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Rick Ferri has been an outspoken critic of many standard practices in the investment advisory industry. He was an early advocate of John Bogle and index-based investing, claiming most clients were better off with passive investment portfolios over using active, and more expensive, investment managers. More recently, he’s argued that advisors who give investment advice and still charge fees based on a percentage of the assets managed are in the wrong—fees for advice should be divorced from fees for portfolio management—and why many advisors are paid too much for the work they do.
In this episode, David Armstrong speaks with Ferri about how he got his start in the industry, how his thinking has evolved around Wall Street and whether a fee structure that charges clients for investment advice based on assets under management can really exist in a fiduciary framework.
- His background in the financial industry, including his transition from Wall Street to investment advisory services;
- Why Rick decided to sell his first $1.5 billion company—and the lessons he learned about what can go wrong;
- The need to charge separate fees for asset management and financial advice, and why many advisors are charging too much for what they do;
- How he decided on his hourly rate for advice;
- The possibility of an AUM-based fee existing inside a fiduciary framework; and
- Whether ESG investing for most clients is a real trend or just another way for asset managers to charge more.