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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...

4 Brilliant Holiday Ideas for Financial Advisor Clients

Originally posted by Financial Social Media.

By: Amy McIlwain

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are just around...

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3 Easy Steps to Managing Forms

Sometimes it’s the little things that can cause the biggest headaches. The process of updating, maintaining, and tracking forms can be a major pain without an effective process in place. If your form process is currently ad-hoc, or worse, non-existent, consider putting a process in place to...

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SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Basics for Advisors

Knowing a little bit about SEO can help you make the most of your website’s search potential. Search engine optimization (SEO) is a method used to increase the visibility of your website or a web page in a search engine’s “organic” or “un-paid” search results. The better optimized your site, the...

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How Trust’s New Video Studio Presents Opportunity for RIAs

Trust Company of America recently opened its video studio to clients.  Video is a great marketing strategy for advisors, helping them to differentiate themselves and communicate their approach to clients (See: The Top Reasons...

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