Should Advisors Change How They Charge?
Over time, good financial advice can make a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars to clients — and so can how it's paid for.
The Case for Charging Both AUM and Flat Fees
Rather than an either/or solution, Deborah Fox's "AUM plus fees for specific services" model provides value to clients while smoothing the advisory firm's revenue stream.
4 Unusual Ways Millennials Are Different From Boomers
Being younger and healthier is just the beginning, a Goldman Sachs study finds. How they buy, and how they refer, is different than their elders.
DOL Not Budging on Fiduciary Rule Comment Period
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says that the current timeline, including a hearing and another chance to comment, is "a long time."
One Step at a Time: An Open Letter to the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard
The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard called for public and industry comment in a January white paper outlining 11 best practices for advisors and brokers who provide advice to clients. What follows is an open comment letter that I sent to the Institute in March
Watchdog Slams Sen. Johnson for DOL Fiduciary Comments
Committee for the Fiduciary Standard says senator’s charge that a DOL rule requiring fiduciary advice on retirement would hurt ordinary Americans is “just not true.”
Time for Broker Crackdown as Abuses Cost Retirement Savers Billions: Obama Aide
A leaked White House memo estimates the cost to 401(k) savers of broker practices like excessive trading and calls for tighter rules.
Most Advisors Don’t Know Their Own Fees
Nearly two-thirds of advisors underestimate their fees by more than 30 basis points, a survey by Peak Advisor Alliance and Cerulli found.
Flat Fees or a Fee on AUM, Part III: Revenge of the Assets
There are at least three unintended consequences of charging flat fees that advisors don't have with the fees-for-managing-AUM model.
The Pros and Cons of AUM or Flat Fee Compensation for Advisors: Part 2
Is charging flat fees for advice really the “wave of the future,” or is it a recycled idea that gained little traction in the past?