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Markets are roiling and stocks are off to their worst start to a New Year in history. With oil prices plunging and the Chinese stock market causing a global sell-off, clients may become increasingly agitated as they see their investment performance declining.

Concerned investors can easily lose track of the importance of maintaining a long-term outlook. We all know the damage a hasty response can wreak on an investment plan. The challenge for advisors is to keep anxious clients focused on their long-term goals while guiding them through the turbulent periods.

As an advisor, these challenging times can present unique opportunities. Now more than ever, clients will listen to you and heed your advice for diversification and prudent planning. Such times can provide you with the opportunity to help clients understand that market corrections, while unpleasant, are a natural and inevitable part of the market cycle.

And market downturns like the one we are currently...

Online Reputation Management for Financial Advisors: Combating Negative Digital Reviews

Guest Blog Post - Amy McIlwain, Financial Social Media

One of the scariest aspects of the online world for advisors is the lack of control they have about their brand. It’s the gift and the curse of the Internet: anyone can say anything at any time. This can become even more of a challenge...

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The Regulators Are Here

Who’s that knocking at the door? If you’re an RIA who’s never hosted an examiner from the Securities and Exchange Commission, you may be in for an unwelcome surprise. According to an article in this week’s ...

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TCA Technology and Six Sigma Expertise Improves Advisor Efficiency

As an RIA, it’s easy to get slowed down by inefficient trading and back office details. What’s more difficult is to determine how to eliminate those inefficiencies in order to deliver greater value to clients and maximize returns to the bottom line.

That’s a problem Mike Lover loves to...

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Successful Advisors on Social Media: Follow the Leaders

This is a guest post by Amy McIlwain with Financial Social Media

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It also happens to be one of the truest forms of good business, and follows suit in social media. There...

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