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Advising in the age of self-diagnosis

December 30, 2014

According to WebMD, I've had cancer at least three times. Whenever I'm feeling under the weather, my first instinct is to crack open my laptop, pull up a medical advice site, and begin searching. If my symptoms are uncomfortable or prolonged...

What's next for financial advice?

December 21, 2014

It's almost impossible to anticipate when innovation will strike and what it will mean for the future. But InvestmentNews attempted to foresee light bulb moments by asking people in the advisory space which area of their business or the industry...

5 business development traits of top firms

December 17, 2014

Advisory firms that are building assets briskly share a few marketing and business development traits that others might want to emulate to boost new client acquisition. Source: Fidelity 2014 RIA Benchmarking Study By Liz Skinner

Follow the lead of top performing firms to boost business development

December 17, 2014

The vast majority of financial advisers are not very confident about their ability to bring in new clients. Only 5% of registered investment advisers said they feel their firms are “advanced” when it comes to marketing and new business efforts,...

Most advisory firms don't have a strategy for landing client referrals

December 15, 2014

There are a lot of figures that get thrown around about attracting new clients in the advisory industry. One that we frequently hear at InvestmentNews Research is that approximately 70% of a typical advisory firm's new business is referral-driven....

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...

Tony Robbins pumps up advisers

December 9, 2014

On a scale of one to 10, what's your energy level? Six? Four? Two? Tony Robbins is hoping that with a little motivation, the investment advice business can hit at least an eight. As part of a three-hour presentation at MarketCounsel's annual...

A financial adviser career path: The unknown road

November 26, 2014

Our team at The Advisor Center is well-versed in the benefits of a career as a financial adviser or planner. We are often surprised by the number of those outside the industry who are unaware of what this industry has to offer in terms of job...

Advisers must move technology training to the front burner

November 23, 2014

We all know it: Technology is both extremely important and tedious. It's a headache that, when alleviated, lets us get on with the important work of planning for clients' financial lives, and lets us do it more effectively and efficiently than...

Embracing two routes to growth helps draw in assets

November 21, 2014

Modera Wealth Management principal Tom Orecchio knows asset growth is the name of the game for financial advice firms, so he's pursuing two strategies to expand the business. The Westwood, N.J.-based firm has spread out business development...

A road map for navigating the changing financial planning landscape

November 19, 2014

Change is a constant in our industry, and financial advisers must learn and adapt continuously to keep up with changes in the economy, technology, the regulatory environment and a range of other areas. What is not constant, however, is the pace...

Formal business plans portend adviser AUM growth, survey shows

November 17, 2014

Financial advisers who create and follow a written business plan are more likely to boost assets under management faster than those who do not, a new survey shows. Creating a documented business plan, however, has proved an elusive task for...

Look for the next-gen candidate who interviews you: Expert

November 7, 2014

Successful placement of a young professional in the financial advice business requires that both the firm and the candidate thoroughly interview each other, a panel of experts said during an InvestmentNews virtual career fair aimed at next-generation...

Goals-based planning: A 'show me the money' retirement tool

November 6, 2014

Advisers who want clients to make decisions that will lead them to a happy retirement should be using goals-based planning programs to get them there, a behavioral finance expert said. The best goals-based planning techniques remind clients...

Robo-advisers say they aren't worried about Schwab

October 29, 2014

The nation's largest online financial advice providers are shrugging off news that Charles Schwab & Co. will be launching its own free online advice platform, even as market analysts wonder if the move could spell trouble for the young companies....

New LinkedIn tool could help advisers with marketing, compliance

October 23, 2014

A tool recently introduced by the online professional network LinkedIn could help investment advisers and brokers with both marketing and compliance. LinkedIn has made it possible for users to download an archive of their data with one click....

4 tasks top advisers spend the most time doing - How does your daily schedule compare?

October 23, 2014

Adviser productivity can have everything to do with whether a firm continues to grow and be profitable. Advisers are pulled in different directions all day, needing to balance client and staff demands with all their other necessary business...

Practice your play-calling for the next market correction

October 16, 2014

Every adviser needs to be prepared for the next correction. Now, I'm not one of those people who's going to be able to tell you when the next correction will happen. If I was, I would probably be making a lot more money than I'm making right...

Top advisers stand out on metrics of growth and productivity

October 15, 2014

From more than 300 financial advisory firms, a dozen were chosen to receive Best Practices awards from InvestmentNews for being among the fastest-growing, most productive and profitable businesses in the industry. The firms were named top performers...

Betterment launches robo-adviser for advisers

October 15, 2014

Digital investment management firm Betterment on Wednesday announced the launch of an automated “robo-adviser” for traditional advisory firms, with Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services among the first to sign up for the platform that connects...

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