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2016

The New Influencers: The 2016 IA 25. Kol Birke, senior vice president, technology strategy, and financial behavior specialist, is honored in Investment Advisor magazine’s 2016 IA 25. In its 14th annual list, Kol is recognized as one of the most influential people in our industry.
ThinkAdvisor, 04/25/16

Does your office space matter? Although first impressions are often subjective, your environment can have a positive (or negative) impact on your clients and employees. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, describes how two firms, DeBoer Financial Group and Financial Council Inc., reinvented their office space to better fit each firm's vision for its clients.
Financial Planning, 04/25/16

Higher Oil Prices: Be Careful What You Wish For. Could oil prices spike more than the market now thinks possible? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, says it’s a question of supply and demand.
Forbes, 04/22/16

That employment boom is pretty much here. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, says it sure looks like we’re in the early stages of a job boom.
RIABiz, 04/22/16

With mergers poised to increase, are you ready for the next step? With mergers poised to become even more common in the wake of the DOL rule, it's wise to think proactively about how to establish a long-term plan for success. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, offers a checklist for more successful merges.
InvestmentNews, 04/21/16

5 Things Advisors Can Learn from Robo-Advisors. Although he’s partial to the customized approach that human advisors provide, Greg Gohr, senior vice president, wealth management, explains there are certain things that advisors can learn from robos.
ThinkAdvisor, 04/14/16

Here's Why You'll See More Earnings Beats. [Video] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, has a sit-down interview with Rhonda Schaffler on why we may see companies beat expectations going forward.
TheStreet, 04/10/16

5 reasons why the stock rally has stalled. Market headwinds have created caution and skepticism with investors, according to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
USA TODAY, 04/07/16

Earnings Expectations Drop, Setting Stage for Market Outperformance. A big drop in Q1 earnings expectations could mean big outperformance later, says Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
Forbes, 04/07/16

Brad McMillan on Bloomberg Radio's Bloomberg Advantage 04/06/16. [Audio] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses his concerns about jobs and wages with Carol Massar and Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Radio’s Bloomberg Advantage.
Bloomberg Radio, 04/06/16

Top line growth will accelerate: CIO. [Broadcast] Joining CNBC's Closing Bell from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, forecasts earnings to come and discusses current market conditions with hosts Bill Griffeth and Kayla Tausche.
CNBC, 04/06/16

It's time to make way for next-gen. “Don’t die with boots on,” says Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management. Instead, craft a succession plan that retains young talent at your practice and incentivizes them to stay.
InvestmentNews, 04/03/16

Do You Have a Viable Niche? By specifying exactly whom you want to attract, you increase the probability of cultivating those prospects for your firm, says Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management.
WealthManagement.com, 04/01/16

Why You Should Get a Continuity Plan in Place This Year. Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, looks at what is involved in a continuity plan, why it matters to your practice, and how to go about implementing a plan.
WealthManagement.com, 04/01/16

What’s the Secret to Marketing Success? Keep It Integrated. Are you looking for the “one thing that really works” when it comes to marketing? Jessica Arey, manager, advisor marketing projects, discusses how using a diversified approach, commonly referred to as “integrated marketing,” can be the secret to success.
WealthManagement.com, 04/01/16

U.S. Tacks on 215K Jobs as Unemployment Rises. The nation’s hiring boom continued its momentum in March. If the job market continues to expand, the economy will be fine, according to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
U.S. News & World Report, 04/01/16

Yellen on Interest Rates: Lower for Longer. The word on interest rates is lower for longer, reports Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
Forbes, 03/31/2016

Is Our Industry in Decline—or Is It Just Evolving? With so many changes affecting our industry, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, poses the question, “Would you enter an industry facing so many challenges?” The financial advisory industry might be in decline, but it could be an opportunity to evolve and thrive.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 03/29/16

Conducting Due Diligence on Investment Strategists: Beyond Analytics. In his first bimonthly column for ThinkAdvisor, Greg Gohr, senior vice president, wealth management, explores the role of investment strategists and why they may be a good enhancement to your client’s experience.
ThinkAdvisor, 03/29/16

To Minimize Clients’ Tax Exposure, Focus on These 10 Key Areas. You know that tax planning is an ongoing, yearlong process. But what are the best ways to help minimize your clients’ tax exposure? Rose Watson, director, advanced planning, suggests you consider these 10 tips.
ThinkAdvisor, 03/29/16

What boomer advisers should do when their successors get impatient. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, explains why next-gen advisors are looking for other opportunities and what boomers can do to help hand over the reins.
InvestmentNews, 03/25/16

Wall St Week Ahead-Economic data could put stocks back on higher path. Average key economic numbers were released this week, and we’re seeing a “return to normal,” says Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
Reuters, 03/24/16

Finra to B-Ds: What’s Your Company Culture? As FINRA announces it is including culture as part of its regulatory examinations this year, Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, notes that culture runs through Commonwealth’s entire organization and influences how it does business.
Financial Advisor, 03/21/16

4 Components of Recession (and Why We’re Not Close to One Yet). Boom or recession? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, thinks the economy’s path lies somewhere in the middle.
Forbes, 03/18/16

Oil trades above $40 first time 2016. [Broadcast] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses global risks and the markets on CNBC’s Power Lunch with program coanchor Brian Sullivan.
CNBC, 03/17/16

What to Expect Now from the Federal Reserve. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, explains why it is unlikely that investors will see a rate hike this month.
U.S. News & World Report, 03/11/16

Road to Nowhere: S&P 500, Dow Finish Flat as ECB Uses Bazooka. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, explains why the European Central Bank’s measures need to be stronger to pull off a sustainable recovery.
Barron’s, 03/10/16

The Top Broker-Rated IBDs 2016. In WealthManagement.com’s 2016 IBD Report Card, Commonwealth ranks highest in advisor satisfaction, with an overall score of 9.9 out of 10.
WealthManagement.com, 03/08/16

2016 IBD Report Card: A Deeper Look. In the sixth annual WealthManagement.com IBD Report Card, advisors rated their experience with their firms across key service areas. Commonwealth received high marks in compliance, management, operational support and service, practice support and professional development, and product offerings.
WealthManagement.com, 03/08/16

The Year of Fear: How Advisors and Clients Can Handle It. How can you identify fear-based attitudes and behaviors in your clients and yourself? Kol Birke, senior vice president, technology strategy, and financial behavior specialist, weighs in on how advisors and their clients can cope with fear.
ThinkAdvisor, 03/01/16

Wealth Adviser Daily Briefing: Can Robo Advisers Replace Human Advisers? In a roundup of industry news, WSJ columnist Michael Wursthorn points to CEO Wayne Bloom’s interview with Financial Advisor IQ, citing Commonwealth’s unique approach to recruiting and emphasis on bringing in advisors who share its values.
Wall Street Journal, 03/01/16

What’s the Right Bear Market Strategy? Although the energy sector has been performing poorly, U.S. companies overall have not been doing too badly, according to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
ThinkAdvisor, 03/01/16

Brad McMillan on Bloomberg Radio’s Taking Stock. [Audio] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, provides analysis of positive reports, U.S. stocks, and the presidential election with program hosts Kathleen Hays and Pimm Fox.
Bloomberg Radio, 03/01/16

Commonwealth Wants Good Growth Without Hiring Jerks. Wayne Bloom, CEO, discusses at length how Commonwealth's unique approach to recruiting and emphasis on world-class service have helped us become a destination for high-end advisors.
Financial Advisor IQ, 02/29/16

Best practices for developing a new adviser. How can you develop new talent for your firm? Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, shares best practices.
InvestmentNews, 02/29/16

High Noon in Annuity City. The impending U.S. Department of Labor rule is likely to usher in big changes in annuity business. Ethan Young, director, insurance and annuities, comments on potential implications.
Financial Advisor, 02/29/16

Why the Presidential Race Will Continue to Rattle Markets. Why is the presidential election expected to rattle the markets? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, presents two big reasons.
Forbes, 02/26/16

How to Connect with Generation X So They'll Stay Connected to You. How do you go about connecting with Gen X? Kol Birke, senior vice president, technology strategy, and financial behavior specialist, starts by exploring how an advisor's current baby-boomer clients talk to their kids about money.
ThinkAdvisor, 02/25/16

Low oil prices may signal end of economic weakness, not beginning. Pointing to history, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments a drop in oil could be a signal that the worst of the economic downturn is behind us.
MarketWatch, 02/24/16

Digging Deeper on Negative Interest Rates. Negative interest rates in the U.S.? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, doesn't think we'll see them anytime soon.
WealthManagement.com, 02/23/16

4 Global Risks That Should Be on U.S. Investors' Radar. Which global risks should be on U.S. investors' radar? Here are four big ones, according to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
Forbes, 02/18/16

Trader fears may trigger recession. Fear of a recession could affect corporate earnings. According to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, the economy is in relatively good shape for the average person and has a positive outlook.
Bloomberg Business (via Boston Herald), 02/14/16

From the C Suite with Commonwealth's Joe Deitch: Recognition he didn't know enough helped him save the firm. In this special feature, Liz Skinner captures Joe's passion and purpose—from his personality to his corporate vision—while recognizing Commonwealth's uncommon history and commitment to excellence.
InvestmentNews, 02/12/16

Avoid the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: "I'm Not Good at Managing People." Investing in your employees is just one of the tips Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, suggests for becoming a better manager.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 02/11/16

Two charts that tell investors we won't get a stock meltdown, but brace anyway. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments that indicators show we're in for a deeper market pullback, but not a meltdown.
MarketWatch, 02/10/16

Bear Market Ahead? Market risk is rising, but Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, thinks the data suggests a pullback, not a crash.
Financial Advisor, 02/09/16

5 Questions for Advisor Recruiting. Finding the right financial advisor has its challenges. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, asks five questions to add clarity to decision making.
Financial Advisor, 02/01/16

"SOAP" Notes for Advisers? Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, highlights the importance of quickly communicating action items after client review meetings. Lessons could be learned from the medical profession.
Journal of Financial Planning, 02/01/16

6 Questions About the Stock Market in 2016. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers his thoughts on the likelihood that the U.S. is headed for a recession and if stocks are heading for a bear market.
U.S. News & World Report, 01/29/16

A fresh look at the seemingly preposterous notion that cheap oil is somehow harmful. The gap between market prices and the prices most states need to maintain their legitimacy will persist.
RIABiz, 01/28/16

