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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...

What’s the value of managed money in 401(k)s?

41% of advisors who attended the Genius Session said advisor knoweldge is the biggest hurdle for managed strategies in 401(k) plans.

For much of its 30-year history, the 401(k) industry has been slow to respond to the needs of plan participants....

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Trust Company of America First Quarter Recap

The “Big Mo” kept rolling Trust Company of America’s way in the first quarter of 2014, as the firm closed the first quarter of 2014 with solid growth in new advisor arrangements, ...

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Investment Advisors Corp. Adds Trust Company of America’s Custodial Platform to its Suite of Services for Advisors

Yesterday, Trust Company of America announced that it has entered a strategic relationship with Investment Advisors Corp. (IAC), a Registered Investment Advisor with more than 120 investment advisor...

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How to Attract Talent to Grow Your Firm

The RIA channel has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years. From 2008-2012, more than 4,000 advisors wirehouses and large advisor firms to join the ranks of Registered Investment Advisors, ...

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