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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...

One From the Road

Networking with other financial advisors has typically been a significant time and financial commitment for RIA principals, requiring travel to industry trade shows or custodian conferences, and a healthy entertainment budget.

But what if you could avoid the time and expense and network...

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Best Practices for Managing Small Accounts

Most RIAs have grappled with the question of how to manage small accounts in a way that is efficient and profitable. In its latest Trend Advisor paper, “Small Accounts, Big Opportunities,” Trust Company of America addresses some of the...

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There's an App for That

With more than 1 million apps in the Apple App Store and an equally staggering number of applications on the Android market, it’s...

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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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