RIA Leaders: Top 20 Firms for 2015 Over the years, Financial Planning has been striving to make the annual RIA Leaders list ever more rigorous, weeding out advisory firms that take commission, have registered reps, are owned by big stakeholders. This years ranking calls out the most successful independent, fee-only players who have been able to say no to the big offers -- at least so far.
A new push by President Obama to tighten cybersecurity at banks and other businesses could help light a fire under some firms that have historically been slower to react in the wake of a data breach and help financial institutions dealing with a tangle of confusing state laws. more »
Lately, banks have been testing video tellers and high-tech mini-branches, figuring that these alternatives to full-fledged branches can increase efficiencies and cut costs while preserving the human interaction customers still desire. more »
The breach illustrates the danger posed when just one employee has unauthorized or unsecured access to sensitive information, as well as the ongoing threat to financial institutions from insider theft. more »
Banks need more advisors and have the business to support a bigger headcount, but many are too busy chasing only the best producers, leaving them in a Catch-22 where they cant staff up enough to see real growth. more »