Sat.Sep 09, 2023 - Fri.Sep 15, 2023

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Evaluating Your Billing & Payment Solution: Key Questions to Ask As a Financial Advisor

AdvicePay

Selecting the right billing and payment solution for your firm is crucial. Seriously, this decision can make or break your efficiency, client satisfaction, and overall success. So, as you’re going through the process of evaluating different solutions, it’s absolutely paramount to make an informed decision and ask the right questions. You don’t want to risk any inefficiencies, a subpar client experience, or even getting kicked off the platform you’re currently using.

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MiB: Jon McAuliffe, the Voleon Group

The Big Picture

This week, we speak with Jon McAuliffe , who is co-founder and chief investment officer at the Voleon Group , heading the firm’s investment strategy, research, and development. Previously, he developed and managed statistical arbitrage trading strategies at D.E.Shaw. McAuliffe has a unique track record of successful innovation applying statistical methods to real-life prediction problems, particularly in the financial markets.

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Top clicks this week on Abnormal Returns

Abnormal Returns

Also on the site Public predictions are exhausting. (abnormalreturns.com) Top clicks this week How investors should re-think about their bond allocations. (awealthofcommonsense.com) What investors get wrong about the 'Yale Model.' (capitalallocators.com) How investors should think about their bond allocations. (blog.validea.com) How an inverted yield curve affects stock and bond market returns.

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Why The Common Approach Of “Think It Over” Might Work For Product Sales, But Undermines Service-Based Financial Planning Relationships

Nerd's Eye View

For many financial advisors, encouraging new prospects to "think it over" at the end of an initial meeting can seem like a gentle way to offer the prospect space to decide whether the relationship will be right for them, while at the same time, keeping the advisor from feeling that they may be coming across too aggressively by making an immediate sales pitch.

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Live Demo: How to Achieve Reconciliation Zen

Speaker: Nancy Wu, Head of Sales and Customer Success at SkyStem

Automation generally supercharges any process and brings its value to the forefront. See how infusing automation such as ART (our month-end close solution), into your close can get you to the next level of closing. We will share a live demo of SkyStem's solution, ART and share the key elements of month-end close automation. Through ART, we'll take a look at: What month-end close automation entails Which process steps can and should be automated Benefits of achieving process automation, and Why i

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Big Market Delusions

The Reformed Broker

Welcome to the latest episode of The Compound & Friends. This week, Michael Batnick, Rob Arnott, and Downtown Josh Brown discuss lessons from the tech bubble, smart beta, big tech valuations, Tesla and Nvidia, how AI might impact markets and the economy, and much more! You can listen to the whole thing below, or find it wherever you like to listen to your favorite pods!

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Saturday links: outrage overload

Abnormal Returns

Autos Honda ($HMC) is adopting the Tesla charging standard. (theverge.com) Tesla ($TSLA) is going to install charging stations at Hilton Hotels in North America. (cnbc.com) Why you may end up with a EV at the car rental desk. (wsj.com) New cars are a data privacy nightmare. (theverge.com) Energy Solar is winning the energy transition. (noahpinion.blog) Putting solar panels on self-storage buildings is a no-brainer.

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Weekend Reading For Financial Planners (September 16-17)

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 indicates financial advisors are the most trusted source of financial advice for consumers across generations, and are particularly trusted among wealthier individuals. Further, the survey results suggest that advisors who offer comprehensive services tailored to the needs of their target clients are likely to be more successful both retaining their current

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This Week on TRB

The Reformed Broker

Hey everyone, preparations have been full speed ahead for this coming week’s Future Proof aka the World’s Largest Wealth Festival. We’re at 3,000 attendees, a big leap from last year’s inaugural event which clocked in at around 1700 and change. But we’re ready. Our footprint is physically about 50% larger than last year’s and we’re staffed up to accommodate the crowds.

