Commonwealth Independent Advisor

Actively Seeking Tax Alpha

Posted by Tim Helman, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®

September 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Taking an active approach to investment tax management is one of the best ways to consistently add value to your clients’ portfolios. Any outperformance realized is known as tax alpha—a portfolio’s excess return after taxes minus its excess pretax return.

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Topics: Asset Management & Investing, Compliance

What Reg BI Means for Financial Advisors

Posted by Rob Molinari, CRCP, AIF, RFC

June 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Starting on June 30, the Regulation Best Interest Rule (Reg BI) will set a new standard of conduct for broker/dealers. It requires that a broker/dealer and its associated persons must always act in the best interest of their retail customers when recommending securities or investment strategies involving securities. Let’s explore what Reg BI means for financial advisors, including the requirements for complying with this new rule.

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Topics: Compliance

Meeting Your Fiduciary Duty: Focus on Advisory Account Documentation

Posted by Scott Wilkinson

January 29, 2020 at 1:30 PM

While the Department of Labor’s original fiduciary rule was vacated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in June 2018, the push to expand the definition of “fiduciary” has not completely stopped. Both the Department of Labor and certain states (including Massachusetts and New Jersey) are considering fiduciary rules of their own. It’s still too early to gauge what the overall impact will be, but it’s safe to assume that meeting your fiduciary duty will remain a hot topic.

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Topics: Compliance

Managing Client Expectations: How to Answer 3 Common Questions

Posted by David Moon

January 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Being an auditor has given me the opportunity to speak with many of our advisors and see, firsthand, the best practices they’ve implemented for working with clients. But even with their own established procedures in place, they often wonder if what they’re doing is enough, and are curious about how other advisors are managing client expectations.

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Topics: Compliance

Managing Risk in Your Client Relationships

Posted by Matt Nakamura

July 31, 2019 at 1:30 PM

As a financial advisor, the ability to identify potential risks to your firm is critical. Some risks, like client complaints and regulatory reviews, are inherent in the financial services industry. And when it comes to client relationship management, you’ll find risks you can control, as well as those you can’t.

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to be more successful in managing risk in your client relationships:

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Topics: Compliance

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