August 2014

Annuity Aversion, Pension Envy

by Evan Simonoff

Lacking pensions, many Americans dislike annuities, but do they have a choice?

Alpha For Financial Life Planners

by Roy Diliberto

Advisors who perform many non-investment services don’t need to be in the fee justification business.

Choosing Conferences

by David Lawrence

Consider the costs vs. educational benefits.

Unlocking Referrals

by Bill Bachrach

Here’s how to become a better and more referable financial advisor.

The Wrong People

by Russ Alan Prince & Brett Van Bortel

‘Never Expend X-tra Time’ when someone isn’t acting as your proponent.

Searching High And Low

by Dan Jamieson

A good market has made it harder to wrangle advisors away to new broker-dealer homes.

Active Duty

by Jerilyn Klein Bier

Training and transferable skills help military veterans succeed as financial advisors.

Things That Keep Me Up At Night

by Joel Bruckenstein

Advisors and organizations that fail to address these issues will lose opportunities at best and suffer consequences at worst.

Fast Lane

by Marla Brill

Ralf Scherschmidt looks for companies that are growing aggressively but are reasonably priced.

Reality Check

by Eric L. Reiner

Ruling on 60-day IRA rollovers startles some practitioners.

Confronting The ACA

by Lisa Brown

Advisors should learn how clients are being impacted by the Affordable Care Act. Here are three strategic tips.

Providers Pursue Kids For Parents’ LTC Costs

by Ben Mattlin

In 28 states, filial- support laws are on the books.

Maintaining The Magic

by Scott MacKillop

A top Parisian restaurant holds lessons for financial advisors.

Liquid Alts Aren’t Flowing

by Jeff Schlegel

Alternative funds keep gaining assets even as some investors become disillusioned with them.

Advisor Emporium

MassMutual, BlackRock Offer Retirement Program

by FA Staff

MassMutual Retirement and BlackRock have developed a customized, lower-cost alternative to managed accounts for defined contribution retirement plans.

Editor's Note

Consolidation Models Emerge

by Evan Simonoff

Since Banyan founder Peter Raimondi started his firm in 2008, he’s done seven acquisitions and, with Boston Private, has now created a $9 billion RIA...

Frontline News

Advisors Helping Our Heroes

by Jerilyn Klein Bier

Napfa members team up with national nonprofit to help disabled veterans financially manage living in their own homes.

Commonwealth, Edward Jones Tops In Advisor Satisfaction

by FA Staff

As part of its annual advisor survey, J.D. Power also urges advisory firms and broker-dealers to prepare for the future by mentoring new advisors.

Big RIAs Focus On Building Enduring Firms

by FA Staff

Large RIAs want to create firms with expanded ownership, institutionalized management practices and greater depth of service, according to Schwab Advisor Services' eighth annual benchmarking survey.

U.S. Still Leads In Billionaires

by FA Staff

Uber wealth is spreading around world, but the U.S. is still tops on the list with 492 billionaires.

Morgan Stanley’s Commission Program For Retired Brokers Under Fire

by Dan Jamieson

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay a $1 million fine to settle Finra charges that it failed to supervise a commission-sharing program for retired brokers.

Boom Time For Office REITs

by Bloomberg News

Office buildings in top U.S. markets are getting so expensive that landlords are choosing to build rather than buy, spurring the most development by REITs in at least a decade.

Small Is Better With Active Management

by FA Staff

A recent study found younger funds tend to outperform older funds.