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- Client Commission Practices and Soft Dollars RIAs should always evaluate whether the products and services they receive from broker-dealers are appropriate. The SEC suggested that an RIAs failure to stay within the scope of the Section 28(e) safe harbor may violate the advisors fiduciary duty to clients, so RIAs must evaluate their soft dollar relationships on a regular basis to ensure they are disclosed properly and that they do not negatively impact the best execution of clients transactions.
- Nothing but the Best Execution Along with the many other fiduciary obligations owed by RIAs, firms owe a duty to seek best execution of clients transactions. If they fail to do, RIAs violate Section 206 of the Investment Advisers Act.
You just missed an important client meeting. Those notes from the conference? They're covered in spilled coffee. And you haven't changed the month on your calendar since ... 2009. Throw all of those Post-Its away, pull out your iPad and download these apps. Once you're finished, you'll feel a glorious feeling wash over you. It's called being organized, and you might want to get used to it.
$5.99 for the iPad
After downloading Noteshelf, you may never have to buy a paper notebook again. This app for the iPad allows you to take notes with your finger or stylus in 17 different shades of ink. Users can choose among several background templates, ranging from simple-ruled to day-planner to music notes. Highlight key points in your notes with more than 450 icons, or imbed — and write on — your own photos. Once you’re done, you can share and print your notes easily, exactly as you see them on your iPad.
$4.99 for Apple devices
Forget that to-do list hanging on your refrigerator door or pasted via sticky note to your desk. The Todo app is meant to manage all of that for you. Users can set up multiple reminder alerts, create projects and checklists, set due dates on the calendar and share everything via email.
$9.99 for iPads; $4.99 for Android devices
Is your computer screen more cluttered than a hoarder’s one-bedroom apartment? You could likely benefit from Air Display, which wirelessly connects your tablet to your desktop or laptop, instantly providing a second — or third — monitor for your computer. Use the extra space to keep an eye on your Facebook and Twitter feeds, your personal calendar or calculator tools. The app also allows users to provide a mirror image of slideshow presentations. Hand the tablet over to your client, and they can follow along while you click through the show on your computer screen.
$4.99 for Apple devices
If you need help managing the multitude of documents, PDFs, emails and other files you’re required to keep track of these days, you’ll want the GoodReader app. With GoodReader, users can create folders; move, copy and rename files; and even email files as well as send them to other apps. There’s text search to help you find info within files, a 50-times zoom capability for when you need a closer look, and a PDF hyperlink feature that allows you to jump back and forth within a document. One of the app’s best features is it annotation capability. Readers can mark up documents using text boxes, pop-up comments, freehand drawing, lines, arrows, rectangles … even cloudy shapes.
Free for Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices
Do you blog using WordPress? With the service’s app for phones and tablets, your audience won’t have to miss a minute of your insights if you’re traveling, away from your desk or otherwise engaged. The app allows advisors to manage their WordPress blog or site from their mobile device, including creating and editing posts and pages, adding images and videos, and moderating comments. Analytics are also available, so you can keep track of which posts were popular and which ones weren’t.
$9.99 for iPad app, free mobile app for Apple and Android; LeadForce subscription required
The LeadForce app gives agents access to all their leads, wherever they are, and it includes maps to contacts with GPS. The app also tracks and updates the sales cycle as it progresses. Managers have access to the LeadForce system, so they can tally the number of leads each agent receives and reassign leads as needed. LeadForce also offers a reporting system that tracks leads and creates analysis charts and graphs.
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