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Fact, Situation, Feeling – Using The Iceberg Follow-Up Model To Connect With And Motivate Clients

Nerd's Eye View

The need for financial professionals to ask prospects and clients questions has a long history in the industry. In earlier days, questions simply facilitated the process of gathering information in order to open accounts and recommend the appropriate products to be sold. However, as the industry evolved from being primarily transaction-based to relationship-based, it has become increasingly important for advicers to become less sales-oriented and more focused on how they can better develop deep,

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Top clicks this week on Abnormal Returns

Abnormal Returns

Top clicks this week Josh Brown, "Just please, no matter what you do, don’t say the G word. Never say it." (downtownjoshbrown.com) Should you invest in stocks when they are at all-time highs? (ofdollarsanddata.com) Why the vast majority of investors should avoid alternatives. (humbledollar.com) Are you doing these seven things that represent 'real financial planning'?

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MiB: David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital

The Big Picture

 This week, we speak with David Einhorn. president of Greenlight Capital. He launched the value-oriented in 1996. Since inception, Greenlight has generated about 13% annually, and ~290o% total return versus the S&P500’s 1117% total and 9.5% annual returns. He famously shorted Allied Capital in the 2ooos and Lehman Brothers about a year before it collapsed into bankruptcy in 2008.

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Can Anyone Challenge the Econmic Dominance of the United States?

A Wealth of Common Sense

Coming out of the Great Financial Crisis there was this running narrative that the United States economy was the cleanest dirty shirt in the laundry hamper. Yes, our economic recovery was tepid but the rest of the world was a mess. The European Union was falling apart. Emerging markets were in disarray. China seemed like it wanted to put up a fight for our economic seat on the throne but never made a serious attempt to di.

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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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Weekend Reading For Financial Planners (February 10-11)

Nerd's Eye View

Enjoy the current installment of "Weekend Reading For Financial Planners" – this week's edition kicks off with the news that a recent survey sponsored by CFP Board demonstrates the upsides of a career in financial planning, from a median salary of nearly $200,000 to flexible work schedules and a strong sense of purpose among advisors. In addition, related research suggests further opportunities for firms looking to acquire and retain talent, from providing a greater sense of autonomy to bu

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Retail as a Service

The Big Picture

Back in the bad old days of mainframes, “Time-sharing” was how computing power and database storage were provided to the large corporations that could afford it. Computing was less the purchase of goods than a service. The modern cloud-based era has seen the rise of “Software as a service” (SaaS).1 This approach was based on the idea that it was more cost-effective for the consumer and more efficient (and profitable) for the provider to offer computing operations as services instead of physicall

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All-Time Highs Usually Lead to More All-Time Highs in the Stock Market

A Wealth of Common Sense

A reader asks: Investing at all time highs is counterintuitive. Does it produce great returns because the market is forward-looking and investors are momentum investors? It doesn’t seem to make sense to buy just before a long severe bear market. I understand the worry here. All-time highs seem scary because every stock market crash in history started from one.

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The Latest In Financial #AdvisorTech (February 2024)

Nerd's Eye View

Welcome to the February 2024 issue of the Latest News in Financial #AdvisorTech – where we look at the big news, announcements, and underlying trends and developments that are emerging in the world of technology solutions for financial advisors! This month's edition kicks off with the news that financial planning software platform RightCapital has launched a workflow management tool called RightFlows to help advisors manage and assign steps in the financial planning process to team members

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Longform links: why competition matters

Abnormal Returns

Books An excerpt from "Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet" by Chris Dixon. (tim.blog) A Q&A with Chris Dixon author of "Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet." (semafor.com) David Perell talks with Chris Dixon about writing "Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet." (open.spotify.com) Business How the FTC allows funeral homes to flout the rules.

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2024 Lending Outlook: Innovations and Evolutions in the Financial Sector

As we step into 2024, the lending landscape evolves rapidly with technology, regulations, and market dynamics driving change. For banks and financial institutions to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of their customers, these drivers must be understood and engaged with. Lenders can anticipate significant transformation fueled by technological advancements, regulatory shifts, and changing consumer behaviors.

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MIT Sloan Investment Conference

The Big Picture

Hey, I am heading up to Boston today for the annual MIT Sloan Investment Conference. Its’ always a fascinating time (I usually depart with some quality swag!). I will be on a panel discussing Macroeconomics with former Fed Economist Claudia Sahm. I am looking forward to meeting Karen Karniol-Tambour, Co-Chief Investment Officer at Bridgewater Associates.

