Monitoring the Health of Your Business Monitoring the Health of Your Business with Annual Checkups 

Your business is a living, breathing entity. Just like the investments you make on behalf of your clients, it needs to be nurtured and developed in order to realize maximum value. Annual assessments of your business value will help you become a better buyer, plan for your exit, and make important decisions to maximize business growth. 

Valuation & Benchmarking   |   Business Growth 


Business Factors Supporting Growth & Resilience Business Factors Supporting Growth & Resilience

A look back at two decades of valuation and transaction data with insight into what traits and conditions have contributed to sustained business growth and higher values.  Advisors and business owners should understand their firm’s position within the industry and be forward-thinking about where they want the business to be in the next 5 – 10 years. 

Valuation & Benchmarking   |   Business Growth  |   Internal Succession


Controlling What You Can, Learning from What You Can't Controlling What You Can, Learning from What You Can't

In times of uncertainty, it is always wise to focus on what you can directly control. Whether we look at politics, markets, regulation, news, or the state of the industry, there have been (and always will be) many events outside of your control as a business owner. How do you deal with this constant noise? Recognize it for what it is and focus on the things you can control with direct action.

Regulatory Issues  |  Compensation  |  Continuity  |  Entity & Business Structure 


Structuring Ownership CompensationStructuring Ownership Compensation

The separation between wages for work, performance incentives, and return on investment needs to be clear. The delineation is critical more a number of important reasons, including the ability to predict expenses, increase value, and create investability. Equity is a powerful compensation tool to attract, retain, and reward talent. It must be used with measured precision to achieve appropriate long-term results.

Compensation    |   Internal Succession   |   Valuation & Benchmarking


Targeted Growth Solutions eBookTargeted Growth Solutions for Financial Advisors

Today’s independent financial advisors face a daunting array of opportunities (and challenges). The key to harnessing ownership opportunities is to identify impediments before they arise and develop strategies for tackling the issues that present the greatest opportunities for improvement and growth. Discover actionable guidance for seizing ownership opportunities and facing challenges head on.

Business Growth   |   Internal Succession   |   Compensation  |  Next Gen  |  Acquisition


Estimating Value Based on Recurring Revenue Estimating Value Based on Recurring Revenue

Recurring revenue is one of the most important determinants of value. Revenue produced through management fees, trails, or renewals is ongoing and reasonably predictable while transactional revenue is more difficult to predict. It is important to understand that the predictability of recurring revenue presents less risk to future earnings and has more impact as a value driver.

Valuation & Benchmarking   |   Business Growth  


Growth and Profitability Webcast Advanced Strategies for Growth & Profitability

Balancing growth and profitability comes down to compensation structure and the equity pathways created. The profits generated through properly structured equity pathways are a catalyst for growth and the means to accomplish long-term strategic objectives including recruiting new talent, internal succession, and acquisition.

Compensation  |  Next Gen Talent  |  Internal Succession


3_pillars The Three Pillars of a Successful Advisory Business

FP Transitions President & Founder, David Grau Sr., JD, dives into the three pillars of a strong advisory business and explores how each one is integral to the ongoing growth and sustainability of the enterprise. Working on the foundations of your business is an integral process that both encourages and supports growth in a perpetual cycle of success and profitability.

Business Growth   |   Entity & Business Structure

 


Maximizing Value through Benchmarking Maximizing Business Growth Through Benchmarking

The average advisor faces a difficult and increasingly competitive industry. With increased regulatory oversight, technological advances, and the growing need to recruit and retain top talent, it has never been more critical to use benchmarking as part of your strategic planning process. Arming yourself with the best insights into your own business–as well as its place in the industry as a whole–will allow you to nurture business growth.

Valuation & Benchmarking   |   Business Growth 


Accessing the Next Stages of Growth Accessing the Next Stages of Growth

The M&A marketplace is becoming increasingly competitive. Businesses need a strong value proposition to step away from the crowd. Owners who have taken steps to build their enterprises are in the best position to leverage their unique business aspects to access more growth opportunities including acquisition and merger partnerships.

Acquisition   |   Next Gen

 


Transforming Your Practice into a Business White Paper

Transforming Your Practice Into a Business

Building your business the right way is an important element to ensuring sustainability. Unfortunately, there are key elements many business owners forget to take into consideration – including compensation structure, equity pathways, cash flow, and entity set-up.

