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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...

How to Comply with RIA Regulations

The regulatory environment for RIAs is in a state of constant evolution. RIAs are still trying to navigate the new rules set forth by Dodd-Frank, such as the so-called “red flag” rule, aimed at reducing the risk of identity theft, and there is increasing pressure for the SEC to adopt...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring

Your business is only as good as its people. Unfortunately, every business inevitably makes regrettable hires or will in the future. In fact, 90% of participants in a recent Trust Company of America Genius Session on the do’s and don’ts...

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Conversion Made Easy: Switching to a New Custodian

Casey Hunt dreamed of having a one-stop shop for back-office solutions, data reconciliation, reporting and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). For years, he had multiple in-house employees manage those functions. He later outsourced to another company, but...

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With TCA, You Have Choices for Executing ETF Trades

Trust Company of America believes in giving its clients the freedom to choose and build their business the way they want to. That’s why TCA currently offers clients five different options for executing ETF trades and plans to add four more execution sources in the near future. Neil Buckley...

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