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Poor Weather Reduced Employment by About 50,000 in January

Calculated Risk

The BLS reported 353 thousand non-farm jobs were added in January. During the Winter months, I like to look at the weather impact on the report. The BLS reported 553 thousand people were employed in non-agriculture industries, with a job, but not at work due to bad weather. The average for January over the previous 10 years was 257 thousand (median 248 thousand), so more people than normal were impacted by bad weather.

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Kitces & Carl Ep 131: What’s The Real Purpose Of (New Year’s) Goals And Finding The Next Best Action To Move Forward

Nerd's Eye View

When a new year comes around it is often customary to set new personal and professional goals. Yet, in the midst of the tradeoffs that come with balancing new goals and their required behaviors, the challenge of creating sensible targets with flexibility and grace can be confounded by the reality of living in a world where uncertainty abounds and complex life situations are difficult (and sometimes even impossible) to map out.

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Monday links: getting stuff done

Abnormal Returns

Strategy Valuations matter, but using them in your investment process is a challenge. (entrylevel.topdowncharts.com) When does passive investing become a problem for valuing companies? (silverlightinvest.com) Companies Why are companies holding more cash these days? (hbr.org) A look at the tail winds behind the aggregates business. (fortunefinancialadvisors.com) It's hard to believe but Facebook is now 20 years old.

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Banking on Loyalty: Holistic Financial Advice for Unparalleled Business Growth

Speaker: Joe Buhrmann, MBA, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® Senior Financial Planning Practice Management Consultant eMoney Advisor

During an era of evolving consumer preferences, the banking sector is undergoing a profound shift. As customers continue to broaden their perspectives, banking professionals must support their customers' financial wellness by providing holistic financial advice that aligns with individual goals and circumstances. Without adapting, financial institutions will find that loyalty may crumble amid uncertainty.

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Transcript: Tom Hancock, GMO

The Big Picture

 The transcript from this week’s, MiB: Tom Hancock, GMO Focused Equity , is below. You can stream and download our full conversation, including any podcast extras, on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , YouTube , and Bloomberg. All of our earlier podcasts on your favorite pod hosts can be found here. ~~~ This is Masters in business with Barry Ritholtz on Bloomberg Radio. 00:00:10 [ Barry Ritholtz ] This week on the podcast, I have an extra special guest.

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How To Afford a House These Days

Mr. Money Mustache

– The other day, an MMM reader stopped by and left the following comment on one of my older posts about the principles of FIRE: “While I still find some of MMM’s advice relevant, it seems like every FI blogger out there worked in tech 20 years ago, pulled down a 6 figure salary and bought a house for a bag of potatoes before 2019. I wasn’t smart enough to find FI when I was young so I sometimes feel like a lot of their advice is not going to help me or others who don’t already own a home a

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#FA Success Ep 371: Pairing Equity Appreciation Rights With Partnership Equity To Retain Long-Term Advisor Talent, With David Savir

Nerd's Eye View

Welcome everyone! Welcome to the 371st episode of the Financial Advisor Success Podcast ! My guest on today's podcast is David Savir. David is the Co-Founder and CEO of Element Pointe Family Office, a Fee-Only RIA based in Miami, Florida that oversees almost $1.6 billion in assets under advisement for 50 client households. What's unique about David, though, is that through his 8 years building Element Pointe and focusing exclusively on high and ultra-high-net-worth clients, he and his partner Ca

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Thursday links: moments of market instability

Abnormal Returns

Yields At some point, cash will no longer be king. (barrons.com) Does Meta's ($META) dividend initiation imply a new trend? (economist.com) Alternatives KKR ($KKR) says they are making headway selling alts to mass affluent investors. (investmentnews.com) What does the research say about private equity performance? (morningstar.com) Companies Looking back at 20 years of Facebook.

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Navigating Financial Storms: Strategies for Building Resilient Balance Sheets

Speaker: Carolina Aponte - Owner and CEO, Caja Holdings LLC

In today's rapidly changing business environment, building a resilient balance sheet is crucial to the survival of any business. A resilient balance sheet allows a company to withstand financial shocks and adapt to changing market conditions. To achieve this, companies need to focus on key strategies such as maintaining adequate liquidity, managing debt levels, diversifying revenue streams, and prioritizing profitability over growth.

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Wholesale Used Car Prices "Flat" in December; Down 9.2% Year-over-year

Calculated Risk

From Manheim Consulting today: Wholesale Used-Vehicle Prices Flat in January Wholesale used-vehicle prices (on a mix, mileage, and seasonally adjusted basis) were unchanged in January compared to December. The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index (MUVVI) remained at 204.0 but down 9.2% from a year ago. The index experienced the same 0.0% monthly change from December 2021 to January 2022.

