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Advisor businesses are growing, in client numbers and geographical reach. Investors typically find advisors through personal referrals, but also increasingly use online searches and social media to make a connection. One study found 65% of clients research potential advisors through social networks, and 86% use those networks to help in their buying decisions.

Some call it the “consumer revolution,” where clients are becoming collaborators in their financial planning. Fintech and social media train investors to expect efficiency, transparency and accessibility. Rather than a relay of information from advisor to client, limitless information online and booming client-focused tech innovation enables the client to exchange ideas with his or her advisor.

A recent survey by Accenture Research found 88% of advisors believe their clients are more knowledgeable about the investing process and available product solutions than they were five years ago. And...

There's an App for That

With more than 1 million apps in the Apple App Store and an equally staggering number of applications on the Android market, it’s...

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ETF Trading Options that Fit Your Needs

Advisors are using exchange-traded funds (ETFs) more than ever. RIAs’ use of ETFs rose 27% annually over the past five years,...

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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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