Business Growth  |   Entity & Business Structure  |   Internal Succession


Grow Your Business 6 Ways to Grow Your Business

What should you focus on in order to meet your growth goals for this year and beyond? Areas like human capital, acquisition strategy, technology, image, and client demographics are all key to successful growth. Don't overlook these six avenues to accelerate your business growth.

Business Growth  |   Next Gen Talent  |   Acquisition


Financing to Fuel Growth and Acquisition - Working Capital Loans Financing to Fuel Growth, Acquisition, & Succession - Working Capital

A working capital loan can be used to boost business growth as you prepare your strategy whether it includes acquisition, internal succession, or otherwise. These loans are specifically designed with financial advisory businesses in mind with terms made it easier for long term growth. 

Business Growth  |   Acquisition  |   Internal Succession


Merger White Paper Mergers: A Focus on the "M" in "M&A"

Mergers create an opportunity for two or more practices to come together, combining staff, strengths, and cash flows, expanding virtually overnight into a larger, stronger business. In this white paper you will discover how different mergers can work for you plus a comprehensive strategy for executing a successful merger.

Acquisition  |   Next Generation


Understanding the Value of Your Business Understanding the Value of Your Business

Owners–and prospective owners–need to accurately determine the value of their financial services practice, understand what drives that value, and learn how it can grow in order to effectively manage their equity and build an enduring business.

Valuation & Benchmarking  |   Business Growth


_buildings_fromground Defining Your Enterprise: Taking Stock & Moving Forward

Whatever the goal, we have found a targeted terminology helpful for classifying and discussing financial advisory enterprises. It allows us to offer tailored advice to each and every client, and to be as precise as possible in addressing different areas of growth and sustainability. These industry-specific descriptions of "job/book," "practice," "business," and "firm" in this post are guides for determining where you are today, where you’d like to be five or ten years from now, and what will be required in the meantime.

Business Growth   |   Entity & Business Structure


Creative Acquisition Approaches Creative Acquisition Approaches

Alternative growth strategies and where to find the right businesses and owners to partner with to achieve your goals. By thinking broadly, and more strategically, you open up your options and increase your chances for success.

Business Growth   |   Acquisition

 

 


Watch Now : Cultural Fit & the Ownership Mentality : G2 Perspectives Roundtable Talk - Cultural Fit and the Ownership Mentality : G2 Perspectives

The next-generation ownership of FP Transitions discuss their own experiences in taking the mantle to shape the team and future of the business. They explore hiring for cultural fit and potential value, the definition of “ownership mentality,” and how they might identify potential G3 leaders in the generation beyond their own.

Internal Succession   |   Business Growth  |   Next Generation


Elevating a LegacyElevating a Legacy : A G2 Success Story

Revisiting a thriving successor team six years later to check in on their accomplishments and the future growth they’ve set their sights on. Empowering a successor team that YOU trust fuels their drive to accomplish incredible growth, elevate the business, and carry a legacy beyond the foreseeable future.

Business Growth   |   Internal Succession  |  Next Gen 

 


10 Reasons to Professionally Value Your Business 10 Reasons to Professionally Value Your Business

Your practice is your most valuable asset, and by valuing it, you are empowered to grow, protect, and realize the value you have built. These are ten of many situations where it’s essential to have a current value and accurate understanding of your business, including external sales, acquisitions, legal disputes, and planning for the future.

Valuation & Benchmarking   |   Business Growth

  


Revenue Strength vs. Enterprise Strength Revenue Strength vs. Enterprise Strength

Your business is more than just an income source. What are the differences between revenue strength and enterprise strength? How does each make an important contribution to the value of your business? Pay attention to ALL factors that drive current and future value to avoid closing off exit planning options down the road.

Business Growth  |  Value & Benchmarking


Organizational Structure Organizational Structure

As businesses evolve they tend to move into a structure where value is attached to individual books rather than to the as a whole. To avoid this you need to set up a structure that is a business unit instead of just an accounting conduit. This webcast explains how improper structure can be dangerous for the ongoing growth of your business.

Business Growth  |   Compensation


Setting Up the Proper Business Structure
EMS Exclusive Resource

Too many advisors focus on revenue strength as the sole measure of their success, but creating and building enterprise strength is just as important for growing value. Maximizing enterprise strength depends on the selection of the proper entity for your business, the proper organizational structure within that entity, and the proper compensation structure for the cash flow of that organization.

