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Review the history of modern portfolio theory (MPT), challenge some of MPT’s basic tenets with a case for goals-oriented portfolio construction, and learn how investors are better off with a risk-based asset allocation. IMCA® is the professional association for advanced investment professionals.
First Clearing
In this white paper, we continue to examine the changing role of the advisor — and the changing nature of “advice” itself — in today’s new world. We suggest how you can validate your worth as an intermediary as never before, even in this rapidly changing, high-tech world, by doing what technology can’t: cultivating client well-being.
InvestmentNews Research, Advicent Solutions
The financial advice business is undergoing a transformation. This white paper will identify the forces that are making financial planning the core of the advisory business, and illustrate how financial planning software has penetrated the advisory business and why advisors believe it is important using findings from the InvestmentNews 2017 Technology Study.
The SEC and FINRA recognize social media’s growing role in firms’ marketing and communications strategies, and have provided guidance on extending compliance programs to this dynamic channel. This guide contains practical steps that will help you develop a social media strategy and policy that meets regulatory requirements for record keeping and supervision while gaining business value.
Allianz Global
Greg Tournant, lead portfolio manager of AllianzGI Structured Return Fund, explains why he believes equity-index options are a smart way to fine-tune portfolios, boost diversification and guard against market crashes.
Due Diligence Works
The new mandate is clear, if you sell it, you have to cover it. New products such as Annuities are being added to Research Department’s scope of responsibilities. But Research Heads are finding they don’t fit into existing processes. This article will tackle the Annuity Due Diligence issue.
Schwab Advisor Services
The RIA model has been growing in prominence for years. And now it’s having a moment. Forces are converging not only to shine a spotlight on the benefits of independence but to fundamentally transform the financial advising industry. Find out what this means for financial advisors today.
Northern Trust FlexShares
Until now, much of the growth in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing has been concentrated among large institutional investors. But the number of financial advisors considering ESG investment products is starting to grow. We believe the mainstream investor marketplace is eager for products with an integrated approach to ESG.
ETF Guide
Slow growth? Inflation? Volatility? If you think the writing is on the wall, Direxion offers a range of inverse and leveraged inverse ETFs. So you can seek to tactically hedge your investments or position your portfolio for downturns.
Wondering if you've missed the opportunity to establish or build exposure to the asset class? It appears the cycle tailwinds lifting developing country stocks have just begun.
LPL Financial
A shift in market dynamics has prompted an improving economy to move away from monetary policy dependence toward a reliance on business fundamentals to spark growth. Discover how evolving market dynamics can affect the investment outlook for the remainder of 2017 by downloading the Midyear Outlook 2017: A Shift In Market Control today.
Cadaret Grant
This white paper focuses on specific ways advisers can market to boomers by addressing their concerns as grandparents. Specifically, it highlights grandparent-related expenses as a plank of retirement spending plans and educates grandparents about nuances of 529 college savings plans and gifting.
A blueprint for the industry, this benchmarking study provides actionable takeaways and the latest solutions to help advisers drive profitability, efficiency and growth for their firms.

This comprehensive research tool to will shed insight onto what other advisers are doing to optimize their technology investments and operations and help you better your business.
This report summarizes the latest thought leadership surrounding cybersecurity, regulation, mentoring, compensation and the growing demand for comprehensive wealth management. In addition to insight, this report provides actionable steps for advisers to incorporate into their evolving businesses.
Is your firm paying competitive compensation and employee benefits? Find out now by ordering the 2013 Compensation & Staffing Study, which highlights comprehensive compensation benchmarking data on 24 advisory firm job positions and outline current trends in owner compensation.
Our bi-annual study on the financial performance of advisory firms provides industry benchmarks on advisory firm financials including common-sized income statements, balance sheet and key performance ratios.
The industry's first-ever succession planning study offers key strategies for increasing the transferability & value of your business, while also highlight financing and valuation options.
The 2013 InvestmentNews Adviser Technology Study provides actionable information to advisers, along with the latest solutions to help them drive profitability, efficiency and growth. This research solves for a critical need for independent advisers, given how fragmented the independent adviser business can be and the absence of a comprehensive resource for assessing the best practices and procedures of peers.

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