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Firms must remain nimble to help advisors grow

Within a shifting industry, advisors valued solid support as well as proactive innovation

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Emphasis on financial planning grows

Advisors across the industry value planning tools and access to experts

How we did it: Advisors’ Report Card 2021

Our methodology explained

  • By: Katie Keir
  • October 12, 2021 October 20, 2021
  • 00:12
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Advisors’ Report Card 2021 main chart

Average ratings from advisors in each industry channel

  • By: IE Staff
  • October 12, 2021 October 4, 2021
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Firms already acting on 2021 Report Card feedback

Some brokerages and dealer firms have taken steps to address areas such as back-office support and technology

  • By: Katie Keir
  • October 12, 2021 October 13, 2021
  • 00:10
Advisors capture

Advisors capture growth despite industry turmoil

Investment Executive's full Report Card series shows that book values and productivity have increased since 2019

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Mutual funds remain paramount for dealer advisors

Meanwhile, equities and ETFs have gained portfolio share for brokerage advisors

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High-net-worth clients expect a personal touch

Some advisors say wealthy investors are not getting service that meets high expectations

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Brokerage firms elicit strong advisor loyalty

Advisors across all Report Cards gave a collective Net Promoter Score of 62.2

  • By: Katie Keir
  • October 12, 2021 October 21, 2021
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How advisors rated their firms

Where the industry is succeeding, and falling short

Firms across the industry enjoyed a solid year of growth (story includes main chart)

  • By: Katie Keir
  • October 11, 2019 October 7, 2020
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Advisors’s Report Card 2019: The average advisor

Surge in AUM and compensation for frontline advisors

The average advisor was younger, with slightly fewer years in the industry and at their firm

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Firms can improve their training grades

The performance rating of the category increased, but a satisfaction gap remains

Advisors’ Report Card 2019: Prominent advisor designations over the past 10 year

Designations deep dive

Which credentials advisors are seeking and why

  • By: Leah Golob
  • October 11, 2019 October 31, 2019
  • 00:16

Advisor quotes

Candid comments from across the industry

  • By: Katie Keir
  • October 11, 2019 October 31, 2019
  • 00:15
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Is the industry’s gender mix improving?

Over the past decade, female advisors have shared their experiences

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Threats to the bottom line for advisors

From the continued weight of compliance to market fears, there are multiple hurdles to overcome

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Is the industry favouring higher net-worth households?

Advisors are concerned about account size trends

Road map to success

The road to success

Advisors focus on putting plans in place for both themselves and their clients, and need help from their firms to ensure they're headed in the…

Table: ARC 2018 - How advisors rated their firms

2018 Advisors’ Report Card main chart

How advisors rated their firms

  • By: IE Staff
  • August 24, 2018 October 31, 2019
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Table: ARC 2018 - The average advisor

Healthy growth for advisors

Although many of the basic demographic metrics were relatively stable year-over-year, advisors experienced growth in AUM and productivity, thanks to solid equities markets and stronger…

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Advisors confident re cybersecurity

There is significant trust among advisors that their firms are doing everything possible to keep important data secure

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CRM2 causing frustration

These rules have led to delays, confusion and too much information on clients' statements

  • By: Leah Golob
  • August 24, 2018 October 31, 2019
  • 00:09
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Financial planning becomes critical

Firms are making a concerted effort to provide the necessary support and software advisors need, but issues remain

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Staff is key to a strong back office

Although advisors have complained for years about their back-office support, some firms have found the winning formula

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Succession is more important now

Advisors are taking succession planning more seriously, but firms still have plenty to do to meet advisors' expectations