Business Growth   |   Entity & Business Structure  |   Compensation


Building the Team - Roundtable Talk w/ Colleen Jordan Hallinan Roundtable Talk - Building the Team
with guest Colleen Jordan Hallinan, Qii Consulting

In this second Roundtable Talk with Colleen Jordan Hallinan of Qii Consulting, she shares ways to identify different personality types and work styles. Harnessing each individual's unique strengths creates a team that promotes the success of the business as a whole.

Internal Succession   |   Business Growth  |   Next Generation


Issues Advisors Face Issues Advisors Face

Independent financial advisors face an almost overwhelming set of challenges, but with challenges come opportunities. These opportunities and challenges are often interconnected and fall into areas of mergers & acquisitions, growth & profitability, talent retention, and succession planning.

Internal Succession   |   Entity & Business Structure  |  Compensation 


Technology and Value Technology and Value

Many advisory practices are not adequately equipped to grow at the rates they are striving for. Technology provides opportunity to improve this. Investing in technology has a demonstrated relationship to higher growth, more affluent clients, increased profits, and increased value. Cumulatively, strategically—and effectively—utilized technology can unlock a practice’s growth potential and profitability. 

Business Growth   |   Valuation & Benchmarking 


What are You Building? Ship vs. Liferaft - What Are You Building?

When it comes to understanding an "equity-centric" business model the structural details can be difficult to grasp. The parable of ship vs. liferaft will help to illustrate the problems many independent financial advisors face when trying to evolve their structures as they progress from a job to a practice, and ultimately, to a business.

Business Growth   |   Entity & Business Structure


8 Considerations for your Merger Strategy 8 Considerations for Your Merger Strategy

You and the rest of the ownership team have decisions to make about the merger process itself, as well as decisions to make about the business you’ll create.  These details should not be left for discovery and sorted out mid-process, but should be understood and planned for before implementing your merger strategy.

Business Growth   |   Entity & Business Structure

 


The Process - Roundtable Talk w/ Colleen Jordan Hallinan Roundtable Talk - The Process 
with guest Colleen Jordan Hallinan, Qii Consulting

In the last of our Roundtable Talks with Colleen, she shares the philosophies and process for her "after advising" enterprise: helping other advisors build stronger teams for greater success. She walks through some of the assessments and strategies that serve the core of her methodology.

Internal Succession   |   Business Growth 


Bates4.png Compliance Audits & Practice Value
with guest David Birnbaum, JD of Bates Group

Join Marcus and special guest David Birnbaum, JD, of Bates Group as they discuss the impact of compliance on business value, as well as the importance of internal compliance audits to stay ahead of any regulatory issues and correction periods that come with them.

Tax & Regulatory Issues   |   Valuation & Benchmarking  |  Acquisition 

Continuity Planning White Paper Continuity Planning

Proper continuity planning is one of the most important, and most overlooked aspects in most financial advisory practices. This white paper covers the best practices for continuity plans - for practices of all sizes. Included are basic Dos and Don'ts, how often you should update your plan, and how to find a continuity partner.

Continuity Planning  |   Business Growth


Impact of Consolidation Impact of Consolidation

The consolidation that we see every day are owners of stronger, sustainable enterprises acquiring smaller, one-generational practices about half their size. As the profession matures, practice owners are compelled to grow and improve—a very natural part of facing competition head on. But, eventually, time and energy begin to wane. As retirement, or the need to simply slow down, begins to appear on the horizon for single-owner practices, advisors are faced with few choices.

Business Growth   |   External Sale  |   Deal & Documentation


How to Inquire How to Successfully Inquire on the Open Market

Key tips for writing a concise, but comprehensive communication to the seller via an inquiry. This post highlights different details to include, like education, designations, investment philosophy, future plans, and more. We also explores some common mistakes made by eager buyers that could be detrimental to their success in the listings process.

Business Growth   |   Acquisition

  


Sustainability, Structure, and Acquisition Strategy Sustainability, Structure, and Acquisition Strategy

Creating a unified and sustainable business structure promotes a more successful acquisition strategy by: improving enterprise strength, increasing business value,  facilitating growth, and laying the foundation for retention of new advisors and clients. Successful and enduring enterprises–in all industries–realize that a specialized and centralized business structure makes it easier to solve unfamiliar problems with innovative answers.

