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2017 Advisor M&A Highlights

Join us as we delve into the 2017 Advisor M&A Highlights and discuss another exciting year for the financial services industry with increased RIA and advisor consolidation, changes in compliance and the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule, and the tax reform —  all of which had a direct/indirect impact on the value of RIA and […]

Are YOU Hurting the Value of Your Business

There are many complicated facets to running a service-based business, but the most vital component are the relationships you build every day. These relationships are the basis of value, and, for most, your business is your largest and most valuable asset. The most frequently discussed factors that impact the value of your business are profitability, […]

First DOL, Now IRS Gunning for Advisors

Download Printable PDF As a small business owner and advisor, your attorney or accountant will provide many reasons why you should consider forming a corporation or limited liability company. These reasons include limiting personal liability, the ability to share equity, and possibly reduce taxes. For independent Registered Investment Advisory firms and insurance agencies, the setup and use […]

3 Takeaways from 2016 Financial Services M&A Data

2016 was an exciting/interesting year for the financial services industry, with many changes in compliance and the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule, broker-dealers being bought/sold or shut down, all of which had a direct or indirect impact on the value of advisor’s practices. In January, Succession Resource Group presented our most interesting findings from deals […]

Contingency Planning FAQ

What is a contingency plan? A contingency plan is an agreement between two or more advisors designed to protect your business in case of your death, disability (temporary or permanent), loss of license, and possibly even retirement (although most plans do not deal with succession planning). There are a variety of plan types to solve […]

10 Steps to Becoming a Better Buyer

Demand for financial services practices has never been higher and despite industry demographics, the trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. While buyer-to-seller ratios for advisory practices vary based on the source, from 50:1 on some industry auction sites to a more conservative 10:1 observed by Succession Resource Group (SRG), there are some buyers […]

Revenue Sharing: Variable Comp and Your Value

We recently spoke with an advisor who generated $10.5 million in annual revenue and was contemplating the sale of his business. Like many, he expected a premium sale price/valuation given the size of his operation, his radio show that generated a consistent stream of new business, and being located in a very desirable market. Surely […]