Industry White Papers

Latest Industry White Paper - 10/13/16

Today’s market and regulatory environment is putting pressure on many financial advisors. To maintain productivity and revenue levels, many advisors need to increase their books of business. However, regulatory pressures are also requiring they spend more time with each client. More than ever, advisors are relying on technology to help meet these growing demands. Read the report.

Latest Industry White Paper - 09/17/16

Advisory firms rethinking their approach to consumer-centric digital solutions will want to gravitate toward highly-engaging tools that meet the demands of different client segments. A successful transition includes eight steps that comprise a path toward embracing digital.


So how can advisors meet investors’ needs, stay on top of emerging best practices—and still have time to select great investment products in a rapidly changing, globally connected complex and even chaotic marketplace? One way is to outsource to a new type of investment product that manages both product selection and asset allocation, called a Fund Strategist Portfolio (“FSP”).


While there’s no doubt the growing concerns that higher interest rates will place a significant burden on many facets of the economy, the challenge for advisors now is to find a way to diversify their clients’ interest rate exposure without severely disrupting the portfolio’s income stream and risk/reward profile.


When comparing registered investment advisors (RIA) practices that have similar team sizes, practices with some level of technology integration have, on average, more than double the amount of client assets had by practices without technology integration.


There has been much hype recently that retail investors are rediscovering the value of equities and will or should be selling bonds. While it's true that bond yields are exceptionally low, there are plenty of reasons why investors should, and will, continue to own fixed income. The question isn't should investors own bondsthe question is which bonds should investors own?


Investors are looking to advisors for new solutions that seek to protect portfolios from market extremes and, ultimately, help preserve wealth. In a 2011 study by Cerulli Associates, 22.7 percent of all households indicated that their greatest personal concern was protecting the current level of their wealth – underscoring just how defensive investors have become.