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Are You Worth More Than 1%?

Added on March 2014 in Form an RIA
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Summary:

RIAs are loathe to increase their fees, believing it alienates clients. But a recent analysis by Russell Investments shows advisors are worth as high as 4.33 percent, much higher than the typical 1 percent that many FAs charge for their services. In a blog post on Russell’s website, Brad Jung writes that the value of an advisor is more than 1 percent. Jung suggests advisors use the following formula to determine how much they should be charging:

A + B + C + P > Your fee

Wirehouses, RIAs benefit from bonus disclosure at expense of smaller B-Ds

Added on March 2014 in Form an RIA
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Summary: A proposal advanced Monday by Wall Street's industry-funded regulator that would require greater compensation disclosure has exposed a chasm in the advisory industry, pitting smaller broker-dealers against large wirehouses and independent advisers.

Prepare early for regulatory exams

Added on March 2014 in Form an RIA
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Summary: Why should an ad-viser spend time preparing for a regulatory exam? Only about 60% of SEC-registered investment advisory firms have undergone a compliance examination. Congress blusters about holding the Securities and Exchange Commission accountable to do more but simultaneously denies funding necessary to make that practical.

SEC Unveils Details of New Advisor Exams

Added on February 2014 in Form an RIA
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Summary: Specifics of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) program, called the "Never-Before Examined Initiative" and aimed at targeting unexamined advisors that have been registered with the SEC for three or more years, come just over a month after the agency announced that this issue would be an examination priority in 2014.

The Five Stages Of Growth In A Financial Planning Firm

Added on February 2014 in Form an RIA
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Summary: As the world of financial advice continues to grow and evolve, advisory firms are increasingly going through a series of consistent stages in the growth of their firm.

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