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10 Friday AM Reads

The Big Picture

My end-of-week morning train WFH reads: • Hip-hop stars and financial luminaries: Ritholtz Wealth Management redesigns the investment conference : Roughly 3,000 attendees are gathered to hear hip-hop legends Method Man and Redman, and financial headliners like Jeremy Siegel, Jeff Kleintop, Emily Roland, Cliff Asness, Jeff Gundlach and Jan van Eck. Plus there’s dancing, swimming, surfing, yoga, pizza and sushi and beer and wine sessions.

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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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Research links: correlation concerns

Abnormal Returns

Macro stuff It's hard building macro models given all the data revisions. (mrzepczynski.blogspot.com) Why revisions to price indices can be large. (libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org) Fixed income A look at bond market returns during a yield curve inversion. (thinkadvisor.com) There are different ways to measure fixed income factors. (insights.finominal.com) Liquid alts How to replicate managed futures funds.

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Outsourcing (Parts Of) The Financial Plan Preparation Process To Boost Solo Advisor Capacity

Nerd's Eye View

When a financial advisory firm owner first starts their business, much of their time is spent on finding clients that they can serve. But as they (hopefully) onboard more clients and get busier with servicing those clients, they will also find that they eventually start to run short on time. Because in addition to providing ongoing services (e.g., annual plan reviews) to their current clients, they will continue to prospect and onboard new clients as well.

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How to Crush the CFP? Exam ?: Part 1

Alpha Architect

Let’s talk about the right approach(es) and the proper study techniques you need to pass the CFPⓇ exam with confidence and get the certification you need to advance your career in finance and investing. How to Crush the CFPⓇ Exam ?: Part 1 was originally published at Alpha Architect. Please read the Alpha Architect disclosures at your convenience.

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Transcript: Jon McAuliffe

The Big Picture

The transcript from this week’s, MiB: Jon McAuliffe, the Voleon Group , is below. You can stream and download our full conversation, including any podcast extras, on iTunes , Spotify , Google , YouTube , and Bloomberg. All of our earlier podcasts on your favorite pod hosts can be found here. ~~~ XXXXX ~~~ The post Transcript: Jon McAuliffe appeared first on The Big Picture.

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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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Thursday links: the wisdom of indexing

Abnormal Returns

Markets TIPS are on sale. (morningstar.com) The rise in real interest rates is stunning. (econbrowser.com) Daily options volume is soaring as traders go whole hog. (wsj.com) Strategy Bull markets have four distinct stages. (ritholtz.com) On the power of keeping an investing journal. (rationalwalk.com) What the life of Napoleon can teach us about investing.

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#FA Success Ep 350: The RIA Custodian As The All-In-One Investment Operating System Of The Future, With Jason Wenk

Nerd's Eye View

Welcome back to the 350th episode of the Financial Advisor Success Podcast ! My guest on today's podcast is Jason Wenk. Jason is the CEO of Altruist, a relatively new RIA custodian that has quickly grown to serve more than 3,500 advisory firms across the country, making it the 4th-largest independent RIA custodian by firm count. What's unique about Jason, though, is how he built Altruist as an "all-in-one" custodian platform for RIAs that includes the portfolio management and performance reporti

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Ten Years

The Irrelevant Investor

“I just have to say thank you. I’ve been in this business a long time. I’ve worked with a lot of people. You’re the first person who never lied to me.” I smiled as I felt the ball in the back of my throat swell up, fought back a tear, and gave my partner Jonathan Novy a hug. That experience took place at FutureProof, the best financial conference I’ve ever been to.

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Birinyi’s Axioms

The Big Picture

This year, we lost one of Wall Street’s brightest lights. Beginning in 1974, and over the next 50 years of investing, Laszlo Birinyi closely watched the markets. He was one of the market’s most insightful observers and served clients with great distinction. He was a Truth-teller, especially about how people allowed financial Media to affect their emotions, and was unusually frank about his fellow strategists and Wall Street salespeople.