How IT staffers keep pace at fast-growing organizations. In an article focused on managing growth, Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, offers insight on how Commonwealth has grown its technology team methodically while continuing to support advisors and stay ahead of competitors.
Computerworld, 01/26/16

Commonwealth’s Rooney: Expect industry consolidation in the wake of DOL fiduciary rule. [Video] While attending the Financial Services Institute (FSI) OneVoice conference, John Rooney, managing principal and FSI board member, affirms adaptability as a key component to success in a new fiduciary environment.
InvestmentNews, 01/26/16

Increasing Retirement Plan Participation in 5 Steps. Originally featured in the Commonwealth Independent Advisor, this article offers five steps advisors can take to help increase participation in the plans they manage, as well as improve the overall health of the plans.
ThinkAdvisor, 01/26/16

Ryan Report – January 24, 2016. [Video] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, takes part in an in-depth interview with host Don Ryan, discussing the markets and expectations for 2016.
The Ryan Report, 01/25/16

As the S&P 500 shoots below the moving averages, how much more should we worry? Reflecting on the current state of the confidence-driven bear market, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, predicts this may be short-lived.
RIABiz, 01/15/16

Market Drop Due to "Cracking" Investor Confidence, Not Recession. If corporate earnings remain steady, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, argues for a short-lived duration of the current bear market.
ThinkAdvisor, 01/15/16

Assume these defensive positions. [Video] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, claims that continued development in employment, wages, and overall consumer savings will help accelerate growth in the U.S.
CNBC, 01/14/16

Clueless on Alternatives. Coverage of Commonwealth’s press release announcing its $1 billion in revenue milestone.
WealthManagement.com, 01/14/16

As Fear Escalates, Should You Get Out of the Markets? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on recent market concerns—volatility in China, plummeting oil prices, and rising debt levels.
Forbes, 01/14/16

Commonwealth Financial Tops $1 Billion in 2015 Revenues. Coverage of Commonwealth’s press release announcing its $1 billion in revenue milestone.
Financial Advisor, 01/13/16

Are We Headed for Another Financial Crisis Like 2008? Although fear caused by the recent market decline rises, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, addresses the question, "Is this normal?"
Forbes, 01/12/16

IBD Commonwealth Hits $1 Billion Revenue Mark. Coverage of Commonwealth’s press release announcing its $1 billion in revenue milestone.
ThinkAdvisor, 01/11/16

Is There a Downside to Setting Goals? Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, explores the act of goal setting in business—sharing potential downsides and strategies to help advisors achieve what they set out to do.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 01/07/16

China’s Market Plunge: It’s All About Oil. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers an in-depth analysis of the state of the Chinese market, from precipitating factors to future projections.
Forbes, 01/06/16

2015

It’s official: 2015 a tough year for making money. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers commentary on the year’s market volatility.
CBS News Moneywatch, 12/31/15

Top stock pick for 2016 = Europe. Although valuations are not terrific, according to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, Europe has more upside potential than does the U.S. and makes sense for 2016 investments.
CNNMoney, 12/30/15

U.S. stocks end lower as oil slumps. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the drop in oil and energy sectors.
MarketWatch, 12/30/15

States Can Impose an Estate Tax, Too. In his latest contribution to ThinkAdvisor, Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, offers insight on where advisors’ estate planning activities should be focused.
ThinkAdvisor, 12/23/15

Big data ushers in the predictive future. As broker/dealers figure out how to position themselves to deliver on this disruptive technology, Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, foresees regulation.
InvestmentNews, 12/20/15

Cybersecurity touches clients, staff. In this information age, financial services firms are faced with many cyber threats. Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, comments on the frequency and manner in which Commonwealth sees—and addresses—cyber attacks.
InvestmentNews, 12/20/15

Robo-advisers demand attention. One of the ways advisors can combat robo-advisors is by helping their clients with problems that robo-platforms currently are unable to solve, says Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy.
InvestmentNews, 12/20/15

“SOAP” Notes for Advisers? Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, suggests taking a page from the medical field and trying a different note-taking method to improve productivity and organization in your practice.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 12/17/15

Cybersecurity cannot be ignored. [Video] How can advisors protect their clients from cyber threats? Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, makes recommendations.
InvestmentNews, 12/17/15

Robo-advice is here to stay, and advisers need to embrace it. [Video] What is the value proposition of a robo-advisor? Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, weighs in.
InvestmentNews, 12/17/15

How advisers can use big data. [Video] Do advisors rely on big data or rely on their broker/dealer to provide them with information valuable to their practice? Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, thinks the latter.
InvestmentNews, 12/17/15

Rate hike spells some relief for independent broker-dealers. The Federal Reserve’s increase in short-term interest rates will result in added revenue for independent broker/dealers that will partially offset the increased costs due to the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule. John Rooney, managing principal, San Diego, comments on the cost of complying with the DOL.
InvestmentNews, 12/17/15

Feel Free to Fight the Fed, Buy Banks Says Commonwealth Financial CIO. [Video] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, visits the set of TheStreet, with host Gregg Greenberg, to discuss what’s ahead for the economy and markets, and why he thinks 2016 will be a better year than many currently expect.
TheStreet, 12/04/15

Wall St. gains 2 percent; U.S. jobs data underscores economic strength. U.S. jobs data helped U.S. stocks rally, and Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, sees a continued upward trend for the remainder of the month.
Reuters, 12/04/15

Brad McMillan on Bloomberg Radio’s The Bloomberg Advantage. (Best accessed via Google Chrome.) Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, visits the Bloomberg Radio studio, with host Carol Massar, to discuss wage growth, the strong dollar, the energy sector, and overall optimism toward the 2016 market environment.
Bloomberg Radio, 12/04/15

Volatile Week for U.S. Stocks Ends in Draw as Fed Meeting Looms. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on factors causing recent market volatility.
Bloomberg Business, 12/04/15

Broker-Dealer Technology. An inside look at what leading broker/dealers are doing to keep advisors ahead in technology. Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, points out Commonwealth’s proprietary CRM solution and other initiatives that are in the works.
Financial Advisor, 12/01/15

Broker-Dealer Technology – Views from the Experts. Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, is included in a special technology feature, commenting on the integrated technology that Commonwealth’s productive advisors rely on and how its Technology team supports them.
Financial Advisor, 12/01/15

Why Commonwealth Financial dumped Microsoft CRM and where the decision's go-it-alone hazards lie. Coverage of Commonwealth’s CRM announcement. Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, points out the many benefits—for both the company and its advisors—of building its own system.
RIABiz, 12/01/15

Need Help? Hire the Right Candidate. There is much at stake when hiring for your practice. Angela Sarver, manager, practice management, offers hiring criteria and data-gathering techniques to help advisors hire the right person for the job.
WealthManagement.com, 12/01/15

How Can You Achieve Maximum Efficiency? Change Your Processes. It takes a proactive approach to examine your own performance and find ways to reach maximum efficiency. Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, offers 10 tips to change for the better.
WealthManagement.com, 12/01/15

Addressing the E-Myth: Get Your Practice to Thrive by Knowing How to Work. Being a successful advisor means the ability to work on your business just as much as in it. Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, encourages readers to embrace the role of CEO and dives into the differences between strategic work and tactical work, as well as plans versus planning.
WealthManagement.com, 12/01/15

What Population and Labor Supply Mean for Immigration. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, reviews assumptions considered as truth—overpopulation and labor scarcity.
Forbes, 11/24/15

Did the Fed Just Tell Us to Expect a December Rate Hike? Based on the Federal Open Market Committee October meeting, all signs point to a December rate hike, according to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
Forbes, 11/19/15

DOL fiduciary rule could decimate number of IBDs. Wayne Bloom, CEO, and John Rooney, managing principal, comment on the U.S. Department of Labor fiduciary rule and how they view its future impact on independent broker/dealers and the industry.
InvestmentNews, 11/18/15

Investors pause but look past Paris attacks, keeping eye on the Fed. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, suggests that a subdued market reaction to the attacks in Paris indicates that the markets are adjusting to a new reality of terrorism.
InvestmentNews, 11/16/15

Solo adviser or ensemble practice? To help advisors make the right decision, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, looks at the benefits of practicing solo compared with those of joining an ensemble.
InvestmentNews, 11/15/15

Commonwealth Increases Payout for Retirement-Plan Advisors. During its annual National Conference, Commonwealth Financial Network announces a 95-percent payout for fee-based retirement plan advisors.
Financial Advisor, 11/13/15

Commonwealth Financial builds its own client management system. With all affiliated advisors fully migrated, Commonwealth’s new CRM, including upgrades and enhancements, is highlighted at Commonwealth’s National Conference.
InvestmentNews, 11/13/15

2016 Outlook: Three Important Issues. The U.S. consumer, Chinese growth, and energy prices top the list of important issues to watch next year, says Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
Financial Advisor, 11/13/15

Look out for these robos in 2016. In an article discussing upcoming robo plans for major independent broker/dealers, Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, comments on Commonwealth’s current robo-like components and how it plans to package such services next year.
InvestmentNews, 11/11/15

About That Roth Conversion Cure: Watch the Side Effect. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, offers a few considerations for advisors before they recommend a Roth conversion to a client.
ThinkAdvisor, 11/10/15

Managing the Business Development Process: A Key to the True Ensemble. A key to forming a true ensemble includes actively managing the business development process, says Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 11/10/15

A jobs report to shout about. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments that the October jobs report was much better than expected, suggesting poor performance in the prior months was merely a short-term slowdown.
Bankrate, 11/06/15

Double-digit year for stocks? [Broadcast] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joins Power Lunch to discuss the latest market action.
CNBC, 11/03/15

Can the Economy Be Weak and Strong at the Same Time? Economic numbers are not necessarily representative of the strength of the economy right now, says Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
Fiscal Times, 11/02/15

Stock Market’s Big Month May Continue Through Year-End. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments that there is a lot of worry in the market, but with some recent easing, investors are getting back into the market.
TheStreet, 10/30/15

Earnings Vs. Revenue: What to Look for This Earnings Season. Is an earnings recession or two consecutive quarters of earnings declines on the horizon? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, takes a closer look.
Financial Advisor, 10/28/15

Have founderitis? Learn to let go. You’ve built your business from the ground up, and now you can’t let it go. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, shares simple ways to ease the transition.
InvestmentNews, 10/27/15

Is Inflation Closer Than It Appears? In a recent Forbes contribution, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses the difference between headline inflation and core inflation, as well as what inflation could look like in the near future.
Forbes, 10/26/15

