The Key to Deeper Relationships: Ask the Right Questions to Best Leverage Financial Planning Technology

Deeper Financial Advisor-Client Relationships with Technology

Getting to know clients on both a financial and individual level is essential for advisors who want to provide comprehensive, personalized planning services. Asking clients the right questions is an important first step in establishing a productive relationship, especially for getting to the core of the practical and personal details that may impact a financial…

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Financial Planning Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2020

2020 Financial Planning Industry Trends

We’ve been reflecting on the most prominent issues that have reshaped how advisors approach their craft in recent years. Yes, we’re thinking about robo-advisors, but beyond that, we’re also interested in the implications of a decade-long bull market, demographic changes, and the persistent stream of advisors summoning the courage to strike their own path. How…

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Understanding the Experience Stack Within the Evolution of Financial Advice

Financial Advisor Experience Stack

The experience stack is an essential concept for financial advisors to understand if they’re to keep up with the evolution of financial advice. As an outgrowth of the technology stack concept, it’s important to take a look at both concepts, including how they’re related and why they’re important. A tech stack is a set of…

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The Value of a Robust Client Portal in Financial Planning Relationships

Financial planning client portal

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? After you’ve synthesized all of your client’s financial information, goals, and constraints into a realistic financial plan? When they’ve signed off on it, and you can tell they’re invested on a deeply personal level in making it happen? And everyone’s pulling in the same direction?…

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How Enterprise Advisory Firms Can Streamline Financial Planning Efficiency for Greater Growth and Profitability

Enterprise financial planning efficiency

Enterprise advisory firms have a lot to gain from improving efficiency in financial planning. Incremental increases in efficiency at the advisor level, when scaled across the entire organization, can result in much greater profitability in the long term. Most enterprises have a general understanding of how advisors spend their time. But a close examination of…

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Using Account Aggregation in Financial Planning to Grow Your Firm

Financial Account Aggregation for Growth

Over the 20 years since its advent, account aggregation has evolved significantly, making it one of the most robust client service tools CFP® practitioners can use. What was once simply a way to track investments has become an indispensable tool in the delivery of comprehensive financial advice. Demand for account aggregation is driven by our…

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Understanding the CFP Board’s New Standard on Technology for Financial Planning Software

CFP Board New Tech Standard for Financial Planning

Recognizing it likely was overdue in providing robust technology standards for CFP® professionals, on October 1, 2019, the CFP Board unveiled its new Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The regulations are effective now, but the CFP Board begins enforcing them on June 30, 2020. The new Code of Standards, among other things, introduces…

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All in the Family: Engaging the Next Generation of Investors

Leveraging Technology to Engage the Family in Financial Planning

What do Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, and Peyton and Eli Manning have in common? They all grew up in the limelight and followed their famous parents into entertainment or athletics. The world knows these celebrities now as famous actors, athletes, and singers. But before their children were famous, we watched Martin Sheen trek through Vietnam, Billy…

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