DOL Fiduciary Proposal: How Tech is a Game Changer

[Matt] Lynch says the industry needs to get on the same side of the table as the consumer, which means moving to a fiduciary standard. “Advisors want to do the right thing,” he says, “but the business model they operate under can sometimes prevent that from happening.”


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DoL Fiduciary Proposal: How Tech is a Game Changer
By Joel Bruckenstein, Financial Planning, Sept.1, 2015



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FSI Benchmarking Survey Shows Member Firms Sustaining Success while Riding Waves in Headwinds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. [September 2, 2015] – Results of the FSI 2015 Financial Performance Benchmarking Survey conducted by the Financial Services Institute (FSI) in partnership with independent consulting firm Strategy & Resources LLC, indicate that independent financial advisory firms are achieving sustainable growth through innovation and effective execution.


“We see significant interest in downside protection strategies among advisors, particularly for those serving the emerging affluent client segment,” said Matt Lynch, Managing Partner of Strategy & Resources LLC. “More broadly, we observe increased interest in liquid alternatives coming down market where advisors working with mass affluent and middle market clients are seeking solutions for this asset class.”


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Should Advisors Change How They Charge?

There are several models advisors can use to charge for their services, and all come with a significant amount of debate over which is best.

“A lot of businesses confuse their regulatory model — RIA, broker-dealer, etc. — with what they actually do,” [Matt] Lynch observed. If you allow this regulatory label to determine how you get paid, it may lead to a “fundamental disconnect” with your value proposition.


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By Sherry Christie, from the September issue of INVESTMENT ADVISOR, August 31, 2015



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Morningstar 2015: How Vendors Can Best Serve Advisors

Matt Lynch of Strategy and Resources LLC knows advisors of all kinds well, but when asked if those companies that partner with advisors are doing a good job, he responds by saying “there are great tools available, but are they close enough to the advisor to know how to create leverage” for those advisors with whom they want to partner?

In this video interview from the exhibit floor of the 2015 Morningstar Investment Conference, Lynch concludes that there may well be “at least one too many intermediaries in the supply chain.”


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Morningstar: Matt Lynch on How Vendors Can Best Serve Advisors
By James J. Green, Group Editorial Director, Investment Advisor Group
ThinkAdvisor, August 11, 2015


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Do you have life-after-death digital archives?

“The industry has evolved to the point that the relationship that really good advisors have with their clients goes far beyond financial projections and planning,” said Matt Lynch, managing partner at financial services consulting firm Strategy & Resources. “It’s become about really planning how to make financial decisions when events come up and during periods of transition, such as the end of life and what happens to your money after you’re gone,” he said.


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By Leslie Kramer, special to, July 30, 2015