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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...

One From the Road

Networking with other financial advisors has typically been a significant time and financial commitment for RIA principals, requiring travel to industry trade shows or custodian conferences, and a healthy entertainment budget.

But what if you could avoid the time and expense and network...

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Best Practices for Managing Small Accounts

Most RIAs have grappled with the question of how to manage small accounts in a way that is efficient and profitable. In its latest Trend Advisor paper, “Small Accounts, Big Opportunities,” Trust Company of America addresses some of the...

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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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