How Does Your Firm Stack Up?

“Benchmarks are like a dashboard in a car,” says Philip Palaveev, CEO of The Ensemble Practice, a support and service organization for financial advisory firms based in Seattle, Wash. “Benchmarks showing what other firms are experiencing can tell you if you are growing too fast or too slowly and if things are working properly. Read More

Nobel prize winners shine light on best compensation practices

“A small but growing minority group of advisers are developing incentive compensation based on performance, usually based on performance of the firm and performance of the employee,” said Philip Palaveev, chief executive of The Ensemble Practice. “For that to work well, the firm needs to have a mechanism for evaluating the performance of the employee.” Read the full article here

Philip Palaveev and Bob Oros create Hunger Games-style RIA high jinks for Fidelity execs, then release it for wide consumption

Medical interns get cadavers to practice their scalpel skills on. Law students have moot court to hone their oratorical skills. But there are no such dress rehearsals for aspiring financial advisors.

Philip Palaveev has teamed up with Fidelity in order to remedy that situation. Fusing fantasy baseball and reality TV, Palaveev is creating a program in which advisors, divvied up into teams, compete against one another and in the process deal with real-life situations facing RIAs. Read more