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."
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An increasing number of families in recent years have been investing in the renovation of their homes, but too many do not fully appreciate the range of risks involved – from unreliable contractors and worksite injuries to property loss, lawsuits, and family safety threats....More