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February 15, 2019
Sierra Investment Management, Inc
A Portfolio Manager’s Resolution for Investors: Trailing-Stops
February 15, 2019
Investments & Wealth Institute
This whitepaper focuses on the decisions many women make that affect retirement security. Retirement security can be elusive for women, and many women may not focus on this key part of long-term security until they near retirement age. Advisors can help female clients understand how life decisions are interrelated and build plans that accommodate current circumstances and the long term.
February 15, 2019
Sierra Investment Management, Inc
Constructing a Bond Portfolio to Prosper in a Changing Environment
New York Life
You can turn to New York Life Investments for information on the value of building a resilient portfolio. Download our new whitepaper, Build Resilient Portfolios to Counter Volatility, to learn about strategies for managing the most common types of volatility and why staying invested can help you achieve your long-term goals.NOT FOR RETAIL DISTRIBUTION. This communication has been prepared exclusively for institutional/wholesale/professional clients and investors only as defined by local laws and regulations.New York Life Investments is a service mark and name under which New York Life Investment Management LLC does business. New York Life Investment Management LLC engages the services of federally registered advisors. MacKay Shields LLC is an affiliate of New York Life under which New York Life Investment Management LLC does business. New York Life Investments, an indirect subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company, New York, NY 10010, provides investment advisory products and services. The MainStay Funds® are managed by New York Life Investment Management LLC and distributed by NYLIFE Distributors LLC, 30 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company. NYLIFE Distributors LLC is a Member FINRA/SIPC.
Northern Trust Asset Management
It’s not a matter of whether you invest in factors, you do. Find out if you are investing in the wrong ones.
Voya Financial Advisors
This study shows that making small design changes to a retirement plan’s enrollment website can lead to greater personalized enrollment, match take up, average savings, and improved long-term financial security.
Smarsh
Looking back on 2018’s compliance practices and examination expectations.
Fidelity FCCS
Fidelity Investments’ consultative support can help you make the leap to independence. Get our eBook now.
Cetera
You understand the value of personalized financial advice—strengthen your offering to help ensure clients and prospects always remember and appreciate what you bring to the table.
Northern Trust Asset Management
Long-term asset class return expectations and forecasts for the years ahead.
Raymond James Financial, Inc. and IN Research
The business of providing financial advice is currently undergoing a transformational change, leading many to intensely focus on – and re-evaluate – the current versus future of state of fees. The focus of this paper is to highlight the developments that have shaped the relationship between services and pricing, while also providing a benchmark for assessing your firm’s current fee structure and schedule. In addition, the objective of this report will be to provide you with a framework for appropriately aligning value with service – as well as a resource that can assist in the strategic evaluation of your firm’s pricing and positioning.
Investments & Wealth
Affluent and HNW investors represent an attractive opportunity, but they offer unique challenges as well. In this insightful whitepaper, Cerulli Associates examines research done on advisor practices that focus on the high-net-worth investor. Key implications for fees, financial planning opportunities, HNW services, and relationships with heirs are a few of the areas that are highlighted.
This report summarizes the latest thought leadership surrounding cybersecurity, technology and the future of advice. In addition to insight, this report provides actionable steps for advisers to incorporate into their evolving businesses.
The 2018 InvestmentNews Pricing & Profitability Study is the industry’s only research report that details how independent advisory firms are adding assets, generating revenue – and ultimately boosting their bottom line. It is the premier benchmarking report for forward-thinking advisers who are looking to make informed decisions about the future growth of their businesses. The Pricing and Profitability Study, formerly the Financial Performance Study, is designed for firm leaders who are looking to understand how their firm’s business results compare to other leading advisory firms. It provides detailed breakdowns on the key financial drivers – revenues and costs – of growth, while also presenting the extensive benchmarking data.

Click here to order your copy of the 2018 Study of Pricing and Profitability.
The InvestmentNews Compensation & Staffing Study 2018 Update provides an update on key trends in recruiting, staffing structures and pay levels throughout the financial advice industry. Specifically, the report will deliver forecast for total 2018 compensation levels for more than 30 typical positions within a firm. In addition, it provides full compensation tables for positions that were added, promoted or newly hired over the last year.

Click here to order your copy of the 2018 Compensation & Staffing Study.
This report summarizes the latest thought leadership surrounding cybersecurity, retirement income, technology and the future of advice. In addition to insight, this report provides actionable steps for advisers to incorporate into their evolving businesses.
A handful of “Elite” RIA firms continue to grow at a rate that significantly outpaces the industry at large – and many elite firms are making short- and long-term investments designed to continue to accelerate their rapid growth. Download this new study from InvestmentNews Research and BlackRock to learn more about the growth strategies of the industry’s top firms. Specifically, this study will focus on:

• How Elite RIAs are scaling their businesses to establish their brands and improve operations
• The investment management approaches Elite RIAs are taking to differentiate their firms and attract larger clients
• How top firms are using M&A to identify strategic growth opportunities
• Technology strategies for improving productivity and providing a “next generation” client experience
• The “emerging elite RIAs” and the opportunities for new business models to help ignite growth
A blueprint for the industry, this benchmarking study provides actionable takeaways and the latest solutions to help advisers drive profitability, efficiency and growth for their firms.

This comprehensive research tool to will shed insight onto what other advisers are doing to optimize their technology investments and operations and help you better your business.

Click here to order your copy of the 2017 Adviser Technology Study. Use discount code SAVE50 to save $50 off study price.
This report summarizes the latest thought leadership surrounding cybersecurity, regulation, mentoring, compensation and the growing demand for comprehensive wealth management. In addition to insight, this report provides actionable steps for advisers to incorporate into their evolving businesses.
Is your firm paying competitive compensation and employee benefits? Find out now by ordering the 2013 Compensation & Staffing Study, which highlights comprehensive compensation benchmarking data on 24 advisory firm job positions and outline current trends in owner compensation.
Our bi-annual study on the financial performance of advisory firms provides industry benchmarks on advisory firm financials including common-sized income statements, balance sheet and key performance ratios.
The industry's first-ever succession planning study offers key strategies for increasing the transferability & value of your business, while also highlight financing and valuation options.
The 2013 InvestmentNews Adviser Technology Study provides actionable information to advisers, along with the latest solutions to help them drive profitability, efficiency and growth. This research solves for a critical need for independent advisers, given how fragmented the independent adviser business can be and the absence of a comprehensive resource for assessing the best practices and procedures of peers.

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