Flat Fees Again: Hey, It’s Not My Fault!
Thoughtful comments from two readers requires another look at the flat fees vs. AUM compensation model for advisors.
The Dead Horse Bounce. And Another Thing About Flat Fees…
Why have the vast majority of independent advisors not adopted flat fees while those who did eventually switched back to AUM fees?
Can You Hear Me Now? The Tech Scam Better Explained
Clarifying the details, and the seriousness, of the 'Can you hear me now?' telephone scam.
New Tech Scam Warning Shows How Vulnerable We Are
Clients — or advisors themselves — might fall prey to a new, clever telephone fraud.
Everplans: A Tech Tool That Could Be an Estate Planning Game-Changer
The user-friendly website has applications for advisors looking to improve service and attract new clients.
What Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and Merrill Lynch Have in Common
For one thing, they are all examples of why investors need independent advisors.
Flat Fees in the UK: Different Country, Same Lame Arguments
Exploring the notion that paying a onetime commission for "advice" is less costly than paying an annual AUM fee.
Can Brokers and Agents Act in Their Clients’ Best Interests?
A reader accuses me of unfairly comparing the dings of broker-dealer firms to those of RIA firms. I reply in my modest way.
Selling Fiduciary: A Prototype for Independent RIAs
Dan Moisand's firm can teach the industry how to take the fiduciary standard to the next level.
A Conversation on Conflicts of Interest
Legally requiring an advisor to act in the best interests of their clients 'does not solve the problem,' argues a reader. I respond.