Coaching from the Branch Manager

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Folks,
how would you describe your experiences with branch management? Is the
BOM in your office readily available to discuss portfolio issues,
client presentations, the right product mix etc.? Or is he or she too
bogged down with compliance issues and recruiting FAs from rival
brokerage houses? In other words, do you feel you're getting enough
attention from the teacher?

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No No and 100 times NO.
The function of the branch manager is not to dedicate himself to lowly trainees.  Did they tell you that?  He needs to manage his own book and give most of his time to the big producers in the office. 
Here, we receive 1 hour of training 3 x per week for our first 8 weeks from the BM.
We have a weekly meeting.
After that you are on your own or get help from your home office, mentor, or another trainee.
Call the HOME OFFICE that is what they get paid for, to help YOU.

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maybeeeeeeee wrote:
No No and 100 times NO.
The function of the branch manager is not to dedicate himself to lowly trainees.  Did they tell you that?  He needs to manage his own book and give most of his time to the big producers in the office. 
Here, we receive 1 hour of training 3 x per week for our first 8 weeks from the BM.
We have a weekly meeting.
After that you are on your own or get help from your home office, mentor, or another trainee.
Call the HOME OFFICE that is what they get paid for, to help YOU.

Something to ask in an interview would be if the manager has his own book.
You want to go to work at a place where the manager manages rather than run a book.
Real brokerage firms relieve the manager of his book and instruct him or her to manage 100% of their time.
You should have access to your manager at all times. You may have to wait an hour or so, but if he or she does not have an open door to everybody in the office you need to find out why not.

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maybeeeeeeee wrote:
No No and 100 times NO.
The function of the branch manager is not to dedicate himself to lowly trainees.  Did they tell you that?  He needs to manage his own book and give most of his time to the big producers in the office. 
Here, we receive 1 hour of training 3 x per week for our first 8 weeks from the BM.
We have a weekly meeting.
After that you are on your own or get help from your home office, mentor, or another trainee.
Call the HOME OFFICE that is what they get paid for, to help YOU.

How sad it must be to be in that branch.  The manager has convinced a girl rookie that she is not important--and worse still, she accepted that pronouncement.
Tell us Maybeeeee, you're the girl who said that getting to the variosu bogey points was not big deal.  When did you hit $5 million--two months in, four months in?  Yet to get there?

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BEF....
How many heart attacks and strokes have you had yet, are you on your 3rd....4th yet?  It's laughable that you think we should eat up your rabbit droppings like chocolate when you make petty disparaging comments that are aimed at criticizing instead of helping.
Get a clue BEF noONE here thinks what you have to say is worth anything.  You are clearly miserable......I have yet to see you being positive.  Pathetic....really.

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dude wrote:
BEF....
How many heart attacks and strokes have you had yet, are you on your 3rd....4th yet?  It's laughable that you think we should eat up your rabbit droppings like chocolate when you make petty disparaging comments that are aimed at criticizing instead of helping.
Get a clue BEF noONE here thinks what you have to say is worth anything.  You are clearly miserable......I have yet to see you being positive.  Pathetic....really.

What, you do not expect your branch manager to be available to help you?  Is that what you're saying Bunkie?

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Why would you want help from someone that couldn't make it as an advisor?

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bankrep1 wrote:Why would you want help from someone that couldn't make it as an advisor?
Moronic on the face.  You should be so lucky to be offered a chance to lead.

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Big Easy Flood wrote:dude wrote:
BEF....
How many heart attacks and strokes have you had yet, are you on your 3rd....4th yet?  It's laughable that you think we should eat up your rabbit droppings like chocolate when you make petty disparaging comments that are aimed at criticizing instead of helping.
Get a clue BEF noONE here thinks what you have to say is worth anything.  You are clearly miserable......I have yet to see you being positive.  Pathetic....really.

What, you do not expect your branch manager to be available to help you?  Is that what you're saying Bunkie?

Obviously the Alzheimers is getting to you since the post I was responding to was right above my post.  Your response again was laughably irrellevant and not addressing anything I was referring to.
 

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Something to ask in an interview would be if the manager has his own book.
You want to go to work at a place where the manager manages rather than run a book.
Real brokerage firms relieve the manager of his book and instruct him or her to manage 100% of their time.
You should have access to your manager at all times. You may have to wait an hour or so, but if he or she does not have an open door to everybody in the office you need to find out why not.Really???  Huh, how about that...so I guess you (in all your wisdom) don't consider ML or AGE "real" brokerage firms...both have producing managers.

