What Color Is Your Salamander?
I used to love the old L.A. Law TV series (which aired 1986 to ‘94) because it humanized lawyers and showed that even though people can be deeply flawed, we can, on occasion, still be heart-wrenchingly kind.
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.
Alternative Access: A New Market for High-Demand Products
There's a lot of confusion these days about alternative investments.
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?
High Speed, Low Drag: Combining High-Tech Risk Management With ETFs
Risk is the two-horned dilemma of financial advice.