In the past, REP. has ranked broker/dealers by advisor headcount, a data point that shows, perhaps, how a firm is doing in the recruiting wars. But it’s not just a numbers game. So this year, the editors—along with industry analysts at Cerulli Associates—decided to look at another measure of firm success: assets per advisor....More
Consider that if your client pays insurance premiums monthly, quarterly or semi-annually, it costs more than paying a lump sum—it’s the equivalent of an interest rate charge, and higher than you think....More
Alfred Jones is credited with constructing the first hedge fund structure in 1949, but hedge funds didn’t reach a wider usage until the 1970s. Yet despite hedge funds almost 50-year popularity, one in four advisors still say they’re not familiar with hedge funds.
The number of CFP Board-registered Bachelor’s degree programs in financial planning are on the rise, but schools say it's a struggle to get students in them. Many who stay aren't following through on taking the CFP exam....More
After months of uncertainty over how RCS Capital Corp. would structure its recently acquired independent broker/dealers, the firm announced plans last month to bring them all under Cetera Financial Group....More