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Consider this: over the next 30 years, $30 trillion is expected to be passed down from baby boomer parents to their Generation X (1965-1980) and Generation Y/millennial (1981-2000) children.[1] And 66% of those children do not retain their parents’ financial advisors after they receive an inheritance.[2] As a result, many advisors are seeing their asset base – as well as the value of their business – shrink amid this generational wealth transfer.

According to a recent survey by InvestmentNews, advisor respondents said that lack of a relationship with clients’ children was the biggest obstacle to retaining assets passed to heirs.[3] Clearly, the writing is on the wall: to ensure the long-term health of their business, advisors must find ways to connect with their clients’ children and become...

To 401(k) or not to 401(k)?

With its stable asset growth and a growing demand for investment advice among plan sponsors and participants, the $2.8 trillion 401(k) plan market represents a tremendous opportunity for RIAs. But with opportunity comes challenges for advisors wanting to enter the 401(k) market, including a long...

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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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