The American Dream, Through the Life of Geremia Papa

July 18, 2019

This is my grandfather, Geremia (“Jerry”) Papa.  He arrived in the United States in 1920, at the age of 18, from his homeland of Italy.  My mother assures me that “Papa” is his real last name, but I’ve always fantasized that it was bestowed upon him when he was recorded coming through the turnstiles at…

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Don’t Charge for Reporting On Outside Assets

July 16, 2019

Advisors looking to grow their business must constantly grapple with client acquisition costs. As advisors struggle to differentiate themselves and the services they offer, many have concluded that providing a higher touch to existing clients and working to gain a larger percentage of their investable assets is a more profitable way to grow, rather than…

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The COO Roundtable, Episode 7 Featuring Heather Goodman & Mark DeLotto

July 11, 2019

In the seventh episode of The COO Roundtable, Matt sat down with Heather Goodman of True Capital Management and Mark DeLotto of Massey Quick Simon.  Heather is the COO, President, and Co-Founder of True Capital and helps the firm manage $1.1 billion in client assets across two offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles with…

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Two Key Ingredients to a Proper M&A Strategy

June 27, 2019

Not a day goes by that the RIA press isn’t reporting on another merger or acquisition.  At industry conferences, the panels discussing M&A are the most highly attended.  With more and more outside capital circling, everyone wants in on the RIA M&A game. Given this is an industry-wide trend, why do we only see press…

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Fixed Income Solutions for Breakaway Advisors Entering the RIA Space

June 25, 2019

Wirehouse advisors are often sold the idea that the independent channel cannot support sophisticated investment solutions.  Therefore, a major concern for every breakaway advisor as they make the move to Independence is how they will recreate the products and services they have always had available to them in a wirehouse environment.  What they do not…

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The COO Roundtable, Episode 6 Featuring Jeff Concepcion, Nancy Andrefsky, & Lou Camacho

June 3, 2019

In the sixth episode of The COO Roundtable, Matt was excited to welcome the first CEO to the Roundtable discussion!  Jeff Concepcion, Nancy Andrefsky, and Lou Camacho from Stratos Wealth Partners joined Matt for an easy going, yet extremely insightful interview.  Stratos Wealth Partners has 287 advisors in 87 offices across 24 states and serves…

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Breakaways Should Treat Their Reporting Provider Like a Relationship: Don’t Rush Things!

May 29, 2019

As part of our work with breakaway advisory teams, we help coordinate the various RIA systems needed for advisors moving to Independence.  We work with the selected technology providers to design an integrated workflow of all systems that cater to the team’s particular clients and services provided.  Once their custodian has been selected, the first…

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PFI Advisors White Paper: Fixed Income Solutions in the RIA Industry for Breakaway Advisors

May 22, 2019

We announced today the release of a new industry report (the seventh in our continuing educational series) on the increasing number of fixed income solutions available to RIAs in the Independent channel.  Our research details institutional-caliber fixed income trading solutions available to independent advisors, profiling three firms that enable RIAs to access this asset class…

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Top 5 Lessons Learned from Episodes 1-5 of The COO Roundtable

May 7, 2019

We’d like thank everyone who has listened, subscribed, and given feedback on The COO Roundtable thus far.  We’ve really enjoyed conducting these interviews and hearing all your reactions.  Our interviews to date have included ten operations professionals at nine multibillion-dollar RIAs across the country accounting for over $30 billion in client assets under management.  With…

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The COO Roundtable, Episode 5 Featuring Heather Fortner & Lucas Winthrop

May 1, 2019

In the fifth episode of The COO Roundtable, host Matt Sonnen was thrilled to sit down with Heather Fortner of SignatureFD and Lucas Winthrop of Winthrop Wealth Management.  SignatureFD, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, currently manages approximately $3.5 billion in client assets with over 80 employees. Winthrop Wealth Management, located in Boston, Massachusetts, manages about $1.1…

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