Fixed Annuity Sales Rising in 2014, but Why Now?
Since the equity markets have risen, variable annuities should be more appealing as a retirement income-planning product. So why are sales of fixed annuities up so sharply while VA sales have fallen?
Managed Futures and Fixed Income, Part II: Odd Couple of Diversification
Managed futures offers significant diversification in portfolios holding not just high-yield bonds, but also for investment-grade and muni bond holders.
An Advisor Marketing Plan Where You Get New Clients (and Paid Up Front)
What if you could offer a service to new clients that could drive revenue of $30,000 a year while providing a pipeline of full-service prospects?
A 5-Step Process to Utilize Your Existing Technology: Level 4—Automating Your CRM
As part of our series on how to optimize your existing software, this post shows how you can give more time back to your team for high-value activities by automating within your CRM system.
Can CFPs Really Be Fiduciaries?
To my mind, the onus for establishing standards for how CFPs should live up to a fiduciary standard fall squarely on the CFP Board.
6 Steps to Complying With SEC Email Regulations
Hiring a vendor to capture and archive emails within your advisory firm is the beginning, not the end, of complying with SEC rules and regs.
The Magic Formula for Advisory Firm Success? There Isn’t One
Each firm is different, every owner is different, but the successful ones commit to a—get this—plan, and learn from their failures.
Recharacterizing Roth IRAs Smartly: Use Multiple Roths
Despite the benefits that recharacterizing a Roth conversion can offer, this route can sometimes function as a double-edged sword.
How Financial Planning Improves Investors’ Bottom Lines
My financial planning "software" stress-tests a client’s portfolio by calculating their federal and state tax burden for years to come.
Social Security and Tax Planning: The Advisor Opportunity
Neither process is fun, but relieving the confusion and frustration surrounding the Social Security planning and claiming process represents a major business-building opportunity for advisors.