Dow Jones Industrial Average Leaps as Tech Stocks Rally, China Announces Surprise Rate Cut. Some good earnings results we’ve seen are based on lower expectations, comments Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
International Business Times, 10/23/15

Former Top LPL Producer Says Erosion of Service Drove Him to Leave. Story offering insight into Pickler Wealth Advisors’ motive to join Commonwealth Financial Network.
Financial Planning, 10/21/15

Good News from the Walmart Story? In his latest Forbes contribution, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, explains why he feels Walmart’s earnings news speaks to where we are now in terms of the economy and stock market.
Forbes, 10/20/15

When Is the Last Time You Went Outside Your Comfort Zone? In her latest FPA Practice Management blog post, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, suggests finding ways to take calculated risks that put you outside your comfort zone to teach you something new.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 10/20/15

The Failure of Politics. In an article that discusses the current political environment, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses its current and future impact on the market.
Financial Advisor, 10/14/15

Wal-Mart bad news = good news? [Broadcast] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joined CNBC Power Lunch to discuss his take on how Walmart’s flat forecast could benefit employees, potentially creating a positive, multiplier effect on the economy.
CNBC, 10/14/15

Does Your Firm Need a Dedicated Business Manager? As an advisor’s practice grows, the business management responsibilities only increase, diverting time away from meeting with clients. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, looks at a few types of roles that may be worth the investment.
Financial Advisor, 10/06/15

Wall Street bracing for worst year since 2008? [Broadcast] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joined Fox Business Network’s Risk & Reward program to share his thoughts on the state of the markets and hedge fund performances.
Fox Business Network, 10/05/15

Hate pruning a client? Try grafting. Although turning down clients is a necessary part of running an advisory business, perhaps the rise of robo-advisor services presents a new opportunity to build a future relationship. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, walks through steps to make the transition.
InvestmentNews, 10/04/15

Is the Stock Market Signaling a Recession? Events in China and emerging markets have been the underlying cause for market nervousness, says Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
U.S. News & World Report, 10/02/15

Indie B-Ds late to the robo game. Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, comments on Commonwealth’s plans for a robo-offering in 2016.
InvestmentNews, 10/02/15

Going Independent: Several Choices, Several Solutions. In an article covering the move to independence, Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, and advisor David Weidmayer of Weidmayer Wealth Solutions, LLC, share their firsthand experience and insight.
ThinkAdvisor, 10/01/15

Stock valuations reflect lower confidence. [Video] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses the factors that continue to affect investor confidence and comments on what to expect with the Fed hikes.
Reuters, 09/28/15

Brad McMillan on Bloomberg Radio. (Best accessed via Google Chrome.) Speaking live from the FPA Business Experience conference in Boston, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, states that although we have not seen market volatility like this in years, we are not in a panic situation.
Bloomberg Radio, 09/28/15

Advisers and corporations pitch in for vital causes. In a piece recognizing finalists in the Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards and Corporate Philanthropy Award, Wayne Bloom, CEO, speaks to the depth of Commonwealth’s giving back initiatives. Advisors Debra Brede, Global Community Impact Award finalist, and Jeffrey Keefe, Volunteer of the Year winner, are also quoted on their individual efforts.
InvestmentNews, 09/27/15

Dow Jones Industrial Average Sheds Nearly 300 Points After the US Fed Decision Spurs a Global Sell-Off. The Fed decided to keep its target rate low, and the Dow dropped nearly 300 points. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on what this move says about the weakened market.
International Business Times, 09/18/15

Why the BRICs Have Lost Their Leadership Position. Too much growth, too fast, can be a bad thing, at least for the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), comments Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
Forbes, 09/14/15

Why are stocks so volatile? [Video] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joins Varney & Co. to discuss the factors causing the recent market swings.
Fox Business, 09/10/15

After drafting your NFL fantasy team, build one for your practice. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, compares drafting an NFL fantasy team to building a dream team for your practice, offering six tips on drafting your ideal financial team.
InvestmentNews, 09/10/15

A Stock Market Roller Coaster. In an extended interview, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses China’s impact on U.S. equity markets, but he says it is not time to hit the panic button.
U.S. News & World Report, 09/08/15

8 Ways to Renew Your Focus as the Seasons Change. As fall fast approaches, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, recommends eight activities to help advisors buckle down and renew their focus.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 09/08/15

Bill Gross: “50-50” Chance of Rate Hike as Jobs Numbers Released. In a review of the latest jobs report, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, notes a shortfall on expectations.
ThinkAdvisor, 09/04/15

How a Single Country Fueled the U.S. Market Correction. According to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, strong U.S. economic fundamentals weren’t enough to overcome China’s growing influence.
Forbes, 09/02/15

No Taxation with Diversification. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, explains how an exchange fund can help clients diversify concentrated equity without tax implications.
ThinkAdvisor, 09/01/15

Building Client Relationships via Videoconference. Done right, videoconferencing can be just as effective as an in-person meeting, says Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management.
WealthManagement.com, 09/01/15

Keeping Your Wealthy Clients’ Children as Your Next Generation of Clients. Advisors continue to struggle with retaining the next generation of clients. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, shares some advice on how to be successful in the largest era of wealth transfer ever.
WealthManagement.com, 09/01/15

Organizational Design: Align Structure with Strategy. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, poses the question to advisors, “Does your firm’s organization align with its strategic approach?” and stresses the need for organizations to continually evolve.
Financial Advisor, 09/01/15

Experts: Stock roller coaster may ride again. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, argues that economic situations abroad have shaken confidence here in the U.S.
Boston Herald, 08/29/15

U.S. Stocks Finish Turbulent Week with Modest Gains. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the uncertainty of the market.
Forbes, 08/28/15

Avoid assumptions when forming partnerships. Is a partnership right for you? Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, recommends that advisors think about what the path to partnership looks like before it becomes a reality.
InvestmentNews, 08/28/15

Vaughn Wealth Joins Commonwealth Financial Network. Commonwealth welcomes Vaughn Wealth to its network of independent financial advisors.
Financial Advisor, 08/26/15

Stocks to Buy if Democrats Keep the White House. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments that certain sectors could see higher returns depending on policy priorities of the two parties.
U.S. News & World Report, 08/25/15

Analysis: China Worries Fuel Global Market Rout. [Video] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joins Paul Vigna with analysis of the recent market plunge and worries over China’s economy.
WSJ Video, 08/24/15

Stock slide a painful reality check, but no disaster. Despite all the panic brought on by the stock slide, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, insists that it is normal and offers peace of mind to those with long-term investments.
Boston Globe, 08/24/15

Stock market plunge wipes out this year’s gains. Will the stock market continue to decline? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, argues that what we’re experiencing is normal volatility.
Washington Post, 08/21/15

Invest in energy sector despite falling oil prices? [Broadcast] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joins a panel of guests on the set of Mornings with Maria, offering his thoughts on the state of the energy sector.
Fox Business, 08/20/15

U.S. Stocks Slide; Dow Drops Sharply. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, considers the Fed’s response to the current market crisis.
Wall Street Journal, 08/19/15

Not Just Dollars, but Sense. [Video] Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, explores ways financial advisors can help their clients be emotionally ready for retirement.
WealthManagement.com, 08/13/15

Five financial firms up for first corporate award from Invest in Others. Commonwealth Financial Network receives recognition for its charitable contributions and is one of five finalists for the Invest in Others Corporate Philanthropy Award.
InvestmentNews, 08/12/15

China's Currency Creep. Not only will devaluation of the yuan affect China, but reproduction will also be seen in the rest of the world. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers his thoughts on the matter.
U.S. News & World Report, 08/12/15

Anticipating Change in Your Business. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, explores a few somewhat predictable events that tend to bring change, for better or for worse, to advisors’ practices.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 08/11/15

July Jobs Report Surprise: Did You Catch It? [Video] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on July’s employment numbers, which indicate that strength may be on the horizon.
WSJ Video, 08/07/15

A Slowdown in the Big Migration. In an article focused on advisor recruiting, Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, points out the need for a pain point in order for an advisor to make a move, especially in upward-trending markets.
Financial Advisor, 08/03/15

A $350-million-AUM team of ex-lawyers-turned-advisors lands at Commonwealth after stops at Edward Jones and LPL . Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, discusses the CBD Wealth Management transition to Commonwealth and what makes them a great culture fit, as well as points out Commonwealth’s strong recruiting year.
RIABiz , 07/28/15

Financials good place to look: Pro . [Broadcast] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses his expectations for economic growth and how that may affect the markets.
CNBC Power Lunch , 07/23/15

U.S. stocks close higher as Greece fear wanes, Yellen speaks . Investor tolerance is higher than in years past, comments Brad McMillan, chief investment officer. He also notes that although U.S. economic growth is lower, it is much more sustainable.
MarketWatch , 07/16/15

As Industry Moves Toward Ensembles, Still Plenty Reasons to Fly Solo . Bigger is not always better. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, points out there are plenty of benefits for advisors who choose to remain solo practitioners.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 07/14/15

NYSE Halts Trading After Computer System Issues . [Audio] The stock market has simply become a lot more complex in recent years, and occasionally there’s going to be a glitch, says Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
NPR , 07/09/15

U.S. Stocks Rise After Erasing Earlier Losses Amid Greece Talks . U.S. stocks rebounded, and Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, attributes the rise to a decreased fear of Greece.
Bloomberg Business , 07/07/15

Beyond the Numbers . As an advisor, you do all you can to ensure your clients are financially prepared for retirement, but are you factoring in the nonfinancial challenges they will face? Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, recommends addressing underlying issues ahead of time to set clients up for a fulfilling retirement.
Financial Advisor , 07/01/15

Using a Stock Swap to Maximize Clients’ Compensation . To help clients achieve their goals, advisors need to understand their clients’ compensation packages and the planning strategies available to unlock their value. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, says a stock swap may be a good tactic.
ThinkAdvisor , 06/30/15

Long-Time LPL Team Defects to Commonwealth . Coverage of CBD Wealth Management’s joining Commonwealth Financial Network.
Financial Planning , 06/29/15

Commonwealth Recruits $350M Team from LPL . Coverage of CBD Wealth Management’s joining Commonwealth Financial Network.
Financial Advisor, 06/26/15

Economy will continue to accelerate: Pro . [Broadcast] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses his outlook for the economy and which sectors he believes show opportunity.
CNBC Power Lunch, 06/18/15

