Once again, the reps have voted and named the best broker-dealers in the industry. Once again is right: each of the 2013 BDs of the Year have won before, and some have been named several times. It’s a signal that no matter how much change the industry experiences, some challenges will never go away. The 2013 Broker-Dealers of the Year are meeting those challenges head on.
As the pool of potential clients gets younger, advisors are challenged to meet the needs of clients far younger than themselves. They may even have junior advisors in their own firm who take a dramatically different approach to work than they do. What do advisors have to know to work with, and for, younger people?
We also talk to David Fetter of Quadron Data Solutions to learn about how independent broker-dealers can manage back-office challenges, and IMCA’s Elizabeth Piper/Bach explains why relying on a single designation is doing a disservice to advisors.
What was the question?” Russ Diachok innocently asked.
It wasn’t as if the president and CEO of Geneos Wealth Management wasn’t paying attention to the discussion before him. As other participants attempted to prompt him, they quickly realized they too had trouble remembering the original question. Backtracking revealed they’d jumped from compliance to social media to next-gen to succession planning, all without a question in between.
It was a stark example of the increasing interconnectedness of issues related to the independent broker-dealer business. Investment Advisor editors John Sullivan and James J. Green sat down with the winners of the 2013 Broker-Dealers of the Year for a roundtable in Chicago to learn more.