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Lessons from Ed Slott at the 2018 PAG Annual Conference

Lessons from Ed Slott at the 2018 PAG Annual Conference

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published May 9, 2018
At our 2018 Annual Conference just a few weeks ago, we had the incredible opportunity to hear from financial expert Ed Slott, named the “best source for IRA advice” by The Wall Street Journal. His entertaining delivery and gift of humor had us chuckling and …

ESG Investing Makes a Difference: April Market Update

ESG Investing Makes a Difference: April Market Update

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published May 2, 2018
Today’s advisors are repeatedly fielding questions regarding ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) investing, even beyond millennial investors. The term “ESG investing” has a fluid definition among advisors and clients, ranging from socially responsible investing to simply screening and excluding investment opportunities for moral or ethical reasons. In our …

How Leveraging Interns can Benefit your Advisory Practice

How Leveraging Interns can Benefit your Advisory Practice

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published April 25, 2018
Think about your day-to-day life. Do you keep a frantic pace trying to accomplish all of the duties on your to-do list? Wouldn’t it be great if you had another pair of hands? A “right-hand man”? An assistant? From large firms to small, we all have days …

Five Must-Read Books for Savvy Financial Advisors

Five Must-Read Books for Savvy Financial Advisors

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published April 18, 2018
Now that tax day is over, many advisors can breathe a sigh of relief for another 12 months. While it still does not feel like spring in the northeast, we know the warmer weather is on its way. That, in turn, means the lazy days of …

An Opportunity to Learn from Top Advisors at the Barron’s 2018 Advisor Summit

An Opportunity to Learn from Top Advisors at the Barron’s 2018 Advisor Summit

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published April 4, 2018
Words like “invitation only” and “exclusive” make us wake up and pay attention. That means there is something special and set apart about a group we can all learn from because they’re the best. That’s exactly what was going through my mind as I attended the Barron’s …

The Easy Secret to Local SEO every Financial Advisor Needs

The Easy Secret to Local SEO every Financial Advisor Needs

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published March 28, 2018
Every advisor knows all he or she could be doing for their online presence. You have no doubt heard that Search Engine Optimization (SEO), social media, email marketing, videos, and content marketing can be powerful tools to differentiate your firm, generate leads, and stay relevant. …

Perspectives on a Post Broker Protocol World as Wirehouses Bail

Perspectives on a Post Broker Protocol World as Wirehouses Bail

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published March 21, 2018
Up until five months ago, wirehouse financial advisors enjoyed a period spanning fourteen years under the “cease fire” protection of the Broker Protocol where they could transition their practices to virtually every other channel, including other wirehouses, independent broker-dealers, RIAs and RIA roll-up firms, …

Who Will Win Millennial Investors

Who Will Win Millennial Investors

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published February 28, 2018
Millennials are not exactly the target investor financial firms desire; they don’t seem to fit the profile of wealth. The word “Millennial” is nearly synonymous with student debt and lower incomes. Born between 1980 and the year 2000, this generation has faced higher unemployment rates and consequently …

2018 OCIE National Exam Priorities: Take the SEC at Their Word

2018 OCIE National Exam Priorities: Take the SEC at Their Word

By: Kevin Sullivan, Guest Blogger and Director of Compliance
Published February 21, 2018
It always strikes me as odd how many will be quick to discredit information coming from the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination (OCIE). Usually, the responses range from the doubting Thomas’ to the indifferent and apathetic.
My physics professor was fond of the …

Growth of a Hybrid Registered Investment Advisor

Growth of a Hybrid Registered Investment Advisor

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published February 14, 2018
I can recall the days 10 years ago when there was much noise about the hybrid advisor being a stepping stone for an independent advisor on his or her path to complete independence (i.e.: dropping FINRA licenses and doing fee-only business). Simultaneously, insurance firms were launching broker-dealers …

A Recap from the 2018 FSI OneVoice Conference

A Recap from the 2018 FSI OneVoice Conference

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published February 7, 2018
The Destination for Independent Broker-Dealers to Connect, Engage and Advocate for their Advisors
Last week I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending and participating on a panel at the Financial Services Institute (FSI) OneVoice Conference held at the Gaylord Texan resort. Well attended by over …

Recap of a Conference Call Featuring Guy Adami and a Senior Economist, Andrew Patterson, from Vanguard

Recap of a Conference Call Featuring Guy Adami and a Senior Economist, Andrew Patterson, from Vanguard

By: Guy Adami, Director, Advisor Advocacy
Published January 31, 2018
While 2017 was a banner year, 2018 has also gotten off to a remarkable start. The United States is experiencing trend growth around 2%, and even Europe and Japan posted reasonable strong growth, exceeding expectations. Given some of the driving factors like aging populations, demographic shifts, and …

