Why Do You Exist?
A former colleague of mine who now develops strategy at one of the U.K.'s leading wealth management firms introduced me to Simon Sinek's book, “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.”
2014 Broker-Dealers of the Year—Scenario 2: Keeping Your Top Producers
How do broker-dealer leaders respond when a top producer asks for a product that the compliance deparment doesn’t like?
John Lindsey: How Edward Jones ‘Brutalizes’ Breakaway Brokers
When John Lindsey broke away in 2012, Edward Jones sued for $5 million. But Lindsey fought back and is helping other brokers do the same.
Bangladesh Factory Collapse Highlights Surprise Risks to International Retailers
A recent Bangladesh factory building collapse and its dreadful human toll revealed that Western retailers are exposed to supply chain risks that perhaps they had not expected: reputation and liability.
Tibergien on Advisor M&A Trends: Expect More Deals
Commenting on findings of Pershing Real Deals report on advisor M&A, Pershing Advisor Solutions’ CEO sees a re-emergence of strategic buyers and suggests the RIA business may evolve to resemble the accounting industry.
Will Black Friday Save Economy?
As consumers abandoned Thanksgiving dinners to head out in search of holiday bargains at stores that opened earlier this year than ever for Black Friday sales, one thing was fairly sure: they were shoppers with budgets in mind rather than those looking for luxury gifts.
The Shirt on My Back
Signs of deflation seem to be all around us. The Social Security Administration just announced that beneficiaries won't be getting a cost of living increase for the first time since COLAs were introduced in 1975.
Formulas for Success: In The Absence of Value
Traditional business wisdom holds that pricing becomes a factor when value comes into question. A combination of economic drivers has created a challenge for the...
Insecure, caring, confident and suspicious
Talk about a complicated bunch. Steve Howard, author of "Boomer Selling," details the following boomer consumer characteristics. Everything under the sun had been written about...
Have you hugged your struggling fund today?
As a junior analyst covering Legg Mason Value more than a decade ago, I quizzed manager Bill Miller on his rationale for adding to his...