Enjoy the current installment of “weekend reading for financial planners” – this week’s edition kicks off with the big Advisor #FinTech news that Orion is acquiring financial planning software Advizr for a whopping $50M in an effort to expand its platform towards more holistic wealth management and provide advisory firms a more planning-centric portal for clients to engage with.
Also in the news this week is the announcement that just 3 months after its launch, Schwab’s monthly subscription service has raked in a whopping $1B of AUM, and AdvicePay crossed 20,000 advisors under enterprise contract facilitating financial planning fee payments, as consumer interest in the monthly subscription model of financial planning continues to heat up.
From there, we have several industry-related articles, including a surprising call from the FPA that the CFP Board should delay enforcement of its new fiduciary Standard of Conduct (but just until next June, to take effect alongside the new Regulation Best Interest), the announcement from the FPA that its OneFPA Network Plan has been finalized by the Board and will be proceeding forward with a 10-chapter beta test (despite generating positive Public Comment letters from less than 0.02% of its membership), an Op-Ed from former CFP Board chair Ray Ferrara disputing at least some of fiduciary advocate Don Trone’s allegations that the CFP Board needs to improve its own fiduciary governance processes, and the news that Fi360 has become (only) the 10th financial advisor designation to earn (ANSI) accreditation for its AIF (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) designation.
We also have a few marketing-related articles this week, from tips on how advisory firms can differentiate themselves on their websites once Reg BI eliminates “fiduciary” as a differentiator, how to improve your Advisor Bio page so it doesn’t “suck,” and basic tips on how to improve the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) of the articles you do publish to your website.
We wrap up with three interesting articles, all around the theme of figuring out what is really fulfilling and “enough” to make us happy: the first looks at how more and more research shows what really makes us happy in our jobs, yet in practice people are less and less happy at work; the second explores the ways that we tend to pursue money, but when faced with difficult time-vs-money trade-offs (e.g., would you take all of Warren Buffet’s money if you also had to take on his current age of 87?) we virtually always choose the time over the money; and the last examines how often the biggest returns we can get on the path to financial success aren’t actually about earning money at all, but about getting comfortable that what we have is “enough” (and then saving all the rest).
Enjoy the “light” reading!