How Elite RIAs Have Grown Faster and More Profitably Than Their Peers


A relatively small number of RIA firms have grown faster and more profitably than their peers in recent years, according to research from InvestmentNews and BlackRock. Dubbed “Elite RIAs,” these firms have cracked the code and implemented strategies, tactics, and “ways of doing business” that propelled them to the top. On average, these Elite RIAs have > […]

Top CNBC and InvestmentNews Editors Share How to Get Published and Quoted in the Media

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  You could be a highly competent financial advisor but if few people know about you, you’ll starve for new business. There are two main ways to become known to your ideal audience. Develop the audience yourself through marketing. Show up in the middle of somebody else’s audience and display your value. I can assure […]

Exponential Technology: How to Benefit From It and Not Get Obliterated By It

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A select group of forward-thinking advisors have figured out how to grow 100 to 200% per year. And they’re nailing it! By contrast, most advisors are focused on trying to grow 10 to 20% per year. Unfortunately, that’s a very crowded highway. Today’s podcast is all about understanding the concept of exponential technology and how […]

Robo Up or Get Left Behind

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Robo advisors seem to get all the press but they’re just one fish within the digital ocean that financial advisors should be swimming in. Every advisor should do a comprehensive review of their business and determine how they can improve the overall digital experience of their business both from the client standpoint and from the […]

Do You Have the “Right” Why?

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Years ago, during my first semester of grad school at Indiana University, I became acquainted with Ross, who was my apartment neighbor and also a first semester MBA student. Ross was an interesting guy. He had no business background but was very intelligent and creative. Prior to starting the MBA program, Ross was a top […]

David Canter on Becoming a Marketing Machine


If you want to accelerate your growth rate and create a consistent stream of new clients, you have to move beyond referral marketing and become a marketing machine. David Canter, EVP, Practice Management and Consulting, Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services, leads an ace team that has been consulting with RIAs and researching how they can elevate […]

Elliot Weissbluth on Firing Himself, Business Metrics, and Building $30 Billion RIA HighTower

Elliot Weissbluth: Every December I fire myself.

Elliot Weissbluth started RIA firm HighTower by asking, “If we had a blank piece of paper and a blank slate and I started with my mom as the client, what would she expect from a thoughtful financial advisor?” From that question, Elliot worked backward and built a business that has grown from $0 to $30 […]

Who’s Making These Bad Decisions at Linkedin?


Linkedin ticked me off earlier this year. For years I was a happy user and unpaid content producer for Linkedin. I carefully crafted my profile, posted regular updates, stayed in touch with colleagues, and, recently, started blogging on the publishing platform. Linkedin was worth my time. It kept me visible with my audience and drove […]

Eric Clarke on Building a Technology Company, Innovating, and “Narrowcasting”

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To Eric Clarke, founder and president at Orion Advisor Services, necessity is truly the mother of invention. Faced with the task of upgrading the portfolio accounting system at CLS Investments, his family’s growing RIA firm, Eric couldn’t find a suitable off-the-shelf product. So, like every great entrepreneur, he decided to build it himself. Today, Orion […]

Carl Richards on Writing Books, Planning Conversations, and the One-Page Financial Plan

Carl Richards: Let's let go of this false sense of precision that we've been parading around."

Carl Richards is best known as the Behavior Gap guy and for his weekly Sketch Guy column in the New York Times. He’s now out with a new book, The One-Page Financial Plan. We had a lively conversation about the book, his writing process, planning conversations, and how financial advisors can use books in general to […]