November 1, 2012
The process of raising standards for the profession continues to be a work in progress. At the CFP Board, we believe that we are raising the bar
October 24, 2012
As many planners have discovered, unsettled markets mean many nervous phone calls and emails from clients. Investors want to know why their investments may be down and when the turmoil will stop. And advisors have nothing in their toolboxes to relieve that anxiety. Except, maybe there's a simple tool right at their fingertips.
October 22, 2012
Have you thought about what you can do in your practice to improve how you operate your business, making sure that this year is a better year than last year? Do you think your practice needs improved focus in order to be more profitable? Chris Kirby has some suggestions that could streamline your business to a “leaner and meaner” more profitable machine.
Kathleen Burns Kingsbury
October 18, 2012
While affluent women present a unique challenge to you as the advisor, they also represent a big opportunity as well.
October 12, 2012
Even with a law separating commercial banking from investment banking and insurance, Editor Lee Conrad doesn't believe we’re prepared to leave the big, systemically important companies out in the cold in times of trouble.
October 2, 2012
It is often said that when men plan, the gods laugh. Nowhere is this perhaps more true than when it comes to planning for retirement. While we all acknowledge the risk that finances can play on our retirement plans, the reality is that threats to our retirement plans can come from all areas of our lives.
Kathleen Burns Kingsbury
October 1, 2012
Financial advisors have a bad reputation with women. Most feel slighted by the industry and see it as catering only to male wealth creators. They resent the assumption that women are disinterested in financial matters, are not good with money, and "should not worry their pretty heads about it." They are dissatisfied customers, who have real economic power. And they are unhappy that the financial services industry does not provide products and services to meet their needs
September 11, 2012
With so many financial services-related conferences vying for the attention and attendance of advisors and wealth managers, how do you determine if a particular conference is worth committing to and what are you really hoping to get out of it?
September 10, 2012
If you're thinking about starting your own financial services firm, you're going to need a ton of money and even more patience.
September 5, 2012
Despite improved efficiencies and reduced costs, the increased complexity of service provider arrangements has made it more difficult for plan sponsors and ERISA fiduciaries to understand how and how much compensation should be paid to service providers.
September 4, 2012
Many Wall Street experts think that the JOBS Act will fundamentally change the hedge fund industry. But will it lead to the consolidation of existing funds and the creation of others?
August 31, 2012
Your website is, first and foremost, about you and your services. That is why you ought to be the star of it. And the best way to do that is through high-quality video footage. Why? Because video persuades in a way that text copy can never do.
August 27, 2012
The appeal and practicality of guaranteed income investments is rising and your clients are willing to pay significant fees for the peace of mind, according to NFP Advisor Services Group President James Poer.
August 27, 2012
There has been a lot of chatter surrounding the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act and its inevitable impact on the job market. But what impact, if any, will it have on the hedge fund industry?
August 20, 2012
Chris Kirby says financial advisors often become hostages of their own "to-do" lists. That's why it's so important to create and adhere to a list of things that you're not going to handle so you can focus on the most important (and revenue-generating) tasks.