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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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Friday links: irresponsible investing

Abnormal Returns

Markets When network effects reverse, look out. (flyoverstocks.com) AI is rapidly working its way through the hype cycle. (youngmoney.co) Strategy The case for TIPS at today's levels. (morningstar.com) What is still relevant in Benjamin Graham's "The Intelligent Investor." (monevator.com) Diamonds are a lot less attractive when you can simply manufacture more.

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A Q&A with Vinay Nair, Founder of TIFIN

Wealth Management

Our tech columnist asks what is behind giving advisors with less than $100 million in assets free use of the TIFIN Wealth platform and other questions about where the industry-norm-defying entity is headed.

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Gundlach: There Will be a Recession in the First Half of 2024

Advisor Perspectives

The consensus is wrong, and the Fed has not engineered a “soft landing.” A recession is all but certain in the first half of next year, according to Jeffrey Gundlach.

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Most Valuable Companies

The Big Picture

The 50 Most Valuable Companies in the World in 2023 The post Most Valuable Companies appeared first on The Big Picture.

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Putting the ‘Tech’ in Spend Management Techniques

Speaker: Wayne Spivak, President and CFO of SBA * Consulting Ltd., Industry Writer, Public Speaker

If you’re lost in the world of spend management needs and your GAP analysis is lacking perspective on the future state of your business performance, listen up! With the advancement of technology, the implementation of spend management best practices and concrete GAP analyses is more streamlined and accessible than ever before. And while this may sound like great news for you and your clients, it won’t be worthwhile unless you have the latest techniques to back up your ambitions!

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Sunday links: actual news

Abnormal Returns

Markets How is corporate America maintaining high profit margins? (tker.co) The performance of the big tech stocks is a historical anomaly. (awealthofcommonsense.com) Apple Horace Dediu, "The iPhone customer is 7.4 times more valuable than the Android customer." (asymco.com) Apple ($AAPL) had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the USB-C for the iPhone.

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Goldman Sachs’ Adam Siegler to Lead Firmwide RIA Strategy

Wealth Management

Despite Goldman Sachs’ sale of its Personal Financial Management unit, the Wall Street firm says it’s doubling down on serving registered investment advisors. “We don’t want to compete with RIAs. But we want to serve RIAs,” said a Goldman Sachs exec.

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Trend Following and Momentum Turning Points

Alpha Architect

Trend follower nerd alert: This study is important because it offers a comprehensive analysis of TS momentum strategies, its unifying framework that links performance to underlying variables, and its practical implications for investors seeking to enhance their understanding of momentum investing and improve their portfolio performance. Trend Following and Momentum Turning Points was originally published at Alpha Architect.

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Future Proof 2023: That’s a Wrap!

The Big Picture

I made it back home from California late last night after a long day of travel and an exhausting but absolutely exhilarating week. Following the breakout success of Future Proof 2022, this year’s event was even bigger and better — almost 3,000 attendees and nearly 200 sponsors. Everything about this year was next level — the audience, the sponsors, the bands, it was amazing!

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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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Podcast links: better financial decisions

Abnormal Returns

The biz Patrick O'Shaughnessy talks with David Senra about his passion for founders and podcasts. (joincolossus.com) The Economist is adding a paid podcast tier. (axios.com) How to keep your voice is good shape. (washingtonpost.com) Economy Jim O'Shaughnessy talks with Dror Poleg about AI and the future of work. (infiniteloopspodcast.com) Cardiff Garcia talks with economist Angus Deaton author of the forthcoming book "Economics in America: An Immigrant Economist Explore the Land of Inequality.

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SEC Hits 9 More Firms With SEC Ad Rule Violations

Wealth Management

The businesses will pay a combined $850,000 for allegedly using hypothetical performance in advertising without updating their policies and procedures to comply with the rule.

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Inflation Remains Biggest Problem for Small Businesses

Advisor Perspectives

The headline number for the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index decreased to 91.3 in August, as small business owners continued to report inflation as their biggest problem. The latest reading was worse than the forecast of 91.6 and marked the 20th consecutive month the index has been below the series average of 98.

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