Insights For Advisors
Amid uncertain priorities, Schwab’s Washington insider, Michael Townsend, offers his view on how the incoming administration is likely to reshape the future of advising.
Every year, Schwab recognizes select advisors at the forefront of pushing the RIA model forward. See how the four firms honored in 2016 are raising the bar on serving their clients–and their communities.
What does Trump's victory mean for advisors? Schwab’s Washington insider, Michael Townsend, offers his view on potential shifts in policy and regulation.
MIT AgeLab’s Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin offers tools for getting time-crunched clients to engage and take action.
In advance of the most contentious presidential election in memory, Michael Townsend reviews the status of regulatory enforcement, challenges to the DOL ruling, and the implications of upcoming political transition for advisors and investors.
An abundance of information and options has changed the way we communicate with each other and the world. Understanding this evolution is crucial for financial advisors as they look to make meaningful connections with clients and investors.
Dr. Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence provides a set of tools to hone this skill to build better relationship and enhance team productivity.
Stock returns, interest rates, and economic growth—what do they all have in common? According to former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan, they all ultimately revert to historical norms because of one immutable force: human nature.
Find out how sponsorship can enhance your talent strategy.
Both recent and potential regulations could have a broad-scale impact on the independent advice industry, making it more important than ever to ensure your interests are represented in Washington. Learn how you can collaborate with Schwab to help your voice be heard.
The independent advisor model works. That's why others are rushing to copy it. Now, you can benefit from a new ad campaign created to help independent advisors stand apart from the competition.
In the first article of a two-part series, Mary Rosai, senior vice president of Institutional Services Marketing at Charles Schwab, discusses how RIAs can enhance their marketing presence with clients and prospects in the digital age.
With the long-looming DOL fiduciary rule now finalized, Michael Townsend reviews some of its key elements, possible implications for advisors and retirement plan participants, and the reaction on Capitol Hill.
Understand the mergers and acquisitions landscape and how it might factor into your firm’s strategy for growth and legacy planning.
Is your office space moving your firm ahead or holding you back? See how these advisors use their business environments as tools of differentiation, and learn tips for making your own firm's physical space a key component of the client and prospect experience.
Michael Townsend boils down what advisors need to know about the latest developments in Washington—including the DOL’s proposed fiduciary rule—and shares his legislative and SEC predictions for 2016.
Global, U.S., and political experts offer analysis and strategies to help you navigate investing trends and investor angst.
Bernie Clark reflects on the successes—and industry differentiators—sparking RIA growth and inspiring advisors to continue shaping their legacies.
Resources to keep you—and your clients—informed.
Learn how expanding your centers of influence can help you uncover key learnings for your entire team.
Michael Townsend reports on the ongoing debate in Washington over the DOL's proposed fiduciary rule and shares insight on what advisors can expect in the coming months.
Independent advisors share perspective on the road ahead for firms and weigh in on the most critical opportunities for RIAs to maintain viability and sustain growth.
When markets plummet, it’s easy to overreact. Liz Ann Sonders reminds investors to think longer term and avoid hasty tactical asset allocations.
The 2015 Advisor Benchmarking Study shows five years of strong performance by RIAs, fueled by consistent client growth, continued investor demand, and investment returns.
It’s been a wild ride for the global markets recently—but volatility doesn’t mean disaster. Get Schwab’s top 7 insights on the current market environment.
Schwab Advisor Services and independent advisors visit Washington, D.C., bringing a message of industry awareness and advocacy to Capitol Hill.
Michael Townsend reports on the ongoing debates in Washington over the DOL's proposed fiduciary rule and various proposals to overhaul the RIA exam process.
A group of advisory firms are consistently out-pacing their peers on assets and revenue growth. Nick Georgis explores game-changing strategies from these high-performing firms.
Michael Townsend gives his perspective on key legislative and regulatory issues that could affect advisors, including revived debate over a proposed fiduciary rule.
Discover how Macro Advisors developed a consistent brand identity to help share its client-focused approach—and gain a competitive edge.
