Reality Bites: Busting the Myth of Financial Planning
The founders of "financial planning" made a mistake: they focused on the wrong thing.
Financial Planning or Asset Management? Clients Need Both
Why the “AUM fees versus flat fees” debate is resonating with advisors and why it all may just be moot.
Charging AUM Fees Does Not Conflict With Financial Planning
In what may really be my last word on the flat-fee-vs.-AUM debate, I share some cogent thoughts from readers and my cogent (I hope) responses.
Flat Fees or AUM, the Final Chapter (Maybe): The Retired Client
Elliot Weir advances the discussion on which is better for advisors and clients: AUM fees or flat fees. With an assist from Michael Kitces.
Flat Fees or Fees on AUM, Take 4: The Sweet Smell of Success
The many comments on my last blog raise new questions, and suggest new answers, on which fee structure is better for clients and advisors.
Flat Fees or a Fee on AUM, Part III: Revenge of the Assets
There are at least three unintended consequences of charging flat fees that advisors don't have with the fees-for-managing-AUM model.
The Pros and Cons of AUM or Flat Fee Compensation for Advisors: Part 2
Is charging flat fees for advice really the “wave of the future,” or is it a recycled idea that gained little traction in the past?
Why AUM Fees Still Make (Im)Perfect Sense
A flat-fee model provides some benefits, but for retail clients and independent advisors, charging fees on assets under management is still the go-to model.
The Sad Case of Mark Spangler
The ex-NAPFA chairman, sentenced to 16 years in prison, is not the Spangler I know, but there's a lesson to be learned from his actions.
Advisor M&A and Succession Planning: Measuring Valuation
If you’re buying or selling an advisory firm or planning your succession, the "why" is as important as the "how" in determining the firm's value.