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Part 4: A Great Relationship Depends on the Advisor’s Platform

Part 4: A Great Relationship Depends on the Advisor’s Platform

  The platform of the advisor in this context consists of the people and processes designed to meet the needs of its clients. Here are four key issues: What access do clients have to their financial information? Is the information available on paper and electronically? Does the information clearly ...

Part 3: A Great Relationship Reaches Beyond the Advisor’s Salesperson

Part 3: A Great Relationship Reaches Beyond the Advisor’s Salesperson

Very often, the first person that contacts a prospective client is a salesperson. Successful sales people tend to be very skilled at what they do. However, investors should determine exactly with whom they will most often be working should the investor become a client. In other words, people are ...

Part 2:  A Great Financial Advisor is a Fiduciary

Part 2: A Great Financial Advisor is a Fiduciary

Registered investment advisors are legally classified as fiduciaries – meaning they have a duty to their clients to serve the client’s best interests. Many other investment professionals – such as brokers – do not have a fiduciary duty and can place clients into products that offer ...

Part 1: Building a Great Relationship with a Financial Advisor

Part 1: Building a Great Relationship with a Financial Advisor

Investors should be thoughtful in their search for a financial advisor to assure that the relationship will serve their interests well. This series discusses six aspects of the relationship which should be considered before making such as decision. It begins with the “Method of compensation”. ...

Investors fear ADT’s business could be hurt by Amazon’s foray into home security.

Investors fear ADT’s business could be hurt by Amazon’s foray into home security.

From bookstores to shopping malls to supermarkets, Amazon has roiled many a long-established business model. Now, the Amazon effect is shaking up an unlikely industry: home security systems. Shares in Boca Raton-based ADT, the security provider that went public in January, took a fall after Amazon ...