The Elements

December 6th, 2016

DOL Overtime Rules on Hold – At Least for Now

Categories: Compensation, Practice Management, Time Management, Uncategorized

DOL Overtime Rules on Hold - At Least for Now

A Thanksgiving surprise from a Federal Court Judge in Texas will have a significant impact on many businesses, including financial advisors. A preliminary injunction was entered preventing the DOL’s changes to the overtime rules from going into effect as scheduled on December 1. What does this mean for employers? As a result, many businesses do […]

November 29th, 2016

Top 4 Compassionate Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

Categories: Elder Abuse, Health & Wellness

Top 4 Compassionate Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

The holidays are a time when we connect and make memories with the ones who mean the most to us. But it seems that the longer we live the more complicated life can become for us. Remembering lost loved ones and happy times gone can be heart-warming but can cause seniors to feel sad. Factors […]

November 22nd, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Friends at Ironstone

Categories: Company News

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Friends at Ironstone

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Ironstone! We are incredibly thankful for all of you, and we hope you enjoy a warm and wonderful holiday with your friends and family. We will be closed November 24th-27th for the holiday. Safe travels to all who will be on the road!

November 8th, 2016

6 Technology Tips for Advisory Practice Growth

Categories: Business Development, Marketing, Marketing Plan

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As society continues to embrace digital trends, it seems that the future of wealth management will hinge on technology. Beyond attracting Millennials, either as investors or fellow advisors, keeping current with tech trends will allow you to stay ahead of the market and protect your firm. As stated by Mitchell Caplan, “Advisors who manage more […]

November 1st, 2016

Huddle Up: How Advisors Should Work as a Team for Clients

Categories: Clients, Operational Effectiveness

Huddle Up: How Advisors Should Work as a Team for Clients

Are you and your clients ready and truly prepared for change? A new President, the DOL requirements and numerous external issues all make for an interesting game plan when it comes to wealth management as we move forward into 2017 and beyond. In the next few weeks and months, there will be no shortage of clients […]

October 25th, 2016

Holiday Scams: 14 Ways Advisors Can Help Prevent Elder Abuse

Categories: Clients, Elder Abuse

Holiday Scams: 14 Ways Advisors Can Help Prevent Elder Abuse

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are a time of celebration and cheer but the Federal Trade Commission cautions that certain groups, such as the elderly, are more vulnerable targets to scammers at this time of year.  Seniors often live alone, are less inclined to demand evidence or hang up, or have a nest egg that […]

October 18th, 2016

3 Tips on Successfully Planning for Your Client’s Longevity

Categories: Elder Abuse, Strategic Planning

Elderly Couple Smiling

Here’s a real dilemma for a wealthy 87 year old woman whose situation is secure but is causing family conflict.  She needs full-time care, long term. Her financial advisor, together with the bank trustee managing her assets, used calculation tools to figure out how to make her assets last for her lifetime.  Somehow they failed […]

October 6th, 2016

Ironstone Implementers – Lessons from J Singleton Financial

Categories: Operational Effectiveness, Performance Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Team Development

Ironstone Implementers – Lessons from J Singleton Financial

Ironstone has the privilege to work with phenomenal advisory teams across the country, and we want to share their stories to provide you with motivation for change or validation of your hard work. J Singleton Financial, an advisory practice in Jackson, Wyoming, is a team of industry professionals with almost 100 years of financial planning […]

October 6th, 2016

The Glue that Holds Us Together: Creating an Advisory Mastermind Study Group

Categories: Learning and development, Operational Effectiveness, Practice Management

The Glue that Holds Us Together: Creating an Advisory Mastermind Study Group

As a practice management consulting firm, my team and I support financial advisory professionals across the country. We get to see the good, bad, ugly and inner workings of all size teams. One question that consistently surfaces in our network is, ‘how effective is a study group and should I join or create one?’ If […]

October 6th, 2016

Hear From Your Peers: Real-World Feedback on Advisory Study Groups

Categories: Learning and development, Operational Effectiveness

Hear From Your Peers: Real-World Feedback on Advisory Study Groups

Ironstone has the privilege of working with phenomenal advisory teams across the country, and ‘Hear From Your Peers’ shines a spotlight on a specific topic and gives industry professionals a chance to weigh in with their unique perspective. In this edition, we hear from four advisors from across the country that actively participate in a successful Ironstone-led […]

