Are Flat Fees Really Better for Clients—or for Advisors?
When someone explains something to me starting with statements that strike me as patently ridiculous, I tend to discount the rest of their thinking.
Why Bob Veres Is Wrong on Flat Fees
Sorry, Bob, but from a client's perspective, flat fees fall flat.
A Simple Solution: Let's Call an Advisor an Adviser
Over the past year or so, many advisor industry observers have become disillusioned about the SEC's chances of complying with its Dodd-Frank mandate to create a fiduciary standard for brokers that's “no less stringent” than the 1940 Act.
Why Aren’t CFPs Always Subject to a Fiduciary Standard?
The CFP Board's rules on the matter are hard to discern, owing in no small part to essential details appearing separately in three different places.
How Fiduciary Advisors Can Change Wall Street—Again
Ron Rogé and NAPFA pushed, and the public pulled, big brokerages to adopt an AUM model. The same can be done with a fiduciary standard.
Getting Clients to Share Their Secrets
Clients are notorious for withholding information — and assets — from their financial advisors. FinaMetrica gets them to let their guard down.
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?
Bob Veres Goes Laissez-Faire in the Fiduciary Debate
Just when you thought there was nothing left to say about the reregulation of advisors under Dodd-Frank, Veres offers a novel perspective.
Moving Toward Harmony
Probing the mind of Olivia Mellan, a pioneer on the psychology of money, and how advisors can use her insights with clients.
Advisors May Be Crazy, Like a Fox
What the research suggests about advisors’ change of attitude toward building client portfolios: Can we see PTSD symptoms from the Great Recession, or is it merely a matter or risk management?