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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...

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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2014 RIA Roadshow: Coming to a City Near You

The RIA Roadshow took its inaugural program to six cities in 2013, with great results. A total of 86% of attendees at the Pittsburgh event said they were extremely or very likely to recommend future Roadshow events to other advisory firms.

The 2014...

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