Markets Fall After Greek Bailout Breakdown . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, boils down the Greek crisis and comments on the Greek government.
U.S. News & World Report, 06/15/15

U.S. Stocks Rise as Optimism on Economy Overshadows Greece Talks . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, indicates that the U.S. economy is on the rise and suggests that Greece’s possible default should be watched closely.
Bloomberg Business, 06/11/15

Should You “Fire Fast” in the Client Relationship? In her latest blog post, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, explores when it is appropriate to fire fast in your client relationships.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 06/11/15

Solid May retail sales show "big spring thaw." Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, weighs in on the strong national retail sales report, stating that the first-quarter poor performance was, for the most part, seasonal.
USA TODAY, 06/11/15

Pro: Get more defensive now . [Broadcast] What are the best bets in the market right now? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, points out regional banks, among others, as showing decent growth potential in the financial field.
CNBC Power Lunch, 06/10/15

Stocks just had their best day in weeks. Here’s why you probably didn’t notice . Although consumer spending is still relatively flat after the first quarter, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, is sure that positive economic conditions make for good investment opportunities.
Washington Post, 06/10/15

Transcript: Nightly Business Report - June 10, 2015 . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, talks about the record levels of loans and explains why banks benefit from this situation.
NBR, 06/10/15

After Days of Losses, the Market Turns Around . According to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, there are multiple signs of an improving economy.
New York Times , 06/10/15

Commonwealth’s McMillan Says No Reward in Bonds Now. [Audio] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, predicts a slow and gradual increase in the market, and he discusses possible long-term results of the growing economy.
Bloomberg Radio, 06/02/15

FP50: New Ways to Get Huge . In an article focused on the independent broker/dealer market and the 2015 FP50 ranking, Wayne Bloom, CEO, comments on Commonwealth’s organic growth strategy.
Financial Planning, 06/01/15

The 2015 Broker-Dealers Reference Guide . In its annual broker/dealer reference guide, Investment Advisor ranks Commonwealth #3 in annual revenue and #2 in highest average annual production per advisor.
ThinkAdvisor , 06/01/15

FP50 2015: The Biggest IBDs . In Financial Planning ’s annual FP50 issue of the industry’s biggest players, Commonwealth is ranked the #4 largest independent broker/dealer based on revenue.
Financial Planning , 06/01/15

A Holistic Approach to Preparing for Retirement . Taking a more holistic approach to preparing for retirement can set clients up for a more satisfying future, says Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management.
WealthManagement.com , 06/01/15

How to Conduct a Client Focus Group . Kristen Terpstra, associate consultant, practice management, offers best practices to provide a positive focus group experience for clients-and ensure you get the feedback you need to enhance your business.
WealthManagement.com , 06/01/15

Two Wealth Management Firms on List of Best Places for Millennials to Work . With more than 60 percent of millennial employees in the San Diego home office, Commonwealth is named one of the best places to work for millennials.
WealthManagement.com, 05/28/15

How to position your portfolio today . [Broadcast] Where’s the best place for your money today? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joins Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo to offer his thoughts on U.S. and international stocks.
Fox Business Network, 05/26/15

FP50 2015: Which IBDs Are Growing Fastest? Commonwealth is ranked 9 of the 10 fastest-growing independent broker/dealers.
Financial Planning, 05/26/15

Preparing the Whole Person . [Video] When working with clients on their retirement planning, consider yourself and your own retirement plans, says Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management.
WealthManagement.com , 05/26/15

What are the industry’s best and brightest reading this summer? Whether you’re looking to improve your business or enjoy a beach read, Wayne Bloom, CEO, offers two book recommendations.
InvestmentNews, 05/22/15

U.S. Stocks Rise; S&P 500 Hits Record . The Fed is not likely to raise interest rates in June due to weak Q1 performance. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, explains what economic factors generally determine Fed’s taking action in rates increase.
Wall Street Journal, 05/21/15

Bureau of Economic Analysis to Recalculate Gross Domestic Product . As the economy has shown weak performance in Q1 2015 after seasonal adjustments, it seems that this slowdown is a yearly trend-and a suspicious sequence-according to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer.
U.S. News & World Report, 05/20/15

Merrill, Securities America & Commonwealth Add Reps from Rivals . Coverage of press release announcing King Financial Network’s joining Commonwealth.
ThinkAdvisor, 05/19/15

Morning MoneyBeat: Forget Sell in May and Go Away . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, explains the reasons for the positive performance of equities in May and why he thinks they’ll do well this summer.
Wall Street Journal MoneyBeat, 05/19/15

Commonwealth Lures Firm with $108M AUM . Coverage of press release announcing King Financial Network’s joining Commonwealth.
Financial Planning, 05/18/15

King Financial Network Joins Commonwealth . Coverage of press release announcing King Financial Network’s joining Commonwealth.
Financial Advisor , 05/18/15

Brokers back regulator’s tough stance on suitability . FINRA toughens sanctions for violations of the suitability rule. Paul Tolley, chief compliance officer, comments on brokers backing the move.
Investment News, 05/15/15

Over 95 Financial Services Companies Named as Best in the Business . Commonwealth has been named a finalist in two categories-technology and transition support-in WealthManagement.com’s inaugural Industry Awards.
WealthManagement.com, 05/14/15

Broker-dealers face administrative hurdles in rollout of QLAC annuity . Ethan Young, director, insurance and annuities, says there is still uncertainty as far as who is responsible for overlooking the contracts’ compliance with Treasury regulations.
InvestmentNews, 05/13/15

Joe Deitch: Keeper of Commonwealth Culture-The 2015 IA 35 for 35 . An extended Q&A with one of the most influential leaders in the industry.
ThinkAdvisor, 05/12/15

Reflation Trade Grips S&P 500 as Banks Hold Up in Bond Rout . Considering the gradually decreasing dollar price, slower U.S. economy, and the anticipated interest rates, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, says that mega-caps are a reasonable investment option for now.
Bloomberg Business, 05/11/15

Rosetta Resources Inc (ROSE) Stock Price Soars 28% on $2B Noble Energy Inc (NBL) Deal . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the crude oil market decline, noting that oil companies will likely change their production structures.
International Business Times, 05/11/15

Prepare your practice for the post-robo world . The next generation of financial advisors must be ready to embrace technology in order to thrive in this industry of the future, says Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management.
InvestmentNews, 05/11/15

New Hire Roundup: FSI Elects Commonwealth’s Rooney to Board . John Rooney, managing principal, is elected to the Financial Services Institute’s Board of Directors.
ThinkAdvisor, 05/07/15

Stocks could stay pricey for years: Expert . [Broadcast] In a discussion focused on equity valuations, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, points out that rising interest rates mean that the economy is normalizing and that there is a possibility of bringing retail investors into the market.
CNBC, 05/07/15

3 Estate Planning Strategies for a Low-Rate Environment . Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, describes several gifting and estate planning strategies that may be appropriate for high-net-worth clients.
ThinkAdvisor, 05/06/15

Brad McMillan on Bloomberg Radio’s Taking Stock . (Best accessed via Google Chrome.) The technology market is currently on the rise, with high valuations and growing economy. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers his view on tech investment options.
Bloomberg Radio, 05/06/15

Independent B-Ds Faulted in Robo Race . Although robo-advising has become more widely used, the majority of independent broker/dealers are not shaken. Wayne Bloom, CEO, comments on the need for technology while not compromising human interaction.
Financial Planning, 05/05/15

Tapping Technology for Review Meetings . There are many alternatives to in-person meetings for financial advisors these days. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, discusses the pros and cons of technology-supported meetings.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 05/05/15

The 2015 IA 35 for 35 . On Investment Advisor ’s 13th annual list, Joe Deitch is recognized as an individual who has been instrumental in making this industry what it is today and what it will be tomorrow.
ThinkAdvisor , 05/04/15

IBDs Face Big Advisor Succession Challenge . As the average age of financial advisors goes up, succession planning is becoming more and more important. Wayne Bloom, CEO, remarks on seeing an increase in ensembles among Commonwealth advisors, a positive for transitioning down the line.
Financial Advisor, 05/01/15

The independent broker-dealers that offer the highest average payouts . Commonwealth is ranked the independent broker/dealer with the highest average payout.
InvestmentNews, 04/27/15

Closing Bell Exchange: Growth back in fashion . In a live appearance, Brad McMillian, chief investment officer, joined CNBC Closing Bell ’s Rick Santelli, discussing GDP, economic data, and old-school tech earnings.
CNBC , 04/24/15

Retirement Planning: Are You Asking the Wrong Questions? At the FPA Retreat, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, led a presentation addressing the growing issue of retirement preparedness and the need for advisors to help their clients retire not just financially but emotionally.
Financial Planning, 04/23/15

Aging boomers redefine retirement . As more boomers move into the next phase of life, we can be pretty sure that retirement is going to be redefined. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, discusses an increasing desire in retirees to continue to work in some capacity and how advisors can help fully prepare their clients for retirement.
InvestmentNews, 04/19/15

3 things spooking Wall Street traders . Amid market volatility, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, dives into the reasons behind investor angst.
USA TODAY , 04/17/15

Dow tumbles 279 points as stocks nosedive globally . Although stock markets around the world are down, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, remains optimistic about a long-term rise.
CNNMoney , 04/17/15

Stocks Get Crushed: Here’s what you need to know . The stock markets fell, but Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, explains this drop is not something investors should be worrying about.
Business Insider , 04/17/15

Should You Keep a Hand in the Business When You Retire? As an advisor, how prepared are you for the challenges that come with retirement, asks Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management? There are different paths advisors can take, but it’s essential to set clear expectations to ensure a successful transition for both advisors and their practices.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 04/16/15

Brad McMillan, CIO at Commonwealth Financial Network, on Consumer Stocks . In an interview focused on consumer discretionary stocks, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, makes positive projections for consumer spending and points out that there are favorable opportunities for investors.
WRKO , 04/13/15

Modest Loss for the Market in a Big Week for Corporate Earnings . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers insight into recent stock performance, citing energy companies and oil prices as the reason for losses.
New York Times , 04/13/15

The other kind of diversification . Just as a well-diversified portfolio includes a mix of asset classes, a tax-diversified portfolio holds assets in accounts with different tax characteristics. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, discusses the important role tax diversification plays in achieving a client’s retirement goals.
InvestmentNews , 04/08/15