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Same goes for SB and MS

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I don't think MS managers produce...at least the one in my city doesn't. I know, he tried to hire me!

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But the point is the same...and that point is that BEF doesn't know nearly as much as he thinks he does.

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What I can tell you for sure is a particular Wedbush Morgan I know of takes on "apprentices," so if they have an office in your city, it might be worth a try. Very limited in cities and offices, but if you are in one, check it out.

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Wedbush Morgan???  LOL what are you talking about? 

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BankFC wrote:But the point is the same...and that point is that BEF doesn't know nearly as much as he thinks he does.
I know there are producing managers in the tiny offices of the major firms, but not in the major offices of the major firms.
My comment about "real firms" was a tongue in cheek sneer at Ray Jay, which is not in the same league as the real firms such as Merrill.
What is curious is the tendency in the business to hire managers who were not groomed in the business.  Some of the firms are installing managers who were never brokers, ops professionals or anything else in the biz.
That is very dangerous, in my opinion, because the sales force needs to respect the manager and a sure way to not have respect is to show up one day and introduce yourself as being delighted to be there and confident that your experience managing the local NCR district office is going to translate well here at Acme brokerage.
Nonetheless it is being done, with a "sales manager" being appointed from the rank and file to act as the team leader.  Meanwhile the branch manager goes about managing the office, hiriing staff, interviewing potential FAs, but mostly dealing with compliance and other non-selling responsibilites.
There are branch offices--single branches--where there are several hundred employees.  There is no way the manager can be a producer and ride herd on that many people.
On the other hand, in Bumpphuck, Iowa, where there are five people, no six counting "the girl," the place is not viable if the manager does not produce.
But how would you like working somewhere where the manager is trying to open accounts with the same people you are?
The idea of a producing manager is not a good one, but the realities of business often mean it has to be that way.  That does not mean you should expose yourself to it if you have a choice.
If you're trying to decide between X and Y and X has a non producing manager, but Y has a producing manager.  Choose X unless there are compelling reasons not to.
I could have written that in lower case, but it would have made me look stupid.

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Big Easy Flood wrote:bankrep1 wrote:Why would you want help from someone that couldn't make it as an advisor?
Moronic on the face.  You should be so lucky to be offered a chance to lead.spoken like a true leech....

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Hey Broadway Joe...how's Winged Foot?!!
BTW, your inbox be full, brotha...

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Big Easy Flood wrote:
bankrep1 wrote:Why would you want help from someone that couldn't make it as an advisor?
Moronic on the face.  You should be so lucky to be offered a chance to lead.

BEF, those that can't do teach.  Why would someone that could make 500K a year (as a top performing advisor) take a job, with stress, quotas, reports and meetings to make 100K a year?
I do not want the advice of a failure....  I wouldn't take a job leading if it were offered because they won't offer em what I am already getting, freedom & unlimited opportunity
 

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Big Easy Flood wrote:
I could have written that in lower case, but it would have made me look stupid.

stupider.
but you need no further emphasis--
 

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Didn't we already go over all this ground with some popinjay called Put Trader? 
You remember him...his father was a general, and he rode his Daddy's coattails, yet he tried to convince all that he was "somebody".

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Big Easy Flood wrote:
bankrep1 wrote:Why would you want help from someone that couldn't make it as an advisor?
Moronic on the face.  You should be so lucky to be offered a chance to lead.

BEF, those that can't do teach.  Why would someone that could make 500K a year (as a top performing advisor) take a job, with stress, quotas, reports and meetings to make 100K a year?
I do not want the advice of a failure....  I wouldn't take a job leading if it were offered because they won't offer em what I am already getting, freedom & unlimited opportunity

