Best Practices for Advisory Firm Partnerships
Across industries, more than 70% of M&A deals fail, financially speaking. Michael Kitces discusses a new paper on common triggers of problems.
How to Sell Your ‘Invisible’ Services to Prospective Clients
A 1999 book by Harry Beckwith provides remarkable insights into marketing an intangible service like financial planning. Beware: they're not choosing you for your brilliance.
Is a Single Advisor Dashboard Coming Your Way?
And is a single client portal in the offing as well? To get there, the Big Three advisor technology solutions must go beyond mere integration.
Top 3 Advisor Challenges for 2015: Advisor FinTech, Regulation, Differentiation
Post-robo technology arises, a surprise new regulatory issue comes to the fore and fat-and-happy advisory firms faces the crisis of differentiation.
Should CFP Board Settle Camarda Case? My Argument and the Board’s Response
Is it time to settle the case quietly, before it goes to trial? I say yes, but the CFP Board chairman begs to differ.
How to Differentiate Services Across Segmented Client Tiers
You know you should segment your client base into tiers, how exactly do you do so the right way?
What’s the Future of Advisor AUM Fees?
As the price of beta goes to zero, will financial planners be forced to reduce or unbundle AUM fees?
How Will AUM Advisors Weather the Next Market Downturn?
With an average profit margin of 22%, not all advisory firms may even survive the next downturn.
Could FPA’s Waning Power Lead to Its Untimely Demise?
Its membership has shrunk even as the number of CFP certificants has risen. The FPA is at a crossroads.
End the ChFC vs. CFP War: An Open Letter to American College CEO Bob Johnson
The American College should reposition itself to support the emerging need for deeper post-CFP specializations and niche educational programs for financial advisors.