Tech Support: New Website Connects Advisors With Services
I’ve written before that technology gave rise to the independent advisory industry.
Are Brokers Really as Anti-DOL Fiduciary as Their BDs?
Brokers are the men and women on the front lines of where a DOL fiduciary rule would be played out. What's their perspective?
Caveat Empty: Most Clients Don’t Understand the Brokerage Business
The principle of caveat emptor went out the window when brokers started using the moniker “advisor” to evade the ’40 Act standard.
Deadlock: Why the SEC’s Stalled on a Fiduciary Standard for Brokers
The views of the departing SEC commisioners capture the essence of the current fiduciary debate.
Designer Bag Ladies: Understanding Female Clients
Male advisors need to realize that women have a perspective on money that's very different from their own, Bob Clark writes.
Robo-Advisors: Just Another Distribution Channel?
Conflicting revenue sources, self-dealing, and low client care standards. As Barbara Roper says, "How’s that any different from the rest of the financial services industry?"
5 Reasons Most Robo-Advisors Are Not, in Fact, Advisors
Every advisor should read Melanie Fein’s report highlighting robos’ shortcomings, Bob Clark writes, suggesting "digital brokerage platforms" would be a better name.
Bottom Line: Is Financial Planning Really the Key to Reaching Client Goals?
In the 40-year history of the “profession,” no one has ever collected “fees” for financial planning without including investment advice of some kind or another. And it’s not because we consumers don’t “understand” financial planning.
Do We Really Want to Separate Financial Planning From Asset Management?
We need a reality check here. I think we can safely say that nobody — but nobody — is “selling” financial planning without asset management.
Groundhog Day: Do You Really Want to Justify Your Fees Again and Again?
History teaches us a good lesson about advisors charging an AUM fee. Do you feel like re-closing all your clients every year?