Year-End Tax Moves You Should Start Planning Now
Fall is in the air. This is a good time to assess your clients’ income taxes from their taxable investments.
Hurting the Rich Won't Help the Poor
The last thing we should do is delude ourselves into thinking that making the rich less rich does a lot for the poor in the absence of better government.
Maximizing Retirement Benefits of Spousal IRAs for Non-Working Spouses
Retirement income planning for non-working client spouses can be more involved, but done right, a spousal IRA benefits both spouses.
Successfully Managing an Advisory Firm's Six Growth Barriers
Think you’re unique? Sorry, not so much. All advisory firms face the same barriers to growth at the same time. The solutions are the same, too
Why SEC Is Cracking Down on 12b-1 Fees and ‘Distribution-in-Guise’
Once again, the SEC provides "guidance" to advisors in the form of an enforcement action, this time a $40 million judgment against First Eagle.
A Strategy for the Markets' Malaise: Searching for Alpha for October 2015
The markets are terrible, I know. But there are signs that the current maelstrom won’t last forever.
How Financial Advisors Can Avoid Blowing Client Meetings
Preparation for client meetings is one of an advisor's most crucial tasks, but it's often laden with frustration and inefficiency.
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?
Rating the 401(k) of the Fund Rater
Employers that fill their retirement plans with active fund managers encourage the kind of bad investor choices that lead to underperformance.
You’ve Got Mail ... Now What?
The inappropriate use of email can spell disaster for RIAs, but there are measures you can take to protect your firm.