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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...

2014 Focus on the Future: Janus Labs Brings Art of WOW to Focus Conference

The Art of WOW starts now.

That was the leading message of Janus Labs Executive Director John Evans, who brought a bundle of energy and some...

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Building a Meaningful Brand as an RIA

All businesses—from iconic, international corporations like Apple, to local mom-and-pop shops—strive to build a brand for themselves. They want to stand out from their competitors; they want to be unique. But what makes a meaningful brand? We sought to help RIAs answer this question...

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What to Expect at this Year’s Focus on the Future Conference

Today is the first day of our annual Focus on the Future conference. Over the next two and a half days, TCA executives and notable guest speakers will tackle some of the challenges facing the RIA industry, presenting relevant information meant to prepare RIAs for the future while helping them to...

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Third Quarter Recap at Trust Company of America

Trust Company of America closed the books on the third quarter, adding 28 new RIAs with $750 million in AUM through the first nine months of the year. New clients signed on with TCA to take advantage of the mobility and operational efficiencies of our RIA platform, Liberty.

The growth was...

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