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Jack Bogle on the Limits of the Fiduciary Rule and the Future of the Advisory Industry

Speaking two weeks after his 88th birthday, Jack Bogle called the fiduciary rule “silly” and said that financial advisors’ fees are heading lower. Indeed, he said, advisors are destined to charge hourly or retainer fees, like lawyers and accountants.

Jeremy Siegel versus Robert Shiller on Equity Valuations

Should you reduce allocations to U.S. equities given the conventional wisdom that prices are “rich” and “due for a correction”? Jeremy Siegel says no; investors should expect 5% real returns from stocks over the long term. But Robert Shiller thinks that number should be much lower.

The Best Fund Managers – As Voted by their Peers

Today’s indexing mania is driving the marketing people at the best active fund complexes completely crazy, but the top portfolio managers – that is, the people who really, truly enjoy investing – are seeing a lot of new opportunities.

Are You Oblivious to Fee Compression?

You are my friends and clients. I have great respect for the work you do and appreciate the value you add to the lives of your clients. That’s why it’s painful for me to see so many of you headed for trouble by denying the obvious trend in fee compression.

Why the Future is Bright for AUM-Based Advisors

Over the past several months, I have been reading Dan Solin’s thought pieces in Advisor Perspectives[1] and believe his gloomy outlook for the planning profession, and, more specifically, for advisors who are compensated via AUM-based fees, is misguided.

Whether to Counsel Clients on Spending Habits

We are having more conversations with clients about their spending habits. This is a major transition in the advisor-client relationship.

Venerated Voices™ 2017 Q1 Rankings

We have announced our Venerated Voices awards for commentaries published in Q1 2017.

Comparing Different Strategies for Getting into the Market

Is it better to jump in all at once, to average-in over time or to wait for a market correction?

The Benefits of Active Municipal Bond Management

Robert DiMella is an executive managing director and co-head of MacKay Municipal Managers team, overseeing approximately $20 billion in municipal bond assets. In this interview, he discusses the opportunities for muni bond investors and the outlook for the coming year.

The Two Most Effective Ways to Persuade Prospects

You may think of yourself as an advisor, but I have a different take. You’re really in the business of persuading prospects to retain you. To compound that misconception, advisors make a fundamental mistake about their core business: ignoring the science and the data on effective persuasion.

My Male Partners Don’t See Me as a Peer

I’m a woman among much older male partners and I sense that no matter how much I’ve done, how far I’ve come and how much I’ve proven myself, they do not see me as their peer. They believe I contribute less to the firm.

USAA’s Unique Strategy for the Advisor Market

Keith Sloane serves as head of third-party distribution and Steve Fry is director of analyst relations at USAA Investments. I spoke with them about their strategy for serving advisors and the 60 million families with connections to the U.S. military, which has been USAA’s traditional focus.

Little Moments, or How to Give a Great Speech

I was supposed to give a presentation at the GuruFocus conference in Omaha, a day before Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. I was more nervous than usual. I agreed to give this presentation because I wanted to push myself to explore a brand new topic. I wanted to zero in on the investment process.

A New Strategy for Protecting Highly Appreciated Stock

Stock protection funds are new way for clients to diversify and mitigate the risk of concentrated positions.

Conversions of Private Foundations to Donor-Advised Funds

For many years, donors have utilized private grant making foundations for charitable giving. Organized as either trusts or corporations, such entities have served as a means for making substantial tax deductible contributions while spreading out the actual contributions to charities over many years.