Mindy Diamond

Columnist: Career Moves,
President and CEO, Diamond Consultants

Mindy Diamond is President & CEO of Diamond Consultants in Morristown, N.J., a nationally recognized boutique search and consulting firm in the financial services industry.

Go It Alone? Or Use a Recruiter? 1
Perhaps nothing can have a greater impact on your business more than making sure you’re in the right place. A recruiter can act as a guide and advocate for advisors in transition.
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Options for Institutional Advisors Are Not Nearly as “Institutional” as One Might Think
With all of the high-profile movement going on in the financial advisor landscape, one area of practice that seems to capture less of the limelight is the institutional advisory space.
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You Can’t Escape the Past
A failure to disclose even the most mundane youthful indiscretions could lead to career-damning consequences. Err on the side of caution.
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Where Will You Be in a Post-DOL World?
While firms figure out how to interpret and enforce the new DOL rule, advisors can use this time to assess their business model, goals and relationship with their firm.
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Going Independent May Require a Stop in Between 1
If you’re not quite ready to go independent yet feeling some angst about where you are, consider an interim move to another wirehouse or regional firm.
The New Minimum Requirements of the Advisor-Broker/Dealer Relationship
These days, higher levels of service and support, growth and a strong technology platform are a given at b/ds. Is your firm up to snuff?
No Firm Is Perfect 1
If you insist on finding the perfect firm, you may be waiting for quite a while and miss out on a good opportunity elsewhere.
Five Questions to Ask Before Jumping to a New Wirehouse
The answers to these five questions may define your future.
Preparing for the Coming DOL Storm 1
Everyone is likely to be subject to greater compliance oversight.
The Path to Closing an M&A Deal
The key to closing a successful advisory firm transaction is motivation—and reasonableness.
(Emotionally) Free Agents
Will the expiration of retention packages cause an exodus from the wirehouses?
Should an Advisor Move When Markets Are Choppy?
Letting fear govern your future is likely to result in a destiny you’re not happy with.
Happy Advisors Are Better
Can your clients be happy with your current firm even if you aren’t? Probably not for long.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
When a firm is acquired, advisors are left wondering what’s next for themselves and for their clients.
Living Up to the Name

After the 2008 financial crisis, more advisors began to embrace independence, especially as some of the big names in the brokerage business were in the headlines for mergers, bailouts and Congressional hearings. Many clients recognized that their wealth is not managed by the big name on the letterhead, but by the individual advisor they trust.

Take the Sunset Package or Sell the Business?
September 29, 2014

Thank you Ron for your thought provoking and smart response to my recent column on succession planning. I agree with you completely that an advisor would generally earn...

The Long Road Home
July 24, 2013

Hi Steve - Thank you for commenting. Your points are well-taken also. We work across the entire landscape – from the traditional brokerage firms to the independent space....

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