Fidelity Investments announced Thursday it had launched Referral-EDGE, a Web-based research tool designed to help advisors find prospective clients and networking opportunities.
An extension of Fidelity’s Centers of Influence (COI) and Referral Strategies program,Referral-EDGE helps advisors to identify potential referral opportunities by quickly searching a database of public information, including more than 2.5 million high-net-worth individuals, 1.5 million retirement plans and nearly 150,000 foundations and endowments. The database, which is updated daily, aggregates its information from more than 3,000 U.S. sources.
“It taps into a database of press releases, marketing leads, news releases and other areas focused on high-net-worth clients,”said David Canter, executive vice president and head of practice management and consulting at Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services. “The concept is based on seven seminars we conducted last year focused on helping advisors grow their business through networking within centers of influence. It’s a third-party vendor, but it has been customized to the needs of our advisors.”
Already in pilot with more than 200 advisory firms, Referral-EDGE provides access to a vast amount of data that allows advisors to quickly gain insight into existing clients, uncover prospective clients, identify retirement plan and foundation opportunities, and network with influential professionals.