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Grow your practice by developing your administrative support team

January 8, 2016

In my travels to various industry gatherings in recent years, I have met with an increasing number of independent financial advisers — even some longtime veterans of the industry — plagued by the same problem. While they've built successful...

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...

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...

Not a born salesperson? Don't worry, prospecting can be taught

December 15, 2015

Prospecting new clients is always a priority for financial advisory firms with aggressive growth goals, and those that are training individuals to develop this important skill even before they become lead advisers are finding the most success....

Industry responses to confronting advice's diversity issues reveal racial divide

December 14, 2015

As is often the case with many questions, the answers all depend on who you're asking. Are minority communities under-served by financial advisers? Are advisers who don't target minority communities missing out on a growth opportunity? When...

A Diversity Problem

December 14, 2015

Like many Americans, Gerald Loftin remembers the day the O.J. Simpson verdict was announced. But for him, the memory has an even more painful cast: He almost quit his job as a financial adviser that day.

What it's like being an African-American financial adviser

December 14, 2015

It's lonely and really tough work, according to six financial advisers who are working to build the Association of African American Financial Advisors, known as Quad A. They sat down with InvestmentNews editor Fred Gabriel and reporter Liz Skinner...

Feeding the diversity problem

December 13, 2015

The financial profession might not be sending a “whites only” message to prospective advisers, but it's not holding out a welcome sign either. In fact, the industry has two major problems. It lacks diversity, and it doesn't recognize that...

African-American advisers ID business challenges

December 11, 2015

African-American financial planners have distinct business challenges because a natural market for them, clients from the black community, face some barriers when it comes to the essential focus of advice: money. On average, African-Americans...

5 shocking stats about diversity in financial advice

December 11, 2015

The financial advisory industry is predominantly white and includes fewer minority professionals than other areas of financial services, including financial analysis, accounting and tax preparation, according to U.S. Census data. To highlight...

Four ways to make a breakaway smoother

December 8, 2015

With Thanksgiving over and the rest of the holiday season creeping up on us, now is the time when advisers begin to finalize their business and strategic plans for the upcoming year. For many on the wirehouse side, that means laying the groundwork...

Set one clear annual goal to help you and your team stay focused

December 6, 2015

The following is an excerpt from “The Sustainable Edge: 15 Minutes a Week to a Richer Entrepreneurial Life,” by Ron Carson and Scott Ford (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2015). Mr. Carson is founder and chief executive of Carson Wealth. Mr....

The cost of independence

December 6, 2015

Christopher Bray founded Ariel Capital Advisors nearly two years ago, naming the Florida-based advisory firm after his 4-year-old daughter. Now he is being sued by Ariel Investments, a $10 billion Chicago-based mutual fund company, for allegedly...

How advisers can close the industry's gender pay gap

November 29, 2015

InvestmentNews' Women's Issue last week uncovered many realities about life in the financial advice industry. One seemingly positive finding: The gender pay gap is smaller for financial advisers than for the labor force as a whole. Women make...

Advisers: Speak up and share what you know and what you do

November 23, 2015

This week I want to focus on something a little less technical. I want to say thank you. First, thank you for listening. I know you have a choice about how to spend your time and I so appreciate the time and attention you've given this column....

How to encourage the rise of senior women in financial advice

November 23, 2015

For all the advances that women have made in financial services, a large gender gap persists at the top of most advisory firms — an unsettling trend in an industry dependent on the strength of its relationships with a diverse set of clients,...

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....

Mentor encouraged adviser's adventure

November 22, 2015

When Christine Damico graduated from college, she immediately started her first job at an advisory firm. Before taking her next professional step four years later, she wanted to veer off the career path briefly and travel overseas. She wound...

The pay gap between the sexes is relatively slim in financial advice

November 22, 2015

The gap between what women and men make for doing the same job is a blight on most professions in America. In financial advice, however, pay inequity between the sexes is relatively slim. Pay data for financial advisers collected by InvestmentNews...

RIA firms have room for more women

November 22, 2015

Women who have left Wall Street to launch their own independent registered investment advisory firms offer similar reasons that men give for making the move. Like men, they desire more control over their businesses; they are far more comfortable...

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