Media Coverage

Top headlines featuring Commonwealth and our thought leadership.

  • Helping women advisers gain a seat at the table. Although some progress has been made with women attaining corporate board seats, these critical positions are still hard to obtain. Kristine McManus, vice president, chief business development officer, outlines important takeaways to help women advisors achieve leadership roles. InvestmentNews, 8/11/21

  • The FA Show, Episode 8: Top News, Interview with Commonwealth's Andrew Daniels & Recruiting Wire [Audio]. Starting at 5:45, Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, speaks with AdvisorHub CEO Tony Sirianni about Commonwealth's offerings, support, and Business Consulting Services. AdvisorHub, 8/10/21

  • Top 4 Lessons from Commonwealth's Summit for Women Advisors. Commonwealth's recent Summit for Women Advisors provided an opportunity for exciting and open dialogue about diversity, equity, and inclusion. In a recent article, Scarlett Abraham Clarke, vice president, chief diversity and inclusion officer, shares takeaways that emerged from those conversations and more about our journey to promote change as a firm. ThinkAdvisor, 8/03/21

  • Plan Progress Webinar: Mid-Year Investment Review. Mat Powers, manager, retirement consulting investment services, recently participated in "Plan Progress Series: Mid-Year Investment Review," a webinar where he joined expert panelists to discuss market performance to date and what the second half of 2021 may bring. Read this recap for thoughts on how global vaccine availability, low interest rates, and the increasing interest in ESG funds affect plan sponsors. PLANSPONSOR, 7/20/21

  • Commonwealth Enhancing Concierge-Style Transition for Wirehouse Breakaways [Video]. Nancy DiBattista, senior vice president, transition and field development operations, reveals more about our Business Consulting Services team and the suite of in-house and external resources we offer wirehouse advisors to ensure a soft landing. Financial Advisor IQ, 7/15/21

  • UBS FA Goes Independent with Commonwealth Affiliate. Klaudia Conradt joined Conestoga Wealth Partners, a Commonwealth Financial Network affiliate. Financial Advisor IQ, 7/15/21

  • Choosing the Right Firm Partner: The Key to a Successful Transition to Independence. A lot goes into a transition, and having the right firm partner should be at the top of your list. Commonwealth's Nancy DiBattista, senior vice president, transition and field development operations, outlines key points and questions to consider to ensure that the move to independence is right for you. AdvisorHub, 7/15/21

  • Commonwealth, Edward Jones get top grades from advisors. J.D. Power ranked Commonwealth "#1 in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Eight Times in a Row." Financial Planning, 7/12/21

  • Educating Clients Must Always Come Before Sales Pitch: Exec [Video]. Sarah Howes, vice president, advisor marketing, shares insight on how advisors can be a domain authority and provide education first to establish credibility to prospective clients. Financial Advisor IQ, 7/08/21

  • Summer-friendly strategies for growing your brand and community. This summer, use any slow days to plan a memorable event, and make this season a time to grow your brand and intentionally reconnect with your clients, suggests Kristine McManus, vice president, chief business development officer. InvestmentNews, 7/07/21

  • An Introduction to 401k Auto-Features: Breaking Down Barriers. Advisors and consultants who coach business owners and retirement plan clients can take three steps to ensure that clients take full advantage of the benefits of auto-features for their retirement plans. Dan Collins, retirement marketing program manager, unpacks auto-features—how they work, the benefits, and how proactively offering these simple solutions can have a meaningful impact on employees and employers alike. 401(k) Specialist, 6/29/21

  • Male FAs Should Do More for Industry Gender Balance: Exec. Features commentary shared in the "Financial Services Sisterhood: How to Bring More Women into Our Industry" session with Anu Gaggar, global investment strategist, and David Griswold and Ashley Ott of Vantage Point Financial. Financial Advisor IQ, 6/28/21

  • Want to Retain Your Wealthy Female Clients? Improve Your Engagement. "Wealthy female investors are a growing client segment and have distinct communication preferences," shares Melissa Henderson, director of thought leadership, Fidelity Institutional, at Commonwealth's recent Summit for Women Advisors. Leaning on findings from the Fidelity Investor Insights Study, she shares strategies to ensure that advisors reach these investors in the manner they want. Financial Advisor IQ, 6/25/21

  • Anlon Financial Strategies Selects Commonwealth as First Firm Partner After Departing Wirehouse. This article features coverage of Anlon Financial Strategies joining Commonwealth. AdvisorHub, 6/24/21

  • Commonwealth Lures First Wirehouse Team into New Access Advisor Program. A recent WealthManagement.com story shares why Commonwealth's Access Advisor Program "highlights an evolutionary step to address the breakaway market." Read more about how this simplified pricing model for incoming wirehouse advisors—coupled with Business Consulting Services, our suite of consulting and outsourcing services designed to help advisors establish, manage, and grow their business—offers the flexibility and freedom advisors want. WealthManagement, 6/22/21

  • A To-Do Checklist for Advisors with Single Women Clients. The gender pay gap and decreasing participation of women in the workforce have hindered financial security for many single women, according to Heather Zack, manager, advanced planning. At our recent Summit for Women Advisors, she addressed how financial advisors can help this client segment plan for their future and contribute to creating financial parity. Financial Advisor IQ, 6/29/21

  • Advice to Transitioning FAs: Be More Proactive Than Reactive to Clients [Video]. If you prep for your transition and carve out time for training, you're setting yourself up for success and can focus on your clients beginning on day one, says Nancy DiBattista in a recent video interview. Financial Advisor IQ, 6/22/21

