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They have little tolerance for sexual harassment, but most advice firms lack formal policies

November 17, 2018

As various forms of high-profile sexual harassment and assault charges have dominated news headlines over the past year, the financial advice business has been struggling with how to address an issue that largely has, until recently, been side...

How to be a mentor

November 17, 2018

None of us got here completely on our own. We've all been fortunate enough to have someone along the way, be it a teacher, friend, family member or colleague, who pulled us out of our comfort zone, gave their time to raise us up and pushed us...

From the C suite with Advisor Group's Valerie Brown: Everyone must contribute

November 17, 2018

Valerie Brown's status as a female executive in a predominately male industry is not lost on her. The executive chairwoman of Advisor Group, one of the nation's largest independent advisory firms, has never let people's assumptions about gender...

Kara Stein: Recent gains in female leadership aren't enough

November 17, 2018

When I was born in the mid-1960s, my alma mater did not admit women. Seventeen years later, as I walked the hallowed halls of Yale College and, ultimately, Yale Law School, it occurred to me that those halls were decorated with dozens of portraits,...

Some good news about female recruitment in financial advice

November 17, 2018

Whether promoted from within or hired from outside the firm, each of four core advisory positions tracked in InvestmentNews' benchmarking study has seen an uptick in women entrants. It's recently been reported that women are now better educated...

Wells Fargo cuts 1,000 jobs across the U.S.

November 15, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. is cutting about 1,000 jobs across its consumer-lending and tech-payments units as part of a much larger workforce reduction announced earlier this year. Approximately 900 of the positions will come from the bank's home-lending...

Advisor Group launching new paperless onboarding technology

November 13, 2018

Advisor Group has new technology to equip the independent firms in its network — FSC Securities Corporation, Royal Alliance Associates, SagePoint Financial and Woodbury Financial — with digital client onboarding and account management. The...

Orion, Advicent give advisers more control over client reports

November 13, 2018

Technology vendors are trying to give advisers more control over client reporting. Orion Advisor Services announced Tuesday a new version of its Report Builder app. Founder and CEO Eric Clarke called it a full redesign bringing interactive,...

Ask the Ethicist: Ethical lapses can destroy a career

November 12, 2018

I came across a lawsuit involving a dispute between a financial planner and a client. That is somewhat unusual as most disputes are settled through arbitration — most firms insert language in their investment agreements that force disgruntled...

The new normal of succession planning

November 12, 2018

Advisers across the industry have been encouraged to get their continuity and succession plans in place. By and large, they've heeded the advice. Still, advisers approaching retirement see the same statistics they show their clients about more...

Wells Fargo reportedly ends investigation of gender bias in wealth management unit

November 9, 2018

Wells Fargo's investigation into alleged gender bias within its wealth management division is reportedly over. When asked for confirmation of a report by The Wall Street Journal that the firm concluded its investigation, Wells Fargo spokeswoman...

Avoiding management overload by delegating

November 9, 2018

Julia Carlson never had much trouble attracting clients to the advisory firm she launched in 2009. But when she started growing by about $40 million a year, she began to recognize the firm's lack of business structure was a potential calamity...

Learning from the woes of Sears, General Electric

November 6, 2018

Two great American companies have seen their stock prices fall off a cliff. In the early 2000s, my colleagues and I sold our investment firm, Centurion Capital, to GE Financial. At the time, General Electric was the gold standard for great American...

Advocates hope reform of SEC advertising rule will ease advisers' use of social media

November 6, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission's review of its advertising rule is raising hopes that it will result in easing investment advisers' use of social media. In its fall regulatory agenda, the SEC indicated it intends to propose changes to...

Bounded rationality: The realistic choice

November 5, 2018

Making a sandwich is easy. Making a perfect sandwich? Not so much. Standard economics assumes people make rational, utility-maximizing, optimal choices. But, how can we reconcile the belief that humans make rational choices when there are countless...

Chief operating officers lift advisory firms to the next level

November 2, 2018

If you're not sure whether your advisory firm is ready to hire a chief operating officer, it probably is. While COOs are often dismissed as simply an added expense, adding one can be a key ingredient in helping a firm grow to the next level,...

Vanguard CEO Buckley to add role of chairman

November 1, 2018

The Vanguard Group announced that its CEO, Tim Buckley, will take on the additional role of chairman of the $5.3 trillion asset management company on Jan. 1. As chairman, he succeeds Bill McNabb. "Tim has been a strong, focused leader at Vanguard...

Top lessons learned during a breakaway transition

October 30, 2018

More than two years ago, our team began to explore whether the registered investment adviser platform was better for us than the independent broker-dealer world we were in. Although business was good, we felt it would be beneficial to learn...

Advisers revisit bond ladders as rates rise

October 29, 2018

The rising interest-rate cycle, which is generally bearish for the price of bonds, has some financial advisers embracing bond-laddering strategies to help smooth the ride on the fixed-income side of client portfolios. Buying individual bonds...

When markets fall, will your clients remain calm or panic?

October 29, 2018

As a financial planner, financial adviser or wealth manager, you build carefully crafted investment portfolios for clients and then monitor them over time. That, it turns out, can be the easy part of the adviser-client relationship. The bigger...

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