Three years ago, state examiners supplanted the SEC as overseers for thousands of mid-level RIAs, prompting dire warnings of death by inept bureaucracy. What actually happened? These advisors lived to tell the tale.
At the T3 conference in Miami this week, co-founder Joel Bruckenstein sat down with WealthManagement.com to talk about the evolution of technology for advisors, the advantages of Windows 8 and why there will always be a need for human financial planners.
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