White Papers

Aite Report: Technology Integration Turbocharges Advisor Productivity: Making Time for Clients

Today’s market and regulatory environment is putting pressure on many financial advisors. To maintain productivity and revenue levels, many advisors need to increase their books of business. However, regulatory pressures are also requiring they spend more time with each client. More than ever, advisors are relying on technology to help meet these growing demands. Read the report.

White Paper: The Fiduciary Opportunity

In this paper we will explore these industry dynamics and how successful advisors of the future will evolve their value proposition from making investment product recommendations to meeting the digital expectations of the consumer while also engaging clients in a more comprehensive conversation about the important goals and aspirations they have for their wealth— delivering a lifecycle of advice. This unique industry inflexion point is what we see as the Fiduciary Opportunity.

White Paper: Managing Volatility—A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

Recent market volatility has prompted many advisors to mount an aggressive stance against portfolio risk. But a better time to address risk and volatility is during portfolio construction. Being proactive, rather than reacting to market conditions, can position client portfolios to limit downside losses and participate in the prospective upside.

Outsourcing: Drive Growth and Profitability, Focus on Core Competencies - Updated 2015

Registered investment advisors, tasked with making money for their clients, also must be mindful of their own bottom line.1 Those who are most successful are particularly adept at marshalling their resources to concentrate on revenue-generating activities. According to a recent study, 75% of their efforts comprise managing investments, expanding existing client relationships, and garnering new opportunities.

A Tracking Error Primer

For Advisor Use Only - Understanding the dimensions of risk is critical to both constructing a portfolio and evaluating managers. The goal of this research brief is to provide a deeper understanding of one particular dimension of portfolio risk: tracking error.

Active vs. Passive Active Management

The goals of this research paper are several: first, to measure the statistical significance of every percentile in the cross-sectional (i.e., across a given Morningstar category) distribution of alphas; second, to use the statistical significance percentile data to designate particular Morningstar categories as candidates for either active or passive management; and third, to conduct predictive analysis along several dimensions to formulate an a priori decision rule for selecting funds with the highest probability of future outperformance.