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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...

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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