Acquisition   |  Entity & Business Structure


Industry Headwinds + M&A data Industry Headwinds + M&A Data 2016

In this webcast President and Founder David Grau Sr., JD and VP Eric Leeper, CFA explore some recent industry issues. They cover current M&A database findings, the concept of attrition and what it means for your business' long term value, and how working towards a concrete plan will help you fare the headwinds–or avoid them all together.

Regulatory Issues  |   External Sale  |   Exit Planning


Enterprise Consulting Overview

Enterprise Consulting is an end-to-end business growth solution. It is designed to adapt to your needs, your timeframe, and your goals to provide an effective and cost-efficient solution. It is a unique approach designed for a unique profession.

Business Growth  |   Compensation  |   Entity & Business Structure  |   Internal Succession


Organization Growth - Client Success Story (Cornerstone Wealth) Organizational Growth - Client Success Story

Unexpected circumstances forced Floyd to quickly reduce his work hours at his firm, Cornerstone Wealth, from 45 to 20 hrs a week. Too young to retire, Floyd incorporated existing staff into the ownership structure to ensure his business not only survived, but thrived. In this client success story the team discusses the transition and their new ownership mentality.

Internal Succession  |  Next Gen Talent  |  Entity & Business Structure


Creating an Internal Ownership Track
EMS Exclusive Resource

Recruiting and developing a skilled team of advisors can be a daunting challenge for the owner of a financial advisory practice. Doing that, however, is only half the battle. Once you’ve chosen and trained your next generation how do you hold on to them? How do you keep them from opening up shop across the street? Create an ownership track and make the opportunity available to the best on your team.

Internal Succession  |   Compensation   |   Business Growth   |   Entity & Business Structure


Entrepreneurs Need Intrapreneurs READ NOW Entrepreneurs Need Intrapreneurs

When it comes to securing your legacy and choosing your successor, instead of looking for an entrepreneur like yourself, shift your search to intrapreneurs. Intrapreneurs are more likely to wear one or two specialized hats. They can see the "big picture" and demonstrate an ownership mentality. They are focused on driving improvement within a company rather than starting up a new one.

Internal Succession   |  Business Growth    |   Next Gen


Life After Advising - Roundtable Talk Roundtable Talk - Life After Advising
with guest Colleen Jordan Hallinan, Qii Consulting

In this first in a series of special Roundtable Talks, Colleen talks about her own journey to life after advising, and how finding the right people to take over the business made all the difference. 

Internal Succession   |   Business Growth  |   Next Generation


Book Review: Successful Hiring for Financial Planners BOOK REVIEW: Successful Hiring for Financial Planners by Caleb Brown, CFP

FPT Elite Client Consultant Kem Taylor shares her thoughts on Caleb Brown’s Book Successful Hiring for Financial Planners: The Human Capital Advantage. She highlights the most impactful sections and how advisor/owners can best utilize Caleb’s advice to grow their own staff, and with it, the business as a whole.

Next Gen   |  Business Growth   |   Internal Succession


Harnessing the Power of Mergers Harnessing the Power of Mergers

Advisors commonly think of a merger as the statutory combination of two entities, but it’s better to think of the merger process as the combination of two or more advisors’ strengths, client bases, and cash flow streams. The transactions boost productivity and create tax benefits while reducing or eliminating weaknesses and inefficiencies. A merger can facilitate many growth and business goals including: integrating internal succession, facilitating acquisition, and expanding reach.

Acquisition   |    Internal Succession   |   Next Gen


Bates3 Thumbnail landing page.png Roundtable Talk - The Art of Compliance
with guest David Birnbaum, JD of Bates Group

In this second of our Roundtable Talks series with Bates Group, David Birnbaum, JD, talks about the importance of getting to know a business and its people in order to effectively help them keep up with compliance.

Tax & Regulatory Issues   |   Business Growth


Succession RTT Thumb - David + Kem Roundtable Talk - The Next Generation Opportunity

FPT experts discuss the process of going from next-gen advisor to next-gen owner. They discuss the importance of tapping into individual talents to create a stronger business, as well as the importance of clear communication between generations for a successful integration.

Next Generation Talent   |   Internal Succession  |  Business Growth 


Next-Gen ImpactNext-Gen Impact

Next-generation advisors are in a unique position to leverage their generational experiences and opportunities that influence business value to carve out their ideal career path. The demand for next-generation talent continues to increase as longevity, continuity, and staying competitive become top priorities for many financial advisor-owners. 

