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 toes, and we intend to tackle 2017 with just as much determination and gusto.  We have enjoyed expressing our thoughts, findings, and conclusions in our Blog, and wanted to share with you some of the most read material we have published this past year.  Our goal has been to educate our readers and provoke thinking from a unique perspective.  We hope you enjoy, and we wish you a Happy New Year!

PFI Advisors’ Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Breakaway Artist Confesses the ‘Mistakes’ He Made in Ushering PBIG’s Hou-Sear Team

A breakaway artist confesses the ‘mistakes’ he made in ushering PBIG’s Hou-Sear team with its elevators, synchronized watches, office hijinks and voice-over IP, Luminous Capital was a virtuoso Merrill Lynch defection, but not to Matt Sonnen. By Guest Columnist Matt Sonnen. Brooke’s Note: It is one thing to create a textbook scenario of executing an… Click Here

Breakaway Advisor Movement, Version 2.0

Once You Break Free of the Wirehouse, You Need to Run From the Platforms and Aggregators, Too! There is always a dark side to success.  The RIA market has been booming for years, consistently taking assets away from the traditional bank/wirehouse community, and now manages nearly $3 trillion in assets. As the overall assets under… Click Here

The Push vs. Pull for Breakaway Advisors

I had the privilege to address the CFA Society of Los Angeles this past Wednesday night, and we inevitably discussed trends in the breakaway advisor movement. While many have detailed the fact that wirehouse advisors are being pushed into independence by the changing culture, over-bearing compliance, constantly shrinking payout grid, etc., of their employers, I… Click Here

Highlighted Blog Posts of 2016

“Lean In?” How about Simply “Don’t Lay Down”

Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book kicked off a public discussion on what it means to be a successful woman in the workplace, and it provided strategies and motivation for women to get ahead in their careers. More specifically to the financial services industry, Sallie Krawcheck has done some amazing work with her company, Ellevest, and has… Click Here

Onboarding a Wirehouse Advisor Into Your RIA

For an RIA, onboarding a wirehouse advisor or advisory team and incorporating them into your firm is an intriguing concept, but seems daunting to most.  The biggest question RIAs always have is, “Where do I begin?”  There are often so many unfamiliar nuances to this undertaking that advisors give up before they even start… Click Here


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