“Earnings Recession” Looms for Investors . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joins MoneyBeat to talk with host Paul Vigna and explains why investors should be ready for an “earnings recession.”
WSJ Video , 04/08/15

U.S. Stocks Slip, Giving Up Gains . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the corporate earnings season.
Wall Street Journal , 04/07/15

Dow Jones Industrial Average Rallies 100 Points as Data Shows US Job Openings at 14-Year High . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on a weak jobs report.
International Business Times , 04/07/15

CLATs: Maximizing Philanthropy and Wealth Transfer for Clients . In his latest blog post, Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, discusses charitable lead annuity trusts as a vehicle for clients to maximize philanthropy and wealth transfer.
ThinkAdvisor , 04/01/15

The Next Rung . In an article covering trends in the independent broker/dealer industry, Wayne Bloom, CEO, offers his thoughts on the costs of compliance and technology.
Financial Advisor , 04/01/15

Who oversees wealth advisers who guide investors on 401(k)s? It depends . Managing clients’ 401(k)s comes with a number of federal regulations. Paul Tolley, chief compliance officer, breaks down different scenarios advisors are likely to encounter.
InvestmentNews , 04/01/15

The Increasingly Happy Broker . In REP. magazine’s fifth annual IBD Report Card, Commonwealth ranks 9.8 out of 10, the highest rating among large broker/dealers. Factors include service, technology, and practice management.
WealthManagement.com, 03/31/15

6 Smart Tips from Practice Management Dream Team . Stemming from the webinar “Steal This Idea: Great Tips to Improve Your Practice” hosted by Financial Planning and featuring speaker Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, six compelling suggestions were offered to help independent advisors run more effective businesses.
Financial Planning, 03/30/15

Modest Losses for the Market After a Strong Week . In the midst of Greece’s debt negotiations, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the state of the market and his thoughts for the coming months.
New York Times , 03/23/15

Will there be buyers when you sell? If you’re an advisor who is considering selling your business, a confluence of factors in the advice industry is prepping a “perfect storm” for succession plans. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, recommends questions to ask yourself and actions to take.
InvestmentNews, 03/22/15

Retirement Readiness: Beyond the Numbers . While many pre-retirees may be unprepared financially, there’s an equally large concern that they are unprepared emotionally. As a financial advisor, how do you help your clients truly prepare for retirement? Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, recommends looking beyond just the numbers.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 03/17/15

Intra-family loans: Not your ordinary wealth transfer strategy . Intrafamily loans have their benefits. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, offers his thoughts on this low interest rate lending option.
InvestmentNews, 03/12/15

Does Net Neutrality Matter? In this article, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses the evolution of the net monopoly and encourages readers to consider industries that may be affected, as those might prove to be the most interesting for investors.
Financial Advisor, 03/06/15

The CRT: Give to Charity, Supplement Retirement Income . In his latest contribution to ThinkAdvisor, Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, explains how the charitable remainder trust works and how to determine if it’s appropriate for your clients.
ThinkAdvisor, 03/04/15

The Rise of Women in Wealth Management . [Radio] Why aren’t more women becoming financial advisors? Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, weighs in on the challenges and opportunities within this relationship profession.
The Bloomberg Advantage , 02/27/15

Looking to Streamline Your Advisory Business? Try These Tips . Brian Lampron, director, investment consulting services, shares ideas on how to build scale and capacity into your client service model and improve your firm’s overall efficiency and profitability.
WealthManagement.com, 02/23/15

A 4-Step Strategy to Planning Your Production Growth . Planning your production growth-while leaving room for the unexpected-allows you to see correlations between your activities and top-line revenue. According to Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, those correlations highlight the best initiatives to pursue.
WealthManagement.com, 02/23/15

Somebody to Lean On: Why You Could Benefit from an Accountability Partner . Developing a successful accountability partnership may be just what you need to kick your business’s growth into high gear. Kristen Terpstra, associate consultant, practice management, offers a few best practices for setting up a great relationship.
WealthManagement.com, 02/23/15

U.S. market too pricey? [Broadcast] Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses the U.S. economy, Greece, the Fed, and the U.S. markets on Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo .
FOX Business Network, 02/12/15

The Rest of Retirement Readiness . In her latest blog post, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, considers retirement readiness beyond one’s finances and what contributes to a happy retirement.
Journal of Financial Planning Practice Management Blog , 02/10/15

A Simple Strategy for Achieving Clients’ Charitable Goals: The Donor-Advised Fund . In his most recent contribution, Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, continues his thoughts on charitable giving, explaining the donor-advised fund and why it is a simple, efficient choice for clients.
ThinkAdvisor, 02/04/15

Fed to raise rates in June? [Broadcast] In a conversation on the national and global factors that will affect America’s economy in 2015, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses the consequences of a stronger dollar and Greece’s bailout, as well as the Fed raising rates later this year.
CNBC Worldwide Exchange , 02/03/15

2014 stock market rally pays off for charitable giving . Last year’s market gains translated to an increase in charitable giving, as clients sought to mitigate the ill effects of capital gains taxes. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, discusses the increase in popularity of donor-advised funds and other trends he’s observed.
InvestmentNews, 01/26/15

Client demand for simpler technology challenges independent broker-dealers . Clients are setting a new benchmark for financial advisors—simple technology, especially with mobile use. Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, discusses what interface Commonwealth feels advisors will be dealing with most in the future.
InvestmentNews, 01/25/15

Independent broker-dealers take aim at the next generation of clients . Independent broker/dealers are looking beyond 2015 and focusing on attracting millennials, combatting robo-advisors, and recruiting female advisors. Wayne Bloom, CEO, weighs in on communication strategies to appeal to younger clients.
InvestmentNews, 01/18/15

Time Is on Your Side—Yes It Is! In a recent post for the Financial Planning Association’s Practice Management Blog, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, suggests a few steps to free up, and better prioritize, your invaluable time.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 01/13/15

Dow sheds 171, stocks in the red again for ’15 . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, shares his point of view on the jobs report and discusses possible actions the Fed may take.
USA TODAY, 01/09/15

Charitable Giving: Good for Clients’ Charities, Taxes and Financial Plans . The favorable market environment yields more than profitable portfolios—significant charitable planning opportunities may be available for your clients, according to Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management.
ThinkAdvisor , 01/06/15

I, Robo-Adviser? Creating the Blended Adviser Experience . Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, dives into the robo-advisor trend and explains why he feels the future for business- and technology-savvy financial advisors is brighter than ever.
Journal of Financial Planning , 01/01/15

 

2014

US markets: Home prices are key . Commonwealth’s Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses what to expect from the U.S. markets.
CNBC , 12/23/14

Taking Stock with Carol Massar and Michael McKee . (Best accessed via Google Chrome.) Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses the economic environment and his latest market strategy.
Bloomberg Radio , 12/19/14

What’s Your Intention? In the spirit of the season where we spend time thinking of the year ahead, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, devotes her latest FPA blog post to setting and achieving SMART goals.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 12/09/14

Are you ready to answer these 6 retirement questions? Helping clients plan for retirement is a critical service of financial advisors. Justin Duft, advanced planning consultant, discusses six retirement questions all advisors should be able to answer.
InvestmentNews , 12/04/14

Succession: The First Question . Before making a succession plan, it’s important to make sure you are ready for retirement. Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, helps answer this question.
WealthManagement.com , 12/03/14

5 Keys to Partnering for Succession . Merging your firm with another can present new opportunities for both firms. Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, discusses five keys to partnering for succession.
WealthManagement.com , 12/03/14

Accountants, advisers cautious on strategies as tax breaks remain elusive . Tax experts aren’t taking any chances on Congress arriving at a bill that will preserve tax breaks. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, comments on how he is advising advisors on strategies.
InvestmentNews , 12/02/14

Dow Industrials Climb Higher on News of Strong Sales at G.M. Fewer people than expected shopped over the Thanksgiving weekend, knocking the market down on Monday. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on how it may seem worse than it is due to the success of Cyber Monday.
New York Times , 12/02/14

Tips to help make this year less painful for wealthy clients . Wealthy taxpayers had a tough year as they contended with higher levies on their 2013 tax returns from the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, offers tips for advisors to help clients.
InvestmentNews , 11/30/14

In Their Own Words: Best Practices for Mentors and Mentees . After a year of working with young advisors as part of a mentoring program, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, lays out two prioritized lists of best practices for both mentors and mentees-in their own words.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 11/20/14

Oil Rout Liberates S&P 500 From Energy Influence as Tech Gains . The influence of energy stocks on U.S. equities is the weakest it’s been for nine years. Brad McMillan, senior vice president, chief investment officer, comments on how this might reduce volatility in the market.
Bloomberg , 11/17/14

Top Places to Work . The Boston Globe released its ranking of the top places to work in Massachusetts for 2014, and Commonwealth is fifth in the Large Employer group.
The Boston Globe , 11/16/14

How charitable giving can offset bull market gains . As the year winds down, advisors will begin talking to clients about their charitable giving plans and how to help offset investments that have been climbing in value. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, offers his advice.
InvestmentNews , 11/10/14

Ring out the old year with a bowlful of tax strategies . This year saw steeper taxes for high-net-worth individuals, but there are ways for advisors to help make 2014 less painful for their clients. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, offers tips for advisors.
InvestmentNews , 11/06/14

Transition from a practice to a business . [Video] When it comes to embracing the role of CEO, it’s important not just to have a practice, but also to manage a business. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, discusses strategies and guidelines to help make this shift.
InvestmentNews , 11/05/14

Risky Business: The Perils of Putting Off Continuity Planning . Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, stresses the importance of not leaving your legacy to chance.
WealthManagement.com , 10/31/14

Too Late for Succession Planning? For tenured advisors whose practices are shrinking and have not done any succession planning, it may not be too late to find a buyer. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, highlights factors that affect the attractiveness of your practice.
WealthManagement.com , 10/31/14

What’s New About Succession Planning? Nothing-Except It’s the Right Thing to Do . Succession planning is critical but not always something advisors want to think about. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, addresses the need from a client’s point of view.
WealthManagement.com , 10/31/14

After 13 Years of Invites, Commonwealth Snags LPL Advisor . Coverage of Lance Nelson of Nelson & Nelson Wealth Management joining Commonwealth.
ThinkAdvisor , 10/28/14

Why Partnerships Seem to Work So Well . A company’s ownership structure can make a difference in the behavior of that company’s leadership and employees. The leadership of Commonwealth is unique, and Joe Deitch, founder and chairman, can be credited with implementing a succession plan that’s working.
ThinkAdvisor , 10/27/14