Business Growth   |   Internal Succession  |  Next Gen 


Bates4.pngGovernance & Control for Shifting Ownership 
EMS Exclusive Roundtable Talk

FPT transactions experts Rod Boutin, JD and Ericka Langone, JD discuss common areas of governance and control that many owners (existing and future) have concerns about during any (re)structuring or additions to the ownership of a financial services business.

Deal Structure & Documentation  |   Entity & Business Structure

Bates4.pngRoundtable Talk - Every Merger Is Unique 

Our Rod Boutin, J.D. and Ericka Langone, J.D. discuss the uniqueness of each merger transaction using three real life examples from the FP Transitions portfolio. The examples range from a complex 3-way, multi-owner consolidation, to a more common combining of efficiencies and resources, to a planned merger as continuity for two small businesses. 

Business Growth   |   Deal Structure & Documentation


RT2-Robo.png Roundtable Talk - Robo Advisors
EMS Exclusive Resource

Marcus Hagood and Douglas Kreft, focus on the opportunities robo advisors present for financial advisors to emphasize their value proposition and expand their client bases. With investment management technology at investors’ fingertips, are we seeing a precursor of a larger threat to advisor services in coming years?

 Next Gen    |   Roundtable Talks


Bates1 Thumbnail landing page.png Roundtable Talk - Compliance & Acquisition
with guest David Birnbaum, JD of Bates Group

Monitoring compliance and keeping up with regulations is important for the operation of any financial services business. In this first of our special series with Bates Group, Join Marcus Hagood and special guest David Birnbaum, JD to discuss how compliance impacts an acquisition and the impact of current events on compliance and the industry.

Tax & Regulatory Issues   |   Acquisition External Sale


Valuation vs Appraisal.png Roundtable Talks - Valuation vs. Appraisal
EMS Exclusive Resource

FP Transitions' valuation experts, Ryan Grau, CVA, CBA and Warren Burkholder, ASA, MCBA, CBI, go in-depth into the differences between valuation and appraisal, the importance of having a certified valuation analyst, and how the purpose of valuation informs the methodology for the most accurate value.

Valuation & Benchmarking    |   Roundtable Talks


MergerBeyondNumbers_thumb Roundtable Talk - Mergers: Prepping Beyond the Numbers

Experts Rod Boutin, JD and Ericka Langone, JD explore preparation beyond determining value. They highlight the importance of reconciling the expectations and goals of all parties, the considerations that may warrant an assigned premium share value, and the benefits of a holistic approach to the entire merger process.

Business Growth    |   Next Gen    |   Entity & Business Structure


Destabilizing Value w/ Revenue Sharing Destabilizing Value With Revenue Sharing

A large percentage of advisory practices have built in “fracture lines” by using a revenue-sharing arrangement to compensate multiple professionals in one office. In the independent sector your focus should be on creating a team of advisors that work together—compensated for contributing to an supporting a single enterprise—rather than individuals building their own books and leaving the practice with the clients and cash flow they’ve generated.

Internal Succession   |   Entity & Business Structure   |   Compensation  |   Next Gen


If at First You Don't Succeed If At First You Don't Succeed

The buyer pool is still vast and sellers have become more selective about who takes over their business. It's about fit, not just who has the highest bid. As a buyer prospect in this rapidly changing and growing industry, trying hard and trying often is not enough. In this excerpt, we highlight the patience, drive, and improvement required to be a successful buyer.

Business Growth   |   Acquisition


WATCH NOW - Synergy of Multigenerational Ownership - Roundtable Talk Roundtable Talk - Synergy of Multigenerational Ownership

This Roundtable Talk explores the internal succession and describes how both the succession process and business growth can benefit from multigenerational experiences and knowledge from all owners. Additionally, we look at other factors that help the succession planning process, including helping next generation advisors understand the benefits and responsibilities of ownership.

Next Gen    |   Internal Succession


Using Bank Financing To Expand Your Options

Whether you're considering selling your business externally to the best qualified buyer, or internally to a team of proven successors, bank financing solutions can provide powerful tools to reshape or accelerate your plans.

External Sale  |   Internal Succession  |   Acquisition  |   Business Growth


EquityBuilder® Benchmarking Report Overview

An overview of what information is covered in our EquityBuilder® Benchmarking Report and why it’s key to building your business. An annual EquityBuilder® Benchmarking Report is included in the Equity Management System® (EMS) Grow membership.

Valuation & Benchmarking  |   Business Growth  |   About FP Transitions