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High-yield credit has had a banner 2018 as technical flows, fundamental factors, and good economic growth aligned. But its buoyant performance could quickly capsize. While there’s certainly reason to recommend select exposures in the segment, a highly asymmetric broader risk/reward profile shouldn’t be underestimated.
The mediums by which you attempt to communicate with your clients tell them a lot about you before they even digest the content of those communications.
Live Oak Bank
As the industry leader in advisor financing, Live Oak Bank knows what it takes to get an acquisition done. Discover how you can pinpoint the right firm and win the deal. From preparation and sourcing sellers to structuring the deal and transitioning the firm, Live Oak covers all aspects in its acquisition guide.
Investments & Wealth Institute
These Investments & Wealth Monitor articles focus on the challenge and impact of geopolitics risks. Investments & Wealth Institute is the professional association for advanced financial professionals.
October 10, 2018
Money GuidePro
Financial planning is the ideal means for advisors to move up the value chain while increasing clients’ odds of retirement success. Yet most advisors don’t create plans for every client.
Fidelity, InvestmentNews Research
This new research paper focuses on the opportunities to raise awareness, improve access and facilitate the advancement of more diverse talent in the advice profession. Based on qualitative and quantitative research, the paper provides specific action steps to bring more diverse individuals into your organization – and the advice profession overall.
Edward Jones
Financial advisors routinely help their clients manage retirement planning, but when it comes to planning for their own future, they hesitate. It can be a daunting task, but you owe it to yourself and your clients to ensure a smooth transition when you're ready to move on.
While the term “artificial intelligence” (AI) often conjures images from science-fiction movies, the reality is that AI has been with us for years since the dawn of the computer age and refers to tasks that automated systems can perform instead of humans. For advisory firms, today’s greater computer power means that AI can be put to work now. It can enhance advisor productivity and efficiency, as well as increase firm profitability and value. To explore how this can be done and how AI can be put to use effectively at advisory firms, this white paper provides a blueprint for understanding the power of AI – and ultimately providing specific use-case and advice for building an AI-powered firm.
Hartford Funds
The journey through retirement is a lot longer than it used to be. Learn how to help your clients navigate the coming 8,000 days.
Hartford Funds
Active vs. passive investing doesn’t have to be a battle. This research from Hartford Funds shows how the two can live side by side.
Hartford Funds
New academic research shows how ridesharing, online home services and robotics will change the world of aging.
Hartford Funds
For many, rising rates can signal impending volatility in the bond market. Learn why in this piece from Hartford Funds.
The 2018 InvestmentNews Pricing & Profitability Study is the industry’s only research report that details how independent advisory firms are adding assets, generating revenue – and ultimately boosting their bottom line. It is the premier benchmarking report for forward-thinking advisers who are looking to make informed decisions about the future growth of their businesses. The Pricing and Profitability Study, formerly the Financial Performance Study, is designed for firm leaders who are looking to understand how their firm’s business results compare to other leading advisory firms. It provides detailed breakdowns on the key financial drivers – revenues and costs – of growth, while also presenting the extensive benchmarking data.

Click here to order your copy of the 2018 Study of Pricing and Profitability.
The InvestmentNews Compensation & Staffing Study 2018 Update provides an update on key trends in recruiting, staffing structures and pay levels throughout the financial advice industry. Specifically, the report will deliver forecast for total 2018 compensation levels for more than 30 typical positions within a firm. In addition, it provides full compensation tables for positions that were added, promoted or newly hired over the last year.

Click here to order your copy of the 2018 Compensation & Staffing Study.
This report summarizes the latest thought leadership surrounding cybersecurity, retirement income, technology and the future of advice. In addition to insight, this report provides actionable steps for advisers to incorporate into their evolving businesses.
A handful of “Elite” RIA firms continue to grow at a rate that significantly outpaces the industry at large – and many elite firms are making short- and long-term investments designed to continue to accelerate their rapid growth. Download this new study from InvestmentNews Research and BlackRock to learn more about the growth strategies of the industry’s top firms. Specifically, this study will focus on:

• How Elite RIAs are scaling their businesses to establish their brands and improve operations
• The investment management approaches Elite RIAs are taking to differentiate their firms and attract larger clients
• How top firms are using M&A to identify strategic growth opportunities
• Technology strategies for improving productivity and providing a “next generation” client experience
• The “emerging elite RIAs” and the opportunities for new business models to help ignite growth
A blueprint for the industry, this benchmarking study provides actionable takeaways and the latest solutions to help advisers drive profitability, efficiency and growth for their firms.

This comprehensive research tool to will shed insight onto what other advisers are doing to optimize their technology investments and operations and help you better your business.

Click here to order your copy of the 2017 Adviser Technology Study. Use discount code SAVE50 to save $50 off study price.
This report summarizes the latest thought leadership surrounding cybersecurity, regulation, mentoring, compensation and the growing demand for comprehensive wealth management. In addition to insight, this report provides actionable steps for advisers to incorporate into their evolving businesses.
Is your firm paying competitive compensation and employee benefits? Find out now by ordering the 2013 Compensation & Staffing Study, which highlights comprehensive compensation benchmarking data on 24 advisory firm job positions and outline current trends in owner compensation.
Our bi-annual study on the financial performance of advisory firms provides industry benchmarks on advisory firm financials including common-sized income statements, balance sheet and key performance ratios.
The industry's first-ever succession planning study offers key strategies for increasing the transferability & value of your business, while also highlight financing and valuation options.
The 2013 InvestmentNews Adviser Technology Study provides actionable information to advisers, along with the latest solutions to help them drive profitability, efficiency and growth. This research solves for a critical need for independent advisers, given how fragmented the independent adviser business can be and the absence of a comprehensive resource for assessing the best practices and procedures of peers.

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