Articles by Tony Batman

Practice

How My Financial Plan Saved My Life

Personal financial planning is nothing less than taking total personal responsibility for one’s life and to make and honor important promises to the people one loves. 1st Global Chairman and CEO Tony Batman shares how, during an epic battle against Stage 3 cancer, having a complete financial plan in place helped save his life.
Practice

Four Reasons CPA Firms Should Consider Putting Wealthcare in the Mix

Leaders of market-dominating CPA firms report that the Golden Age for the CPA profession, the period of high growth from 2002 through 2007, will not be repeated. Additional revenue sources must be sought to achieve profitable growth.
Wealth management

Free Advice: D-I-Y Investment Approach Isn’t Worth the Savings

DALBAR released its Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (QAIB) report last month and the results of the study are shocking but – sadly – not very surprising.
Wealth management

Overcoming Obstacles to Wealth Management

There are many changes necessary to create and maintain a thriving, growing, profitable and premier wealth management firm. Defining the specific vision for your firm is the first step. But, once your firm formulates and articulates its vision, the firm leader must have the courage to make decisions and take action.
Wealth management

Five Imperatives for Success on the Road to Wealth Management

There is an underlying pattern of philosophical, professional, and personal traits that are essential for every firm’s success in the area of providing wealth management services.
Wealth management

What Client Services Do Wealth Management Firms Provide?

Most CPA firms start their financial advisory services with a basic model of access to financial and investment products and over time add specialization, complexity and integration to arrive at a wealth management model.
Wealth management

Wealth Management: What’s in it for You and Why is it Important to Your Firm?

True wealth management firms help their clients with three macro issues: wealth accumulation, wealth protection and distribution and wealth transfer. The spotlight on wealth management is a result of increasing demand from clients, especially baby boomers, for customized personal services.
Wealth management

What Is Old Is New Again

In September of 2008, our industry experienced the anxiety ridden crisis in what historians generally now refer to as “Lehman weekend,”, which began one of the most difficult tests of our financial advisory careers. It was a capital market event of epic proportions that led to our current economic state.
Wealth management

Where Will Growth Be 2011-2015: Wealthcare vs. Accounting & Tax Preparation?

The purpose of this article is to inform, even possibly awaken, readers to the comparative growth prospects of the wealthcare industry and the combined accounting and tax preparation services industries.
Wealth management

CPA Wealthcare - From Success To Significance

If it desires, the CPA profession can rapidly become the dominant provider of comprehensive high-profit wealth management and financial planning services in the U.S. to the 15 million American households who comprise two significant market segment classifications—the emerging affluent and affluent families, or roughly 12 percent of the 120 million American households that make up more than 75 percent of America’s financial wealth.