I spend many of my days looking at, reviewing, and—far more often than not—dismissing new investment funds and ETFs. One of the words that often comes to my mind upon initial review of some of these investment ideas is: “gimmick.” Merriam-Webster defines a gimmick as “a trick or device used to attract business or attention.” … Read More
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If you’re looking for ways to build your practice, investment insights, or advice on how to communicate more effectively with clients and potential clients, then you’ve come to the right place.
We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Master Class program. It is a monthly webinar series designed to give you access to industry experts who can help you: Run your business more efficiently Grow your business more effectively Add more value to your client relationships Position yourself for success as our … Read More
Make no mistake about it. We’re definitely in the weeds now. We’ve been talking about how to write a good script, and hopefully you’re not afraid to get personal. Maybe you know the direction you want to go. Maybe you even have a few ideas jotted down. This month we’re going discuss how to bring … Read More
Forty-five years ago I had the best meal of my life in a restaurant called Taillevent. I had just graduated from college and was traveling through Europe looking for adventure. I linked up with my father in Paris, and he suggested that we have dinner at Taillevent. I don’t remember what I ate that night, … Read More
It is not uncommon for advisors or their clients to ask about creating a certain level of yield in a portfolio, saying something like “I need a portfolio that yields 4% or 5% as that is what I plan to withdraw.” It is also not uncommon to see investment strategies tailored to these requests. After … Read More
Maybe you’re thinking about outsourcing to a third-party portfolio manager, but you’re not sure how to explain it to your clients. Actually, we get that a lot here at First Ascent. So, I surveyed a group of advisors who work with First Ascent to get their feedback. The consensus was that advisors had success when … Read More
For a couple months now, we’ve been exploring what makes a good video, and in particular, how to write a good script. This week, we’ll tackle what to do when you’re staring at a blinking cursor, wondering what to write. If you’re currently in this position, you don’t need me to tell you that the desire … Read More
In my last blog post I talked about the importance of controlling fees and expenses in a portfolio. In this post I will tell you how we do it at First Ascent and give you an example of the huge benefits that clients could receive through this process. The Fix is Straightforward Here’s how we … Read More