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The Advisors Guide to Going Independent: Questions You Need Answers To (Part 1)

The Advisors Guide to Going Independent: Questions You Need Answers To (Part 1)

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published May 3, 2017
Choosing to go independent is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly. You may wonder what makes a good candidate for going independent. Is there some magic formula, skill set, or something else one should possess? The answer is no. Every one of the thousands of advisors …

The Impact of French Election on Global Markets

The Impact of French Election on Global Markets

By: Guy Adami, Director, Advisor Advocacy
Published April 26, 2017
Although there are many interesting things going on in the world right now, I thought I would start with some comments made last week by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. When asked about the upcoming French elections, Lagarde said a strong showing by Far Right candidate Marine …

The Advisors Guide to Changing Broker-Dealers

The Advisors Guide to Changing Broker-Dealers

By: Jim Perhacs, Guest Blogger and Managing Director
Published April 12, 2017
Choosing to leave your broker-dealer is not an easy decision. It’s a major move that can alter the course of your business and impact your future success. Paperwork and legalities aside, there are many steps advisors can take to plan for an effective, smooth transition. …

Left at the Altar: Why Do So Many Advisor Acquisitions Fail?

Left at the Altar: Why Do So Many Advisor Acquisitions Fail?

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published April 5, 2017
Growing your advisor firm through mergers and acquisitions can be an effective growth strategy, allowing you to capture more clients and additional assets. Selling a book of business can also be an attractive succession plan, helping advisors who may need a flexible retirement solution. Acquisitions have been …

Why Cybersecurity Matters for Financial Services Firms

Why Cybersecurity Matters for Financial Services Firms

By: Kevin Sullivan, Guest Blogger and Director of Compliance
Published March 29, 2017
You get to your office early Monday morning as geopolitical events over the weekend are rocking the markets. You have several voice messages lined up and are running through them as you log onto your computer. This message opens on your screen.

Ransomware scams are …

The Risk of Not Taking Risks: A Moment of Pause and Reflection

The Risk of Not Taking Risks: A Moment of Pause and Reflection

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published March 22, 2017
I was driving in my car recently with plenty of windshield time, contemplating my kids’ future. I was thinking how I could coach them into a trajectory that would lead them to happiness, fulfilment and success. What naturally followed was an exercise of self-reflection, deconstructing the …

Why You Should Start a Financial Advisor Blog

Why You Should Start a Financial Advisor Blog

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published March 15, 2017
As I consult with many of our independent advisors, they frequently ask me about blogging: What is it? How do I do it? What are the benefits in maintaining blog about financial planning? While there are many tools and resources available to advisors who want to blog, …

Three Reasons Why Outsourcing Money Management Results in Growth

Three Reasons Why Outsourcing Money Management Results in Growth

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published March 1, 2017
Are you looking to grow your financial advisory practice? There are many ways to solve for growth, and one of the less obvious strategies is to outsource money management. In our industry today, investment management has become only one of the myriad services that financial advisors …

Three Steps to Increasing Your Web Presence

Three Steps to Increasing Your Web Presence

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published February 22, 2017
I receive phone calls on a daily basis from our network of independent advisors with questions relating to either building or maintaining a web presence. Web presence optimization is the art of being found online. It incorporates Search Engine Optimization (SEO), search and content marketing, social media, …

Top Three Things Financial Advisors Can Do to Prepare for Going Independent

Top Three Things Financial Advisors Can Do to Prepare for Going Independent

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published February 8, 2017
Financial advisors choose to go independent for several important reasons: First, the economics of going independent are far superior to all other channels. In addition, independent financial advisors own 100% of the equity in their practices. And most importantly, by serving as true fiduciaries, advisors of …

The Shifting Sands beneath Us: Notes from the FSI OneVoice 2017 Conference

The Shifting Sands beneath Us: Notes from the FSI OneVoice 2017 Conference

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published February 1, 2017
As I sat in a crowded conference room in rainy San Francisco last week, I looked around in amazement at how much industry talent had come together to attend the Financial Services Institute’s OneVoice conference. My round table comprised two CEOs of major brokerage firms …

The Stock Market Update Two Months Post the 2016 Presidential Election

The Stock Market Update Two Months Post the 2016 Presidential Election

By: Guy Adami, Director, Advisor Advocacy
Published January 25, 2017
Since the 104-point sell-off in the S&P on the night and early morning of the presidential election, the market has rallied some 12.5%, culminating with an all-time high print of $2,282.10 on January 6. In the wee hours of the morning of Election Day, I was on …

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun (or Successfully Recruiting Advisors)!

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun (or Successfully Recruiting Advisors)!

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published January 11, 2017
What a year it was for recruiting. In 2016, Private Advisor Group recruited 74 new advisors, bringing our total to 617 across 34 states. This has more or less been our run rate for the past five years. And looking to 2017, our pipeline is overflowing …

2016 IN REVIEW: Making Strides to Support Independent Advisors

2016 IN REVIEW: Making Strides to Support Independent Advisors

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published December 21, 2016
As we say good-bye to another year and put away our holiday décor, it is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments of the past and our goals for the future. In the hustle and bustle of every day, we can forget to take stock of …

The Stock Markets One Month After the Presidential Election

The Stock Markets One Month After the Presidential Election

By: Guy Adami, Director, Advisor Advocacy
Published December 14, 2016
Now that a month has passed since the November elections, I thought it would be a good time to examine what has been happening in the stock markets. In the days leading up to the election, I was asked how I thought the market would react under …