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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 need to decide is which functions to outsource to allow more time for client-facing work—and thus more opportunity for growth.

Mike Lover, Vice President of Process Improvement for Trust Company of America, reviewed some of the options in a recent Genius Session.

Back-office functions are easily outsourced, he says, but the cost of labor to do them is relatively low compared to the cost of outsourcing. Managing back-office functions in-house may be more cost effective, particularly if combined with effective technology systems that allow for greater scalability. Some RIAs choose to outsource compliance to vendors like RIA In...

The Top 5 Questions to Ask Before Going Independent

Are you thinking of starting an RIA but aren't sure where to begin? Here are the top five questions you should ask before going independent as given by leading RIA registration and compliance firm, RIA in a Box:

1. What does it cost to register a new RIA firm? It does...

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5 Traits of the Most Successful Advisors

Originally posted by Maggie Crowley on Advisor Websites

Professionals in the financial industry often have alot in common: more often than not, we’re morning...

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Top 5 Blogs for the First 5 Months of 2013

The first five months of 2013 are just about over, making it a good time to recap the top five blog posts thus far. If you’ve missed them, here’s your chance to catch up on the posts our readers were most interested in these past five months:

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How Sales Analytics Provides Insight into the Health of Your RIA

Contributed by Tim Norton, Client Enhancements at Trust Company of America

How much do you really know about the health of your RIA?

A comprehensive sales analysis is one of the best ways to gain insight into the health of an RIA. Sales Analytics, Trust Company of America’s...

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