May 16, 2013
It is vital that firms and financial advisors be aware of the stakes involved in the SEC's suit against the SIPC writes FSI president and chief executive of the Financial Services Institute, Dale E. Brown.
May 13, 2013
Any firm that wants to grow needs to consider how to best manage one of its key assetsóits people. Unfortunately, Matt Matirisian reminds us, although most advisors are great entrepreneurs and visionaries, they are not necessarily good people managers.
April 30, 2013
A bias toward domestic investment is understandable, but the U.S., big as it is, is not the world. We exist in a global economy and for advisors and their clients to restrict their thinking to within our borders means missing out on some tremendous companies and potentially lucrative investments.
April 16, 2013
Investors (and advisors) should be focused on the true facts of the U.S. economy and corporations and tune out the hype and happy talk from the media and Fed heads. Instead investors should focus on the real data.
April 8, 2013
Before you can begin tailoring your approach to working with women, you first need to understand some of the attributes that make them uniquely different from male clients. Blogger Laura Kogen examines five key differences in how men and women communicate, relate interpersonally, learn, are hardwired, and view wealth.
March 21, 2013
Advisors need to position themselves to help clients navigate the new tax landscape, particularly when it comes to juggling the variety of mutual funds in a client's portfolio.
March 17, 2013
Itís clear that mobile is everywhere. Itís no longer enough for tech vendors to offer great technology, they need to offer it in a mobile-compatible format as well.
March 14, 2013
From future predictions to fee inquiries: Here are a few inquiries that aggravate financial advisors the most.
March 8, 2013
More than four years after the financial crisis, individual investors remain wary about investing because of market volatility and past portfolio losses. David L. Giunta of Natixis says it is also clear how difficult it will be for advisors and other financial professionals to help these clients take steps to act in their own best interests. But, now is the perfect time for advisors to re-engage.
March 5, 2013
Having dodged the fiscal cliff and postponed the debt ceiling deadline, the Nation's leaders decided to let the spending sequesters happen. Will the result be to throw the economy into recession or cause an economic catastrophe? Sam Wardwell of Pioneer Investments doesn't think so.
Financial Planning Staff
March 1, 2013
When FINRA boss Richard Ketchum suggested the group was pulling back from its effort to regulate RIAs, advisors cheered -- but some observers worried the story isn't over. On Twitter, Investment Advisor Alliance said:† 'Pressure is off for now. But what happens when Congress is once again more favorable to FINRA's goal?' Ö
March 1, 2013
When it comes to social media, most advisors concentrate on LinkedIn for network building and Twitter for following the conversations. Facebook was not a priority, but that may be about to change.
Kathleen Burns Kingsbury
February 18, 2013
Advising clients financially can be emotional business. A female-friendly advisor knows how to validate clientsí feelings while assisting them in making sound financial decisions. This is not an easy task, however, and a simple technique called the Wise Mind can help.
February 8, 2013
The number of tablets purchased by businesses will more than quadruple to in the next four years. In terms of mobile adoption, the wealth management industry has lagged, but that is about to change.
February 3, 2013
Thomas Foss read Ron Carsonís rebuttal to his position on generating referrals with great enthusiasm, but was disappointed by the response.