Ops Team to the Rescue! Reducing Advisor Stress During a Breakaway Transition

September 5, 2018

A wirehouse team amidst a breakaway transition requires a fast learning curve in a short period of time during which the entire advisory team-turned-RIA needs to run full speed ahead.  This period of conversion is defined by a lot of pressure and a lot of moving parts.  Here at PFI Advisors, we constantly look for…

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Interview with Luke Sonnen, Director of Transition Amusement

August 20, 2018

While only 5 years old, Luke Sonnen plays a vital role at PFI Advisors.  As Director of Transition Amusement, it is his responsibility to provide an air of calmness and fun to the ever-stressful “Break Weekend” when advisors leave their former employer and launch their own RIA.  While advisors are often overwhelmed with the thought…

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PFI Advisors and Laserfiche Join WealthManagement.com to Discuss “M&A Through the Operational Lens”

August 1, 2018

We have been long-time proponents of the notion that RIAs need top tier technology infrastructure to support growth through M&A.  Many would-be Buyers mistakenly think, “If I’m the one writing the check, it is the Seller who needs to impress me.”  What they often fail to realize is that the current M&A market for RIAs…

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Alex Webb Joins PFI Advisors

July 19, 2018

We are excited to announce the addition of Alex Webb to the PFI team!  Alex recently graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a degree in Finance.  While in school, Alex interned at MAI Capital Management, a multibillion-dollar RIA in Cleveland, OH.  Alex performed financial market research and developed an understanding of the firm’s proprietary…

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Far from Forgotten: The Impact Layla Paige Sonnen Has Made This Past Year

July 9, 2018

Layla – you left us one year ago, at 3:58am on July 8th, 2017, in your mother’s arms, surrounded by your dad and big brother Luke, and more love than we ever thought possible.  There was no name for your brain disorder, no prognosis, no medical protocol to follow to help you gain brain development…

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Don’t Let the Wirehouses Lie to You About Technology…

June 20, 2018

It has become widely acknowledged and accepted that the technologies available in the RIA channel are more sophisticated and up-to-date than the technologies offered by the large wirehouses.  The RIA channel is known for its freedom to shop The Street for best-of-breed solutions, and work with a variety of industry experts to best leverage integrations…

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Matt Sonnen Joins Folio Institutional’s Expert Interview Series to Discuss “The Ins and Outs of Breakaways”

June 8, 2018

CEO Matt Sonnen recently sat down with Folio Institutional President Greg Vigrass to discuss, among other things, the Top 3 Questions Every Breakaway Advisor Asks: Should I Stay (at the wirehouse)? Should I Go (to the Independent channel)? If I Go (to the Independent channel), How the Heck Do I Do It? PFI Advisors helps…

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PFI ADVISORS ANNOUNCED AS FINALIST IN TWO CATEGORIES OF THE WEALTHMANAGEMENT.COM INDUSTRY AWARDS

May 30, 2018

We are excited to announce that PFI Advisors has been selected as a Finalist in WealthManagement.com’s 2018 Industry Awards for our retainer-based COO Resource offering, as well as for our M&A white paper, Becoming a Professional Buyer, Part 2. Our COO Resource is intended to help RIAs in five different scenarios: Newly-Launched, such as breakaway…

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Matt Sonnen Joins Mindy Diamond to Discuss “What it Really Takes to Build an RIA Firm”

May 17, 2018

CEO Matt Sonnen sat down with Mindy Diamond to discuss the lessons he learned from launching Luminous Capital 10 years ago, as well as the advice he gives billion-dollar breakaway teams today that are looking at Independence.  He paints a realistic picture of what it REALLY takes to build an RIA firm, whether you go…

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Harnessing RIA M&A strategies for growth

May 11, 2018

With the RIA industry setting itself up for further consolidation based on the macro trends impacting the industry, the opportunity for peer-to-peer M&A activity is increasing dramatically. Multiple industry studies are anticipating record levels of deal-making in 2018, with volumes expected to increase dramatically in the years to come. Scale is becoming critical for RIAs…

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