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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

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How advisors rated their firms

  • By: IE Staff
  • August 24, 2018 August 23, 2018
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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 September 6, 2018
  • 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

Advisors look to the future

As the financial services sector undergoes profound changes, advisors will need support from their firms to meet the increasing challenges and build strong practices

Advisors’ Report Card 2017 main chart

How advisors rated their firms

  • By: IE Staff
  • August 24, 2017 January 19, 2018
  • 00:08

Communication’s key role

How advisors feel about their firms' communications efforts has an impact beyond measure

Notable changes in advisors’ businesses

Although there's little movement in the overall numbers, a closer look at advisors' metrics in the four distribution channels included in the Report Card series…

Shift from smaller accounts begins

Brokerages are leading the way in encouraging advisors to drop the smallest clients from their books of business

Advisors praise product shelves

Having a robust product offering from firms is very important to advisors

  • By: Leah Golob
  • August 24, 2017 January 12, 2018
  • 00:03

No secret formula for success in tech

Two firms have taken very different strategies regarding their technology, but both received high praise from their advisors

Stepping up on regulatory support

Advisors lauded firms that are proactive in informing them about changes in regulations and in training

How we did it

Finding the categories in which firms are succeeding and those in which firms could improve is at the heart of Investment Executive's (IE) Report Card…

Are robo-advisors a threat?

Financial advisors surveyed for Investment Executive's 2016 Report Card series don't consider the emergence of robo-advisors anything to fret about

Key traits of successful firms

How advisors feel about their firms overall is evident in the ratings for two specific categories

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How advisors rated their firms

  • By: IE Staff
  • August 26, 2016 January 19, 2018
  • 00:00

Advisors thrive in time of instability

For the average advisor, AUM is up while client numbers were down, which points to rising productivity as measured by AUM/client household. And, on the…

Seniors’ issues take centre stage

As regulators increase their focus on elderly clients, financial services firms of all descriptions are working diligently to provide products, services and staff training suited…

Big changes ahead

Firms and advisors face challenges relating to major technological changes, demographic issues and increased regulatory oversight. How are they responding?

Newer technology’s increasing importance

Advisors are growing their businesses by embracing modern mobile technology and social media

Attention turns to financial planning

The percentage of advisors who create financial plans for clients and the percentage of clients with a financial plan are rising