The Problem With Client ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Engagement’
When assessing how satisfied or engaged another person (or client) is in a relationship, that person’s actions, not words, say it all.
The Almost ESOP Small-Business Succession Strategy
An ESOP alternative using a modified DB plan structure may provide a viable option for small-business owners trying to transition the company (and minimize taxes).
Is Now the Time to Invest in European Stocks?
Revived growth, higher corporate earnings and undemanding valuations are good signals, but then there are the geopolitical concerns.
The Investing Pros and Cons of Trump
Whether you or I agree with these pros and cons isn't relevant; the thinking of millions of people holding trillions of dollars in capital is.
Buffer Annuities: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
This cross between an indexed annuity and a variable annuity has gained attention in the investment world—and not all of it positive.
Flat Fees Again: Hey, It’s Not My Fault!
Thoughtful comments from two readers requires another look at the flat fees vs. AUM compensation model for advisors.
Investing in Times of Trump, and Inflation
Here’s how to use different asset classes now to help guard client portfolios against inflation while contributing to total returns.
BD Back-Office Consolidation: Profit Bonanza or Service Boondoggle?
There are three models broker-dealers are following in light of higher expenses and lower revenue. Which is best for reps, and their BD?
Fintech Innovation Picks Up the Pace
If you want to know the state of affairs in advisor technology, be sure to make the annual trek to Joel Bruckenstein’s Technology Tools for Today (T3) conference.
What Will New Financial Choice Act Look Like?
A memo from Rep. Jeb Hensarling is full of changes to his sweeping financial bill, but industry insiders see a tough sell in the Senate.