The adage about can't doing and teaching is trite, but more importantly it has nothing to do with managing.
Secondly, producers earning half a million a year are rare and you're right most won't accept a chance to manage.
But only an idiot would opine that those who do manage are failures.
Most managers were stars prior to being asked to manage.  The business does not attempt to convince a million dollar producer to manage an office--but the ranks of managers are filled with men and women who were top 10% producers at the time they were selected.
I am also not saying that they stepped into management as a top 10% of the firm producer--they were top 10% of their peer group.  Similar time in the business stuff.
This is an unusual business in that managers hope to develop those they manage into people who earn more money than they do, but in so doing the manager will be rewarded too.
There are rewards far more gratifying than the size of the paycheck.  There is the satisfaction of doing a job well, there is the intangible of being introduced as the manager instead of the broker over at the brokerage firm.
Two guys belong to the country club.  One is a zillion dollar producer at the brokerage firm the other is his manager who makes less.  Around the country club the manager will have more "respect" for having made something of himself.
I am not going to bore myself by continuing.  Just remember that there is not an organization that does not have a manager, and very few people get to have those duties and responsibilities.
Joedabrkr refers to managers as leeches.  I am not sure, but I think that's the stupidest comment I've ever heard about the basic structure of an organization.
Wherever you work could not exist if it were not for managers.

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More importantly, managers could not exist without the capable producers.  You're trying to stand the pyramid on it's point rather than it's base.
Most organizations, when things are going well, seem to have a constantly inflating inventory of middle managers such as yourself.  When they hit a wall, managers are usually the first to go, whether it be through attrition, golden handshakes or outright layoffs.  The producers, the ones who bring home the bacon, are ALWAYS in high demand.  Ergo, you can keep the respect at the country club, if that's what motivates you.  I'll take the job security and higher pay.

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More importantly, managers could not exist without the capable producers.  You're trying to stand the pyramid on it's point rather than it's base.
Most organizations, when things are going well, seem to have a constantly inflating inventory of middle managers such as yourself.  When they hit a wall, managers are usually the first to go, whether it be through attrition, golden handshakes or outright layoffs.  The producers, the ones who bring home the bacon, are ALWAYS in high demand.  Ergo, you can keep the respect at the country club, if that's what motivates you.  I'll take the job security and higher pay.

There are producers who earn more than their managers--but not that many.
The average is less than one per branch, and the chances that anybody on this forum is earning more than their manager is slim to none.
"Big hitters" have far too much to do to have time to waste doing this.
To address the pyramid.  I am not saying that the organization should be standing on its point--what I am saying is that it cannot exist without a leader.
Those who proclaim that they would  never been a manager are those who have come to the realization that they will never be asked.  It's easy to express disdain for a job you'll never have.
A wise man would never close a door, never.
And an intelligent man will grow weary of the relatively mundane day to day life of a finanical advisor.
People often talk about how boring it is to be retired--you can only play golf so much, etc.
Why in the world would you want to have a job that never changed?
Managers are generally far smarter than the people who work for them, which is why they, the managers, appreciate the ever changing environment of dealing with a variety of issues.
Those who know what I'm talking about appreciate it. Those who have an inner desire to accomplish things appreciate it.
On the other hand those who know they're actually not very bright and would be "eaten alive" by the issues a manager deals with will sneer, as will those who know that for whatever reason the chance has come and gone.
"I never wanted it anyway" is far easier to live with than "Damn I would have been a good branch manager.  I wonder why they skipped over me?"

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Put, almost everything you've posted is pure, unadulterated nonsense.
 
Managers were almost all star producers?  Poppycock.
The job (of financial adivsior) never changes?  Drivel.
Managers are smarter (presumably as opposed to political opportunists trying to a$$-crawl their way to respect at the country club) than those they "manage"?  Balderdash.
Those who know what you're talking about appreciate you?  YOU don't know what you're talking about.
You seem to have a twisted view of reality. 
Not really surprising.

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BEF,
We are going to have to agree to disagree. Your obviously some type of middle manager that failed as a producer and need to justify your position.

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BEF,
We are going to have to agree to disagree. Your obviously some type of middle manager that failed as a producer and need to justify your position.

I have never found it necessary to justify my position.  It would be fun to hear how you think an organization can exist without somebody to watch out over it.
Do you think a brokerage office should not have a manager?  Is that your point of view?
Do you think that a region, or complex, or district, or whatever can exist without a manager?
How about at the home office.  Should entire departments just exist, or should they have managers?
Now, I am as big a fan of the adage that no company can exist until somebody sells something.
What you kids need to understand is that your firm would probably get along even better if it were not for you in your branches.
You have nothing to do with investment banking.  You have nothing to do with institutional brokerage.  You have nothing to do with wealth management.
Get your hands on an annual report of a full service brokerage firm.  How far down the income statement do you find entries relating to retail brokerage?
Just like banks would just as soon do away with the individual customer, brokerage firms would like to do away with the retail customer.
If you think that your firm's management lies awake worrying if Schwab and Ameritrade are stealing the retail clients you'd be wrong.
So, don't sneer at those who are out there representing you.  Your branch manager, your regional manager, the national sales manager and a host of others are fighting for you and your career every day of the week.
If, some day, you are asked if you'd like to join that team you'd be a fool not to.  There is a hell of a lot more to this business than holding hands with people who are second guessing you about what mutual fund is best for them.

