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A recent column in Financial Advisor touched on a misconception that is pervasive in the financial advisory industry: the tendency “to equate assets under management with the quality of a firm.”

Most firms highlight AUM as a point of pride, and as the author points out, industry rankings of the top firms are little more than rankings of the largest firms by assets under management.

In truth, the quality of an RIA—or a custodian, for that matter—is much more than AUM. Clients value service above all else. While AUM is perhaps an indication of success to date, how much money a firm manages—particularly a relatively new firm—is not necessarily a good barometer of the breadth of its expertise or the quality of service it delivers to clients. Clients don...

Surviving a Regulatory Exam: The Exit Meeting and Beyond

You’ve made it to the exit meeting of your regulatory exam, but the process isn’t over yet. Below you’ll learn what you can expect from the final meeting and how to remain compliant in the future.

At the exit meeting

At the exit meeting you can expect to have the...

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The Top 5 Questions to Ask Before Going Independent

Are you thinking of starting an RIA but aren't sure where to begin? Here are the top five questions you should ask before going independent as given by leading RIA registration and compliance firm, RIA in a Box:

1. What does it cost to register a new RIA firm? It does...

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5 Traits of the Most Successful Advisors

Originally posted by Maggie Crowley on Advisor Websites

Professionals in the financial industry often have alot in common: more often than not, we’re morning...

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Top 5 Blogs for the First 5 Months of 2013

The first five months of 2013 are just about over, making it a good time to recap the top five blog posts thus far. If you’ve missed them, here’s your chance to catch up on the posts our readers were most interested in these past five months:

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