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When Is the Right Time to Consider Changing Broker-Dealers?

When Is the Right Time to Consider Changing Broker-Dealers?

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published December 7, 2016
Executive Summary: The right time is now to do your due diligence. Your analysis will likely lead you to the RIA and IBD channels. You need to understand where those two models converge to create the best advisor model in the industry.
The post-election markets are moving …

Tis the Season to Get Social

Tis the Season to Get Social

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published November 30, 2016
As the holiday time approaches, there’s good reason to be social. But not just social in the physical form by way of Christmas parties and New Year’s Celebrations, but also through the social networking channels with your core constituents: your clients, your prospects, your staff, and your …

Starting Your Own RIA Firm: Make Partnership a Cost-Effective Solution

Starting Your Own RIA Firm: Make Partnership a Cost-Effective Solution

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published November 16, 2016
My friendly advice to those who care: Remember that Latin term we all learned in high school, caveat emptor? If you’re looking to launch an RIA, be aware of the risk that such an endeavor may fail to meet your expectations.
Over the last eight years, I …

The Case for Joining an RIA Part 4

The Case for Joining an RIA Part 4

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer and Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published November 9, 2016
Just because we are financial professionals does not mean we need to burden ourselves by doing our own tax returns. We gladly outsource our tax returns to accountants, and it’s the best $500 ever spent. Let’s apply the same logic …

The Case for Joining an RIA Part 3

The Case for Joining an RIA Part 3

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer and Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published November 2, 2016
One of the greatest advantages of the independent, fee-based advisory model is the freedom it affords both advisors and their clients. In the independent model, advisors own the end client relationships, and they are also able to more easily merge …

The Case for Joining an RIA Part 2

The Case for Joining an RIA Part 2

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer and Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published October 26, 2016
You have had a great run with your career to this point – and things don’t necessarily have to change –but you know something is knocking at the door: the independent model. Within this model, advisors can either opt to …

The Case for Joining an RIA and the Considerations You Need to Make

The Case for Joining an RIA and the Considerations You Need to Make

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer and Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published October 19, 2016
The next four blog posts will focus on how and why an advisor should think about moving to an RIA. Or, more specifically, what an advisor should consider when thinking about joining an existing RIA. With all the …

Rethinking The Surging US Dollar

Rethinking The Surging US Dollar

By: Guy Adami, Director, Advisor Advocacy
Published October 12, 2016
Despite yesterday’s sell off in the S&P 500, we still find ourselves a mere 2% off the all-time high of 2,193.81 made on August 15th. To the casual observer, everything is fine and this is just a very minor blip in what has been a …

Why Coaching Works for Financial Advisors

Why Coaching Works for Financial Advisors

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published October 5, 2016
In the 25 years I have been in this business, I have seen advisors struggle with executing a plan. It doesn’t matter what the plan is (marketing, technology, growth), financial advisors cannot seem to follow through and complete an initiative they started. By no means is it …

The Real Economic Impact of the New DOL Fiduciary Rules on Financial Advisor Compensation

The Real Economic Impact of the New DOL Fiduciary Rules on Financial Advisor Compensation

By: Charlie Latimer, Director of National Recruiting
Published September 21, 2016
There’s been plenty of coverage of the DOL rules that will take effect on April 10, 2017, so no need to beat a dead horse. However, what isn’t much talked about is the economic impact those conflict of interest rules will have on advisor compensation. There’s …

A Guy Adami Coachable Moment: Behind the Scenes of the Fed’s Potential September Interest Rate Hike

A Guy Adami Coachable Moment: Behind the Scenes of the Fed’s Potential September Interest Rate Hike

By: Guy Adami, Director, Advisor Advocacy
Published September 14, 2016
At 52, I continue to be astonished that some of my most lasting impressions have come from coaches. These “coachable moments” typically consisted of a stern tongue lashing and were often accompanied by flying chairs, tables, etc. Oddly enough, such lessons didn’t take place after we lost …

Five Things to Jump-Start Your Financial Firm Growth This Fall

Five Things to Jump-Start Your Financial Firm Growth This Fall

By: Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer
Published September 7, 2016
As summer winds down and the air turns crisper and cooler, it’s time to refocus energy around making the 4th quarter as productive as possible. With the children and grandchildren back in school and summer Fridays over, these five activities should generate some additional growth opportunities for …