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Managers were almost all star producers?  Poppycock.
Managers are lifted from the ranks of producers at a time when the guy or gal would be willing to accept the position.
It is understood that the million dollar producers do not want to step into a manager's role--at least most don't--so the invitation is extended at a point where somebody is noticed, but before they're become a million dollar producer.
Does it make sense that a firm is going to look for their managers among the lowest level produers?  Does that really make sense?
Of course not. They're going to find a guy or gal who is about ten years into their career and is a star among the ten year group--their peers.  They may even be leading the pack of ten year veterans.
They will be invited to dinner with a decision maker.  Perhaps at a national meeting of some sort, perhaps just a "Hey, as long as I'm here inspecting the branch how'd you like to have lunch?"  If that lunch meeting leads to a "Maybe, let me think about it" it will be suggeted that there be a dinner with the guy or gal's spouse to talk about the pros and cons.
This doesn't happen because you're in the lower portion of your peer group.  If you accept it that's great, if you turn it down that's great too--but you probably won't get another chance.
The job (of financial adivsior) never changes?  Drivel.
The goal is to get an "annuitized" book and do almost nothing except collect trails and hold hands.  Everybody talks about getting their practice to the point that they can show up when they want to.....that is not a job involving a lot of things happening.
Managers are smarter (presumably as opposed to political opportunists trying to a$$-crawl their way to respect at the country club) than those they "manage"?  Balderdash.
It doesn't take a lot of "smarts" to explain mutual funds.  Remember you're not talking to a guy who doesn't know what the business is all about.  Your day to day is spent trying to find somebody who will listen to you about a portfolio of mutual funds.
You live in fear that somebody else will find them and give them a different spin on whatever mutual funds they are currently in.
Hell, there's an entire thread going (again) about how unimportant a formal education is to do the job.  As the saying goes, "We're not talking rocket science."

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Who really gives sh!t BEF? I can think  of many managers I've had
as a banker and broker that absolutely  sucked. They got their
jobs because they kissed up and would do  whatever their boss told
them too. Not because of smarts, capablities, etc.  These guys
(and girls) were routinely despised because of their lack of talent,
character and original thoughts. The good managers I've had have been
the exception not the norm. Overall I would say it was 40% bad, 20%
good and the rest a non factor.
 
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BEF,
Of course you need managers.  You just don't need managers that train people how to fail.  Having a menotring program would be much more effective.  Have someone that is actually successful teach newbies how to be successful.  What an idea, instead you have the blind leading the blind. 
If you think retail brokerage is not profitable your a moron.  It might not be the only profit center, but they don't do it for fun.

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no idea wrote:Who really gives sh!t BEF? I can think  of many managers I've had as a banker and broker that absolutely  sucked. They got their jobs because they kissed up and would do  whatever their boss told them too. Not because of smarts, capablities, etc.  These guys (and girls) were routinely despised because of their lack of talent, character and original thoughts. The good managers I've had have been the exception not the norm. Overall I would say it was 40% bad, 20% good and the rest a non factor. 

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Ran out of anger management pills on the weekend.  What a bummer.
How many managers have you had if you can break them down to 20% good, 40% bad and 40% irrrelevant.  It needs to be a multiple of five in order to hit those numbers--so was it five, ten, fifteen?
Sounds to me like yoy're a job hopper if you've worked for that many people--probably you're the problem, not them.

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BEF, you seem like an angry little man who simply can't emotionally deal with your fall from mediocrity.

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bankrep1 wrote:
BEF,
Of course you need managers.  You just don't need managers that train people how to fail.  Having a menotring program would be much more effective.  Have someone that is actually successful teach newbies how to be successful.  What an idea, instead you have the blind leading the blind. 
If you think retail brokerage is not profitable your a moron.  It might not be the only profit center, but they don't do it for fun.

