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Adviser technology is now all about the client

February 8, 2015

Financial advisers are addressing how best to invest in technology from a fresh perspective, according to the 2015 InvestmentNews Adviser Technology Study. A myopic concentration on costs and on the immediate impact on profits is giving way...

5 steps to incorporating a robo into your firm

February 3, 2015

It's time for financial advisers to start figuring out how to integrate an online advice solution into their businesses because clients will increasingly expect financial services to be delivered this way. Some early adopters of online adviser...

Why well-designed technology is more powerful than investor education

January 30, 2015

I used to live in London, where taxi drivers have to learn The Knowledge, a comprehensive test to gauge their familiarity with London's streets. It means that as a rider, you can guarantee that your black-cab driver knows where he or she is...

Younger generations going all in with 401(k) contributions

January 29, 2015

The average account totals might be slight, but the pace of 401(k) plan contributions has never been higher. Gen Y and Gen X participants are setting the pace As REIT performance carries over from a strong 2014, investors will want to know a...

The latest CFA test scores send 56% back to square one

January 28, 2015

While some New Yorkers were shoveling out on Tuesday, a lot of Wall Street-wannabees were sweating over the results of the December CFA tests, which showed that only 44% of test takers passed. Cheer up, less than 20% of candidates pass all three...

Build trust with clients through clear communication and transparency

January 26, 2015

Some of the most successful, honest and reputable advisers I've interviewed over the years have cited that what makes them different is that they — unlike less scrupulous advisers — actually do what they claim and truly have their clients'...

Adviser pool continues to drain, losing 2% in 2013

January 22, 2015

The total number of U.S. financial advisers is still shrinking, but the decline in adviser ranks may have hit bottom for now, according to researchers. Financial adviser headcount fell by 1.9% in 2013 to 287,119 advisers, according to the most...

Independent broker-dealers take aim at the next generation of clients

January 18, 2015

It's a new year, but independent broker-dealers are looking far beyond 2015 as they manage both ongoing challenges and emerging opportunities in their industry. InvestmentNews recently hosted a roundtable of IBD industry leaders to discuss the...

Financial adviser rises in list of top jobs

January 13, 2015

A ranking of America's top jobs found that financial advice increasingly is a terrific profession, moving up 16 spots on the U.S. News and World Report list from last year. “Financial adviser” ranked No. 25 of the 100 Best Jobs of 2015,...

U.S. economy reclaims post as global growth engine

January 12, 2015

The latest data show the U.S. economy can once again be described as the global growth engine. No word on how long it might take the Federal Reserve to recognize such data as significant enough to trigger an interest rate hike. The U.S. economy...

Optimism abounds for financial advice industry in 2015

January 5, 2015

This year looks to be rosy for advisory firms — if you believe both the pundits and advisers themselves. "I am bullishly optimistic on the wealth management business," said adviser JJ Burns, founder of JJ Burns & Co. in Melville, New York....

CFP Board launches initiative to recruit women for financial planning

December 18, 2014

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. on Wednesday launched an outreach initiative aimed at bringing more women into the financial planning profession. A group of experts comprised of CFP professionals called the Women's Initiative...

The more I learn about planning and taxes, the more interesting the job gets

December 14, 2014

During the past five months at NorthWest Financial, I have learned a remarkable amount about all aspects of financial planning, from the technical side of concepts and strategies to the relationship essentials of connecting with clients and...

A whirlwind of change — transitioning into the financial planning industry

December 14, 2014

The last six months have been full of transition. The first wave of change was graduating from William Paterson University in New Jersey and accepting a job as an associate financial adviser with FJY Financial in Virginia. My emotions were mixed;...

Young advisers go from learning to doing

December 14, 2014

Halfway through their first year in the advice business, the six young professionals InvestmentNews is tracking for its Year 1 project — to better understand adviser experiences as they enter the industry — have gained confidence and skills....

5 wealth and estate planning lessons from Grumpy Cat - Lessons for handling sudden wealth, via Grumpy Cat

December 12, 2014

Internet star Grumpy Cat may not be quite as wealthy as everyone thought, but she does make a great case for financial and estate planning in light of a sudden windfall. The frowny feline, a two-year-old cat named Tardar Sauce, recently made...

Survey shows social media use growing among advisers

December 11, 2014

Advisers are latching on to social media giants such as LinkedIn and Facebook to increase their business, and it's paying off. Putnam Investments' latest survey of how advisers are using social media found that those who have acquired clients...

The most valuable thing an adviser can do for clients in 2015

December 10, 2014

As we head into 2015, advisers will have myriad opportunities to read industry pundits' prognostications on what to expect in the coming year. Unfortunately, my own crystal ball is in the shop, so instead I'll offer some context that I hope...

Don't ignore estate planning for millennial clients

December 3, 2014

The cobbler's children go unshod, and the estate planning reporter has no estate plan. Though estate planning has been a fun part of my coverage at InvestmentNews for about a year, I've always envisioned it as an esoteric practice for moneyed,...

Fidelity Institutional weighs own robo offering

December 2, 2014

Fidelity Institutional is rapidly expanding its robo-adviser offerings and may even one day launch its own automated advice platform. The second-largest custodian to registered investment advisers, Fidelity said Tuesday it will begin offering...

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