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3 Tips to Help Advisers Engage Better with Prospects

Just as independent financial advisers need to provide clients with the personalized experience they want in order to keep their business, advisers have to engage with prospects on the latter’s terms in order to convert them to clients. Understandably, advisers want to put their best foot forward during discussions with prospects, but not all prospects want to peruse the same materials, nor do all prospects possess the same understanding of the nuances of financial advice and planning.
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The Hidden Cost of Portfolio Rebalancing

As many advisers know, portfolio rebalancing and optimization has many benefits for their clients. Investors’ portfolios can stay on track, reallocated due to changes in goals or risk tolerance, and even save money through tax efficient investment decisions.
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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Independent Advisers

Ask yourself how well you and your team managed relationships with clients over the past year, and whether or not you achieved your business goals.

It’s that time again. Financial advisers are busy reflecting on the year that’s nearly passed, and planning for the one ahead.

While it’s important to review client accounts and financial plans at year-end, advisers should also consider the performance and operation of their business during 2017, and how they can improve in the new year. Ask yourself how well you and your team managed relationships with clients over the past year, and whether or not you achieved your business goals.Continue Reading…

What’s the Key to Running Your Practice Better? Understanding What Your Clients Want.

 

We live in a world where you no longer have to buy a newspaper or magazine—you can program mobile apps to curate news content to align with your personal areas of interest, enabling you to only receive articles about sports, specific aspects of the financial markets, and anything else you want to read, without having to skim through lots of irrelevant stories.Continue Reading…

White Paper: An Adviser’s Guide to Understanding Investors’ Digital DNA

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How can advisers use digital to connect, communicate, and customize services for clients?

While technology has transformed the way we consume information, goods, and services, it has not yet had the same impact on the way most individuals manage their personal finances and wealth.Continue Reading…

Generational Client Transfer: Creating a Sustainable Client-base for the Future

Anyone who has attended a client appreciation event for a financial planning firm recently may have noticed that the majority of attendees fell into the same age bracket — and that age bracket was greying. Amidst this distinguished crowd, the coveted Millennial demographic seems to have gone missing — with the exception of the waiters and host firm analysts.Continue Reading…

The Current State of #Fintech: Save vs. Spend

When it Comes to Financial Literacy, #Fintech Is Dropping the Ball

Americans face serious challenges because we’re doing a lackluster job of managing our money, personally and as a nation. Our booming fintech industry could be part of the solution but is at risk of becoming part of the problem instead.Continue Reading…

Social Media Success for Your Advisory Practice

Networking and Social Media for Advisors

As a successful financial advisor, you know there’s more to networking than handshakes and exchanging business cards. Integrating digital touch points and social media consistently into your marketing efforts is the new normal – it helps you develop connections and further conversations that help grow your business. Continue Reading…

Harnessing the Power of the Influencer to Drive Growth

How you can woo not only your client but the influencers behind them.

I recently purchased a condo. Although I consider myself an independent person, I have an entourage of what I consider to be “personal advisors.” Throughout this purchasing decision, I relied heavily on these personal advisors for guidance. Since I am a stereotypical parent-loving Millennial, Mom and Dad are co-presidents of this imaginary advisory board. As my realtor took me from place to place, she seemed unaware of this personal advisor phenomenon. When I would return from showings my parents would bombard me with questions about the mortgage, the inspection, the property tax, etc. Although my realtor spoke in broad terms with me about these topics, she left out specifics. My parents recommended that I switch realtors and look for someone who has more experience with first-time buyers. The realtor lost my business because she didn’t take into consideration that my parents are influencers in my decision-making.Continue Reading…

Network to Find, Nurture, and Convert Prospects to Clients

As a successful financial advisor, you know there’s more to networking than handshakes and exchanging business cards. Your initial contact with a prospective client is only the first step in the process that nurtures your relationship and converts that prospect into your client.Continue Reading…