SpringReef Insights

SpringReef Insights is a collection of our thoughts on important wealth management issues and events affecting today’s investors.

The Year-End Investment Review for Nonprofits

A year-end investment performance review is vital to the financial stewardship of your nonprofit organization. Not only does this annual practice allow you to assess the health of your endowment or reserve fund, it also provides insight into the quality and effectiveness of your organization’s financial advisor.

The Year-End Investment Review for Individuals and Families

A year-end investment review with your financial advisor is an important part of the wealth management process. Not only does this
annual practice allow you to assess the health of your finances and adjust your financial goals, it also plays a vital role in the
management and protection of your wealth.

Observations from 2012 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

At Aronson SpringReef, our work with high net worth families has allowed us the unique opportunity to review dozens of financial advisors and firms across the main advisory models in the wealth management industry –broker-dealers, RIAs, private banks and trust companies. By advising our clients on the quality and performance of these advisors, we have gained unparalleled insight into the trends and practices most prevalent within the industry today. 

The Right Advisor, In Good Times and in Bad

During turbulent market conditions, many families who invest with financial advisors begin to second-guess the safety of their assets, often wondering whether there is anything different their advisors should be doing to safeguard their investments and in turn, their financial futures. 

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs): Proceed with Caution

Last week, securities regulators for the state of Massachusetts issued a formal complaint against RBC Capital Markets and one of its former financial advisors over the sale of leveraged and inverse-leveraged exchange-traded funds (ETFs), citing the use of dishonest practices to sell the investments to clients who did not fully understand their unique complexities or risks.

Questionable Clarity

Following the publication of the April 24th New York Times article, “Taking the Time to Pick the Right Financial Advisor[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/23/your-money/23wealth.html],” Aronson SpringReef received hundreds of calls and emails from readers across the country. Responding to our inbox and speaking with callers provided us a terrific opportunity to discover what’s truly on the mind of the public regarding its wealth management experience. While each story differed in the details, we found that many people were, in one form or another, asking the same two fundamental questions of clarity:

The Five Most Critical Mistakes in Selecting a Financial Advisor

It is a theme that serves as the cornerstone of our work at Aronson SpringReef – the safety of a family or organization’s financial future can be dramatically impacted by the financial advisors to whom they entrust their assets. And with over 350,000 registered advisors spread across hundreds of firms in the United States, selecting the most appropriate professional is often an arduous and risky process.

Separating Exceptional Advisors from Good Salesmen

Last week, a national full-service brokerage firm announced its desire to hire 2,400 new financial advisor trainees in 2011, a plan aimed at meeting growth goals while compensating for the anticipated forced attrition of advisors who fail to meet the firm’s minimum revenue levels.

The Risk of No Return

Let’s talk about risk.

A New Year's Resolution: An Annual Portfolio Performance Review

As the holiday season draws to a close and a new year commences, many of us look back on the past year and take stock of our lives, noting the areas in which we've excelled and those in which we may have fallen short. Undoubtedly, this is the source of many New Year's resolutions.

Adrift in Abbreviations: Making Sense of Financial Advisor Designations

As financial advisors look for ways to distinguish themselves in the eyes of investors, many have turned to adding seemingly-important and official-sounding designations to their business cards and resumes. At last count, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) listed 95 different designations, while a recent Wall Street Journal study found an additional 115.

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