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Four Key Advisor Questions About Transitioning

Added on June 2020 in Join an RIA
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Summary: Transitioning away from a broker dealer to launching your own independent RIA is no small feat.  At times, the sheer number of “to-do(s)” on a list and the required details can seem overwhelming.  But having successfully transitioned dozens of advisors to the independent space, I strongly recommend advisors take a deep breath and strategically work through the comprehensive project plan.

Which schools offer the best on-campus, degree-granting programs that prepare students for careers in financial planning?

Added on February 2020 in Join an RIA
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SummaryWealthManagement.com decided to find out. This ranking represents the first ever data-centric approach to measure the nation’s financial planning programs offered at colleges and universities. (The survey is limited to degree-granting, on-campus programs. Wealth Management will evaluate online, distance-learning certificate college programs in a follow-up study.) WealthManagement.com ranked these programs based on a weighted matrix of nine indicators believed to be markers of excellence. 

Top Financial Planning Colleges for 2020

Added on January 2020 in Join an RIA
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Summary: WealthManagement.com decided to find out. This ranking represents the first ever data-centric approach to measure the nation’s financial planning programs offered at colleges and universities. (The survey is limited to degree-granting, on-campus programs. Wealth Management will evaluate online, distance-learning certificate college programs in a follow-up study.) WealthManagement.com ranked these programs based on a weighted matrix of nine indicators believed to be markers of excellence. 

Of Myths and Moving, 2019

Added on January 2020 in Join an RIA
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Summary: It was September 2004 when I wrote my first “Of Myths and Moving” article—a piece designed to help address some of the common concerns that advisors shared when considering a move. But the wealth management industry landscape bears little resemblance to that of years past; advisors have more options for how and where to run their businesses than ever before.

Voices As fees fall, do advisors need to take cover?

Added on November 2019 in Join an RIA
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Summary: Equity research analysts had a funny question for Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman on his firm’s third-quarter earnings call. Profits were looking good at the wirehouse, especially in wealth management. Was Morgan Stanley going to cut advisory fees to match the fee slashing of Charles Schwab, Fidelity and others?

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