Browsing articles in "Practice Management"

3 Ways You’re Hurting Your Advisory Business By Winning Clients

Jul 21, 2016

There’s a competitor in all of us. And that’s great – until it isn’t. With every new client “win,” you should consider what it does for your business long-term. Using that lens can help you determine when the winning strategy is to actually say no.

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Why Millennials Don’t Seek Out Advisors – And What You Can Do About It

Jul 19, 2016

When millennials have questions about their finances, they usually ask their parents and friends. Or maybe they just Google it. What they DON’T do is reach out to an advisor. There’s actually a pretty easy fix for this, and it starts with how you make yourselves known to them.

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Last Week Tonight (and Lots of Advisor Tomorrows): “Are You a Fiduciary?”

Jul 14, 2016

You don’t have to be an HBO subscriber to have seen the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment called “Retirement Plans.” It’s easily found online. And it shines quite a light on a question that your clients will soon ask you (if they haven’t already): “Are you a fiduciary?” Your answer depends on which (if any) BIC you use – so you need to get your house in order – and fast.

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On Brexit, Betterment and Conversations with Clients

What do you have that robos don’t? A face, for one (a pretty critical component for face-to-face conversations). But there’s oh so much more. Let’s look at a recent, real-world example that shines a light on the fundamental differences between man (and woman) and machine.

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Why IT Outsourcing is the “It” Thing for Advisors

Jul 5, 2016

Farming out your office technology to a third party might sound daunting (or expensive), but cybersecurity threats to your business – and data – can wreak havoc on your reputation and grind your firm to a halt. The outsourcing IT landscape has really taken shape over the last few years; let me get you up to speed.

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Investing is Like Gambling: 4 Ways to Debunk the Myth

Jun 30, 2016

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that investing is just another form of gambling, I’d have a lot of gambling… er, investing money. Your clients or prospects may think it, but it’s simply not true. I have 4 hard truths that you can use to respectfully set the record straight.

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Thriving as a Financial Advisor in the Connection Economy

Jun 23, 2016

Trust is a precious resource – and the driver for making meaningful relationships. In today’s Connection Economy, we need to find and use our authentic voice to deliver a consistent message. This week, I’ve asked Marie Swift of Impact Communications to help us find our voices and get to the heart of our brands.

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Where Advisors Spend Their Technology Dollars

Jun 21, 2016

You’re investing in technology to adapt to changes in your clients’ needs, increased regulatory scrutiny and changing delivery models. At the same time, you need to consider the trends that will influence your future IT spend. This week, I’m sharing highlights from Celent’s latest report on wealth management IT spending.

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The Value of Planning is Zero if You Don’t Charge for it

Jun 16, 2016

Investment advisory fees – that’s probably the line item on your clients’ statements. Are you “hiding” your real value there by not indicating it’s a planning fee? If so, your clients may not see you (or your value) as a planner – and that could hurt you in a market downturn or conversation about the DOL rule.

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Advisors: What’s Your DOL Excuse?

Any advisor who is waiting for “something” to stop the DOL rule from going into effect next April is delaying the inevitable – and the clock is ticking. Hope has never been a strategy for your clients; why should you be any different?

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