Learn to identify how CRM software can best help your firm.
Is your company making the most of outsourcing? Learn more about this growing
technology trend and how it can help your firm.
Michael Townsend, v.p. of legislative & regulatory affairs, discusses where the new Congress stands on tax reform, SEC exams, and the fiduciary standard.
Here are some key updates from Washington that advisors should know about.
This year's invitation-only event takes place November 4-7 in Denver, Colorado.
Access the latest legislative and regulatory news from Michael Townsend.
The Women and Financial Independence Study provides some real insights into who high net worth women are, and what they are seeking from their advisors.
Bernie Clark explains why embracing technology can help your firm attract the next generation of clients.
Think networking is only for client-facing professionals? Managing Director of Operations Shaun Kapusinski of Sequoia Financial Group tells a different story.
Are men and women really all that different when it comes to investing? One study sheds light on what high-net-worth women are looking for in an advisor.
These days, there are growing opportunities for women as investment advisors. Two industry professionals offer their perspective.
Neal Simon built his RIA business from scratch by building a reputation for great client service and relying on the support of, Schwab Advisor Services.
ThomasPartners, Inc.’s leaders discuss advising today’s wary investors, the emerging longevity challenge, and the enduring relevance of dividend investing.
AS Public Ad notice WSJ RIA Own Your Tomorrow
Some RIA firms are growing faster than others, thanks to organic growth—the change in assets from existing clients, new clients, and assets lost to client attrition.
Advisors who switch to the RIA model can keep more of the revenue they earn while building equity in their business.
Transitioning to independence may seem intimidating. But along with a time-tested process, there are resources to help.
Learn about all your options for independence as an RIA in a new webcast from Schwab. Join us for this free, one-hour event—and find the right fit for your future.
Here are five top benefits you and your firm can gain by attending IMPACT this year.
At IMPACT this year, social media is a valuable way to be in the know and to lead conversations with peers and clients. Here’s how to make use of all that content to increase and improve your engagements during the conference and beyond.
We surveyed 40 RIAs in their second year who custody with Schwab for their thoughts on the transition process. Check out the highlights of what they had to say in this infographic.
Cathy Curtis rebranded and relaunched her firm, making social media a central part of her strategy.
Divorced women's lives can be complicated. How do you deliver the unique services they need—and grow your business?
Hear what your peers had to say on Capitol Hill, see what’s grabbed the attention of Congress, find out what to expect on the fiduciary issue, and more.
Advisors have more options for levels of independence than ever before.
The new directory of advisors is the latest addition to the RIA Stands for You campaign, and will allow investors to find independent advisors in their local area.
Four tips for using LinkedIn to grow brand awareness and drive new business.
RIAs connect with their representatives in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues important to the industry.
Here are 6 topics and trends to watch this year and beyond.
Find out how holding an annual compliance meeting can help strengthen your firm's culture of compliance.
Learn the secrets behind the success of wealth management firm Homrich Berg.
Get insights and best practices from wealth management firm, Paracle.
Get insights and best practices from wealth management firm, Evensky & Katz.
Jane Newton found her own way to Wall Street and beyond—with a little help from her friends.
As advisor technology rapidly evolves, it’s hard for RIAs to rise above the noise. Here are some top industry trends you should pay attention to.
As a young advisor, Christine Damico is leading the way to help bridge both the experience gap and the gender gap in the RIA industry.
Starting November 11, Schwab will run a new ad in key industry trade publications.
Schwab business consultants will address how more RIAs can grow their businesses by securing high-quality referrals from centers of influence.
Participating in Schwab’s Insight to Action consulting programs help advisors set strategic plans for business growth.
Disciplined growth brings benefits of scale to RIA firms, including improved leverage of their business operations and financial results.
More advisors are taking advantage of the freedom and control that comes from operating as a registered investment advisor.
The Evaluating Custodians Guide can help you determine whether it’s time for a change, as well as what questions to ask a new provider when you’re ready to make a switch.