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While technology may provide a range of benefits for financial advisors, the success of these solutions depends in part on how well these various software applications work with one another in a connected office environment. This depends on their degree of integration. Integration refers to the extent to which individual software applications – from billing to CRM to financial reporting – communicate and share data with each another. Not surprisingly, full and deep integration has become a priority for many financial advisors.

While integration has become a watch word in the financial services and financial technology markets, it’s important to recognize that the term may mean different things to different people. At its most basic level, integration may refer simply to “single sign-on” (SSO) integration. SSO integration allows users to access different applications without constantly reentering login information and passwords. While SSO...

Best Practices for Video Marketing

With more than 300,000 financial advisors in the US, independent advisors are increasingly challenged to differentiate themselves from the crowd.  

Video, produced professionally and executed with the care that you put into serving clients, provides a dynamic platform for engaging...

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Understanding IRA Beneficiary Options

The death of a spouse or loved one is a stressful event. In fact, according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale developed by psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, the death of a spouse is the most stressful event a...

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2013 Ends on a Record Note

When our advisors succeed, we succeed. That’s what happened in 2013, as assets under custody at Trust Company of America grew to a record $13.2 billion on an increase in new client arrangements and rapid growth of current RIA clients.
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2014 RIA Roadshow: Coming to a City Near You

The RIA Roadshow took its inaugural program to six cities in 2013, with great results. A total of 86% of attendees at the Pittsburgh event said they were extremely or very likely to recommend future Roadshow events to other advisory firms.

The 2014...

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