  • Commonwealth Planning Women's Conference. Coverage of the Summit for Women Advisors and the Women of Commonwealth initiative. Rethinking65, 6/16/21

  • Tight Branding Messages Win Client Trust [Video]. In this video interview, Sarah Howes, vice president, advisor marketing, shares her thoughts on advisor branding and the importance of building trust and demonstrating emotion. Financial Advisor IQ, 6/15/21

  • Advisor Training is Tailored Because Every FA is Different: Commonwealth [Video]. In a video interview, Nancy DiBattista, senior vice president, transition and field development operations, shares how Commonwealth's transition process is tailored to the needs of each advisor and focuses on their practice, their clients, and their overall comfort with their new firm. Financial Advisor IQ, 6/08/21

  • WealthManagement.com Announces 2021 'Wealthies' Finalists. We're proud to announce that Commonwealth is a finalist in four categories at the upcoming 2021 WealthManagement.com Industry Awards. Kudos to our team and all of the finalists for earning this great distinction! WealthManagement, 6/01/21

  • Clients Are Leaving Their Advisers—Are You Ready to Welcome Them? What's the main reason so many clients are changing financial advisors? Kristine McManus, vice president, chief business development officer, answers this in her recent article. Journal of Financial Planning, 6/01/21

  • Eyes on the Investment Menu. Commonwealth's Mike Geraci, supervisor, retirement consulting investment services, discusses best practices when constructing a modern defined contribution plan lineup. PlanAdviser, 6/01/21

  • Memorable Branding Helps Make FAs Irreplaceable: Commonwealth Exec [Video]. Commonwealth's Sarah Howes, director of marketing, recently spoke with Financial Advisor IQ, sharing her thoughts on advisor branding, as well as the importance of building trust and demonstrating emotion. Financial Advisor IQ, 5/25/21

  • A Conversation with Andrew Daniels — Managing Principal at Commonwealth Financial Network [Audio]. Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, spoke with AdvisorHub CEO Tony Sirianni on his podcast for a candid conversation. They discussed how Commonwealth has maintained a strong culture in a virtual environment and sustained recruiting success, as well as how our connectivity and scalability are key in supporting our advisors. AdvisorHub, 5/24/21

  • 10 IBDs with the most CFPs. In its annual ranking, InvestmentNews cites Commonwealth as having the highest percentage of advisors who are CFP® professionals—42 percent! InvestmentNews, 5/12/21

  • Voices: 4 ways to make your practice-management program digital-first. To keep client events and development programs thriving in a virtual environment, it's critical that advisors embrace a digital strategy, writes David Israel, vice president, field outreach, practice management. Financial Planning, 5/12/21

  • Conn. Firm with $200M AUM Joins Commonwealth's Independent Channel. Coverage of FS Financial joining Commonwealth Financial Network. Financial Advisor Magazine, 5/12/21

  • Taking stock of your advisory business. If your firm is functionally integrated but ownership remains siloed, moving to an equity-based ownership structure could align interests to strengthen the business's value, explains Kenton Shirk, vice president, practice management, in an article for InvestmentNews. InvestmentNews, 5/7/21

  • 10 IBDs with the highest average payouts. Our industry-leading advisors have positioned Commonwealth as the #1 independent broker/dealer for highest payout per advisor. InvestmentNews, 5/3/21

  • Commonwealth taps ex-LPL regulatory executive for general counsel. In this interview, Peggy Ho, senior vice president, general counsel, discusses her excitement over joining the firm and recent changes to industry fiduciary rules. Financial Planning, 4/22/21

  • Diversity and Inclusion Drew New GC to Commonwealth Financial Network. (Available to subscribers only.) In this interview, Peggy Ho, our new senior vice president, general counsel, shares how Commonwealth's inclusive culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion drew her to the firm, and how she is eager to collaborate with leadership, learn more about our operations, and add value across the organization. Law.com, 4/20/21

  • 3 Words for Financial Literacy: Freedom, Independence, and Opportunity. In this Q&A, Becca Hajjar, senior vice president, field development, discusses her path to financial literacy, tips on becoming financially literate, and how to teach your kids why it's so important. Massachusetts Conference for Women, 4/20/21

  • Gaining Perspective Podcast: Navigating the Inflection Points as an Advisor Practice Grows [Audio]. In this podcast, Kenton Shirk, vice president, practice management, breaks down the challenges advisors sometimes face as their practices grow, as well as how to navigate common inflection points. Advisor Perspectives, 4/15/21

  • Discover what your clients want with a survey. Kristine McManus, vice president, chief business development officer, discusses how advisors' needs have changed over the past 12 months while much of the world worked remotely. Now that offices are opening again, advisors' needs may be changing again—and that's where surveys can help. InvestmentNews, 4/07/21

  • CIO of the Year finalists named for 2021 awards. Miriam Manning, senior vice president, chief information officer, has been selected as a finalist in the Enterprise category for a Boston CIO of the Year ORBIE Award for demonstrating innovation and excellence in technology leadership and community involvement. Boston Business Journal, 4/01/21

  • IBDs Navigate the Pandemic. This article discusses how COVID-19 affected independent broker/dealers (IBDs) overall and how the industry handled it. Andrew Daniels, managing principal, business development, discusses what recruiting was like in 2020. Financial Advisor, 4/01/21

  • 2021 Broker/Dealer Ranking. Our industry-leading advisors have positioned Commonwealth as the top independent broker/dealer for highest gross revenue per advisor among IBDs. Financial Advisor, 4/01/21

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