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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...

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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