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Are Investors in Denial?

You’re in denial if you believe that U.S. stocks are fairly valued, the Eurozone does not face a crisis or a strong dollar will support stability in the global economy. Those themes were presented by Albert Edwards and his fellow speakers at annual investment conference sponsored by Societe Generale.

New Tools to Prove You Acted as a Fiduciary

This article, the first of two parts, is a review of some of the more prominent new tools that advisors can lean on as they prepare for the full DOL rule implementation on April 10. Each of them addresses a different aspect of the rule, and they all approach it from different angles.

New Research on Forecasting Returns with the CAPE Ratio

I developed a methodology that uses valuations based on a 35-year moving-average of the CAPE ratio instead of its long-term mean. It predicts a 10-year annualized real return of 5.8%, similar to the long-term market trend value of 5.4%.

Developing an Effective Advisor Training Program

In a previous article, I wrote about the hiring process. Now that you have found a qualified candidate, how do you get her integrated into the team?

How to Help Smart Employees Deal with Adversity

The street smarts necessary for our work is missing from my team - the ability to encounter a problem and, instead of raising it to me, come up with a solution on their own. Can I teach these skills?

Lifting Your Clients above the Fray

Periods of fear and confusion are when your clients need you the most. On that note, here are several areas advisors should focus on to better serve their clients in times of need.

The Benefit of Brevity

I’m active on social media, particularly on LinkedIn. I like it, but not for the reasons you might expect. More importantly, my participation has shown the quantifiable value of being succinct.

What I Learned from Value Investor Guy Spier

Guy Spier published a book, The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment. It is not a traditional investing book. In fact, I’ll say that differently: This is the most untraditional book on investing you’re likely to encounter.

Gundlach’s Forecast for 2017

Investors will confront excessive debt, high P/E levels and political uncertainty as they enter the Trump presidential era. In response, according to Jeffrey Gundlach, U.S.-centric portfolios should diversify globally.

The Latest News in Capital-Growth Investing

Finding opportunities outside of traditional investments offers advisors unique ways to diversify portfolios. Crowdfunding is a way to participate in real estate investing without the traditional capital investment required. With the uncertainty of the new administration’s impact on policies, investors need to look for ways to reduce risk and increase growth.

How Investors Should Deal With the Overwhelming Problem of Understanding the World Economy

The article is very long. It is long for two reasons: first, it is was originally a two-part article that I folded into one; and second, I am dealing with the very complex topic of investing in today’s global economy. I wrote this article a year ago, and some themes like “be careful of MLPs” are not as relevant anymore, but overall it is still a very useful article for the world we face today.

The Key Business Trends in the Advisory Business

There are several irrefutable facts that should be informing the strategies for leaders in financial services.

How Financial Advisor Marketing Will Be Different in a Post-DOL World

While it’s well-known that the DOL’s fiduciary ruling requires all financial advisors to put their clients’ interests first, financial services professionals are still unable to know how broad of an impact the ruling will have on other aspects of their practice, including marketing.

The Tragic Consequences of Overlooking Life Insurance

Three recent events had a meaningful impact on me. They illustrated the devastating consequences of inadequate life insurance. I want to share them with you.

B.I.C.E.: Financial Advisors Beware

I question why any financial advisor would want to use B.I.C.E., given the likelihood of significant reputational damage that would result for the advisor.