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Rules, as they say, are made to be broken. Yet as financial planning has grown as a profession, collective thinking has coalesced around a few solid pieces of advice. A panel at the Morningstar Investment Conference on Friday set out to debunk some of those rules and establish new guidelines. Here are a few of the biggest myths they tackled.
Want to boost your clients’ retirement income by 29%? There are five things advisors can do to help clients meet their retirement goals
The most important thing an advisor can do for clients is to integrate their investment portfolios with the rest of their financial needs, according to Morningstar’s director of global fund research.
From not giving up your audit too soon to wise words from Pershing's Mark Tibergien on creating a human capital strategy, here are some of the smartest things we learned at this year's INSITE conference.
“I think probably the No. 1 area of angst for advisors running their own firms is the efficiency of their business,” Pershing's Mark Tibergien said Thursday during an interview at the Pershing Insite conference.
Sallie Krawcheck scolded advisors last month for their attitudes towards female clients. "Talking to husbands and nodding to wives no longer cuts it," she said.
A great wealth transfer may indeed be looming, but advisory firm executives are still focusing their creative energy on their boomer (and older) clients.
Read any number of studies, or just glance around most industry conferences and you'll see it: Women make up a noticeable minority of the financial advisory community. The CFP Board is trying to do something about it.
With the tax season behind us, what accountant mistakes or issues have you come across?
The number of deals for RIA firms jumped in the first quarter, according to new research from Schwab Advisor Services. But transaction value was lower than at any point in the last year.
"You must ask everyone who comes into your office: Do you have a health problem?" estate planner and Financial Planning contributor Martin Shenkman cautioned. "If you don't ask, they are not going to tell."
Within a decade, only about 150 large, profitable wealth management firms will dominate wealth management, according to a new forecast co-authored by Mark Hurley, chairman and CEO of the Fiduciary Network.
Investors working with financial advisors were more confident and prepared than their unassisted peers both during and after the financial crisis, according to a new study from Fidelity Investments.
NAPFA's Genesis group, for fee-only advisors 33 and younger, this week launched a set of scholarships to help younger advisors develop their professional skills.
Overriding client emotions and persuading them to do what they ought to do can be tricky. According to a new study, only 39% of advisors say they work with all clients to develop a written investment policy statement, which can guide clients' strategy in times of flux.
When FINRA boss Richard Ketchum suggested the group was pulling back from its effort to regulate RIAs, advisors cheered -- but some observers worried the story isn't over. On Twitter, Investment Advisor Alliance said: 'Pressure is off for now. But what happens when Congress is once again more favorable to FINRA's goal?' …
A combination of the right recruitment, development and technology spells success for advisor firms.
The organization announced Tuesday that Linda Leitz, a fee-only planner based in Colorado Springs, Col., is set to become its chairwoman in September, and will serve as chair-elect until that time.
Are advisors getting it wrong on recruiting and hiring? A new report out from Pershing finds a gap between what advisors say they ought to be doing and what they're actually getting right.