EXCLUSIVES

PANC 2021: Telling Your Story

Financial advisers have new opportunities when it comes to marketing, branding and thought leadership, but there is fine line between what is trendy or new and what goes against policy.

Protecting Elderly Clients From Financial Abuse

Sources offer lessons learned from thousands of potential elder abuse investigations, highlighting red flags and revealing the harm that can befall clients; for example, those victimized by a loved one lose nearly three times as much on average to fraud or theft as those victimized by a stranger.

SEC Sanctions Offer New Cybersecurity Guideposts

One former SEC enforcement leader says actions against several advisory firms that allegedly had cybersecurity failures make a clear case for the use of multifactor authentication—but that’s just the beginning of cybersecurity.

A Q&A With QMA’s David Blanchett

David Blanchett, QMA’s newest managing director and head of retirement research, talks about the evolving role of DC plans and workplace investing—including the interplay of target-date funds, personalization and managed accounts.

A Timely Discussion With the CFP Board

Kim Hayes, who serves as a director for the CFP Board, talked with PLANADVISER about adviser industry turnover, the need to improve diversity and the opportunities afforded by professional certifications.

Antitrust Issues Scuttled Aon-WTW Combo. What Comes Next?

Regulators cited the elimination of competition in filing a civil lawsuit to halt the union of Aon and Willis Towers Watson. As significant consolidation occurs across the financial services industry, some wonder whether similar issues could arise again.

The Art of Comparing TDF and Balanced Fund Performance

The outputs of a hypothetical model based on historical net asset values for balanced funds and target-date funds show just how complicated it can be to compare the relative merits of the two approaches to asset allocation. As it turns out, balanced funds, though less popular, might deserve another look.

Seeing the Bigger QDIA Picture

Are custom solutions worth the effort? Is passive more appropriate than active? It all depends on the adviser and the client.

How Leaders Are Addressing the Adviser Gender Gap

Although they make up more than half the population, currently less than 20% of financial advisers are women. This raises the question of just what is so unwelcoming about the advisory business.

A Few Key Lessons to Learn From Wealth Managers

Guidance about investing and the accumulation of assets is only the beginning of genuine financial planning—a fact that has already been embraced by forward-thinking wealth managers.