May 30, 2017Why are Big Firms Hitting the Brakes on the Bonus Train?
With one exception, the wirehouses seem to have cut back on using bonuses to lure highly productive brokerage teams. What, mainly, does this tell you about the big-BD space?
Firms have reached headcount capacity in terms of overall operations.15% They’re relying on “robo” automation to help them field fewer FAs over time.79% They see the economics of “forgiving” loans doesn’t make sense in the long run.
May 23, 2017Does Behavioral Finance Play a Role in Your Practice?
Russell Investments recently attempted to quantify the potential value of behavioral insights to an advisor's value-add proposition. Do you agree it has real value?
No, it's nonsense.20% Sort of.70% Yes, and it's central to our work with clients.
May 16, 2017How Ready Are You for Digitalization?
Meeting growing client demand for services provided via mobile devices calls for a lot of work on the back end to make sensitive data and other key outputs secure "deliverables." How ready is your firm to make that a reality?
We're there already62% It's in the works15% Not gonna happen
May 9, 2017Do You Agree With Vanguard? Is Paid Distribution a Conflict?
Following media reports Morgan Stanley has stopped letting brokers sell Vanguard mutual funds, Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb said the wirehouse’s model of charging fund providers for distribution on their platforms raises conflicts of interest. Do you agree? Explain why or why not in the comments section.
May 2, 2017Happy With Trump's First 100 Days?
Donald Trump's presidency just passed the 100-day milestone. Are you happy with his performance so far? Tell us why in the comments section.
April 25, 2017Should the SEC Impose its Own Fiduciary Rule?
Last week the SEC’s acting chairman said he thinks the commission should write its own regulation in place of the Department of Labor’s own stalled fiduciary rule. An SEC rule could cover all brokers and all clients, not just advisor/client relationships in retirement savings. Should the SEC write its own fiduciary rule, presumably with broader scope?
Yes. The SEC is the regulator, not the DOL. And it should apply to all advice.23% No. There's simply no need for a fiduciary rule. The currently framework is enough.
April 18, 2017Is the Proliferation of T-Shares Necessary?
Fund companies keep rolling out T-shares in an effort to provide more transparency in keeping with a push towards heightened fiduciary standards. Are these helpful to advisors or are they another product-push to solicit greater third-party help selling mutual funds? Is another share class really necessary to provide greater transparency for clients?
Yes. T-shares offer real innovation and I plan to use them in client accounts.67% No. T-shares don't enhance transparency beyond what I already provide.
April 11, 2017What Will Ultimately Happen with the DOL Fiduciary Rule?
Originally planned to come into effect Monday, the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule has now been delayed until June 9 and by presidential instruction is now under review. Whether or not you agree with the rule, what do you think is the likelihood of survival?
It'll be killed completely.70% It'll survive but be watered down.17% It'll remain intact.
April 4, 2017Have Green Bonds Come of Age?
While some commentators believe policy decisions coming out of Washington, D.C. might not bode well for SRI and environmentally-friendly investment ideas, others think there's already a lot of momentum behind so-called "green bonds." Do you invest your clients in green bonds?
March 28, 2017How Important is Tax Reform to U.S. Growth Prospects?
After a Republican healthcare reform bill was pulled from Congress last week, both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan indicated the government will pivot towards concentrating on passing widespread tax reform. How important do you think tax reform is to domestic growth prospects over the next few years?
Important.26% Not important.