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7 Ways to Position Yourself to Serve High-Net-Worth Clients

As the wealth landscape evolves, the number of high-net-worth individuals is on the rise. And that means financial advisors who can cater to their complex needs will be in high demand. Are you prepared to meet the challenge? Learn key strategies to help you become the go-to advisor for these discerning clients.

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Looking Back at the Markets in Q1 and Ahead to Q2 2024

March was another positive month for markets, continuing the rally to start the year. Improving corporate fundamentals and a supportive economic backdrop drove solid single-digit returns for U.S. markets during the month.

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Continued Momentum for the S&P 500?

My last blog was titled “A Start to Remember for the Markets”—and it’s a story that continues to play out as we move further into 2024. With March’s closing price, the S&P 500 is now up 10.16 percent on the year.

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Charting Your Course: How to Navigate a Fee-Only Path

If you’re seeking greater flexibility, transparency, and even more ways to serve your clients, it’s time to start exploring the advantages of a being a fee-only advisor. Discover key insights to consider before embarking on this transition journey and explore the three distinct paths available for operating as an RIA.

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Simplifying the Path to Becoming a Fee-Based Advisor

More advisors and firms are moving to fee-centric affiliation models, dropping their FINRA registrations and focusing on providing investment advice for a fee. What is the driver behind this trend? Today, we’ll explore the models under which an advisor could move to a fee-based practice, the benefits, the changes from a product and compensation perspective, and the key considerations for those considering this move. The three main ways an advisor could move to a fee-based model are becoming an investment adviser representative of a corporate RIA (like Commonwealth), starting their own RIA, or joining an independent RIA. At the end of our conversation, I hope to illuminate the differences between those models and what you should focus on if you are considering a change in your affiliation model.

Commentary

What’s Worrying Investors?

Every year or two, a new round of worries crops up. Some of them are real—the war in Ukraine, inflation, politics—but a surprising number are not. The challenge, of course, is telling which is which.

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Q4 2023 Earnings: The Winter Thaw Has Begun

I love spending time outdoors—except when it’s 20 degrees outside. For me, winter in Boston is a time to focus on self-improvement, whether that’s working on fitness goals or taking a class, so I can enjoy the warm weather when it finally arrives.

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International Women’s Day: Investing in Women

Since the 1980s, we have celebrated and honored female trailblazers, who have shaped our history and advocated for change, during Women’s History Month.

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In Defense of the 60-40 Portfolio

Noble Prize winners and “Modern Portfolio Theory” pioneers Harry Markowitz and William Sharpe developed what we know today as the 60-40 portfolio. This strategy consisted of a hypothetical 60 percent allocation to equities and a 40 percent allocation to fixed income.

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5 Steps to Providing Flexible Estate Planning Strategies

No two clients are alike, and neither are their estate planning needs. Download this list of questions that go beneath the surface, allowing you to understand your clients’ wishes for their wealth to secure their legacies.

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A Start to Remember for the Markets

In my last blog, I talked about how strong Januarys historically tend to lead to strong returns throughout the remainder of the year.

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Secure Your Firm’s Longevity with Next-Gen Talent

Are you eager to secure long-term growth for your practice? If so, consider adding a next-gen advisor to your team. It’s a strategic move that can open new doors to both client and revenue growth. Download this Q&A that explores why your approach matters, how next-gen advisors are breaking barriers, the important of firm culture, and where to source this talent.

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Market Outlook: Strong January, Strong Year?

Thus far, market momentum has carried over from 2023 into 2024. Things started slow, with the S&P 500 closing down more than 1.5 percent during the first week of the year.

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Q4 2023 Earnings Preview: A Glass Half-Full for 2024?

Making New Year’s resolutions usually involves some level of reflection on how to be a better person and the possibilities ahead.

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How to Embrace M&A and Leverage Inorganic Growth

The road to M&A is fraught with questions. Whether you’re a solo advisor or part of a large enterprise firm, we’ll walk you through M&A planning best practices that will help you leverage inorganic growth in any stage of your business.