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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

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 to effectively serving clients. As …

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

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 ways an advisor …

Are We Witnessing the End of the Broker Protocol?

Are We Witnessing the End of the Broker Protocol?

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 allows for recruiting and …

PAG Elite Retreat: Top Financial Advisors Gather in Nashville

PAG Elite Retreat: Top Financial Advisors Gather in Nashville

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 our events, which are both …

Five Steps to Protect your Advisory Business from a Cyber Attack

Five Steps to Protect your Advisory Business from a Cyber Attack

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 breaches include Read More

Advisor Collaboration: The Financial Times Top Advisors Forum 2017

Advisor Collaboration: The Financial Times Top Advisors Forum 2017

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 observed some of …

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

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 us all closer to the gravitational …

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

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 taken care of for you. …

Community. It Makes a Difference for Independent Financial Advisors.

Community. It Makes a Difference for Independent Financial Advisors.

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 industry that is …

Networking for Financial Advisors: Add it to Your Growth Strategy

Networking for Financial Advisors: Add it to Your Growth Strategy

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 on two different types of …

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 …

Joining an Independent RIA: Take Three Steps in the Right Direction

Joining an Independent RIA: Take Three Steps in the Right Direction

Published September 6, 2017
With summer winding down and the crisp fall weather just around the corner, here are three actions you can take now if you have been considering changing broker-dealers. Knowing your worth and market value, understanding your contractual obligations and recognizing the importance of the RIA model will help give you direction and …