While the advisor and accountant might seem like an odd couple, there are synergies to be had, as long as the CPA understands that a wealth management firm cannot be run like an accounting firm and vice-a-versa....More
While the equity markets drove a healthy growth of 10 percent in client assets last year, U.S. and Canadian brokerages continued to have the most cost-intensive wealth management model, leading to relatively flat profit levels....More
Brian Hamburger’s journey has taken him from a struggling entrepreneur to the president and CEO of business and compliance consulting firm MarketCounsel. Here are some stories along the way of building his business that didn’t make it into our profile of him.
High barriers to entry keep the ranks of smaller independent broker/dealers thin and have put several existing shops out of business. But a new report suggests the b/d business may be bottoming out and firm registrations are moving into positive territory....More
Working with clients who are losing mental capacity can often be a difficult and touchy task. But advisors can take steps to address the problem in a caring way....More
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VIEWPOINTS: John Canally, Economist, LPL Financial; In the wake of the release of the monthly jobs report, many financial market participants are debating the seeming disconnect between the weak first quarter of economic growth and the recent run of strong data....More