The beginning of a new year is always a good time to start fresh and implement productive changes. As an independent financial advisor or investment advisor, the New Year is also an opportune time for you to meet with your clients to review their financial and investment strategies and goals. You may also see an influx of new clients at the beginning of the new year. Whether dealing with new or existing clients, remember that a key element of sensible financial planning is keeping your clients organized. When your clients are well organized, both you and your clients will be better equipped to handle a lifetime of personal financial management. Continue reading Organization Tips for the Independent Financial Advisor
Elder financial abuse may also be referred to as: elder exploitation, financial or material exploitation, economic abuse, or fiduciary abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, “Financial or material exploitation is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property, or assets.” The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. states that elder exploitation “is usually defined as taking financial advantage of a disabled or elderly victim.” Continue reading What Financial Advisors Need to Know About Identifying and Preventing Elder Financial Abuse
Are you distracted at work by social media, viral cat videos, your fantasy football league, stalking eBay auctions, or every notification “ding” that comes through on your smartphone or computer?
“Warren Buffett commented on a post you were tagged in” … “@POTUS mentioned you on Twitter” … “You have 96 new messages”.
It can be tough to admit, but you’re likely accustomed to this daily drill of digital distractions. So what now? Even if you know what a timewaster these types of behaviors are, it can take an unprecedented amount of self-control to stay away from these things. But first things first, keep in mind that nobody’s perfect and it’s an unreasonable expectation for a person to have robotic, unflappable laser-like focus on work for every second of his or her workday. In fact, the digital distraction phenomenon has become universal—not only among independent financial advisors but also in nearly every industry. So much so, that there are even slang terms/buzzwords associated with the behavior: the increasingly popular and culturally relevant terms “cyberslacking” and “cyberloafing” refer to employees using their companies’ Internet access for nonwork-related purposes during working hours. Continue reading Attn: Independent Financial Advisors: Use these Apps to Avoid Digital Distractions and Boost Workplace Productivity
Even in the best, most stable of economic times, the investment services industry is tumultuous and full of dizzying distractions: ups and downs; booms and busts; bear and bull markets; splits, shorts sales, and shakeouts. Billions of dollars are lost and gained, changing hands in rapid-fire succession on a daily basis. Working as an independent financial advisor in an industry that’s in a constant state of flux is like riding on the country’s fastest rollercoaster, complete with gut-wrenching, fighter-pilot intense G-forces. Continue reading Manage Your Time More Effectively: A How-To for the Independent Financial Advisor
When prospective clients look for your firm online, are they going to be able to find you? One of the challenges you face as an independent financial advisor is the need to create a strong online presence for yourself and your brokerage. It’s not enough to have great marketing materials or even a satisfied client who sings your praises; in today’s digitally connected society, it’s almost guaranteed that any prospective client is going to look you and your firm up online before entering into a business relationship with you. If your firm is an Internet no-show, these prospects are going to take their investments elsewhere, convinced that there are serious doubts about your credibility and the legitimacy of your business. Knowing how to create a strong online presence for your independent firm is not just important, it is absolutely essential for your ongoing success. Continue reading Be Found Online
Boca Raton, FL, December 10, 2015 – Financial advisor Kristine Boelte of Kristine A. Boelte and Associates in Clarksville, VA, has recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the #1 Independent Boutique Broker-Dealer in the Country*. Continue reading Financial Advisor With Over $40M in Client Assets Joins Summit
Looking for affordable ways to market your independent financial brokerage? In the past, financial advisors had few choices, when it came to marketing to the upscale clients most likely to need their services. You could invest in television spots, but ads in this medium are prohibitively expensive for all but the largest, most well-established brokerages. Print advertisements are another option, but promotional space in the magazines your prospective clients read can be quite pricy. Fortunately, the Internet offers a number of inexpensive marketing ideas for independent financial advisors. Most of these marketing measures require an investment of time, rather than money, so you can use them to grow your client base- even if you’re laboring under tight budget restrictions. Implementing them, one or two at a time, should enable you to gain the marketing response you’ve been hoping for at a price you can readily afford. Continue reading Inexpensive Marketing Ideas for Financial Advisors
Are you searching for gift ideas for the special financial advisor in your life? Maybe you’re looking for a gift for yourself. Instead of going for golf clubs or clothes, this year, give the gift of time. There are a number of tech gifts that can help financial brokers work faster and smarter, so they can get through their work load quickly and truly relax during leisure time. With Cyber Monday deals upon us, prices are low and it’s the perfect time to pick up these tech gifts. We’ve included a mix of gifts that require a little planning time, and ones that will work well even for time-pressed shoppers looking for a last-minute present. Continue reading Gift Ideas for Financial Brokers
As a financial planner, you and your clients discuss the deeply personal, financial intimacies of things like: debt, prenuptial agreements, bankruptcy, alimony and child support, embarrassing financial indiscretions and failed deals, aging parents and “money-pit” children, retirement, and planning for death. If a financial planner can talk about these sensitive financial topics with their clients, why do they get so squirrely when it comes to talking about client fees—an essential topic that often just gets cursorily glossed over or buried under the rug altogether. This happens often because the financial planner feels like it’s his or her job to be talking about making money for the client, not spending it. The focus of financial planning services should be all about helping the client, not funding the financial planner. Continue reading How to Talk About Fees with Your Financial Planning Clients
The holiday season is swiftly approaching, presenting the ideal opportunity for financial advisors to strengthen their relationships with their clients. Showing your appreciation with a personalized greeting or a tasteful, memorable gift can help differentiate your practice, especially if you can find a way to make a lasting impression. Family concerns and holiday festivities can turn the weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year into a whirlwind of activity for your clients, so sending your well-wishes in time for Thanksgiving can help your efforts stand out. Finding the right Thanksgiving client idea to make an impression can be difficult for a financial advisor, so we’ve come up with some suggestions that may help. Continue reading Thanksgiving Client Ideas for Financial Advisors