The Legacy of John Bogle, the Man in the Arena
Few advisors realize that Vanguard founder Jack Bogle is a lot more than just the “index” guy.
Some Friendly PR Advice for the CFP Board on Its New Test
There could be a perfectly valid scientific explanation for how a test can be shorter, yet just as rigorous, but the Board's explanation ain’t it.
With (Democratic) Friends Like These…Is It Time to Recast Fiduciary Argument?
The opposition of the "New Democrat Coalition" to DOL’s inchoate fiduciary rule may well be a golden opportunity for those who put clients’ interests first.
Survey Reveals Why the Ranks of RIAs Are Growing
AdvisorBenchmarking study also suggests why brokers are behind the curve on the leading-edge marketing techniques and low-cost indexed investment vehicles.
Envestnet’s Strategy Opens Window Into Future of Independent Advice
A discussion with Bill Crager and Stuart DePina of Envestnet shows where independent advisors are going and who their partners will be.
What Goes Up: 4 Trends That Will Affect Advisors in 2014
What likely won't happen: another 25% rise in the stock market. What likely will happen: further advances in advisor tecchnology, a bigger focus on Obamacare and regulation. As for the CFP Board...
Dos and Don’ts of Wooing Lawyers and CPAs for Client Referrals
At Loring Ward conference, Mike Maslansky explored the right, and wrong, ways to get referrals from other professionals, i.e., those valuable "centers of influence."
Much of 2013’s Important News Arose From What Didn’t Happen
One of the big things that failed to happen this year was a fiduciary standard imposed on brokers by either the SEC or the DOL.
How Mutual Fund Closings Hurt Investors (and Why Advisors Should Care)
To simplify identification of potential fund closings, Dan Kern and Tim McCarthy offer a somewhat surprising solution that advisors can use to benefit their clients.
You Can Leave Your Hat(s) On: Two Fiduciary Standards?
Creating two fiduciary standards would do nothing to reduce the current state of investor confusion; the real losers would be retail investors.