Punching above our weight class, and winning!

Silver Oak Recognized as the Sixth Fastest-Growing IBD in America by InvestmentNews We didn’t start Silver Oak with the goal of winning awards or earning accolades.  Our CEO, Billy Hopkins, founded the firm with a simple but unique vision – to do the right thing for independent financial professionals. You don’t always get rewarded for […]

A Guide to Building Your Firm’s Blueprint: Defining Your Next 10 Years

A guide to building your firm's blueprint

If you’ve ever built a house, or added onto your home, you know you need a detailed blueprint before breaking ground. Your contractors won’t just start framing without a plan in place for the materials, costs, roles, and process. A blueprint is critical for efficiency, communication, and accountability. The same idea applies to your firm. […]

Pinpointing a Legacy Firm in an M&A World

According to Wealthmanagement.com’s recently released 2023 M&A Outlook, advisory firm activity was on fire in 2022. Seventy percent of respondents to a survey conducted by Wealthmanagement.com and Informa Engage indicated that their firm had explored an acquisition, sale or merger in 2022, while 44% said their firm had actually executed an M&A deal.

Reframing What a Broker-Dealer Can Be

Use the term ‘broker-dealer’ and the connotations are instant: Behemoths. Slow-moving. Inflexible. Stuck in antiquated ways of running a business. Oil tankers or freight trains, if you want to get metaphorical about it.

Where Are We Now? A Look Back at Two Years Under RegBI

It’s been over two years since the SEC introduced the Regulation Best Interest – better known as RegBI – to establish, as the name suggests, a “best interest” standard of conduct to be followed by financial professionals when they make recommendations to retail customers of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities. RegBI, which […]

How a Research Partner Makes Managing Unpredictable Markets Easier

We’re hearing a lot of questions and conversations lately about what’s coming next for the market. We’ve been dealing with uncertainty and unpredictability for so long that it feels like we may never make it through to the other side, and we’re all looking for ways to create the most successful outcomes possible for our […]