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For advisors whose clients want some of their assets in real property, the current rebound creates both opportunities and challenges. Want to understand these clients a little better? A recent survey took a deep look at investment real estate buyers and identified several characteristics that set them apart.
Higher valuations, shakier bets: Advisors whose clients want real estate holdings face a new set of challenges.
As the end of tax season drew near, clients boosted participation in retirement plans, but their appetite for risk dropped sharply. Those are among the main takeaways from April’s Retirement Advisor Confidence Index — Financial Planning’s monthly barometer of business conditions for wealth managers. The index slipped 1.1 points for the month to 53.6 after increasing the previous month. …
Advisors who are helping clients prepare themselves financially for retirement are only doing part of the job needed.
About a quarter of fee-only advisory firms we surveyed in February said they had changed their fee structure in the past year (as did 20% of all independent firms). So what did they do? We combed through respondents' individual comments to identify several of the changes firms have made.
Psychological experiments at the University of Georgia offer a pair of clear takeaways for advisors facing prospects.
Changes in both demographics and tax laws require a massive rethinking of estate planning strategies. Here are a few of the minefields that planners should avoid.
As economic landscapes shift, RIAs are going to need to rethink the ways they charge clients and deliver service.
The pace of RIA dealmaking has leveled off over the last few years, with no increase in the number of deals over the previous year and aggregate AUM acquired ticking up only slightly to $47.4B from $43.7B, according to new data from Schwab Advisor Services.
The confidence index gets buoyed by a sharp jump in clients' perceived risk appetite and an increase in planning fees.
'Adviser' vs. 'advisor': A conversation with one regulatory expert raises questions about the ways that RIAs brand themselves to clients.
Next-generation advisors, next-gen clients and next-gen technology are at the heart of TD Ameritrade's newest programs for advisors.
A pair of sessions at the FSI OneVoice conference focused on recruiting and retention challenges facing IBDs, many of which center on hybrid or dually registered RIAs who are edging toward greater independence.
Changes to the RIA Leaders rankings illustrate a hard truth about the industry.
Confidence index gets lifted by advisor fees and client optimism.
A trio of top custodial executives discussing big trends for the RIA sector downplayed the term -- at least as a marketing advantage -- during a panel this week at the MarketCounsel summit in Las Vegas.
Benchmark lifted by a big shift from cash toward equities.
Technological shifts happen quickly. The industry finally seems to have noticed.
Female financial planners heard several smart ways to expand their practices, develop specialties and better help each other and their clients at SourceMedia's Women Advisors Forum in San Francisco.
We found a few firms that were getting it right on recruiting next-gen planners. Check out their road map.