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Dealers’ Report Card 2018

The road ahead may be bumpy for advisors, who are feeling unsettled as their firms go through major transitions related to ownership, management and technology. But there’s hope that road will smooth out soon

June 13, 2018

Slideshow: How a dealer’s ratings and advisors’ recommendations correlate

For the most part, advisors would recommend their firm to another advisor. But changes at a dealer impact both these recommendations and a firm’s rating

  • June 13, 2018 June 13, 2018
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Slideshow: Comparing each dealer’s average advisor

Although the average advisor saw modest improvements in AUM and productivity, the increases among some firms’ advisors were dramatic

  • June 6, 2018 June 6, 2018
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Dealers’ Report Card 2018: Editors discuss rocky results

Advisors are facing a bumpy road ahead as their firms go through major transitions

  • June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018
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A bumpy road for advisors

Advisors are feeling unsettled as their firms go through major transitions related to ownership, management and technology. But there's hope things will begin to improve

  • June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018
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Dealers’ Report Card 2018 main chart

How financial advisors rated their firms

  • June 1, 2018 June 5, 2018
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Modest growth in advisors’ books

Although average assets under management and productivity rose year-over-year, there are signs the industry is evolving as advisors adopt fee-for-service arrangements and cater to clients with greater levels of investible assets

  • June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018
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In defence of commissions

Most advisors surveyed for this year's Dealers' Report Card were strongly against regulators banning embedded commissions

  • June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018
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Perception of firm stability declines

Lower ratings for "firm's stability" arose from advisors' frustration with many of the major changes taking place

  • June 1, 2018 June 15, 2018
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Dealers deliver on products

Advisors are pleased with the products their firms make available, as well as with the freedom to sell what they prefer

  • June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018
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Firms fall flat on technology

Issues with tech platforms and firms' lack of support for e-signatures were key reasons for advisors' dissatisfaction

  • June 1, 2018 June 15, 2018
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