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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...

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...

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....

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...

Overcoming reservations about converting to investment models

May 30, 2019

With few exceptions, advisers today should be using investment models, which save time, improve processes and allow them to spend more time with clients, all of which directly correlates to higher profits. Many advisers will scoff at that, believing...

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...

Learning from the 2019 innovators

May 3, 2019

In mid-April, InvestmentNews hosted its third annual Innovation Summit. I was honored to be the chairman of the event and facilitate a day of sharing, learning and celebrating this year's award winners. On a lovely spring afternoon in New York...

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...

Thinking beyond $1 billion

April 10, 2019

Many new RIAs dream of reaching $1 billion in managed assets. But the $1 billion mark isn't the end goal. For an advisory maturing from a practice to a business, it's just the beginning. A firm growing toward $1 billion in AUM is doing a lot...

Calm in the storm: How advisers can combat emotional investing

May 21, 2019

In today's society, news breaks on a 24/7, nonstop cycle and the stock market can shift at the drop of a hat. Now that everyone has unlimited access to news at their fingertips, people can find out what's happening around the world in a matter...

Why our firm hired a data geek instead of another financial adviser

May 21, 2019

Data-driven organizations are 23 times more likely to gain customers, six times more likely to retain customers, and 19 times more likely to be profitable as a result, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. In my nearly 20 years of working...

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...

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...

Digital is the present and future of adviser marketing

May 14, 2019

If you're an adviser, don't ignore the elephant in the room that is digital marketing, or you might find yourself struggling to survive. In our industry, clients leave for other firms, they take distributions and they pass away. In short, there's...

Growth is a must, but watch out for the trap

March 19, 2019

After spending many years cheering my three daughters while they play club volleyball, I decided it would be nice to learn to play properly myself. After all, there are a couple of courts right by the ocean, and it would be fun to play with...

Embrace technology, but beware of becoming obsessed with it

April 9, 2019

Technology is important. As the world continues to embrace it, it is encouraging to see that our industry has caught the full force of the bug. Nearly every publication that covers the financial advisory profession today has a dedicated financial...

2 factors will make or break your company, says Charles Koch

June 21, 2018

These last few years, we have seen a new generation of disruptive technology begin to influence our preferences and behavior, from the way we do business to the way we live. Whether you look at advanced artificial intelligence, language-translating...

4 top surprises from the new tax law

May 22, 2019

We recently completed the first tax season following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. There were sweeping changes, and most taxpayers — and their advisers — experienced many unforeseen surprises. Rather than lament, we should learn...

Advisers can beat out firms like Fidelity with this marketing approach

March 8, 2019

Independent advisers may not have the budgets to match what a company like Fidelity Investments can spend on advertising, but they can take advantage of what may be an even more effective tool for generating business leads for them — using...

Adding diversity: A man's eye view of a women's conference

May 11, 2018

I was asked to attend the 2018 InvestmentNews Women Adviser Summit in Chicago on May 2. I cautiously accepted, not sure what I was getting myself into. What do hundreds of the nation's top female financial planners talk about when they get together?...

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