Louis Diamond Quoted – By Charles Paikert, Barron’s – A growing talent shortage and the need to retain planning firms’ best employees and attract new ones is one of the most pressing issues facing RIAs. Efforts to retain top wealth managers can be brutal, according to Charles Schwab’s latest compensation report, with half of the country’s RIAs planning to poach advisors and other staffers from competitors this year.
By Barbara Herman – The strength of even the most successful partnerships may be tested when advisors consider changing firms. Many get stuck, reaching an impasse that can lead to a loss of momentum in both the business as well as the exploration process. Here are 4 paths to consider.
By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – Over the past several years, big brokerage firms have become more risk averse, creating an incongruence between advisors who want to provide a customized experience for their clients and compliance departments that continually want to tighten the box around them. Advisors at big firms have found themselves in a world driven by a zero-tolerance culture, where compliance departments rule with a heavy hand and management is focused on the lowest common denominator.
By Mindy Diamond – Advisors at big brokerage firms have found themselves in a world driven by a zero-tolerance culture—an environment where compliance departments rule with a heavy hand while management is focused on the lowest common denominator. It’s a transformation that evolved over the last several years as firms became more risk-averse, creating an incongruence between advisors who want to provide a bespoke experience for their clients and a compliance department that wants to put a narrow box around them.
By Barbara Herman – Most people, when facing a life choice, approach the decision-making process by weighing the pros and cons. But the process can often be sidetracked by concerns or objections—that is, distractions that quickly become time wasters. This is especially true when advisors are considering a change. How do they identify the true heart of the matter, so they can be strategic and thoughtful in the due diligence process and avoid getting stuck, focused on a “red herring” – that is, a thought that diverts attention from the real issue or concern
By Cathy Nichols – For many people, the process of “change” can be difficult. And this is especially true for financial advisors who are thinking about switching firms or models. Surely, those who feel well-served by the status quo should stay put. But what of the advisors who believe that their business and clients may be better served elsewhere, yet allow others (such as a partner or even an assistant) to trap them in a situation that may be less than ideal?