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While financial advisors may believe they are well-covered when it comes to discussing fees with their clients, research suggests that there is a disconnect between this perception and reality.

According to a report by State Street Global Advisors and Knowledge@Wharton,1 most advisors (95%) say they discuss fees, yet fewer than two-thirds of clients (61%) say their advisors initiated fee discussions with them.

The study goes on to note that fewer than half of clients (43%) say they understand advisory fees “completely” or even “fairly well.” This is important when you consider that nearly one-third of clients (31%) consider “reasonable cost” to be one of the most important factors in their choice of a financial advisor.2

It’s essential to get comfortable discussing fees with clients in a way that reassures them of the value your firm provides in helping them achieve their financial goals. This may be...

A Super-Charged Growth Plan for RIAs

The fastest-growing registered investment advisors have to excel at a number of skills – from providing great client service and investment advice, to skillfully managing their people and businesses.

But to grow and scale an RIA business...

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Understanding Required Minimum Distributions

Most IRA account holders are probably aware that they need to withdraw some amount of money from their account after they reach a particular age. This amount of money is known as a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). But the specifics of the rules, which do not apply to Roth IRAs, can be...

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How to Build Your Brand

In an earlier blog post, in an effort to help RIAs define their brand, we asked advisors to consider why they do what they do. The answer to that question makes up the innermost circle of Simon Sinek’s...

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TCA Adds Powerful Sales Performance Analytics and Client Acquisition Tools to Liberty

Earlier this week, Trust Company of America unveiled a new suite of features in Liberty, our industry-leading technology platform for RIAs.

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