By Mindy Diamond – So what will become of the restrictions and added bureaucracy that firms enacted as a result of the DoL Rule? Will firms wave a magic wand to reverse their decisions and make the added restrictions disappear? Or will another Fiduciary standard be the new norm?
By Deborah Aronson – Whether you’ve been married to a broker dealer for the past several years and are searching for a new partner, or you’re exploring the independent broker dealer space for the first time, there’s a new set of factors to consider in a post-DOL world.
By Barbara Herman – This is an industry where rumors frequently abound. From headlines to hearsay, the stories start out as whispers then circulate fast and furiously. There are the ones that tell of a major firm being on the block or the others of a firm exiting the Broker Protocol. Each creates feelings of uncertainty and concern, and can lead advisors to speculate about what lies ahead. What makes it even more confounding is that sometimes there actually is some truth to the buzz.
By Louis Diamond – Last week we wrote about the economic rationale behind going independent vs. moving to another major firm as an employee. As a follow-up topic, we thought it prudent to analyze transition packages attached to big firm moves and peel back the layers of the onion to show the components of these deals. Our goal is to help answer a burning question for many advisors: “What is the best deal on the Street?”
2016 can easily be described as a year of tumult and volatility. Yet, amidst all of the drama, firms are working to meet the challenges of a more stringent regulatory environment and business models are evolving. While advisors ride a roller coaster of change, new opportunities are emerging for those who keep their eye not on the headlines, but on their future.
By Mindy Diamond – Advisors have long held on to the certainty that when, and if, they were ready to change jerseys, they could do so and be paid the record-level deals that exist today. Everyone thought that we recruiters were crying wolf when we said, year after year, that at some point the gravy train would end and if you had a move in you, we strongly suggested making it sooner rather than later. While some advisors heeded our warnings, most believed that the rivers of wealth would never dry and that deals would just keep rising.
By Howard Diamond – The Broker Disclosure Rule and DOL Fiduciary Rule – coming this November and next April respectively – are perceived by many as game changers in the financial advisory space. Suffice it to say, the educational communication that advisors and firms must disseminate to clients if a move occurs after November 11, 2016 – along with the spate of requirements and regulations that continue to be promulgated in anticipation of the DOL Fiduciary Rule for next year – can be mind-numbing. This is especially so for smaller independent firms or for advisors thinking about moving to an independent model.
By Mindy Diamond – You know the feeling: a local weather forecaster advises us that a disturbance is forming off the coast. Looking at several different weather models, they only know one thing for certain: the storm will hit, but we’re not exactly sure when or how strong it will be. Of course, we all react and rightfully so, as we need to protect what’s ours. We’re anxious, unsure of what’s to come, leaving many worried about their future.
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