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The Keys to Successful In-Person Events

Advisor Perspectives

As advisors are striving for that truly personal touch with their clients (and how much more personal can you get than eye-to-eye), there is increased interest in more in-person prospecting events. My guest today will discuss how he and his team have unlocked the power of seminars, giving advisors and firms opportunities to make a lasting impression and turn intrigued prospects into clients.

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Episode #520: Drew Dickson on Navigating Behavioral Biases, U.S. vs. European Stocks, & Tesla

Meb Faber Research

Guest: Drew Dickson is the founder of Albert Bridge Capital and CIO of Alpha Europe funds. Recorded: 1/24/2024 | Run-Time: 1:03:53 Summary: We talk a lot about global investing on this show and wanted to talk about that with Drew given his focus on European markets. Between the end of 1979 and the end of 2009, […] The post Episode #520: Drew Dickson on Navigating Behavioral Biases, U.S. vs.

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Podcast links: platform agnosticism

Abnormal Returns

The biz Spotify's ($SPOT) podcasting business could turn a profit this year. (theverge.com) What are we to make of the rollback in platform-exclusive podcasts? (anildash.com) Business Patrick O'Shaughnessy talks pharma innovation with Alex Telford, who is the founder of Convoke. (joincolossus.com) Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway talk with Tom McGee, CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers, about how businesses choose where to locate.

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Quick Start Guide to a Crystal Clear Close

Did you know automating your month-end close can save up to 40% of the time typically spent on manual reconciliations? CFOs and controllers are leveraging SkyStem's workflow management and reconciliation tool to eliminate costly mistakes, ditch manual reconciliations and close faster. Want to know how they do it? Download our Quick Start Guide to a Crystal Clear Close!

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MBA: Mortgage Applications Increased in Weekly Survey

Calculated Risk

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey Mortgage applications increased 3.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 2, 2024. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 3.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.

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The Trends That Will Matter to Advisors in 2024

Advisor Perspectives

I'm going to predict the future. Not the coming year. Not the markets. But the trends that will emerge in 2024 and will shape the future, which advisory firms can prepare for now so that the strong, gusty winds of change will howl at their backs instead of in their faces.

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Vodafone Idea: Adapting to India’s Telecom Market Shifts for a Comeback

Trade Brains

Vodafone Idea : Imagine the bustling streets of Chennai, Delhi, or Mumbai. A symphony of car horns and conversations blends with the ubiquitous beep of smartphones – a testament to India’s booming mobile revolution. In this landscape, Vodafone Idea (Vi) once reigned supreme, a towering telecom giant boasting millions of subscribers. But the past few years have been a rollercoaster ride for the company, with a narrative that shifted from dominance to decline, and now, unexpectedly, to a gli

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Adviser links: the curse of knowledge

Abnormal Returns

Podcasts Thomas Kopelman and Jacob Turner talk about how they manage their own finances. (podcasts.apple.com) Steve Chen talks with Brian Portnoy, founder of Shaping Wealth, about forming a holistic approach to wealth. (newretirement.com) Advisortech Advisers increasingly need to investigate which technology tools they can realistically adopt. (kitces.com) The latest in advisortech including Flourish launching a new annuity platform.

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Transforming Lending: Understanding the Power of Digital Platforms

Digital platforms can provide you with plenty of solutions, yet many are still intimidated by them. It's time to end that worry and embrace what could make a major difference for your bank. Understanding how they work and how to best utilize them for your banks is key toward success. In this article, Biz2X breaks down all things digital platforms, including the many advantages of embracing them.

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Lawler: Update on Mortgage Rates and Spreads

Calculated Risk

Today, in the Real Estate Newsletter: Lawler: Update on Mortgage Rates and Spreads Brief excerpt: From housing economist Tom Lawler: For the second consecutive year 2023 saw high levels of volatility in the US fixed-income markets in general and the mortgage/MBS markets in particular. Unlike in 2022, however, key Treasury rates and mortgage/MBS yields ended 2023 close to where they began. 30-Yr CCMBS: Yield on “notional par” MBS derived from price for coupon closest to but below par and price fo

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RecessionAlert Weekly Leading Economic Index

Advisor Perspectives

The weekly leading economic index (WLEI) is a composite for the U.S economy that draws from over 20 time-series and groups them into the following six broad categories which are then used to construct an equally weighted average. As of January 26th, the index was at 15.952, down 1.109 from the previous week, with 4 of the 6 components in expansion territory.

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Magnificent 7 Covered Call ETF Gets a Lukewarm Reception

Wealth Management

The ETF is an attempt to ride the wave of the so-called Magnificent 7 tech stocks in a covered call ETF, which offers investors some tax benefits, but limits flexibility and upside, according to industry pros.

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