Market Has the Best Week in Two Years . The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on Friday. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on continuing market trends.
New York Times , 10/24/14

Commonwealth Financial Hosts Yearly Event, Enhances Tech Tools . Coverage of Commonwealth’s National Conference, including technology updates as presented by Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy.
ThinkAdvisor , 10/16/14

Commonwealth Financial’s McMillan Still Sees 4 Economic Green Lights . Although the markets have been volatile lately, Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, still sees economic “green lights” that indicate the economy will be okay. Excerpts taken from McMillan’s presentation at Commonwealth’s National Conference.
ThinkAdvisor , 10/16/14

Will turbulence continue on Wall Street? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, visits the Fox Business studio to take part in a panel discussion on what to expect from, and how to invest in, volatile markets.
Fox Business , 10/15/14

Earnings to help stocks weather rough patch; advisers cautioned . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers insight on the current market and emphasizes that investors and financial advisors should be prepared for anything.
InvestmentNews , 10/14/14

The $11 Trillion Advantage That Shields U.S. From Turmoil . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on what overseas troubles might mean for U.S. investors.
Bloomberg Business News , 10/14/14

Commonwealth building technology with an eye on the robo-adviser . As Commonwealth continues to improve its technology, a robo-advisor-type offering may be in the future. Wayne Bloom, CEO, and John Rooney, managing principal of Commonwealth’s San Diego office, offer their insight.
InvestmentNews , 10/08/14

There’s still risk in Europe: Pro . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, says that the Scottish referendum opened a lot of people’s eyes to what’s happening in Europe, and the problem isn’t going away.
CNBC , 10/06/14

What Are You Doing to Invest in Others? In a recent FPA Practice Management blog post, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, discusses the importance of giving back.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 10/03/14

Shares Close Lower on Worries About Global Uncertainty . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the uncertainty of the current market.
The New York Times “Business Day”, 09/29/14

Benchmark Your Productivity and Profitability . Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, discusses four pillars of productivity that will uncover vital data and offers tips on how to use this information to increase efficiency.
InvestmentNews , 09/26/14

5 Best Practices for Mentoring a Young Advisor . Mentoring a young advisor to be a successful member of your team requires time and effort. Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, discusses five best practices for grooming a junior advisor.
WealthManagement.com , 09/26/14

Considerations for Hiring a Junior Advisor . Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, considers the challenges and potential solutions to help advisors in their search for a qualified junior advisor.
WealthManagement.com , 09/26/14

More Tips for Building Your Succession Plan . Maria Considine King, vice president, practice management, offers tips on planning your exit from the business to ensure a successful transition.
WealthManagement.com , 09/26/14

Oil prices plunging despite ISIS . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the effect oil prices have on other countries.
CNN Money , 09/25/14

Insider Buying Dries Up Defying $275 Billion of Buybacks . Companies have spent $275 billion on buying back shares in the first half of the year, but this isn’t the case with executives. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments.
Bloomberg News , 09/22/14

Opportunities for those ‘willing to do the work’ . Kate Creagh, managing principal, human resources, recently sat down with the Boston Globe to discuss hiring at Commonwealth-from current openings, to opportunities for professional development, to why “fun” is in our mission statement.
The Boston Globe , 09/21/14

Dow closes at record high as Fed says rates to stay low . Due to the Fed’s announcement of continued low interest rates, the Dow Jones closed at a record high. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the Fed’s actions.
USA Today , 09/17/14

5 Steps to Manage Conflict in a Small Office . In her latest FPA blog post, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, offers advisors five steps to develop a conflict management strategy for their office.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 09/16/14

Stocks pull back ahead of the Fed . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses investors’ actions regarding the upcoming week’s events.
MarketWatch Radio , 09/15/14

What’s guiding investor strategy . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, participates in a panel discussion on market certainty and the Fed’s policies.
CNBC , 09/12/14

Grow Your Top Line . Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, offers tools and techniques for investing in the right kinds of revenue-generating business activities and facilitating top-line growth.
InvestmentNews , 09/08/14

Segmenting Tips: Focus on Your Most Valuable Clients . Kol Birke, vice president, business systems strategies and financial behavior specialist, offers insight on how segmenting clients based on assets under management can help increase revenue and improve efficiency.
Financial Planning , 09/02/14

Some Stock Strategists Brace for Autumn Swoon . September is usually one of the worst months of the year for the stock market and there’s worry that this year won’t be any different. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the risks.
WSJ MoneyBeat , 09/01/14

US markets: ’Lack of conviction’ is a problem . Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, discusses U.S. markets after the S&P 500 closes at an all-time high.
CNBC , 08/27/14

U.S. corporations park billions overseas . Seeking a lessened tax burden, many U.S. corporations are looking to move their business into other countries. Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, shares his thoughts on this practice.
Marketplace Radio , 08/26/14

Stocks continue to push higher in early trading . Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, discusses stocks climbing with What’s News host Clare McKeen.
Wall Street Journal Radio , 08/19/14

First Impressions Count, No Matter How Long You’ve Been in Business . In her latest FPA blog post, Commonwealth’s Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, recommends advisors stay mindful of the impact appearances have on clients.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 08/14/14

Commonwealth Grabs Group From LPL-Affiliated Firm . Coverage of Commonwealth’s press release announcing Benjamin Wong, CFP ® and Associates joining the independent broker/dealer, as well as the 10-year anniversary of Client360° ® , its client management system.
ThinkAdvisor , 08/14/14

Weighing the pros, cons and costs of virtual desktops . Commonwealth’s Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, offers his thoughts on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) systems for advisors.
InvestmentNews , 08/07/14

Why the Fed taper is good for financials . Commonwealth’s Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on the financial sector and the overall market.
CNBC , 08/07/14

Searching High And Low . In an article focused on the Independent broker/dealer recruiting environment, Commonwealth’s Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, comments on Commonwealth’s recruited revenue and outlook for the fourth quarter of 2014.
Financial Advisor , 08/04/14

Commonwealth, Edward Jones Tops In Advisor Satisfaction . For the fourth year in a row, Commonwealth ranks highest in J.D. Power Advisor Satisfaction.
Financial Advisor , 08/04/14

How to Build the Right Workplace Culture . Commonwealth’s Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, discusses how to create a best-place-to-work culture at your firm.
InvestmentNews , 08/01/14

Stocks mostly up on earnings; record close for S&P . With stocks continuing to rise and the S&P 500 finishing at record levels, Commonwealth’s Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, comments on why these valuations occur and why it is important to stay away from this trend.
CNBC.com , 07/23/14

Chocolate, waffles and . . . U.S. bonds? . In a surprise switch from previous estimates, Belgium increased its holdings over American debt by 187 percent since May 2013 to a record $362 billion. Commonwealth’s Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, shares his thoughts on why this number has jumped so drastically in the past year.
CNN Money , 07/23/14

Bloomberg Radio Show . Speaking on Bloomberg Radio’s “Taking Stock” with Pimm Fox and Carol Massar, Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, addresses the “64 trillion dollar question” of whether or not investors will be willing to pay more for earnings next year compared with this year.
Bloomberg Radio , 07/18/14

Tips for Making Your Vacation Count . In her monthly post to the FPA Practice Management Blog , Commonwealth’s Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, discusses techniques to take your mind off work and maximize your vacation time.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 07/15/14

The future of running a financial advisory practice . Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, shares her thoughts on how running a financial advisory practice will change in the next five to ten years.
InvestmentNews , 07/13/14

Bearish outlook for the markets . Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, appears on Fox Business Network’s “Countdown to the Closing Bell” and shares his thoughts for a potential market correction in the coming months.
Fox Business Network , 07/11/14

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks fall on earnings outlook, dollar eases . With the dollar weakening and investors becoming more hesitant in the bull market, Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, says it’s “all about earnings” as individuals are starting to pull back and wait.
Reuters , 07/08/14

39 Great Ways to Improve Your Practice . Time management differs among colleagues; Joni Youngwirth offers tips on how to adopt a process that works across a business.
Financial Planning , 07/01/14

What’s up with J.D. Power naming Commonwealth top IBD for fourth straight year . Wayne Bloom offers his thoughts on how Commonwealth was ranked the top IBD for the fourth year in a row by J.D. Power, with the highest ranking yet of 954 out of 1,000 points.
RIA Biz , 07/01/14

Happiest Advisors Have Clarity . Commonwealth ranks “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Four Times in a Row” in the 2014 J.D. Power satisfaction study. According to J.D. Power, advisors are happiest when their firm’s corporate strategy and compensation are easy to understand and clearly communicated.
On Wall Street , 06/30/14

Indie reps happier at work than employee advisers: J.D. Power . Commonwealth ranks “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Four Times in a Row” in the 2014 J.D. Power satisfaction study.
InvestmentNews , 06/30/14

Edward Jones, Commonwealth Tops In Advisor Satisfaction . Commonwealth ranks “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Four Times in a Row” in the 2014 J.D. Power satisfaction study.
Financial Advisor, 06/30/14

Best Investment Firms Ranked by Advisors: J.D. Power 2014 Satisfaction Study . Commonwealth ranks “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Four Times in a Row” in the 2014 J.D. Power satisfaction study.
ThinkAdvisor, 06/30/14

Clintons shine spotlight on tax strategy that splits a house in two . Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, discusses qualified personal residence trusts (QPRT), a topic that has recently made headlines.
InvestmentNews, 06/27/14

Why The Middle East Matters: Oil Prices And The U.S. Economy . With a tremendous dependency on oil, the modern economy is greatly affected by turmoil amidst oil-producing countries. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, explains how much of an effect we can expect to feel due to the current unrest in the Middle East.
Financial Advisor, 06/26/14

Iraq conflict: could it sink the U.S. economy? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers his thoughts on recent events in Iraq and their potential to disrupt oil supplies and increase prices.
Fortune, 06/26/14

Time to buy insurance against correction? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, appears on CNBC Worldwide Exchange and discusses taking out protection against a deeper correction.
CNBC, 06/25/14

Going from ‘price-taker’ to ‘price-maker’ on oil . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, speaks to MarketWatch News Break about the benefits of exporting unrefined oil.
MarketWatch.com , 06/25/14

What If the U.S. Set Oil Prices? For most of recent history the U.S. has been forced to accept oil prices dictated by OPEC and other foreign oil exporters. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, discusses the possibility of change within the U.S. oil market and how that may affect oil prices.
ValueWalk, 06/25/14

