by Deanna White on Jan 31, 2014
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) earlier this month released additional guidance, "Statement on Standards in Personal Financial Planning Services," that ensures the profession’s “rigorous code of professional conduct” applies to all CPA financial planners.
by Ken Berry on Jan 30, 2014
A new type of retirement account, "MyRA," which President Obama proposed during his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28 and authorized the creation of yesterday, is intended to encourage retirement savings by workers who currently aren’t participating in an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
by Jason Bramwell on Jan 21, 2014
Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 21.
by Jason Bramwell on Dec 03, 2013
Here are "Bramwell's Lunch Beat" menu items for December 3.
In a perfect world, our clients would choose one advisor to manage all their financial matters. But it’s a fact of life that many clients spread their money around and work with multiple advisors. According to Aite Group, only one of every three clients turns over all of their assets to a single wealth manager.
There’s an irrational fear of investing that has been building momentum across our country since 2008. A recent study from Nationwide¹ found consumers fear investing even more than death, with other fears such as healthcare coverage, unemployment and the lack of economic stability following in close pursuit.
Every business in the world runs into the same problem: limited resources. The choices businesses make in applying those resources are paramount to determining the level of success you can reach in your business.
Of all the elements a CPA or financial advisor needs to consider in order to operate a successful wealth management practice, an effective client communication strategy ranks at the top of the list. Regular communication is critical to the long-term success of your firm, but it has to be done right.
According to an investigation by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), “Retirement plan providers are offering misleading or even false information about 401(k) rollovers that can cost participants thousands of dollars in additional fees.”
It's possible that at the times we find ourselves operating at our best, we are not actually helping clients solve problems, but instead helping them achieve their ideal outcomes. The best relationships we have with clients are characterized not by transactional problem-solving relationships, but rather by holistic relationship where we know what really matters to the client in business and in life.
The implication to today’s senior leaders is clear: to be the best version of itself in the future, the firm must start today by understanding, nurturing and involving their next generation. The firms that get this right will be the benefactors of growth, sustainability and meaning.
Thinking of buying a firm but not sure where to start? That question is being contemplated more and more every day with more mergers, acquisitions and consolidation taking place across the accounting and wealth management industry today.
A recent study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that people are not confident they will have enough saved for retirement. The March 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey revealed that 49 percent of those polled indicate they are "not very confident" or "not at all confident" they will have enough income in retirement.
by gailperry on Jul 30, 2013
There once was a time when young CPAs got in line at a firm and “waited their turn” to become partner. Today, a number of factors are challenging this apprenticeship model. According to the AICPA’s 2012 PCPS Succession Survey, less than half of multi-owner practices have succession plans in place, and 42 percent point to a lack of confidence in the leadership ability of junior partners as the single largest succession issue.
by gailperry on Jul 30, 2013
Only the cost of fuel oil and gasoline has risen more than the cost of college tuition over the past 10 years, rising a staggering 88 percent since 2003.As higher education tuition costs continue to rise, saving for college is becoming increasingly difficult for many American families.