The Market Dependency of Private Equity Funds: Searching for Alpha for September 2014
PE funds are more market dependent than you might suspect. Here's why, and how, along with how the market indexes performed in August.
The Secret to Turning Prospects Into Clients? Listen
As an RIA I am in the business of rendering advice and solving problems, so with prospects I ask questions, listen closely to the answers, then determine the best course of action to help the client.
Fiduciary Advisors Are in Peril: How to Fight Back
To combat the Wall Street-Washington lobbying campaign, fiduciary advisors must state in the clearest possible terms, in the public square, what fiduciary advice means for investors, and how brokerage lobbyists so misunderstand it.
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.