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Feedback From Office 365 Session on Dec. 12th edit
Technology, Software, Robert Clark
Davidh303, an A4A member, really nailed the problem advisors face with Microsoft Office 365.   "Overwhelming amount of information, particularly for a solo practitioner with no IT...
 
Free Session, Open To All, Kicks Off With A 4.6 Rating: Office 365 For Advisors edit
Managing, Practice Management, Andrew Gluck
Financial advisory firms are valued ultimately based on what they know, and the best tool for managing what a financial advice firm knows is Microsoft Office 365.   In offering a 12-month...
 
First Five Things to Do with Microsoft Office 365 edit
Technology, Software, Robert Clark
Your new Microsoft Office 365 account is set up. The users are created.  The licensing is applied.  Your business is "in the cloud".  Congratulations.  Now...
 
Fritz Meyer Webinar Gets A 4.8 Rating, But A Few Brutal Comments Are Notable edit
Investing, Strategies, Andrew Gluck
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel regularly does a bit in which Hollywood’s biggest stars read mean tweets written about them.     In the two-and-a-half-minute bit, embedded above, as a...
 
Helping Your Clients Spend Money edit
Advice, Retirement, Sheryl Rowling
Clients look to us to help them save money and accumulate wealth. As long as they take our advice, we're pretty good at that. But what happens when they reach the point of having plenty? 
 
Five Tax Moves To Make For Your Clients Now edit
Advice, Tax, Sheryl Rowling
Year end is approaching. If you act before December 31st, you just might be able to cut down on your clients' 2014 tax bill. Here are five ways to do that: 
 

Advice

  Five Tax Moves To Make For Your Clients Now
Tax, Sheryl Rowling
Year end is approaching. If you act before December 31st, you just might be able to cut down on your clients' 2014 tax bill. Here are five ways to do that: 
Helping Your Clients Spend Money
Retirement, Sheryl Rowling

Clients look to us to help them save money and accumulate wealth. As long as they take our advice, we're pretty good at that. But what happens when they reach the point of having plenty? 

Goal Or Financial Decision?
Financial Planning, Sheryl Rowling

I've been asked some puzzling questions during my career. Most of these fall into a category that I call "goal or financial decision." Once, when I volunteered for a financial planning...

Is Our Tax System Fair?
Tax, Sheryl Rowling

The media seems to cover income tax issues on an ongoing basis. Many advisors are not CPAs, so explaining concepts to clients can be quite challenging at times.  One of the most controversial...

Compliance

  RIA Data Security Webinar By Compliance Whiz Chris Winn Receives A 4.7 Rating From Attendees
Registered Investment Advisors, Andrew Gluck
RIA data-security practices, one of the touchiest topics of our time, was the subject of this week’s A4A webinar. Chris Winn, an authoritative source on the topic, says RIAs are being watched,...
  SEC Warns Never Before Examined Advisors - We're Coming!
Regulatory, Chris Winn

Are you ready for an SEC Exam?   If you are SEC registered and have yet to receive an exam, you better prepare. For months the SEC has alluded to its focus on "never-before examined...

2014 RIA Compliance: 23 Questions From Advisors And Answers
Registered Investment Advisors, Christopher E. Winn

At an A4A webinar last Friday, I covered the major issues compliance RIAs need to know about to be prepared for a regulatory exam in 2014. The session covered a wide range of issues, including some...

Questions About ByAllAccounts And When Account Aggregation Of 401(k) Assets Triggers Onerous Custody Rules Become Focus Of Webinar About 2014 SEC Examination Priorities For RIAs
Registered Investment Advisors, Andrew Gluck

Account aggregation app, ByAllAccounts, is the most popular account aggregation application among RIAs advising individual investors.   So it was surprising when the app became a central focus...

Industry

  CFA Institute, In A Step Toward Becoming The Key Professional-Licensing Body In Financial Advice Industry, Proposes Requiring Public Disclosure Of GIPS Compliance
Advisor Business, Andrew Gluck
Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) are becoming more trustworthy to UHNWI investors and, thus, more important to RIAs and, in the long run, will make CFA Institute the most important...
  Sure, Your Clients Can Pay for College, But Can Their HS Junior Even Get In?
Advisor Business, Patricia Krahnke & Bruce Neimeyer

Juniors Are Rising   It’s the end of February, which means your clients’ high school juniors are gearing up for their college search and section process.   As your...

Rowling’s Appeal To NAPFA Reflects A Deeper Problem In The Movement To Make Financial Advising A Real Profession
Advisor Business, Andrew Gluck

Sheryl Rowling’s appeal to NAPFA to restore accepting CPA/PFSs as members even if they do not hold a CFP designation reflects a deeper problem in the movement to make financial advising a...

  NAPFA Must Do The Right Thing With CPA/PFSs If It Wants To Retain Its Special Role As An Advocate For Consumers
Trade Associations, Sheryl Rowling

  It's been over a year since the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) decided to accept as new members only those holding the Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®)...

Investing

  Fritz Meyer Webinar Gets A 4.8 Rating, But A Few Brutal Comments Are Notable
Strategies, Andrew Gluck
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel regularly does a bit in which Hollywood’s biggest stars read mean tweets written about them.     In the two-and-a-half-minute bit, embedded above, as a...
Fritz Meyer Answers Questions About Recent Economic And Investment Issues
Strategies, Andrew Gluck

At last week's webinar for advisors about the economy, we ran out of time before investment strategist Fritz Meyer could answer questions from attendees.   We've posted his answers on YouTube,...