PAG’s Top 2017 Blogs for Financial Advisors

PAG’s Top 2017 Blogs for Financial Advisors

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published January 24, 2018
Where do you turn when you have a question or need to do some research? Online content presents an easily accessible opportunity for development and growth. Private Advisor Group is dedicated to helping financial advisors in all areas of practice management, from navigating a complex regulatory environment …

An Introduction to Bitcoin for Financial Advisors

An Introduction to Bitcoin for Financial Advisors

By: Guy Adami, Director, Advisor Advocacy
Published January 3, 2018
Bitcoin has been in the news frequently these days, and a lot of advisors are interested in learning more about it, so we asked Brian Kelly to give us a primer. Kelly is founder and CEO of BKCM LLC, an investment firm focused on digital …

Growth of The Advisor Practice

Growth of The Advisor Practice

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published December 13, 2017
Financial advisor practice growth was heavily emphasized during last week’s MarketCounsel Summit in Miami, Florida. Several discussions focused on this theme, with session titles such as, “Growth by Brand Development,” “Growing Beyond Four Walls,” and “Growth with OPM.” While the variety of presentations suggested multiple …

Are We Witnessing the End of the Broker Protocol?

Are We Witnessing the End of the Broker Protocol?

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published December 6, 2017
Whether you are an institutional advisor considering becoming an independent advisor or you’ve already made the jump to independence, you are no doubt closely following the exit of Morgan Stanley and UBS from the Broker Protocol. The Broker Protocol is a voluntary agreement that …

PAG Elite Retreat: Top Financial Advisors Gather in Nashville

PAG Elite Retreat: Top Financial Advisors Gather in Nashville

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published November 22, 2017
Howdy y’all! One of the things I enjoy the most about my role at Private Advisor Group is facilitating opportunities for our advisors to become even better at what they do by fostering a sense of community. One way that Private Advisor group does this is through …

Five Steps to Protect your Advisory Business from a Cyber Attack

Five Steps to Protect your Advisory Business from a Cyber Attack

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published November 15, 2017
The financial industry could be the most vulnerable sector to cyber attacks, with troves of personal information and financial information tied to trillions of dollars in wealth. Each day another high profile cyber attack seems to take place somewhere in the world. Recent examples of massive …

Advisor Collaboration: The Financial Times Top Advisors Forum 2017

Advisor Collaboration: The Financial Times Top Advisors Forum 2017

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published November 8, 2017
Perhaps the most valuable time spent away from the office is when we have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others. Attending the Financial Times Top Advisors Forum in New York last month was just such an occasion. As an attendee this year I …

October 2017 Financial Market Update from Guy Adami

October 2017 Financial Market Update from Guy Adami

By: Guy Adami, Director, Advisor Advocacy
Published October 25, 2017
We are right smack dab in the middle of what has been an impressive earnings season. Although strong EPS has been a constant for quite some time, we are finally starting to see the commensurate revenue growth that has been noticeably absent. Without question, that is a …

Five Trends That Will Shape the Financial Advisory Industry in 2018 and Beyond

Five Trends That Will Shape the Financial Advisory Industry in 2018 and Beyond

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published October 18, 2017
It’s interesting to sit back from time to time and ponder the forces shaping our industry. From my perspective, I can’t help but feel like there’s a tug of war in our midst, a battle of interests pushing and pulling on each other and inevitably drawing …

Think Like a Business Owner: Five Best Practices to Find Success as an Independent Financial Advisor

Think Like a Business Owner: Five Best Practices to Find Success as an Independent Financial Advisor

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published October 11, 2017
There are a lot of intangibles when you’re a business owner, and being an independent financial advisor means you are a business owner. Owning a business can be a daunting task, especially if you are coming from a full-service firm where you were accustomed to having things …

Community. It Makes a Difference for Independent Financial Advisors.

Community. It Makes a Difference for Independent Financial Advisors.

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published October 4, 2017
As I went to my third charity event of the season last week, the Invest in Others Awards Gala, which recognizes and honors financial advisors who give back in their communities and across the globe, I was reminded of an aspect of the financial advisor …

Networking for Financial Advisors: Add it to Your Growth Strategy

Networking for Financial Advisors: Add it to Your Growth Strategy

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published September 20, 2017
Networking can be a powerful growth strategy for financial advisors. That said, many advisors don’t take advantage of networking opportunities. Why? Most will say they don’t have time, but successful advisors know that networking can be the biggest key to unlocking future business success. Advisors should focus …

How to be Financially Prepared for Disasters like Hurricane Harvey

How to be Financially Prepared for Disasters like Hurricane Harvey

By: Jim Perhacs, Guest Blogger and Managing Director, with Kevin Sullivan, Guest Blogger and Director of Compliance
Published September 13, 2017
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the U.S. causing unbelievable devastation along the Texas coast and displacing thousands of people. My heart goes out to those families and businesses who were impacted by …