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Markets are roiling and stocks are off to their worst start to a New Year in history. With oil prices plunging and the Chinese stock market causing a global sell-off, clients may become increasingly agitated as they see their investment performance declining.

Concerned investors can easily lose track of the importance of maintaining a long-term outlook. We all know the damage a hasty response can wreak on an investment plan. The challenge for advisors is to keep anxious clients focused on their long-term goals while guiding them through the turbulent periods.

As an advisor, these challenging times can present unique opportunities. Now more than ever, clients will listen to you and heed your advice for diversification and prudent planning. Such times can provide you with the opportunity to help clients understand that market corrections, while unpleasant, are a natural and inevitable part of the market cycle.

And market downturns like the one we are currently...

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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