August 2013

An Impact Continuum

by Michelle Knight

At clients’ request, a traditional advisory firm creates a path to impact investing.

Diamond In The Rough

by Mary Rowland

The University of Georgia has a hidden gem in its financial planning program.

The Magic Of Client Advisory Boards

by Roy Diliberto

Their insights can bring major, positive change to advisory firms.

Metrics of Trust

by Bill Bachrach

Use these six guidelines to determine how much your clients trust you.

The Right Path

by Jon Beatty

The advisory industry’s momentum gives RIAs a chance to step back and decide how to grow.

Recruiting In A Bull Market

by Ben Mattlin

Some broker-dealers struggle to find talented FAs. Here are a few strategies.

What’s Your RIA Tipping Point?

by James Poer

A comparative study of corporate and independent RIAs looking at the advantages of both models may help you figure that out.

Integrated Customer Experience

by Jeffrey Fleischman

Every advisor should consider implementing a social media playbook.

Big Plans

by Joel Bruckenstein

The senior vice president of Schwab’s Advisor Technology Solutions discusses the custodian’s progress on technology.

The Crack In The Pool

by Eric Rasmussen

Ben Bernanke spoke, REIT values sank. What could the end of cheap money mean for publicly listed real estate?

Can Managed Futures Regain Their Mojo?

by Jeff Schlegel

Recent years haven’t been kind to this alternative investment category.

A Preferred Route

by Marla Brill

With yields of 6% or more, preferred securities have become a popular choice for yield-hungry investors willing to expand beyond plain vanilla bonds...

For Better Or Worse

by Eric L. Reiner

Same-sex couples in some states can now enjoy the tax advantages, and hazards, of marriage.

The Human Element

by Catherine Seeber

Will planners be taken over by technology?

Fiduciary Advisors Spend Less Time On Compliance

by FA Staff

The Financial Planning Coalition says it has released a study that debunks the notion that imposing a fiduciary standard on broker-dealers would increase their compliance burdens.

BlackRock CEO Calls For Mandatory Savings Program For Social Security

by FA Staff

BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink called Tuesday for a savings program, most likely a mandatory one, to supplement Social Security to provide for longer lifespans.

Having An Impact

by FA Staff

Paul Ellis Consulting advises advisors when it comes to sustainable investing.

Many Advisors Don’t ‘Get’ Life Insurance

by FA Staff

Life insurance can play a vital role in the financial planning process, but many financial advisors don’t think they’re getting it right.

Is That Strange Client E-Mail A Sign Of Mental Impairment?

by FA Staff

Advisors need to rethink the way they spot a client in danger of declining mental faculties.

Aiding Doctors’ Financial Health

by Karen DeMasters

Financial advisors looking to serve doctors need to talk to as many of them as possible—even attend their medical conferences—to understand the unique issues they face, says Michael S...

Plan Sponsors Satisfied With Their Advisors

by FA Staff

Cogent Research finds the majority of plan sponsors are very satisfied with the advisors they work with, but advisors still have a lot of room for improvement.

Advisor Emporium

Company Launches RetireReady Tracker

by FA Staff

Standard Retirement Services is offering a new tool for advisors that allows them to determine whether the workforces of their employer clients are saving enough for retirement.

Editor's Note

Learning From Clients

by Evan Simonoff

August is traditionally a slow month for most Americans, including many advisors, and I’m sure most of you deserve to take some hard-earned vacation time after four or five tough years.