I did not say it was not profitable, many branches are, but there are a lot of branches htat are marginal at best and others are loss leaders, maintained for a variety of reasons--not the least of which is in order to be a presence in a community where there might be some corporate or municipal finance business to be had.
My thesis is that there is not a full service brokerage firm that would mind a bit if the retail side went the way of the buggy whip. Consequently it's nonsensical to think that a retail broker is the bread and butter of the firm.
If Merrill shuttered every retail branch in the country next week the firm would continue as an investment banker, wealth manager, clearing firm, and institutional broker.
The stock would probably soar in value.

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You might be right, Put, but an investment banker is NOT a company manager, a wealth manager is NOT a company manager, an institutional manager is NOT a company manager and there would be no need for most of the clearing folks in the absence of retail business.
You've refuted your own nonsense.  As usual.

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You might be right, Put, but an investment banker is NOT a company manager, a wealth manager is NOT a company manager, an institutional manager is NOT a company manager and there would be no need for most of the clearing folks in the absence of retail business.
You've refuted your own nonsense.  As usual.

Refuted in what way?
Investment banking requires management.  Wealth management groups require group Vice Presidents.  Institutional brokerage has layers of management responsibility.
I forgot proprietary trading desks--lots of supervision there.
As for the comment about clearing.  Are you saying that only retail trades are cleared?
How about stock loan?  Would Merrill need stock loan if the retail side closed up next week?
Why do you suppose that Legg Mason and Smith Barney worked out their deal?  Chip Mason is no dumm--and Legg had a pretty respectable retail side.  Why did Legg let it go if it's such a big deal?
Whose next? Do you think Wachovia might sell its retail branches and keep the indy side?  Perhaps they'll sell them both and keep the banking side?
Is First Clearing contributing enough to the bottom line at Wachovia or should it be spun off to somebody else?

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It's your flawed logic laughing boy, not mine.
You seem to get confused regarding the difference between knowing how to do a job, and managing people who know how to do their jobs.  That's probably why you're now unemployed.

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Starka wrote:
It's your flawed logic laughing boy, not mine.
You seem to get confused regarding the difference between knowing how to do a job, and managing people who know how to do their jobs.  That's probably why you're now unemployed.

Nah, I'm unemployed because I'm 61 years old and had 35 years of service.
You may not believe this, but we don't live forever.  There's a big world out there.  I've seen a lot of it and I hope to see the rest before I can no longer appreciate it.
You get it, right Starka?  I'm doing what your clients hoped to do before them ran into you.

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Unlike you Put, I'll work as long as a) I'm physically able, and b) I can be of service to my clients.
You see sonny, I've already seen much of the world and I've learned that what you own and what you do for yourself are completely self-serving, hence unimportant.  What you do for others matters.  And if I can make a good living doing it, so much the better.  Clearly, you are impervious to those kinds moral teachings.
Therein endeth the lesson.

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Starka wrote:
Unlike you Put, I'll work as long as a) I'm physically able, and b) I can be of service to my clients.
You see sonny, I've already seen much of the world and I've learned that what you own and what you do for yourself are completely self-serving, hence unimportant.  What you do for others matters.  And if I can make a good living doing it, so much the better.  Clearly, you are impervious to those kinds moral teachings.
Therein endeth the lesson.

Isn't the internet a great place, the sleazest penny broker in town can appear to be a priest.

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Big Easy Flood wrote:Starka wrote:
Unlike you Put, I'll work as long as a) I'm physically able, and b) I can be of service to my clients.
You see sonny, I've already seen much of the world and I've learned that what you own and what you do for yourself are completely self-serving, hence unimportant.  What you do for others matters.  And if I can make a good living doing it, so much the better.  Clearly, you are impervious to those kinds moral teachings.
Therein endeth the lesson.

Isn't the internet a great place, the sleazest penny broker in town can appear to be a priest.

Ah, yes.  The hubris of the defeated.

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Unlike you Put, I'll work as long as a) I'm physically able, and b) I can be of service to my clients.

Let's hire this guy as our retirement advisor.  His idea is to work until he dies.
That's what happens when you don't plan Starka.  If you do it right you can quit when you're 60 or so before it's too late.
If you really do it right you can quit when  you're even younger.

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You still don't get it, Put, and I doubt that you ever will.
I don't WANT to retire.  I realize that it's an alien concept to someone as narrow as yourself, but I LIKE what I do.  You, on the other hand, seem to want to have more and do more, in the vain hope that someday someone will envy you, thus validating your meaningless existence.
Pathetic, actually.

