The Case for Outsourcing Retirement Plan Building Tasks and Planning Software Solutions

In this time of uncertainty, new clients are approaching financial advisors for help, while current clients continue to demand, and deserve, high-quality services at an affordable price. For many firms, one solution to balance this influx of clients and retain their current base is to outsource the tasks around retirement plan building and software selection,… READ MORE

New Podcast: Why Outsourcing Your Clearing Platform Assessment, Selection and Implementation Processes Makes Sense

Whether you are considering exploring your clearing options, changing from self-clearing to fully-disclosed (or vice-versa) or starting a broker-dealer, Oyster will help you make the best decisions with an assessment of your business, analysis to help drive decisions, and even walk you step-by-step through a vendor selection and conversion processes. In this week’s episode of… READ MORE

New Podcast: Clearing Platform Selection and Implementation

The analysis to decide if it’s best to invest in your current platform or consider a different path should not be ignored or pushed too far into the future. In this week’s episode of Oyster Stew, Part 2 of a 3, Managing Director Pete McAteer discusses what you should do after you’ve identified any gaps… READ MORE

Selecting a Clearing Provider

In our previous blogs we discuss the things you should consider when deciding whether to change clearing platforms. Once you have assessed your needs and determined your firm’s direction around growth, recruiting and technology improvements, it’s time to begin the process of finding the best partner to help achieve your firm’s goals.   Make sure you have projected your business needs far enough into the future (5, 10 or 15… READ MORE

Reg SCI Compliance is a Good Idea for Everyone, Not Just Exchanges

What’s Happening: Remember Regulation SCI? Unless you are an exchange or a systemically important market participant, the answer is “probably not.” You’ve undoubtedly heard of the “Flash Crash” of 2010, or maybe the Nasdaq system problem that messed up the Facebook IPO, or the “glitch” on July 8, 2015 that halted trading on the NYSE…. READ MORE