorcing abroad

September 25, 2017

The millions of Americans who live and work outside of the United States face unique and challenging planning issues due in large part to their native land's unique tax policies on citizenship-based tax residency and the many special tax and...

How advisers can become small business exit planning specialists

September 20, 2017

Now that we have entered a fiduciary era, it's pretty clear that the most successful financial advisers will focus on creating an advice-centric experience for clients, as opposed to a transactional relationship that emphasizes product sales....

The role of an adviser when the unexpected happens

September 19, 2017

When Hurricane Harvey hit Southern Texas, few could be truly prepared for the destruction brought on by the never before seen deluge of rain. Two weeks later Hurricane Irma destroyed several Caribbean islands and swamped Florida as the biggest...

A special need for financial advice

September 16, 2017

Ellen Rice's father died suddenly this year, and she was surprised to discover he'd left her $1.6 million in property and investments. He had envisioned the inheritance would be a great blessing for a daughter who has struggled financially to...

Help special needs families get started on a lifetime of planning

September 15, 2017

Managing editor Christina Nelson talks with special projects editor Liz Skinner about specialists who say any adviser can and should get the financial ball rolling for people in this community.

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