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Starka wrote:
You still don't get it, Put, and I doubt that you ever will.
I don't WANT to retire.  I realize that it's an alien concept to someone as narrow as yourself, but I LIKE what I do.  You, on the other hand, seem to want to have more and do more, in the vain hope that someday someone will envy you, thus validating your meaningless existence.
Pathetic, actually.

Do you not feel that you can find anything you'd like to do more than push variable annuities on older people?
Or whatever you do.
Nobody loved their job more than I did, but I love other things more.  I love arriving in a foreign city, getting an Avis car and going out to explore.
I love getting up in the early morning and taking a walk on a beach, or a mountain trail.
I think it's sad that you don't have anything better to do than con little old ladies into buying unsuitable investments for the rest of your life.

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Once again, the hubris of the defeated.

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Well, I tell you what- If I have a choice of hiring someone who just finished four years of College and someone who just finished four years in the Military, I'll take the Military training anyday.
Any branch of the service can teach a young person more in six weeks than any college can in four years...
 

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Starka wrote:Once again, the hubris of the defeated.
Defeated?
You're the sad sack who says that all you can think of to do with the rest of your life is work?
Your entire reason for being here is to help people figure out how to quit and enjoy the rest of their life as early as possible.
And you can't even figure out how to do it for yourself.
Certainly does not breed a lot of confidence.  I can tell you, if I were your client and I asked, 'So Staka, what do you plan to do when you retire?" I would not want to hear any version of "I don't want to retire."
It reeks of meaning, "I cannot retire."

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munytalks wrote:
Well, I tell you what- If I have a choice of hiring someone who just finished four years of College and someone who just finished four years in the Military, I'll take the Military training anyday.
Any branch of the service can teach a young person more in six weeks than any college can in four years...

More what?  How to follow orders?  Sure.
But where in the military do they teach you to write a business letter?
It's crazy talk to suggest that four years in the military will prepare an adult American for a lifetime more than four years in college.

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Big Easy Flood wrote:
Starka wrote:Once again, the hubris of the defeated.
Defeated?
You're the sad sack who says that all you can think of to do with the rest of your life is work?
Your entire reason for being here is to help people figure out how to quit and enjoy the rest of their life as early as possible.
And you can't even figure out how to do it for yourself.
Certainly does not breed a lot of confidence.  I can tell you, if I were your client and I asked, 'So Staka, what do you plan to do when you retire?" I would not want to hear any version of "I don't want to retire."
It reeks of meaning, "I cannot retire."
Put, you're wrong on this one.  Starka and I have a similar love for the calling known as investment management.  I often tell clients who ask, that as long as I am phyically and mentally able, I intend to do just what I do now, albeit on a more limited schedule.  I tell them to not be surprised if I'm still doing this at 80 (I'm just a bit over halfway there now).  Clients (and prospects, for that matter) eat this up.  They love the idea of being able to work with the same adviser for another 40 years without having to go out and interview an unknown person to handle their life's work.
I don't buy it the fact that all people who are able to, want to fully retire.  A few (mostly those who don't enjoy their jobs) do, but I have many clients who have retired, and then turned around and went right back to work because they missed it.  These are clients who absolutely do not have to work...they are fully funded.  Sure, some of them went back to work in a different career...something they'd long dreamed about but hesitated to do because their old job paid better, but the fact remains, MANY retirees continue to work because they WANT to.  If you don't believe that, go pick up the April 2006 issue of Smart Money and read the article called "Retire Happy" starting on page 65.  Here's a direct quote from it...
"In a 2005 survey by Merrill Lynch, 76% of boomers said that their ideal plan for retirement included staying in the workforce." (emphasis is mine)
Put, do you honestly think that all of these Merrill clients have to work into retirement?!!  If so, that wouldn't speak very well of Merrill's ability to grow a nest egg.  Clearly, these folks are looking to stay busy for the sheer satisfaction of it...NOT financial necessity.
It's time for you to wave the white flag on this argument and move on to something where you have some solid ground...

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Big Easy Flood wrote:Why do you suppose that Legg Mason and Smith Barney worked out their deal?  Chip Mason is no dumm--and Legg had a pretty respectable retail side.  Why did Legg let it go if it's such a big deal?
Why did SB pick it up if it's such a turd?

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Big Easy Flood wrote:Nobody loved their job more than I did, but I love other things more.  I love arriving in a foreign city, getting an Avis car and going out to explore.
I love getting up in the early morning and taking a walk on a beach, or a mountain trail.
And that's why you spend so much time posting here, right? 

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