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As you have most likely heard, late last week, Equifax – one of the ‘Big Three’ credit bureaus in the United States – admitted that its own lax security practices had allowed hackers to steal the personal identities of 143 million U.S. citizens. Data potentially accessed by hackers from mid-May to July include names, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and personal documents.

How bad is this breach? Look to your left or right. See that person setting next to you? It’s likely that one of the two of you have had your id stolen in this hack. To compound the issue, Equifax didn’t notify the public for more than a month after it detected the breach. In response, Equifax is offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance that you can sign up for at equifaxsecurity2017.com.

To protect yourself, one option is to set up a fraud alert, which is free, by calling one of the three credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion...

Selling Through Others: the TAMP Model of Growth

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...

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Using Technology to Streamline Your Practice

With the speed at which technology changes, advisors need to be adaptable and willing to upgrade technologies that can improve their business. That was the message from Doug Kinsey of Artifex Financial Group, who outlined a roadmap of his firm’s technology in a recent Genius Session for...

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Lean Six Sigma training brings process improvement to TCA

RIAs that work with Trust Company of America know that a key focus of our work is on helping advisors achieve smart growth.

Whether it is our dedicated advisor service, leading RIA technology, or practice management consultative offerings, we help advisors do more with what they have.

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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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