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  • Jul 24, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    The Mutual Fund Firms Advisors Trust the Most

    Which asset managers are the most trusted by financial advisors? A handful of familiar names top the list, regardless of advisory channel....More
  • Jul 23, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Should Advisors Get Paid At All?

    Robo-advisors are driving down the fees clients pay for asset management, but what if even 25 basis points is too much? What if clients should not be paying anything?...More
  • Jul 22, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Advisor No-No’s

    Practice management coaches will often tell you what you should be doing to attract clients. It might be more important to know what not to do....More
  • Jul 21, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    A History of Being Wrong

    Predicting calamity for the financial markets is a regular sport. Some even manage to turn doomsaying into a profitable gig selling newsletters, gold vaults and investment strategies meant to survive the fiscal collapse. But how often are these pundits right?...More
  • Jul 20, 2015
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    Ballers Episode 5 Recap: The Shakedown

    This week’s episode of HBO’s Ballers highlights the dark side of fame—the inevitable shakedowns. And as the show points out, the most dangerous ones are rarely straightforward, so it’s helpful to have a team of professionals around. (Warning, spoilers ahead!)...More
  • Jul 20, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Advisor to Ring NYSE Bell on 100th Birthday

    A 99-year-old financial advisor and holocaust survivor will be the oldest person to ring to bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of her 100th birthday Aug. 2....More
  • Jul 17, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    'Irresponsible and Stupid'

    A Waco, Texas, financial advisor has been sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay more than $9 million in restitution for running a Ponzi-type fraud scheme....More
  • Jul 16, 2015
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    Millennials to FinServ: We're Loyal and Trusting

    If financial services firms and advisors can attract millennials early, new research shows they will remain very loyal clients....More
  • Jul 16, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    The Charitable Giving Arms Race

    Investors have been in a giving mood lately. Grants from Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable donor-advised funds are at record levels, the two firms said Wednesday....More
  • Jul 15, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    No More Pension Buyouts For Retirees

    The Treasury Department will stop letting employers offer some retired employees lump sum buyouts of their defined pension benefits....More
  • Jul 14, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Advisor Websites Ignoring Compliance

    Advisors are told over and over how important it is to have an online presence, but many forget about compliance, leaving them exposed to lawsuits and regulatory actions....More
  • Jul 13, 2015
    blog

    Ballers Episode 4 Recap: Wrecking Client Relationships

    This week’s episode of HBO’s Ballers serves as an extreme example of how not to handle client relations and the dangers of failing to maintain professionalism....More
  • Jul 13, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Keeping A Low Profile

    A rare consequence from the financial crisis in Greece: The rich in that have become shy about flaunting their wealth....More
  • Jul 10, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    'People Are The Weakest Link'

    There’s so much chatter about the flood of cybersecurity threats around financial services firms, and the technology that can hold it at bay, it’s easy to forget most lapses are the result of personal negligence - even among people who should know better....More
  • Jul 9, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Growing Pains

    Wealth management has been a bright spot for investment banks and large institutions over the last few years. But operational challenges are starting to crop up....More
  • Jul 8, 2015
    blog

    FSI Taking the Fiduciary Fight to Consumers

    With advisors actively mobilized on the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal, the Financial Services Institute is now turning its sights to investors with a new initiative that gives consumers a chance to weigh in....More
  • Jul 8, 2015
    Article

    Should Advisors Pick Stocks?

    As Craig Iskowitz of the Ezra Group points out, Cerulli research shows investment portfolios managed by financial advisors underperform those they can get through the home office, but yet Rep as Portfolio Manager programs are the fastest growing segment of the fee-based business....More
  • Jul 7, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Paddling With A Purpose

    Charleston, S.C.-based Don Alderman, an advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, plans to compete in the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii on July 26....More
  • Jul 6, 2015
    blog

    Ballers Episode 3: Not Your Typical Client Event

    It’s not unusual for a financial services firm to host an event to drum up business and sign clients. But Anderson Financial’s idea of a client event is anything but “strictly corporate.”...More
  • Jul 6, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Insurance: Next to Go Robo?

    A new report by the World Economic Forum examines how fintech is changing the financial services industry. As we’ve seen in the advisory space with the rise of online advice platforms, it’s disrupting things....More
  • Jul 2, 2015
    blog

    Barred Broker Facing Fraud Charges for Alleged Ponzi Scheme 1

    A broker previously barred from the industry is now facing additional federal civil and criminal fraud charges for an alleged $15.5 million scheme involving fake certificates of deposits....More
  • Jul 2, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Whither The Gold Bug?

    Financial advisor and Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz wonders why, with Greece on the brink of collapse, stock markets down 2 percent in one day and volatility spiking, the price of gold has not moved higher....More
  • Jul 1, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    Smarter Than Smart Beta?

    Is there a smarter approach than smart beta? New York-based advisory firm Gerstein Fisher thinks so, according to a comprehensive examination conducted by the firm looking at the last 40 years of fundamental indexing....More
  • Jun 30, 2015
    The Daily Brief

    The Proliferation of Alts Continues

    Global assets in alternative investments are expected to grow from $11.3 trillion today to $15.3 trillion by 2020, according to a new report by PwC....More
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