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IMCA
These articles from IMCA’s Investments & Wealth Monitor narrow the broad universe of niche clients to focus on millennials, same-sex couples, women, business owners, and later-in-life divorcees and the quandaries advisors must face when working with each. IMCA® is the professional association for advanced investment professionals.
Thornburg
Performance of financial advisors and active mutual fund managers varies, and it also varies among robo advisors
Pershing
Learn more about the business transformation taking place in the financial services industry
Pershing
Learn more about the implications RIAs should be considering as a result of the DOL’s conflict of interest rule
Cadaret Grant
With more client data aggregated and housed in the cloud, the threat of a cyber-crime compromising an advisory firm is greater than ever. This white paper sources new data from the 2017 InvestmentNews Adviser Technology Study that assesses the state of cybersecurity, while also offering practical tips for protecting an adviser’s business and client data.
Advent Software
Is the rise of robo-advisors a real threat to your business? Studies show that 90% of millennials will leave their parents’ advisor and over 60% of advisory firms do not have a plan in place to court millennials. Learn more about this $30 Trillion opportunity.
Baird
The White House’s focus on rebuilding U.S. infrastructure means opportunities to “Invest in America” could be plentiful in the future, but rising interest rates and tax reform loom. The bond markets will likely play a key role in new improvements. Baird Funds shares insights for investors weighing opportunities to invest in the infrastructure improvement process.
March 31, 2017
Securities America
Hiring an associate advisor is a big decision. This ebook looks at the strategy and decision process, compensation, internships and sourcing to help develop the next generation for your practice.
Vanguard
Investor needs change, and so should the resources you use to meet those needs. Learn five ways to quantify the benefits of advisor’s alpha, including the potential for increased client returns and developing your skills as an advisor.
Smarsh
Some businesses are struggling as their employees and increasingly clients now expect to use text messaging as a tool to conduct business.This guide will help you build a strong mobile risk management program that will let your organization take advantage of text messages for business.
Westcore Funds
Research shows that allocating a portion of investable assets to dividend-paying stocks has the potential to enhance a portfolio’s overall risk/return profile. Our Deconstructing Dividends: A Closer Look at the Virtues of Dividend-Paying Stocks white paper presents compelling evidence as to why small- and mid-cap dividend-paying stocks should be part of a diversified portfolio.
Commonwealth
Download our guide to learn about Commonwealth’s 1:1 complimentary retirement plan consulting. A dedicated in-house expert serves as your personal guide every step of the way—providing the resources and support you need for marketing, ongoing plan management, participant education, and more. Find out how you can maximize every opportunity to grow your plan business.
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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