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Is your firm using the technology you need to succeed?

August 2, 2019

Think about the technology your firm currently uses. Does it satisfy your client reporting needs? Is client reporting an easy task, or is it frustrating, taking up more time and resources than it is worth? Within the last decade, Technology...

The innovation challenge: What's holding you back?

January 28, 2019

We all know that we are living in one of the most disruptive times in history. Which also means that this is a dream time for innovation and reinvention. Never has there been a more rewarding period for businesses in any industry to reimagine...

5 New Year's resolutions for advisers

January 18, 2019

A new year has begun and most of us have the same goals: Add new clients. Make more money. Become more efficient. But these are not the same as resolutions. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a resolution is "a firm decision to do or...

Everyone knows the wholesaling model is flawed. Here's what to do about it

June 19, 2019

The financial adviser business model has evolved numerous times over the past 40-plus years. In the 1970s and '80s, for instance, mutual fund commissions were as high as 8%. When those rates eventually came down, advisers adjusted. More recently,...

The power of culture

June 6, 2019

Culture — it's that squishy, fuzzy thing we hear about. It's hard to define, but we know it when we feel it. Generally, an office's culture is pretty evident within minutes of entering the space. But is yours happening by accident or are you...

Lessons learned from 21 deals

June 3, 2019

While I didn't start out as a deal-maker in wealth management, I have found it to be a dynamic, fast-paced, exciting and fulfilling role in my nearly 20-year career as an executive at Mercer Advisors, currently a $15 billion independent registered...

Vendors need to be held to a higher standard on privacy

July 25, 2019

Not that long ago, keeping clients' data secure was easy. It merely required a lock and key. Now, with third-party providers, remote access and the use of internet platforms, keeping clients' personally identifiable information private is much...

What to do when your marketing campaign isn't really a campaign

May 28, 2019

You're a financial adviser with a new case study or an event to promote, and you're planning a marketing campaign. You write a killer Facebook post and shoot it out to all your followers. Now it's time to sit and wait for the engagement, calls...

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...

Ritholtz Wealth launches Betterment-powered robo advice platform

July 15, 2019

Ritholtz Wealth Management is relaunching its digital advice product, Liftoff, using Betterment for Advisors. For Betterment, which typically keeps details about its for-advisers product close to the vest, it's a big get — if not in terms...

3 moves advisers can make now to stair-step their succession

October 23, 2018

These last two months haven given me unique perspective, both personally and professionally. In September, I was hunted by a mountain lion while scaling Crestone Peak in the Rockies, and it taught me a valuable lesson about how to be more cognizant...

4 invisible influencers advisers need to address in 2019

November 26, 2018

It's funny how history has a way of repeating itself, how being exposed to one way of life can teach you something about another, sometimes decades later. However, to learn this lesson — and glean something from history — you must be willing...

Best clients put meaningful guidance and exceptional service at top of adviser must-haves

May 17, 2019

Being able to provide expert guidance and outstanding service are two key deliverables that the most sought-after wealthy investors demand most from advisers, according to research from the Investments & Wealth Institute. (More:​ High-net-worth...

Client longevity is advisers' top retirement planning concern

July 8, 2019

Individuals who pay for financial advice generally are feeling positive about their ability to prepare for their post-working days. Nearly all (87%) feel "knowledgeable and educated when it comes to planning for retirement," and most (80%) believe...

The trillion dollar club: How to be a growth superstar

September 11, 2018

Amazon recently joined Apple in the trillion dollar club, becoming the second American company in history with a market cap surpassing $1 trillion. While Amazon and Apple climb to new highs, it's been fantastic for investors and for the wealth...

To convert or not to convert portfolio reporting technology

July 10, 2019

One of the more important business decisions underpinning a successful advisory practice is the selection of a portfolio reporting platform. If the decision isn't properly researched, a platform that doesn't meet expectations could prove to...

4 ways to use digital tools to acquire clients

May 1, 2019

Client relationships are the lifeblood of your business. As technology and consumer expectations evolve, you must ensure you have the right digital tools and approach for a successful client acquisition strategy. Here are four ways to stay engaged...

Advisory firms' value is tied to the market's value

April 30, 2019

If you're an adviser, hopefully you don't recommend that your clients use leverage to juice returns. (Especially not your older clients.) Yet many principals of advisory firms are themselves highly leveraged, and most do nothing about reducing...

Why is basic financial literacy so elusive?

April 30, 2019

Graduation season will soon be upon us, and with it, so many admonitions explaining why students are unprepared for the challenges of the real world. Graduation speeches will discuss the trillions in student-loan debt, why spendthrifts need...

The burnout epidemic and what advisers can do to combat it ​

May 14, 2019

There's plenty to keep advisers up at night: fluctuating markets, discussions of Social Security shortfalls, health care constantly under pressure, the ever-evolving standard of client expectations and the changing face of the business itself....

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