Mergers between advisors and accountants are often seen as marriages of mutual interest, but don’t kid yourself. Industry experts say there’s a Mars-and-Venus quality to the partnerships that makes success difficult.
Ron Rhoades’ decision to step down as chair-elect of NAPFA may have been inevitable, some industry observers said Tuesday, even though they viewed the compliance error at his RIA that sparked the move as a relatively minor mistake.
The new technology platform at SEI Advisor Network has been a seven-year, $600 million project and is, according to MD Steve Onofrio, the only system for independents that integrates an investment platform and a custody platform. "The real win is keeping the advisor in the advisory business, not the technology business."
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