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What to Consider Before Recommending Alternatives to Clients

By: Clive Slovin It was another banner year for the equities markets in 2017, with anyone who had broad exposure to stocks likely very happy as we kick off a new year. While it’s always challenging to predict the future, the current landscape suggests that 2018 could once again be very favorable. The story for... Read More

2017 In Review

  This year, we worked together as an SFA community to focus on growth, sharing, and giving back. This year's holiday card highlights some of the successes we've had in these areas. Thank you for your partnership. We look forward to an even stronger relationship in 2018. Read More

SFA Accelerates Growth, Creates Senior Leadership Team

The Strategic Financial Alliance (SFA) has created three senior management positions to oversee product strategy, technology and recruiting. “We are delighted to welcome these three talented and respected executives to serve in key operating roles in our expanded senior management team,” said Clive Slovin, president and CEO of SFA. Jean Merriman has joined SFA as... Read More

Beware of so-called ‘liquid’ alts for retail investors

In the independent broker-dealer and RIA space, the term "alternative investment" means exactly what it implies: It is an alternative to commonly held liquid investments traded on a public exchange. Alternatives can be inappropriate for those who cannot afford to lock up significant capital for a long period of time. Read more... Read More

A Black Monday Redux?

Contributed by Lewis J. Walker, CFP® The headline startled: "Dow plummets...on a wave of panic selling; 22% drop exceeds worst day in 1929." The date was Tuesday, October 20, 1987, and the front-page above-the-fold story in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune chronicled the carnage on Wall Street on what became known as Black Monday. My... Read More