Thought Leaders

It's not just conventional wisdom, upbeat advisors really can do better, research shows.

Analysis: The case of the one-time billion-dollar advisor who was barred from the industry gives cause for wealth managers to make sure they are within the bounds of the rules.

How much compensation the folks at Pimco haul in each year has always been a topic of fascination on Wall Street.

Mobile money products are taking off in countries including Bangladesh, Kenya and Somaliland — and banks have a historic opportunity to get involved in this rapidly advancing market.

Investors will remain reluctant to take on the personal risk inherent in establishing de novo community banks as long as new regulations remain unwieldy and returns stay low, according to Richard Magrann-Wells.

For a financial advisor, unpredictable stock market fluctuations, hostile calls from clients, being responsible for managing clients’ retirement nest eggs, overwhelming paperwork, and compliance/fiduciary issues are events and situations that potentially could cause such a fear. The key word here is “could,” because fear and anxiety do not have to result from dealing with such situations.

Could your clients use a life insurance audit? The most common life insurance mistakes involve the amount and type of coverage and beneficiary designations.

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

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.

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.

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