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Gen Z concerns over finances on the rise, survey shows

September 5, 2013

Teens and young adults are increasingly worried about finances — everything from student loans and jobs to whether Social Security will exist when they retire. About 46% of Americans between ages 14 and 23, a demographic sometimes called Generation...

10 best cities for opening a new advisory firm - Location, location, location

September 5, 2013

Financial advisers looking to scratch the entrepreneurial itch, take note. NerdWallet has new data showing the 10 best U.S. cities for starting a small businesss. So when considering branching out on your own, here is the latest ranking of the...

Review disaster plans, SEC warns

September 1, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a risk alert specific to investment advisers, asking them to reconsider their business continuity plans to shorten the time it takes to recover from an emergency. The alert, released last Tuesday,...

Advisers must take closer look at continuity plans, SEC says

August 28, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a risk alert specific to investment advisers asking them to reconsider their business continuity plans to shorten the time it takes to recover from an emergency. The alert, released Tuesday,...

How financially literate are investors? - Testing investor financial literacy

August 22, 2013

Just how financially literate are your prospective investors? A new survey reveals some interesting numbers on how comfortable wealthy individuals are with certain investing concepts. Here's a collection of how this survey's respondents managed...

Liar, liar

August 22, 2013

Nearly one-third of clients don't tell their advisers important information that could affect their financial planning, especially when it comes to their health and marital troubles, a new survey has found. About 29% of people who work with...

Regulators want firms to improve continuity plans

August 16, 2013

Securities regulators are encouraging advisers and other financial services professionals to enhance their business continuity plans and consider implementing recommendations that the agencies developed following Hurricane Sandy. In four pages...

Yelp for advisers?

August 15, 2013

A firm initially aimed at helping consumers choose the best credit cards and gift cards is now looking to do the same for those seeking broader personal-finance help, including selecting a financial adviser. Evolution Finance, parent of CardHub,...

Address the elephant in the room

August 14, 2013

By John Anderson A short while back, Burton Malkiel wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “You're Paying Too Much for Investment Help.” Just about every day, I see advertisements telling investors how easy it would be for them...

Keep an eye out for bad blood among kin

August 1, 2013

Financial advisers who explore family dynamics and look for potential obstacles to intergenerational planning will come out ahead of the competition, according to a communications expert. Learning about relationships between siblings and other...

Communicating with couples requires special tactics

July 31, 2013

Financial advisers who work with couples should speak to both spouses and be ready to shift the focus to one or the other as discussions change. It's “interesting and tricky" sitting in front of a couple, said Kathleen Kingsbury, a wealth...

Investors have little trust in their advisers — fee structures blamed

July 31, 2013

Despite this year's stock market rally, investors are having a hard time trusting their advisers, according to the Forgotten Investor Survey, a poll of 908 retail investors by State Street Corp. As a group, financial advisers are trusted by...

Just in case the worst happens ...

July 29, 2013

Financial advisers who don't operate as at least a partnership need to have a continuity plan in place, or their clients' finances could be temporarily frozen and their heirs iced out of the business altogether if the adviser dies. If a solo...

Advisers have less stress, more fun if they work while on vacation

July 28, 2013

It may sound illogical, but many financial advisers log on to work e-mail during their vacations so that they can actually relax and enjoy themselves. “Checking in helps you feel confident that you can stay abreast of what's going on,” said...

Staycation? Advisers log in when they're off so they can chill out

July 24, 2013

Although it may sound illogical, many financial advisers log on to work e-mail during their vacations so they can relax and enjoy themselves. “Checking in helps you feel confident that you can stay abreast of what's going on,” said Richard...

Advisory firm invites clients, others to 'hang' in high-tech office

July 22, 2013

Oxygen Financial Inc. opened a second office in Atlanta today, aimed at helping meet the needs of time-starved young investors. The firm, which focuses on helping investors from Generations X and Y with the financial operations of their households...

Letter to 6,000 401(k) sponsors has advisers doing damage control

July 18, 2013

Advisers are rushing to do damage control with plan sponsor clients who received letters that appear to be from a professor at Yale Law School claiming that their 401(k) plans are too expensive. The letters, which appear to be sent by Professor...

How to raise fees without ticking off clients

July 17, 2013

Increasing an advisory firm's profitability through analyzing and tweaking the fee structure without undermining clients' trust can be tricky, but the results are worth it. That was the conclusion of a panel during an InvestmentNews webcast...

Travel insurance: Is it worth the price?

July 2, 2013

Travel insurance is not very well understood. For example, it may not even kick in if you cancel a trip for the wrong reason, experts said. About 37% of Americans think travel insurance is worth the cost, and 20% actually purchase the coverage,...

Knowing what the client wants can save money, drive new business

June 27, 2013

Fox Joss & Yankee LLC has discovered the value of client surveys. As such, it's in the minority among financial advisory firms. After reviewing the results of its first such survey last month, the firm is changing the way it communicates with...

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