5 Features of an Ensemble Practice

Posted by Kenton Shirk

September 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Across the industry, interest in forming multiadvisor firms has grown. According to Cerulli Associates, 55 percent of advisors now operate within a team. The trend is even more pronounced for large firms: of advisors operating within a practice managing $500 million or more in AUM, 93 percent are part of a team. But while the term “ensemble” has become en vogue to define this new business model, it doesn’t always apply—different models exist within the industry, and there are several defining features of an ensemble practice that must exist before a business can truly be considered an ensemble.

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Topics: Practice Management

Are Your Clients Liable for Spousal Debt?

Posted by David Haughton, JD

September 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM

“What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is yours” is a typical mantra of married couples. But when it comes to debt, that saying can be scary. Fortunately, the general rule is that spouses are not responsible for each other’s debts (in the legal sense, of course). Therefore, when agreeing to assume a liability, the borrower’s spouse can usually rest assured he or she will not be held responsible if the borrower is unable to meet his or her obligations.

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Topics: Financial Planning

When Students Go Off to College: Financial Planning for Empty Nesters

Posted by Keven DuComb, JD, MBA

September 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Go ahead and pat yourself on the back! It’s September, and chances are a few more students just headed off to campus, supported by the college savings you helped their parents grow. The transition is a big one for everyone involved. As young adults, students are facing new financial responsibilities. And parents are figuring out how to adapt to their child’s (or children’s) new independence, while keeping the family on a steady course financially.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Tweet About It: Building Your Brand Through Twitter

Posted by Sarah Howes

September 4, 2019 at 1:30 PM

According to a new Putnam Investments survey, 83 percent of financial advisors use social media for business purposes. LinkedIn remains the network of choice, but an increasing number of advisors are turning to Twitter, and for good reason—a study by Pew Research found that 22 percent of U.S. adults use Twitter, and of those users, 42 percent access it daily. So, with your business goals in mind, let’s explore some strategies for building your brand through Twitter, including how to mix types of content, build authority, and use Twitter Analytics.

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Topics: Marketing

Be the Change: Adopting Agile Marketing Principles at Your Firm

Posted by Demi Sperazza

September 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Are you tired of feeling rushed and distracted at the office? Are you done with working for an entire day only to realize (again) that you didn’t complete the tasks you had planned to? We were, too.

Here in Commonwealth’s Marketing department, we do amazing work every day. But recently, we realized there may be ways we could produce higher-quality work faster and with less frustration, if only we made the necessary strategic changes. So, several months ago, we embarked on our journey to become Agile—capital A.

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Topics: Marketing

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