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The Philosophy of Goal-based Investment Planning

October 19, 2017

Dr. Michael Finke, CFP®, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, The American College of Financial Services Most of us view our investment portfolio as numbers on a screen. However, investments represent money that we set aside for some future purpose...

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...

How does your advisory firm stack up?

October 18, 2017

With talent so hard to find and keep at advice firms, each practice should have a clear handle on how well it is – or isn't – compensating its brilliant workforce. The benchmarking data below show the greatest range of salaries occurs in...

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...

InvestmentNews names winners of its 2017 Best Practices Awards

October 17, 2017

InvestmentNews has announced the winners of its 2017 Best Practices Awards, an initiative that recognizes the top-performing and most innovative firms in the financial advice industry. The winners were identified through their participation...

Slowing revenue growth in advice business will impact career development

October 17, 2017

Advisory firm growth has been in decline for three years and the dangers of that extend beyond smaller budgets and lower business valuations. Slower growth threatens the advisers' personal development, according to one industry expert. The rate...

IMCA rebrands to attract broader audience

October 17, 2017

The Investment Management Consultants Association has rebranded as the Investments & Wealth Institute, as it seeks to position itself to a broader swath of financial advice professionals, the group announced Tuesday. In addition to the name...

Charles Schwab runs TV ads to promote independent, fiduciary advice model

October 16, 2017

Schwab Advisor Services on Monday launched national television advertisements meant to promote the benefits of an independent financial adviser to would-be high-net-worth investor clients. The ads, part of a broader "Independent Difference"...

How adviser salaries stack up to other jobs

October 16, 2017

It's only natural to wonder how much you could be making if you had dedicated your life to another profession, such as information technology, engineering or medicine. Scroll down our listicle to find out! You can see how most financial advice...

6 biggest sources of AUM growth at advisory firms

October 13, 2017

Financial advisory firms on average increased their assets under management a total of 16% last year, according to the 2017 InvestmentNews Adviser Compensation and Staffing Study. That total accounts for 6.2% of AUM advisers lost on average...

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...

Report details rampant elder financial abuse

October 12, 2017

Americans 62 and older, both rich and poor, are the target of widespread financial abuse from mortgage companies, banks, credit bureaus and debt collectors, according to a new report released Thursday. Two nonprofit public interest groups, the...

Giving to charity, the millennial way

October 10, 2017

I am a millennial and an adviser – a combination becoming more common each year. Even so, professional colleagues looking to reach a younger client base regularly ask me how to attract and better serve my often-misunderstood generation. The...

Behavioral finance scholar Richard Thaler wins Nobel Prize in economics

October 9, 2017

University of Chicago's Richard H. Thaler, one of the founders of behavioral economics and finance, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics for shedding light on how human weaknesses such as a lack of rationality and self-control can ultimately...

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....

Highest paying jobs at advisory firms

October 3, 2017

Independent advice firms have been a great place to work the last two years. Salaries at these businesses increased across the board, and all but one professional position saw double-digit percent increases in 2017 compared to 2015, when InvestmentNews...

The trials of converting to new financial planning software

October 2, 2017

Probably the only thing evolving quicker than the financial planning industry is the technology that supports it. It's nearly impossible to peruse an industry publication without reading about a new fintech merger or an update on the fiercely...

When an ultrahigh-net-worth prospect has needs beyond your expertise

October 2, 2017

QUESTION One of my best clients referred me to his old college roommate who is now the CEO of a promising biotech start up firm in my city. Let's call him Sam. I appreciate the recommendation, but it created an unusual problem that I am unsure...

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...

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