Category: COO Best Practices

67 posts categorized as "COO Best Practices"


Jumping into the M&A Game

October 9, 2017

As operational and technology consultants, we are contacted at least three times per month from larger RIAs saying, “A friend of mine just bought a $100 million practice – I want to do that too!” This is a common response from aspiring buyers as the industry is beginning to consolidate based on advisor demographics and…

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Why Operations Teams are the Unsung Heroes Behind Breakaways

September 20, 2017

The breakaway movement has continued to gain headlines as more teams have made the leap to the RIA channel. Most articles surrounding recent breakaways tend to focus on how much assets the adviser has managed, the adviser’s experience in the industry and the custodians and technology firms that may have assisted the RIA formation. What…

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How RIAs Can Compete in the Lending Game

March 15, 2017

Too many wirehouse brokers considering going independent are led to believe that once they leave their bank-owned brokerage they will no longer have access to sophisticated lending tools to offer their clients, such as competitively priced margin loans or home loans. The issue is becoming increasingly important as full balance sheet management has become table…

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PFI Advisors’ 2016 Top Blog Posts

December 28, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on our first full fiscal year in business.  We have worked with many impressive RIAs and have spoken with numerous entrepreneurial advisors seeking guidance in leaving the walls of the wirehouse and building their own firm.  The excitement of the ever-evolving RIA industry keeps us on our…

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Don’t Cut Your Fees Just Yet…

June 23, 2016

Everyone in the industry is, in our opinion, losing their mind over fee compression caused by Robo Advisors. Advisors feel they need to increase their spending on technology and cut their fee in half to prevent their clients from leaving in droves for a Robo Advisor. If you take a short step back, wouldn’t you…

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Solving Operational Issues from M&A Transactions

April 19, 2016

As the wealth management industry continues to age, the number of advisory firms that will be transitioned due to succession planning or principal retirement is expected to increase dramatically. In fact, 2015 was the largest year on record for RIA mergers and acquisitions, with 2016 predicted to have even more. This trend, driven both by…

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Welcome to PFI’s New Blog!

January 18, 2016

We founded PFI Advisors with the idea that “There has to be a better way…” Financial advisors, either those leaving the wirehouse community to establish their own RIAs, or advisors at existing RIAs, have been leveraging their future to receive simple operational support. We feel you shouldn’t need to sell precious equity or sign a…

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