100 Best Places to Work in IT 2014 . For the eighth consecutive year, Commonwealth has been ranked one of the Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) by Computerworld .
Computerworld, 06/23/14

Netflix up 21% with Tesla as Biggest Losers of ’14 Come Roaring Back . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers insight into why some of the riskiest stocks are seeing such an increase in valuation.
Bloomberg, 06/20/14

How Iraq impacts how you allocate capital . In an appearance on Fox Business Network, Chief Investment Officer Brad McMillan sits down with host Maria Bartiromo to discuss the economic impact of the crisis in Iraq.
Fox Business Network, 06/19/14

What Will It Take to Smooth Out a Bumpy U.S. Economy? Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, visits MoneyBeat and offers several observations on the outlook of the U.S. economy for the remainder of the year.
Wall Street Journal Live , 06/19/14

Oil and Gold Prices Surge as Tensions in Iraq Escalate . As the situation in Iraq continues to escalate, prices for oil and gold surged to record highs as investors worry about declining stability and the potential for U.S. involvement.
Forbes , 06/19/14

The Value of Vacay . In a recent FPA Practice Management blog post, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, expands on the value of vacation and the importance of “sharpening the saw” to refocus the mind and body.
FPA Practice Management Blog, 06/03/14

FP50: Big Changes at the Top . Commonwealth ranks fourth on the annual FP50 list. Chief Executive Officer Wayne Bloom comments on Commonwealth’s recently added RIA-Only option.
Financial Planning, 06/02/14

The correlation between happiness and success . The power of positive psychology and thinking is the leading way to combat stress and improve our outlook on life, according to Kol Birke, vice president, business systems strategies and financial behavior specialist. In this article, Kol explains how to make happiness its own reward and prevent the mindset of “success equals happiness.”
InvestmentNews , 06/02/14

Commonwealth Financial’s McMillan Cautious on Stocks . Audio. Brad McMillan comments on the acceleration of the market.
Bloomberg Radio , 05/27/14

An interview with Commonwealth Financial Network’s Wayne Bloom (Part 2 ). In a Q&A with John Refford, vice president, strategic marketing technology at Natixis, Wayne talks personal and professional social media savvy and offers his views on how social media aligns with Commonwealth’s goals.
Natixis Global Asset Management Blog , 05/27/14

Technology to spark big changes in financial services . Technology is becoming increasingly important in the wealth management space as advisors seek to provide clients with better user experiences. Wayne Bloom comments on what Commonwealth’s CRM tool offers advisors and what trends we continually look for.
CNBC.com , 05/27/14

US stock market pricing in growth again . Brad McMillan joined CNBC Worldwide Exchange to discuss how the U.S. equity market is starting to factor growth back in.
CNBC , 05/20/14

Commonwealth Financial Network Adds Esposito and Kiker to Network . Joe Esposito and Keith Kiker join Commonwealth Financial Network after searching for a new partner. Andrew Daniels explains how the Advisor Center was a beneficial tool for the team to search for affiliation options.
Financial Planning , 05/19/14

An interview with Commonwealth Financial Network’s Wayne Bloom (Part 1 ). In a Q&A with John Refford, vice president, strategic marketing technology at Natixis, Wayne talks personal and professional social media savvy and offers his views on how social media aligns with Commonwealth’s goals.
Natixis Global Asset Management Blog , 05/19/14

Do May-December Adviser Pairs Attract Young Clients? Joni Youngwirth describes Commonwealth’s mentor program, which pairs senior advisors with young advisors to develop the junior advisor’s skill set and help bridge a growing age gap between clients and advisors.
Investor’s Business Daily , 05/16/14

Commonwealth’s Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, How Efficient Are You? 4 Questions to Ask . In a post for Financial Planning’s “The Smart Advisor” blog, Joni shares four questions that will help create a baseline reading of a firm’s efficiency.
Financial Planning , 05/14/14

Commonwealth’s Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, Do You Practice Strategic Golf? Joni discusses the benefits of growing your activity bases, specifically prospecting, which produces greater-than-normal results for advisors.
Journal of Financial Planning, 05/13/14

Wall Street Journal Radio . Audio. Brad McMillan discussed predictions for the market and how recent earning reports, coupled with higher expectations, has prevented the stock market from sustained gains.
Wall Street Journal Radio , 05/09/14

Commonwealth’s Brad McMillan, vice president, chief investment officer, Southeast Asia Heats Up as Ukraine Cools Down . Brad discusses the rising tensions in Southeast Asia in the disputed waters between China and neighboring nations while the Russians seemingly have taken steps to deescalate their actions in Ukraine.
WealthManagement.com , 05/08/14

Commonwealth’s Rose Watson, manager, advanced planning, Ways to help divorcing clients protect their assets . Divorce planning for clients requires a multifaceted approach. Consider these safeguards to help protect your clients’ financial security and future. 
InvestmentNews , 05/08/14

Why Advisors Will (and Should) Manipulate Clients . At the annual FPA Retreat, Kol Birke spoke on three critical areas that advisors can focus on to positively influence clients to make smarter decisions and understand the facts.
Financial Planning , 05/05/14

Advisors slow to train successors . Joni Youngwirth discusses the reasons behind why advisors are slow to adopt succession plans and what steps Commonwealth takes to ensure that advisors place increased attention on their own future plans.
CNBC.com, 05/01/14

Clients’ higher tax bills prompt advisers to brush up on taxes . 2013’s tax changes will likely prompt advisors to keep a closer watch on their clients’ tax strategies. Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, comments on how to get your charitable giving in order.
InvestmentNews , 04/30/14

3 sectors to play in a choppy market . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers three sectors to get long in the face of additional uncertainty and a packed schedule of economic data due out.
Yahoo! Finance TV , 04/29/14

Adviser tech: Big data, gameification are next . In its latest IBD Special Report, InvestmentNews features E.J. Sutherland, chief information officer, covering industry technology, what is on the horizon, and why Commonwealth has a reputation for being at the forefront of IBD technology and putting the advisor first.
InvestmentNews , 04/27/14

10 ways advisers can improve their cybersecurity . Michael Sundberg, director, information security, shares some important tips with InvestmentNews on improving cybersecurity for advisors.
InvestmentNews , 04/23/14

Carrying On When Life Happens . On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, reflects on the resiliency of the human spirit—both in business and in life.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 04/15/14

Not too concerned about today’s sell-off . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, joined CNBC Closing Bell to discuss recent market fluctuations.
CNBC , 04/10/14

3 Ways to Build Employee Loyalty . In a post for Financial Planning ’s “Practice Perfect” blog, Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, shares three ways to build employee loyalty and demonstrate appreciation and respect for your staff.
Financial Planning , 04/07/14

Looming Advisor Shortage Demands New Training Approach . Wealth management firms are rethinking the way they train and develop young advisors. Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, comments on Commonwealth’s Junior/Senior Advisor Intensive Mentoring program and the need to create a common language fully understood by both generations.
Research Magazine , 04/01/14

Getting Clients to Follow Your Advice: The Power Struggle . Who’s in charge in the client-advisor relationship? Olivia Mellan, Investment Advisor columnist and psychotherapist, and Kol Birke, vice president, business systems strategies, continue their discussion, this time offering insight and several examples of what to do when a client is not listening to the choices recommended by a financial advisor.
ThinkAdvisor , 03/13/14

Internal or external succession: What’s right for you? When it comes to succession planning, every advisor must decide what’s right for his or her practice and personal situation. In her recent article in InvestmentNews , Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, evaluates the pros and cons of internal versus external succession.
InvestmentNews , 03/12/14

The Biggest Killer of Motivation Is . . . Success? In her latest FPA blog post, Joni Youngwirth explains why some level of growth is essential to a business’s long-term health and vitality.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 03/11/14

Getting Clients to Follow Your Advice: Fired by the Heirs . Olivia Mellan and Kol Birke’s series continues. Scenario six: what to do when a client’s heirs want to hire another advisor.
ThinkAdvisor , 03/11/14

Margin debt levels hit record $451B in January . STA Wealth Management CEO Lance Roberts and Commonwealth CIO Brad McMillan discuss the mounting concerns over the rise in margin debt.
Fox Business Network , 03/10/14

Getting Clients to Follow Your Advice: The Overspending Retiree . Olivia Mellan and Kol Birke continue their series of reports on common scenarios advisors face. Scenario five: your client has entered retirement and his or her spending exceeds your plan.
ThinkAdvisor , 03/07/14

What will drive the markets higher? Commonwealth’s Brad McMillan provides his real-time outlook for the markets.
Fox Business Network , 03/06/14

Kol Birke on Risk Perception, Human Behavior, and Client Emotions . Kol Birke answers 10 questions on his role at Commonwealth, insights on client behavior, and his upcoming speaking role at FPA Retreat 2014.
Journal of Financial Planning , 03/01/14

Stocks Stall But No Need to Panic . Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers thoughts on recent mixed stock results.
Wall Street Journal Radio , 02/10/14

Getting Clients to Follow Your Advice: The Missing Spouse . Olivia Mellan, author and business consultant, and Commonwealth’s Kol Birke share strategies on what to do when the spouse who is your primary client fades out of the picture, and what an advisor should do earlier on to keep the second spouse connected.
ThinkAdvisor , 02/06/14

Getting Clients to Follow Your Advice: The Panicky Investor . Olivia Mellan, author and business consultant, and Commonwealth’s Kol Birke share ideas and strategies for helping clients who are frightened by market volatility.
ThinkAdvisor , 02/05/14

Mentoring Best Practices and the Village Approach . Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, shares some mentoring best practices that evolved from Commonwealth’s year-long Junior/Senior Advisor Intensive Program.
Journal of Financial Planning , 02/01/14

Top IBD Advisors Under 40 . Sixteen Commonwealth-affiliated advisors are recognized. All members of the list are under age 40 and considered the “next generation” of top independent advisors, measured by total assets managed.
WealthManagement.com , 01/29/14

Top BD Execs Predict What Industry Will Look Like in 10 Years . In a panel of top B/D executives, Commonwealth’s Wayne Bloom weighs in on the future of the industry.
ThinkAdvisor , 01/28/14

Getting Clients to Follow Your Advice . Stemming from a webinar Commonwealth’s Kol Birke participated in, this edited version of the conversation highlights a few ideas and strategies for encouraging clients to follow through on your advice.
ThinkAdvisor , 01/27/14

