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Market Volatility Reveals Communications Challenge for Investment Managers

April 10, 2018

The seismic market events of the last two months should be a stark reminder to investment management firms that having a well-conceived communication plan at the ready is essential if they want to differentiate themselves among anxious financial advisors.

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Rising AUM? Declining shares outstanding? Time to plug the leak

April 05, 2018

Investment management firms are celebrating record assets under management after an increase in 2017. This is great news for investment managers as it translates into nice-sized bonuses. However, beneath the surface, there are signs that the foundation may be cracking in many firms, exposing the vulnerabilities of investment managers as they enter a new period… Read more »

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Evolution of the Financial Services Industry

April 01, 2018

Demographic shifts, advancing technology, changing consumer preferences, a surging and sometimes volatile stock market, and increasing regulatory scrutiny are compounding elements of the uncertainty keeping many firms in a perpetual reactive mode. It is more important than ever for business leaders to un­derstand the current trends, what is driving them, and the risks they present…. Read more »

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Niche Marketing: Focus to Increase AUM

March 11, 2018

In recent years, the commoditization of investment advice has forced an increasing number of financial advisors into offering more comprehensive financial planning as a way to add more value to the client relationship. As a result, the financial planning space is becoming much more crowded, making it difficult for financial advisors to stand out. That is why financial advisors should consider establishing a niche to more quickly build their businesses, focusing on a more targeted market they can dominate rather than a broader market they can vanish in. The key to differentiation in a crowded field is to become more focused and specialized to become recognized as the best-of-breed for a specific type of clientele that can be served profitably and effectively.

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Recruiters Salivate as Greg Fleming Completes Marriage to Rockefeller & Co.

March 09, 2018

The Morgan Stanley ex-head sees 500% assets growth to $100 billion AUA by 2023 as critics see old branding, old money, old technology and old recruiting challenges. Dan Sondhelm and other industry observers offer their perspectives.

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Allocate Your Budget for Growth in Three Steps

February 18, 2018

I see it all the time. Investment managers with good strategies and impressive track records just can’t seem to gain traction with institutional investors or financial advisors. Either firms have a tough time with distribution or senior management still holds on to outdated notions such as “if we build it, investors will come” and “good performance sells itself.”

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Development Helping Advisors Eliminate Retirement Market Barriers

February 10, 2018

As more financial advisors offer retirement planning services to clients, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate from one another. The commoditization of advice, especially through the rise of robo-platforms, has magnified the challenge financial advisors face in being able to substantiate their value proposition. It can take a significant investment of time and money to differentiate your practice in such a crowded and competitive industry. But, with nearly $30 trillion of retirement assets in play, it’s a worthwhile investment.

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Should You Outsource Your Portfolio Strategy?

February 05, 2018

Should you outsource your portfolio strategy? Yes, according to a small but growing number of advisors using ETF managed portfolios. Dan Sondhelm commented on this trend.

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25 Entrepreneurs Share How They Use Blogging for Business

January 07, 2018

The Blogosphere is here and it is not going anywhere. It’s not just for people talking about what they’re eating for lunch or their next celebrity crush. Blogging is big business for entrepreneurs and business owners. Rescue a CEO asked some businesses how they use blogging to help their business. Dan Sondhelm is featured at #17.

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Look to Robo Advisors to See Where Clients Will Be Next

December 19, 2017

Robos and wealth managers are focusing more of their communications efforts on digital education such as timely content, marketing automation and social media to be where clients and prospects spend their time. Dan Sondhelm shares his thoughts for this story.

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