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As a financial advisor, you’re always thinking about your clients’ future. But what about your future? A recent survey conducted by CLS Investments shows more than 40% of independent advisors expect the sale of their business to account for between a quarter and half of their retirement. This figure stands in contrast to the reality that most advisors are wholly unprepared to pass on their business to a successor. David Grau, President and Founder of FP Transitions, says fewer than one in 10 advisors will sell their practice at the end of their career. It’s why a whopping 99% of independent practices die after one generation. Building an enduring business...

ETF Trading Options that Fit Your Needs

Advisors are using exchange-traded funds (ETFs) more than ever. RIAs’ use of ETFs rose 27% annually over the past five years,...

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Best Practices for Video Marketing

With more than 300,000 financial advisors in the US, independent advisors are increasingly challenged to differentiate themselves from the crowd.  

Video, produced professionally and executed with the care that you put into serving clients, provides a dynamic platform for engaging...

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Understanding IRA Beneficiary Options

The death of a spouse or loved one is a stressful event. In fact, according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale developed by psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, the death of a spouse is the most stressful event a...

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2013 Ends on a Record Note

When our advisors succeed, we succeed. That’s what happened in 2013, as assets under custody at Trust Company of America grew to a record $13.2 billion on an increase in new client arrangements and rapid growth of current RIA clients.
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