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FinLife Partners: Revolutionizing Wealth Management from the Top Down

Not all advisers are created equal. However, as the firm that brought you Financial Life Management, we at United Capital know it is our responsibility to help the best advisers in the industry compete in the new digital world. While many smaller firms simply do not have the tools or scale to be able to…

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Eight Questions RIAs Should Ask Before Doing a Deal

Making the decision to sell or merge with a larger wealth management firm can be a decision fraught with peril. Here are questions to ask to facilitate the process. For owners of a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) practice, making the decision to sell or merge with a larger wealth management firm can be an experience…

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What Advisors Can Learn From Apple

The marketers at Apple have earned another fist bump for their new iPhone 6 campaign. I love how they stay grounded in what is known (we like our phones) while also making it clear they have moved the product to the next level to something truly new. Smartphones have become incredibly personal and indispensable to…

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Salesforce and United Capital Usher in a New Way for Advisers to Serve and Communicate

On Tuesday, March 8th I’ll be joining Salesforce’s Simon Mulcahy to introduce an innovative new, cloud-based technology that could serve as a game-changer for your firm. Register for Salesforce’s Financial Services Cloud Exclusive Live Launch. But first, some background … Every now and then businesses face a choice that turns out to be pivotal ─…

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After Year Of Acqusitions, Bigger Is Still Better At United Capital

Advisors have no shortage of growth strategies — seeking mergers and acquisitions, finding referrals for new clients, creating new efficiencies. But few choose the “all of the above” approach that Newport Beach, Calif.-based hybrid RIA United Capital Financial Advisors has used to mushroom into one of the largest firms in the country. After doubling its…

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Game of Survival

Until the middle ages, warfare was primarily a battle of numbers. Those with the most men won the war. That changed as weaponry became more important than people in winning combat. The battle for market share in our industry is much the same. A Shift in Strategy Flying to Hawaii over the holidays, my wife…

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How Aggregation Technology Can Benefit Your Practice

The proliferation of so-called “robo-advisers” is altering the competitive landscape. These online investment services provide automated, algorithm-based portfolio management without human interaction, at a fraction of what traditional advisers charge. Because robo-advisers are not typically involved in more personal aspects of wealth management, advisers can expand their practices to include financial planning services as a…

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2016 Predictions for RIAs: Twisters Everywhere

As another unusually active year comes to a rapid end, let’s look forward to 2016 and imagine what the industry should anticipate in the year ahead. A world of tepid growth and rapid change In 2015, the stock market fluctuated along to a flat year. Indexing ruled with a small group of stocks holding up…

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Dealmania 2015 and Why You Should Care

The past few months have been fascinating if you are an independent adviser. Three large transactions have been announced that give us all some telling signals about where the industry is headed. In quick sequence: Lightyear Capital buys majority position in Wealth Enhancement Group (WEG) from Norwest Equity Partners. WEG is reported to have $4.7…

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Three Quotes Every Financial Being Should Know

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, I thought I’d take a step away from my traditional observations on how to thrive in a digitized age, and take a slightly more reflective perspective. One of my odder hobbies is to study philosophy. Investigating our existence and what motivates human behavior is fascinating to me. Last…

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