Just when it looked like the stock market might be turning the corner, oil prices spiked, throwing airlines and many other sectors into a tailspin again. But as I’ve been saying for the past few months, down markets are the time when successful independent advisory firms hit their highest growth rates, in terms of new clients, and often even assets under management. It sure looks like those “good times” will continue to roll for some time to come.
Of course, all firms don’t grow during such tough times: some actually lose clients, but more often, advisors just don’t add many new ones, while their existing AUM fall with the bear markets, taking firm revenues with them. If your practice falls into one of these categories, in which your new client growth hasn’t accelerated in the past three months or so, it’s now time to ask yourself why, and get your firm on track to capture your share of breakaway clients.