Too Many Choices = No Decisions: Sidebar to "Getting Clients to Follow Your Advice" . Kol Birke references a research study to help make the case of how too many choices in a given situation often lead to people sticking with the status quo.
ThinkAdvisor , 01/27/14

Independent broker-dealer M&A market is heating up . With news of RSC Capital Corp. acquiring Cetera Financial Group, B/D buying and selling has become a topic of interest.
InvestmentNews , 01/19/14

Compliance efforts help some independent broker-dealers avoid regulators . Commonwealth is recognized as one of two independent broker/dealers who place strong emphasis on compliant business practices.
InvestmentNews , 01/19/14

Traders eye retail sales data, earnings as volatility jumps . Brad McMillan comments on “normal volatility.”
CNBC.com , 01/13/14

Stock investors, get ready for big bank earnings . The financial sector is expecting big gains, and Commonwealth’s Brad McMillian has some thoughts on what that may mean for other sectors.
MarketWatch.com , 01/12/14

Beyond Goals: Activity . In her latest FPA blog post, Commonwealth’s Joni Youngwirth emphasizes how important it is for advisors to set a realistic goal, focus on the goal every day, and put energy into the behaviors that can make the goal become reality.
FPA Practice Management Blog , 01/10/14

What will cause the next correction? Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, Brad McMillan, offers insight on how factors ranging from earnings to the economy might influence performance this year.
InvestmentNews , 01/05/14

The Waiter Test: Recruiting Tips from Commonwealth’s Bloom . In an editorial roundtable, Jamie Green of Investment Advisor sat down with Commonwealth’s leadership to discuss our unique culture and how we recruit the right type of advisor.
Investment Advisor , 01/01/14

2016

"Commonwealth Financial Network® Congratulates Honorees in the Financial Times List of 400 Top Financial Advisers" (03/31/16)

"Commonwealth Financial Network® Congratulates Honorees in Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors for 2016" (03/07/16)

"Commonwealth Financial Network® Congratulates Honoree on the NAPA "Top 50 Plan Advisors Under 40" List" (02/18/16)

"Commonwealth Financial Network® Reaches $1 Billion in Annual Revenues" (01/11/16)

2015

"Commonwealth Financial Network® Ranked a Top Place to Work in Massachusetts Eight Years Running" (11/17/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network® Hosts More Than 1,850 at Annual National Conference" (11/16/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network®’s Custom CRM System Launches" (11/13/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network® Announces Up to 95-Percent Payout on Retirement Plan Business" (11/12/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network® Congratulates Honorees on NAPA’s 2015 Top Women Advisors List" (10/22/15)

"Pickler Wealth Advisors Partners with Commonwealth Financial Network®" (10/19/15)

"AC Financial Partners Joins Commonwealth Financial Network®" (10/01/15)

"Vaughn Wealth Joins Commonwealth Financial Network®" (08/24/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Ranked a Best Place to Work in San Diego" (08/07/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees on the NAPA Top 50 Plan Advisors Under 40 List" (07/15/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honoree in Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors List" (06/25/15)

"CBD Wealth Management Joins Commonwealth Financial Network ® " (06/25/15)

"For the Ninth Time, Commonwealth Financial Network ® Named a Best Place to Work in Technology" (06/23/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees in InvestmentNews’ “40 Under 40” List" (06/22/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Debra Brede, Named to Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors" (06/09/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honoree in Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors List" (05/28/15)

"King Financial Network Joins Commonwealth Financial Network ® " (05/18/15)

"FSI Announces Commonwealth’s John Rooney Newest Board Member" (05/07/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees in the Financial Times List of 400 Top Financial Advisers" (03/25/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees in Employee Benefit Adviser’s 2015 Rising Stars in Advising" (03/23/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees in Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors for 2015 List" (02/23/15)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees on REP. Magazine’s “Top 50 NextGen Independent Broker/Dealer Advisors List (01/05/15)

2014

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Debra Brede, Named to Financial Times 100 Top Women Financial Advisors List" (11/19/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Ranked a Top Place to Work Seven Years Running" (11/17/14)

"Nelson & Nelson Wealth Management Joins Commonwealth Financial Network ® " (10/27/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® ’s Tedesco Announces Sweeping Technology Enhancements at National Conference " (10/20/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Hosts More Than 900 Financial Advisors at Annual National Conference" (10/15/14)

"Alexandra Armstrong wins Invest in Others Lifetime Achievement Award D.C. Financial Advisor earns National Recognition for Philanthropic Excellence" (10/02/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Ranked a Best Place to Work in San Diego" (08/18/14)

"Benjamin W. Wong, CFP ® and Associates joins Commonwealth Financial Network ® " (08/14/14)

"Commonwealth’s Advisor Software, Client360° ® , Turns 10" (08/13/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees on the NAPA “Top 50 Plan Advisors Under 40” List" (07/09/14)

"Commonwealth Ranks Highest in J.D. Power Independent Advisor Satisfaction, Four Times in a Row" (07/01/14)

"For the Eighth Time, Commonwealth Financial Network ® Named a Best Place to Work in Technology" (06/25/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees on the InvestmentNews “40 Under 40” List" (06/24/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Welcomes Paul Mahan Back to the Firm’s Retirement Consulting Services Group" (06/23/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Releases Client360° ® Dashboard" (06/16/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Debra Brede, Named to Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors" (06/10/14)

"Esposito, Kiker and Associates Joins Commonwealth Financial Network ® " (05/19/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Launches Blog, Commonwealth Independent Advisor" (05/06/14)

"The Advisor Center Helps Massachusetts Advisor Reed Thompson Transition to Commonwealth Financial Network " (04/01/14)

"Commonwealth’s Power in Practice Program Yields Steady Revenue Growth Among Participants " (03/25/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees in Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors for 2014 " (02/24/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Releases New Version of Investor360° ® Platform " (02/10/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Program is Certified For Fiduciary Excellence " (02/05/14)

"UICCU Wealth Management Joins Commonwealth Financial Network ® " (02/03/14)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees in REP. Magazine’s “Top Next Gen IBD Advisors” List" (01/29/14)

2013

"Commonwealth Financial Network Earns the Game-Changing Women’s Choice Award" (12/10/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network’s E.J. Sutherland Named a Top 100 IT Leader" (12/04/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Named All-Star Research Managers by Financial Advisor and Private Wealth Magazines " (11/14/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Hosts Sold-Out National Conference for Financial Advisors" (11/13/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Ranked #1 Place to Work in San Diego, California" (11/12/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Summer Internship Program—A Continued Success" (09/17/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Named to the InformationWeek 500 List" (09/10/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Ranked the #1 Best Place to Work in San Diego" (08/12/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® named a Best Place to Work in Technology for the 7th Time" (06/17/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Debra Brede, Named in Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors" (06/12/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Announces Management Changes" (06/03/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Announces New Affiliation Models" (05/31/13)

"J.D. Power and Associates Ranks Commonwealth Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction, Three Times in a Row" (04/15/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees in the Financial Times List of 400 Top Financial Advisors" (04/12/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Congratulates Honorees in Barron’s Top 1,000 Advisors for 2013 " (03/05/13)

"Commonwealth Financial Network ® Recognizes Financial Milestone of Bartholomew & Company, Inc." (02/27/13)

"Commonwealth Adds More Than $255 Million in New Advisor Assets" (01/28/13)

"Monarch Retirement Group Joins Commonwealth Financial Network ® " (01/22/13)

2015 National Conference

Bloomberg Radio broadcast its show "Taking Stock," featuring Kathleen Hays and Pimm Fox, on November 12 and 13 live on-site from Commonwealth's 2015 National Conference. A number of insightful interviews were aired, and you can listen in by clicking the audio clips listed below.

John Rooney, managing principal, San Diego, discusses industry regulations and their potential impact on advisors and the financial advisory industry. LISTEN NOW »

Kate Creagh, managing principal, human resources, shares insight on creating a "best place to work" culture, attracting and retaining top talent at Commonwealth, and the importance of professional development for all employees. LISTEN NOW »

Brad McMillan, chief investment officer, offers insight on the latest economic news, focusing on rising interest rates and solid U.S. growth. He also discusses how market conditions will affect investments as we move into 2016. LISTEN NOW »

Paul Mahan, senior vice president, retirement consulting services, discusses the pending Department of Labor proposal and its potential impact on the fiduciary landscape, the implications it could have on financial firms, and what prompted the proposal. LISTEN NOW »

Kol Birke, senior vice president, technology strategy and financial behavior specialist, talks at length about how risk perception, not risk tolerance, drives decision making. He also shares how Commonwealth advisors leverage our technology, referencing our retirement planning tool. LISTEN NOW »

Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, discusses recruiting trends, Commonwealth's emphasis on bringing in advisors who match our culture and values, and Commonwealth's competitive advantage. In addition, he discusses the different affiliation models available to our advisors. LISTEN NOW »

Darren Tedesco, managing principal, innovation and strategy, shares his thoughts on the impact robo-advisors will have on the future of advice, trends with millennials and younger investors, and the challenges advisors face in a technologically expanding world. LISTEN NOW »

Joni Youngwirth, managing principal, practice management, addresses women joining the industry and how Commonwealth celebrates female advisors at National—how advisors can be attuned to the emotional side of investing, female clients, and retirement planning for women. She also highlights the value of having a continuity plan, focusing on differences between continuity and succession plans. LISTEN NOW »

Gavin Morrissey, senior vice president, wealth management, talks about the fundamental issues that need to be addressed when discussing estate planning with clients and the important role advisors play in implementing those plans. LISTEN NOW »

Jim Ball, founder and president of James N. Ball & Company, offers insight on how estate planning has evolved over the past 30 years and how those changes influence the conversations he has with clients. He also goes into detail about the challenges in obtaining long-term care insurance. LISTEN NOW »

Matthew Ramer, principal, MOR Wealth Management, LLC, discusses the benefits of affiliating with Commonwealth, an independent broker/dealer. He also shares the importance of building trusting relationships with clients and learning what goals clients want to achieve, so advisors can adapt an investment portfolio that gets them there. LISTEN NOW »

Debra K. Brede, founder, D.K. Brede Investment Management Company, Inc., discusses her decision to move to the independent financial advisory field and how she helps clients make smart decisions during difficult times in the market. Additionally, she talks about her volunteer experience and how she attracts clients who are also charitably minded. LISTEN NOW »