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The hunt for mega RIAs

Independent advisers are enjoying the attention of Wall Street, where some big banks are focused on acquiring privately held assets

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COVID-19 puts alternatives back in the mainstream

The new normal is reigniting conversations around the potential for alternative investments to add diversity and hedge risk

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InvestmentNews’ 2020 class of 40 Under 40

InvestmentNews’ 40 Under 40 project, now in its seventh year, highlights young talent in the financial advice industry. This year’s list includes entrepreneurs with their own advice businesses, leaders in financial planning academia and the youngest FPA president ever

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Outlook for the economy remains cloudy

Massive stimulus efforts may not be enough to overcome the challenges posed by high unemployment, damage to small businesses

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Panic selling gives way to fear of missing out

Experts debate the effects of the stimulus spending and Fed rescue efforts on the future of the economy

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Taming your inner bear

Behavioral economics explains a lot about investors’ jitters over the pandemic, and advisers who employ its insights can help clients avoid irrational decisions

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Battle of the business models

RIAs keep gaining, while small broker-dealers are feeling increased pressure from the pandemic as well as the need to comply with Reg BI

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The sound of silence

Regulation BI must be implemented by June 30, so why aren’t we hearing more about how brokerages are going to change the way they deliver investment advice?

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Small firms face greater cyber risks amid pandemic

As experts warn of an uptick in attacks, smaller firms enter a riskier environment with fewer preparations

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The race to embrace fintech

Independent advisory firms that have long embraced the advantages and advancements in technology are realizing a smoother transition to various forms of virtual communication

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Virtual Attraction

There is no doubt recruiting has slowed as the financial advice industry deals with broad changes caused by the coronavirus. Can broker-dealers still recruit reps and advisers, even during a pandemic?

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Rethinking retirement amid the COVID-19 crisis

As experts revise the 4% rule — to 3%, or even lower — advisers should look beyond traditional investments and include all household assets in retirement income plans

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Business development playbook

Despite the current challenges, including working separately from business partners and staff, now is the time advisory firms should be laying the groundwork for their next phase of growth

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Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers 2020

InvestmentNews’ third annual Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers highlights 75 advice industry firms that recognize the importance of a strong work culture. The firms' profiles detail the HR policies and workplace practices they use to attract and retain skilled advisers

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As pandemic rages on, ESG funds shine brightly

Outperforming the broader market yet again during a sudden downturn, ESG strategies are emerging as the new standard upon which to gauge a company’s ability to withstand risk

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Virus spawns new challenge for ESG investors

ESG investors face a new threat in the age of coronavirus: ‘social washing’

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Annuities take center stage

As the pandemic roils the financial markets, Americans increasingly seek the safety of guaranteed income as they enter their third act. But the rates and guarantees that have been selling points for annuities for years simply aren’t what they used to be.

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IBDs face hard times in 2020

A decline in assets and cuts to interest rates spell a sharp hit to IBD revenue this year

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Private equity owners of IBDs will be tested during the downturn

How will they hold up as they deal with the fallout from COVID-19?

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Here’s how financial advisers can help Americans impacted by COVID-19

The Foundation for Financial Planning is pairing planners with Americans suffering from the financial fallout