Top 3 Issues Advisors Will Face in 2014, Part 3: Demographic Dilemma
We may already be past the point of no return for the industry’s nascent train wreck: the advisor shortage. Plus, the bear-market wild card.
Did CFP Board Shorten Exams to Lure Certificants?
CFP Board “maintains it wasn’t making the exam easier; the gut response of the community seems to disagree," says Michael Kitces.
Top 3 Issues Advisors Will Face in 2014, Part 2: The Fiduciary Issue
Resolution of the fiduciary rulemaking by DOL and the SEC is possible, but more definite is an increase in RIA exams.
Top 3 Issues Advisors Will Face in 2014, Part 1: Robo-Advisors
In the coming year, we'll begin to see which robo-advisors will pull ahead of the others, and many will aim to refine their business models.
With (Democratic) Friends Like These…Is It Time to Recast Fiduciary Argument?
The opposition of the "New Democrat Coalition" to DOL’s inchoate fiduciary rule may well be a golden opportunity for those who put clients’ interests first.
CFP Board Switches to Computer-Based Exam Testing
The CFP Board cites a shorter exam and more available testing dates among other benefits.
What High Client Acquisition Costs Mean to Serving the Masses
How the high cost affects planners’ economics, how big RIAs and robo-advisors are responding, and the possible impact of a fiduciary standard for all.
Why Financial Planning Can’t Be Offered to the Masses
In part one of a series, we explore the root cause for why advisors can’t extend services to more Americans. It's not what you think.
New Hire Roundup: Altegris Names Jack Rivkin CIO
Meanwhile, Convergent welcomed Richard Wells and the Senate Finance Committee approved three nominees for federal positions.
You Can Leave Your Hat(s) On: Two Fiduciary Standards?
Creating two fiduciary standards would do nothing to reduce the current state of investor confusion; the real losers would be retail investors.