October 4th, 2016

9 Powerful Tips on Using Business Cards with Purpose

Categories: Marketing, Prospecting

business card tips

We all meet and exchange cards at meetings, in restaurants, attending industry functions, while traveling and at social events. Absently handing someone our card is a missed opportunity to convey valuable information. The everyday practice of business card exchange is time-honored. Honing this seemingly innocuous gesture demonstrates respect, shows you know the difference, portrays you […]

September 27th, 2016

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Business Continuity and Transition Plans for Advisors

Categories: Succession Plan

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Business Continuity and Transition Plans for Advisors

This summer, the SEC issued a proposed rule that would require all registered investment advisors to adopt and maintain written business continuity and transition plans.  The purpose is to ensure that clients are protected in the event of major business disruptions, whether temporary or permanent from such events as natural disasters, cyber attacks, departure of key […]

September 13th, 2016

6 Proven Tips From Successful Mentors

Categories: Employee Engagement, Human Element, Leadership, Team Development

6 Proven Tips From Successful Mentors

I have occasionally heard mentors lament, “I just don’t know if I am making an impact for my mentee!” I always assure them, that indeed, they do make an impact and to give themselves some credit. Looking for a few tips to gauge whether you are on track as a mentor? Here are 6 specific ideas […]

September 6th, 2016

Programming the Subconscious Mind to Achieve Positive Results

Categories: Culture, Health & Wellness, Human Element

Programming the Subconscious Mind to Achieve Positive Results

The quote, “I think, therefore I am” prompted me to think further about our ability to actually program our subconscious to redirect our destiny. We can actually program the subconscious mind to tell ourselves we “are.” When we consciously tell the subconscious mind that we feel a certain way, we program our subconscious mind to […]

August 23rd, 2016

Advisors: 9 Ways to Recognize Elder Abuse and Neglect

Categories: Elder Abuse

Advisors: 9 Ways to Recognize Elder Abuse and Neglect

The incidence of elder abuse and neglect is on the rise in America. In today’s world, the planning professional must become more familiar with the varied presentations of elder abuse and neglect. Abuse is just the tip of the iceberg and neglect has been widely overlooked. Neglect is the failure to provide necessary care, assistance, […]

August 16th, 2016

How “No” Leads to Inertia for Financial Advisors

Categories: Leadership, Practice Management

How "No" Leads to Inertia for Financial Advisors

Scenario #1 Two advisors in a good sized practice have been working with the same portfolio manager for nearly fifteen years. The manager has been getting decent returns, but over the recent years the service has been declining, response time to questions have increased and their fees have been increasing faster than its peer group. […]

August 9th, 2016

A Millennial’s Decision: Robo-Advisor or Advisor?

Categories: FinTech, Millennials, Robo-Advisors

A Millennial's Decision: Robo-Advisor or Advisor?

For many people my age, stocks are a foreign concept. Unless their portfolio was set up by a parent or family member, chances are, it doesn’t exist. Oddly enough, many millennials, particularly females, hold an antiquated notion that investing in stocks is a characteristic of old, white men. A recent study also found that a […]

August 2nd, 2016

The Power of Words in the Workplace

Categories: Communication, Culture, Leadership, Leadership

The Power of Words in the Workplace

When we are fully absorbed in an activity, the mind tends to get focused and more pointed. “Me” time away from business-at-hand allows the mind to become steadier, quieter, promoting more awareness, harnessing new energy, allowing us to be more attentive. Rudyard Kipling said, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” […]

Contributors

Andrea Schlapia
Organizational Development and Human Capital
Connie Deianni
Mentoring and Employee Engagement
Dr. Heidi Maston
Organizational and Educational Leadership
Judith Bowman
Business Protocol
Mighty 8th Media
Strategic Partner
Nicole Anglace
Special Projects
Ruthann P. Lacey, P.C.
Elder and Special Needs Law
 Scott D. Calhoun
Legal Counsel
TailorMade
Strategic Partner
Ironstone
Practice Management

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DOL Overtime Rules on Hold – At Least for Now

A Thanksgiving surprise from a Federal Court Judge in Texas will have a significant impact on many businesses, including financial advisors. A preliminary injunction was entered preventing the DOL’s changes to the overtime rules from going into effect as scheduled on December 1. What does this mean for employers? As a result, many businesses do […]

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