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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...

Building a Meaningful Brand as an RIA

All businesses—from iconic, international corporations like Apple, to local mom-and-pop shops—strive to build a brand for themselves. They want to stand out from their competitors; they want to be unique. But what makes a meaningful brand? We sought to help RIAs answer this question...

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What to Expect at this Year’s Focus on the Future Conference

Today is the first day of our annual Focus on the Future conference. Over the next two and a half days, TCA executives and notable guest speakers will tackle some of the challenges facing the RIA industry, presenting relevant information meant to prepare RIAs for the future while helping them to...

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Third Quarter Recap at Trust Company of America

Trust Company of America closed the books on the third quarter, adding 28 new RIAs with $750 million in AUM through the first nine months of the year. New clients signed on with TCA to take advantage of the mobility and operational efficiencies of our RIA platform, Liberty.

The growth was...

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IRA Excesses & Recharacterizations: What You Need to Know

With the deadline for correcting ineligible IRA contributions fast approaching, it’s important to know how the IRS determines what contributions are ineligible and what you can do to help your clients comply. 

Excesses and recharacterizations...

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