Culture can be a topic that is both hard to define and easily recognizable at the same time. When advisors at each of the wirehouse organizations are asked in surveys about their respective “cultures” – they are either all in or hedging their bets.
None of Wells Fargo, UBS, Merrill Lynch or Morgan Stanley exist in a vacuum, and they certainly compete with more than just one another, yet they principally compare themselves with one another—as does the media.
While Merrill Lynch and parent company Bank of America still have issues that need to be addressed, there are some key segments where they are not only getting it right but are downright leading in their category.
As the industry so boldly moves away from the 1999 way of thinking, here's a look at the different way that you can choose, as an advisor, to leverage your brand and either actively or passively reach out to clients and prospects.
What is Wells Fargo attempting to be in the context of wealth management? A bank brokerage? An independent shop? A full service platform? An aggregate of a few different regionals over the past decade? You could make the case that they are all of these, but what now? What’s next?
There has been a significant amount of conversation over the past few months concerning the troubling demographics within the wealth management industry. Specifically, the fact that the industry is old, white and male
Columnist Andrew Parish detects an alarming amount of noise coming from the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch camp. The noise, he says, has begun to play a tune that sounds a bit like the cultural drift is taking its toll throughout both the advisor and management ranks.
Is JP Morgan the sleeping giant of wealth management in the U.S.? Fully digesting the Bear Sterns acquisition, JP Morgan Securities has come of age as a HNW and UHNW organization, argues columnist Andrew Parish.
You'll discover the ways ETFs allow you to construct more nimble and unique portfolios for your clients, based on a sector approach to the market. Marc Chaikin, creator of Chaikin Money Flow, demonstrates how to find trends in equity sectors—and use ETFs to construct strong client portfolios....More
Multigenerational planning involves serving parents, children and grandchildren in an integrated and comprehensive way. Presented by two generations (a father and son), this webinar will cover essential issues for those engaged in the practice of multigenerational planning....More
Variable annuities can offer a number of potential benefits: They can help plan retirement income, generate tax-deferred growth and, with some contracts, protect principal. Yet even advisors, who recognize the benefits of variable annuities acknowledge their drawbacks—particularly their fees and the tax treatment of gains....More
As the industry continues to shift toward fee based business, many advisors are taking a deeper look into their current practice in an effort to align with this trend. The good news is that shifting away from a commission-based model can transform your practice in powerful ways—including increasing the stability of your revenue streams, enhancing client loyalty and potentially boosting the value of your businesses....More