The Results of the Veres/T3 Annual Software Survey
Joel Bruckenstein of T3 and I just released the 2021 T3/Inside Information Advisor Software Survey, which includes user ratings and market share statistics (and year-on-year changes to both) for more than 400 different software products and services in 32 different categories.
The Future of the Financial Planning Association
The Financial Planning Association, or FPA, is the principal membership organization for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals and those who support the financial planning process. I am joined today by the two leaders of the FPA and a veteran observer of the financial planning profession. I am looking forward to a spirited discussion about the role that the FPA will play among financial planners, the challenges it faces and how my guests plan to overcome those challenges.
A New Tool to Visualize Retirement Planning
Bill Bengen’s research calculated how much a retiree can take out safely from a generic portfolio over 30 years without running out of money. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a prospective client’s asset allocation and calculate the percent of time periods since 1926 that it would have survived a 30-year retirement?
A Q&A With Bob Veres on the Future of the Advisory Profession
As we all navigate a crisis that’s dramatically changed our lives, one of the best-known commentators on the advisory profession takes a longer view on what it will take for your business to not just survive — but thrive. In an informative Q&A with Bob Huebscher, Veres will explore the many transitions facing advisors and offer advice on building deeper connections in a world where every other advisor can be your competitor.
The Powerful Evolution in Fee Structures
Recently, I released a comprehensive fee survey that was designed to test what, exactly, is going on in the advisor marketplace – to assess whether firms are, indeed, migrating from the AUM revenue model to something that more closely matches time and internal costs with fees charged.
Is the Bond Market as Disconnected from Reality as the Stock Market?
Everybody is wondering how the stock market can be so high while the U.S. economy is so low. But you don’t hear the same rumbling concerns about the bond market – even though something very similar to ultra-high P/Es is going on in the fixed income side of your portfolio.
Q&A: Communicating and Building Trust with Clients In A Virtual World
Building trust with clients and prospects is the most important way to have lasting relationships. Find out what research shows on how people assess whether you are someone they can trust. Learn the important kinds of verbal communication and body language that open people to trusting you, as well as techniques that will help you better understand clients. Hear how other advisors have established their credibility and trust with clients. Get advice on how to conduct virtual meetings effectively. Ask questions about how to communicate with difficult clients and change the direction of those relationships.
Toward Normative Standards in the Advice Profession
Normative standards can be broadly defined as a consensus among givers of advice on what advice or service best suits a particular set of circumstances. Unlike most other professions, those standards don’t exist among financial planners. That may soon change.
Coping With COVID
The pandemic created a nightmarish environment for advisors, who must cope with the human and financial toll on their clients. But a few farsighted practitioners are seizing the changes forced upon them to improve the way they serve their clients and manage their teams.
A Comparison of Risk Tolerance Products
Bear markets beget portfolio losses, unhappy clients and, sadly, lawsuits against advisors. If you relied on any of the popular risk tolerance products to construct that portfolio, here’s how you are likely to fare under the careful scrutiny of an arbitrator.
Measuring the Quality of an Advisory Firm
We’ve all gritted our teeth whenever one of the trade magazines comes out with a list of the “top” wealth management firms, ranked from “top” to “bottom” based on the absolute least meaningful way to measure the quality of an advisory business: their AUM. The goal of such lists should be to identify those firms that are best at serving their clients and are managed in a healthy and sustainable way. Here’s a way to rank firms that achieves that goal.
Five Big Ideas to Gain an Unfair Competitive Advantage in 2020
Let’s look here for a handful of unfair advantages to gain over the competition in 2020. These are things that are not hard to implement, which will help you become more efficient, gain new clients or stand out from your peers.
The Interview Questions That Only Outstanding Job Candidates Can Answer
Dr. Suzanne Peterson delivered a keynote presentation at the NAPFA spring conference, and Bob discusses her penetrating insights about the unconventional questions advisors should ask to select for exceptional new hires. Bob also tells us what he really thinks about Reg BI - and what is in store for attendees of his upcoming conference.
Survey Results - RIA Capacity and Segmentation Practices
CANAM Research surveyed over 300 RIAs on their capacity and segmentation practices. Join this webinar for the survey results and to learn the key takeaways from three distinct vantage points:
Bob Veres is an editor and publisher of the Inside Information service for financial planners, monthly columnist for Financial Planning magazine, and author of The New Profession, a new book about the future of the financial planning profession.
