By Mindy Diamond, Forbes.com – Tenured advisors have invested a lifetime in building a business with real value, yet many don’t have a succession plan. Why the delay? And what are their options?
By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – Those who are having second thoughts about signing on as heir apparent to their senior advisor’s book shouldn’t feel “hopeless,” according to Tom Lewis, Certified Civil Trial Attorney at Stevens & Lee in Princeton, NJ.
By Jason Diamond, WealthManaement.com – The path for next gen advisors can be wrought with some pitfalls, yet when walked with confidence and flexibility, it can be immensely rewarding.
By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – Financial advisors who opted-in to Merrill’s CTP (Client Transition Program) are finding they are stuck in the ironclad agreement, bound by a strict non-compete and clawbacks. It’s a cautionary tale for advisors who have yet to sign on.
By Deborah Aronson, WealthManagement.com – Wirehouse retire-in-place or sunset programs offer senior financial advisors access to their firms’ built-in succession plans and a pathway to unlocking liquidity, while next gen advisors stand to grow their asset base. But rather than just sign on the dotted line, next gen inheritors (and their senior partners) are hitting the pause button and striving to be more educated consumers.
By Mindy Diamond, Forbes.com – Almost every business journey starts the same way: An ambitious entrepreneur dreams of building an enterprise that will stand the test of time. However, I’ve seen far too many leaders — particularly those in the wealth management space — achieve their dreams of building a successful business, only to recognize the need to create a succession plan far too late in their journey. It doesn’t have to be this way.
By Louis Diamond, InvestmentNews – An interesting trend is developing amongst the largest and most successful independent broker dealer (IBD) practices. It’s a high-class problem to have—one that we see at every IBD when the top 5–10% of individual practices (those typically generating in excess of $3-5mm of GDC) reach a point where they begin thinking about their end game and how they will monetize their life’s work. They are essentially “growing themselves out of the market.” That is, their practices have reached a point in which there is not a viable successor within their broker dealer network.
By Mindy Diamond – With the anticipated announcement of an enhanced CTP, Mindy Diamond spoke to Merrill breakaway executive Vince Fertitta for his take on what it could mean for advisors, next gen and clients.
By Mindy Diamond – Certainly, none of us are getting any younger—and no one wants to make their life more challenging as they edge closer to what could be the cusp of their career.
By Louis Diamond – Conversations throughout the wealth management industry have escalated around the topic of “enhanced” sunset programs with talk that the advisor elite at Merrill Lynch will be offered a “retention deal” in the near future.
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