Several studies (summarized here) found that, for the largest advisory firms, the most profitable ones focused the most on AUM fees. Clearly, this fee structure is good for these firms.
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The advisory business is changing rapidly. Your fees will be a subject of continuing scrutiny. Here are five reasons why the asset-based fee model won’t survive.
For some advisors, a key problem is generating inquiries. In my experience, marketing efforts tend to be a hodge-podge of activities. They often include social media, videos, print advertisements, referral programs, podcasts, events and radio programs.
Our brains are basically lazy. When you evoke images, you engage others. If your words don’t generate powerful images, the brain has to work hard to “decode” what you are trying to convey.
There’s a quote attributed to Sean Lennon (the son of John Lennon) that reflects my current thinking about the future of the advisory business: “We live in a pretty bleak time. I feel that in the air. Everything is uncertain. Everything feels like it’s on the precipice of some major transformation, whether we like it or not.”
Here’s the uncomfortable reality missing from the discussion about differentiating based on value: There may be no way for advisors whose primary value is investing in index funds and coordinating with other service providers to justify their asset-based fees.