  Optimize Your Clients’ Social Security Strategy Within The Context Of Retirement Income Planning
Strategies, Steve Higgins

For most high-net-worth couples it’s going to make sense to defer Social Security withdrawals to age 70. However, it’s important to run the numbers in every case and consider Social...

  Using Average Cost Or FIFO?
Strategies, Sheryl Rowling

I am amazed when I run across advisors who are still using average cost or FIFO for tax lot accounting. Do they not realize that their clients are paying more taxes than necessary each year? In...

Managing

  Free Session, Open To All, Kicks Off With A 4.6 Rating: Office 365 For Advisors
Practice Management, Andrew Gluck
Financial advisory firms are valued ultimately based on what they know, and the best tool for managing what a financial advice firm knows is Microsoft Office 365.   In offering a 12-month...
  Are Team Meetings Worth It?
Practice Management, Sheryl Rowling

 I've had my own firm for a long time (more than I like to admit at this point!). Throughout the years, I've tried many different approaches to team meetings, including:   Not having...

Andrew Putterman, “Mr. Inside” In Colossal Wealth Management Firms, Comes Forward At An A4A Webinar With An Operational And Strategic Business Proposition To RIAs
Practice Management, Andrew Gluck

Andrew (Andy) Putterman was Mr. Inside in two colossally successful wealth management businesses. He and his longtime partner, Steven Lockshin, a master at building relationships, created a wealth...

Lou Stanasolovich, In A Tell-All Webinar, Talks About Legend Financial's Internship Program; Successful RIA Owner Reveals All About His Well-Intentioned Effort
Personal Development, Andrew Gluck

I know how to get your attention! Seriously, though, Lou Stanasolovich’s Pittsburgh RIA, Legend Financial Advisors, has hired more than 300 interns since 1994, and more than two dozen became...

Marketing

  Free Newsletter Content: Tax Loss Harvesting
Client Communications, Sheryl Rowling
Do you want to inform your clients about how you are saving them money? I usually add content to the quarterly newsletter we send out. Here is a recent article about tax loss harvesting. Please feel...
Do I Really Have To Use LinkedIn?
Advertising, Crystal Thies, The LinkedIn Ninja

I just re-read an article from Investment News posted last fall trying to refute the need for financial and investment advisors to be using social media. The author claimed that all of the hype for...

  And The First Advisor To Win One Of Three $300 Licenses To Camtasia Studio Video-Editing Software Is…
Client Communications, Andrew Gluck

Congratulations to Paul Tanner, CFA, of Granite Hill Capital Management, LLC!   Paul was the first advisor to replay a 45-minute webinar about editing videos using Camtasia Studio and to...

Win A Free License To Camtasia Studio Video-Editing Software, The Easiest Way For Advisors To Produce Videos Regularly
Advertising, Andrew Gluck

Camtasia Studio is a good software program for advisors to use to edit their own videos.   It does not have the video editing power of Final Cut Pro by Apple or Adobe Premier, which are...

Technology

  Feedback From Office 365 Session on Dec. 12th
Software, Robert Clark
Davidh303, an A4A member, really nailed the problem advisors face with Microsoft Office 365.   "Overwhelming amount of information, particularly for a solo practitioner with no IT...
  President Obama Endorses Net Neutrality
Web, Andrew Gluck

"More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago," says a statement released today by President Barack...

If You Text With An Android Smartphone All Day, Here's A Productivity Tip
Phones, Andrew Gluck

If you send SMS text messages with an Android smartphone all day, here’s a productivity tip: It’s faster and easier to text right from your laptop, tablet, or desktop.   You can...

  7 Million Dropbox Accounts Compromised
Security, Brian Edelman

Due to a breach in account security, all Dropbox users are urged to immediately change their password.  An anonymous hacker has leaked 420 usernames and passwords, and claims to have nearly...

A4A News

  Fritz Meyer Says IMPACT 2014 Investment Sessions Offered No Great New Insights, But Practice Management Sessions Were Valuable; An Update On A4A's Direction
News, Andrew Gluck
Fritz Meyer, an Independent investment strategist, after attending Schwab IMPACT 2014, says presentations on investment issues offered no new revelations. Essentially, Fritz says, Schwab IMPACT 2014...
LinkedIn Ninja, Crystal Thies, Receives A 4.9-Star Rating -- Highest In Memory -- For A Webinar Packed With Social Networking Best Practices For Advisors
News, Andrew Gluck

Crystal Thies, also known as the LinkedIn Ninja, "crushed it" at a webinar last Friday. Attendees gave Ms. Thies the highest average rating to be awarded any speaker in memory at the...

Bob Keebler Says He Needs A Third 100-Minute Session To Explain 75 Ways To Generate Tax-Alpha
News, Andrew Gluck

Bob Keebler called in today to say he needs a third 100-minute, two-CE credit session to explain how to generate tax-alpha. 

ChFCs And CLUs Now Can Receive Unlimited Continuing Professional Education Credit On Advisors4Advisors Webinars Plus A Life Lesson About Doing Good
News, Andrew Gluck

ChFCs and CLUs now can receive unlimited continuing professional education credit for attending live weekly webinars held Fridays at 4 p.m. ET or 24/7 replays of the sessions.   CFPs, CIMAs,...

  A4A Will Keep You Updated On Actions Of Pertinent Congressional Committees During Last Session Of The Year
News, Lisa Gray

In a post on September 21, we pointed you to an AdvisorOne article that outlined 11 Congressional committees whose actions would likely be affected by the election.   Today, we'll begin to...

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