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The traditional RIA business consists of four basic components: back-office functions, compliance, money management and sales. All of these functions can be outsourced to other firms. The best RIA firms spend 60-80% of their time in client-facing activities so they can drive growth. What RIAs need to decide is which functions to outsource to allow more time for client-facing work—and thus more opportunity for growth.

Mike Lover, Vice President of Process Improvement for Trust Company of America, reviewed some of the options in a recent Genius Session.

Back-office functions are easily outsourced, he says, but the cost of labor to do them is relatively low compared to the cost of outsourcing. Managing back-office functions in-house may be more cost effective, particularly if combined with effective technology systems that allow for greater scalability. Some RIAs choose to outsource compliance to vendors like RIA In...

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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Is It Time to Update Your Browser?

As you may or may not know, we recently launched a new website. A challenging aspect of website design today is the amount of different web browsers available as well as all the versions offered by each browser. Making sure the site works across all of these browsers is a big factor...

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