Lisa Rapuano, CFA, is a financial services executive with over 25 years experience analyzing businesses and investing in technology. She spent 10 years of her career at Legg Mason managing the top decile $4 billion Special Investment Trust and for 10 years after that she managed hedge funds.
Brent Weiss CFP®, ChFC® is a co-founder and the head of planning for Facet Wealth. He has over a decade of experience as an investment advisor and financial planner for high net worth individuals. As a former principal at an independent wealth management firm, he will examine the results through the lens of an advisor who's been through the generational transition underway in the industry.
A New Way to Charge Custodial Fees
If you’re looking for something new to worry about, imagine how it would impact your firm if the independent custodians were to decide that instead of charging your clients a variety of fees for their services, they would charge you an asset-based fee that would cover everything. The custodial costs would suddenly come out of your pocket.
The (Un)certain Future for Small Advisory Firms
Behemoths like Amazon and Uber have transformed industries, putting smaller competitors out of business. Could the same fate await smaller financial planners? Many analysts have predicted massive consolidation in our industry, resulting in a landscape where a few “Goliaths” make it impossible for the small “Davids” to compete. Is this thesis accurate and, if so, what should advisors do to protect themselves?
Four Books That Will Change Your Professional Life
This has been an unusually fruitful season for books for and about financial planners. Four absolute masters of the financial planning universe have published books that add to your chances of success as you grow your business and career.
The Future of the FPA, the CFP Board and the Organizations that Run the Planning Profession
Last month, I asked readers of Advisor Perspectives to help me think through some complicated issues regarding the future of the profession. Should the professional associations (like the FPA and NAPFA) consolidate in order to create more scale and unity, or should we maintain a healthy competition between them? Today we look at the responses I received.
Who Shall Rule the Planning Profession? Competition versus Consolidation
If there’s one topic that is guaranteed to stir up passions in the financial planning/advisory profession it’s consolidation of associations and credentials. Consider some of the issues that are being debated today.
Three Emerging Trends That Are Upending Our Profession
Last year, I made a number of bold predictions about how the advisory profession is evolving, and what firms are going to have to do to stay ahead of the curve. How have my predictions held up? Here are three transformations that will force every advisory firm to adapt.
The Tech Landscape: Results of the 2018 Technology Survey
The 2018 Software Survey, conducted by Advisor Perspectives, Joel Bruckenstein at T3, and my firm, Inside Information, offered by far the most comprehensive data on the advisor tech landscape ever collected. In all, we received 1,554 useable responses, representing firms very small to very large, across a broad spectrum of experience in the business.
Eight Rules for Developing the Next Generation of Leaders
According to Philip Palaveev, the most successful firms have the most talented and competent advisors and support staff. This doesn’t happen by accident. These firms are better at developing the skills of younger advisors and staff members. Here’s how they do that.
What’s Behind the Anti-Fiduciary Mindset?
In case you missed it, on September 7, APViewpoint hosted one of the best debates ever regarding the fiduciary standard and the DOL rule. It was notable because unlike most of what you’ve been reading, it covered both sides of the topic, and the debaters forced each other to provide deeper rationales for their beliefs. Here are my key insights, particularly those that illustrate the thinking behind the anti-fiduciary mindset.
The Five Points that Belong on Every Advisor’s Website
Shouldn’t clients be able to look on a financial planner’s website and see what services they can expect to receive for the fees they expect to pay? Shouldn’t the profession evolve a pricing model where people who do more for the client can charge more, and those who do less will charge less?
Seven Surprising Insights about Advisory Fees
I asked the readers of my Inside Information service, members of the Advisor Perspectives community, and others, to tell me how they were charging their clients, and how much. The most interesting conclusions related to a key question that has arisen from the DOL Rule: what is a “reasonable” AUM fee to charge clients?
DOL Fiduciary Compliance Part II: The most comprehensive solutions for RIA firms
Let’s look at a couple of new tools that give you an integrated solution to DOL fiduciary compliance. Are you recommending a superior asset allocation? Are you recommending better investments in the IRA than the client previously owned? Is the IRA’s all-in cost lower than the plan sponsor’s offering, and if not, are you offering more services than the plan sponsor was offering?
New Tools to Prove You Acted as a Fiduciary
This article, the first of two parts, is a review of some of the more prominent new tools that advisors can lean on as they prepare for the full DOL rule implementation on April 10. Each of them addresses a different aspect of the rule, and they all approach it from different angles.