Rethink. Financial Advice

Rethink. Financial Advice

Fintech CEOs Adam Holt ( and Derek Notman ( and host the Rethink. Financial Advice podcast. With decades of real-world experience as veteran and actively practicing advisors and CFPs, they’re rethinking what it takes to succeed as a financial advisor in the 21st century. Challenging the status quo, Holt and Notman examine practice management, technology, planning, products, delivery of advice, digital marketing, designations, compensation, licenses, types of advisors, mindset, and entrepreneurship – all thoroughly explored and debated. Starting, growing, and running an advisory practice should no longer be done like it’s 1985. Notman and Holt ask the tough questions to get the answers no one else is telling you. Fresh, innovative, brutally honest, inspiring, tactical, and a side of peaceful rebellion banter – just what you needed to learn something new and walk away with a smile. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


November 29, 2023 37 mins

What’s the best way to add alpha to your practice?

Is it tech? Your brand? Some special sauce? Or is it as simple as improving your client engagement experience? Join us as we chat with Craig Martin, Executive Managing Director, Global Head of Wealth & Lending Intelligence for the J.D. Power wealth management division to gain some very valuable insights into what he and his team are learning from...

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How digitally intimate are you with your potential and current clients?

What kind of digital intimacy experience are you creating for them? Join us as we discuss this fun yet compelling topic with fellow advisor and fintech expert, Jason Pereira. We cover everything from how advisors should consider clients' preferences and needs to the importance of collaboration, the role of artificial intelligence, and adapting...

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The outsider that became an insider

Sometimes the best way to see what’s broken and figure out how to fix it is to take an outside looking inside approach. That’s just what our guest did when we left a long career in marketing to become a financial advisor. Let’s face it, it’s easy to put blinders on as a financial advisor given how much we have to learn while at the same time building our business, so it can ...

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Who’s better equipped to serve clients; independent financial advisors or large established companies?

With the recent sale of United Capital there’s been a lot of talk about what Goldman Sachs is focusing on. Turns out quite a bit including serving independent financial advisors. Join us as we chat with Goldman Sachs Managing Director and US Navy Captain Richard Lofgren to learn what they are doing to support...

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Where is the smart money going? What is the world’s largest asset manager investing in? Is Empathy and investable asset class?

With all the talk of companies investing in AI and a variety of asset classes we wanted to see what the biggest asset manager in the world is doing and what we can learn from them. Join us as we speak with Elizabeth Koehler, Managing Director at BlackRock and Head of Advisor Engagemen...

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Is tech actually helping societal well-being?

With the recent release from Fidelity on how many 401k millionaires there are, and that the average account balance being just over 100k for over 45 million Americans and all the talk about AI in the wealth management space we were really keen to answer this question. Join us as we speak with industry and fintech veteran, Marc Butler, who was doing wealth tech before it e...

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Are financial advisors unknowingly committing malpractice?

How is our industry & profession changing? What can we learn from the medical field that will help us scale advice in a meaningful way? Join us as we chat with special guest Michael Lecours, a fellow advisor and co-founder of fpPathfinder to learn about what we're calling Financial Advice 3.0.

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Is what you believe in actually true? Does your financial religion serve you and your clients? Is it better than all other religions? Join us as we dive into financial religion with special guest Josh Curtis who shares his experience of growing up in a cult and its many similarities to the financial services world. A thought provoking conversation sure to have you rethinking your own financial religion.

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What’s the biggest challenge in wealth management today? Is it just one thing? Join Adam and Derek as they ask 10 different thought leaders what they think the biggest challenge is and what they’re doing to overcome them. From bringing in the next generation of advisors to financial literacy we dig into the brilliant insights of our guests in this fast paced conversation to mark the release of our 50th episode of Ret...

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Why is the financial services industry always slow to innovate?

Bob in Idaho recently asked us via a community question “Why is it so hard for new innovation to break into enterprises?”.  Given our background as practicing financial advisors who became fintech CEOs we jumped at the chance to have a conversation about innovation in financial services to share our experience or should we say trials & tribulations...

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Are financial advisors addressing their client’s financial vulnerabilities? In order for your clients to truly understand and make progress on their financial and life goals we have to help them break through any vulnerabilities they may have when it comes to their money. Join us as we speak with special guest Michael Liersch as we muse about how difficult it is to talk to clients about their money and how to connect it w...

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Derek N.H. Notman, CFP® & H. Adam Holt, CFP®, ChFC® asked industry legend Mark Pfaff how & what Agency can do to thrive in the future. Mark Pfaff started as an agent at New York Life Insurance Company, worked really hard, and ultimately climbed the ranks to become Executive Vice President in charge of Agency. If there ever was someone who could give us an idea of where the industry has been, where it's going, and how to h...

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How well do you communicate your higher calling as a financial advisor? Communication is an art form that starts when we seek to understand ourselves and those we are talking with. Join us as we chat with master communicator Chuck Garcia who spent many years on Wall Street as well as leading communications for global companies like Bloomberg. Chuck tells us how what happened on 9/11 changed his life and his journey as a mountain...

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We are on the cusp of major change. Is virtual reality, AI or Amazon part of your future business plans? Ian’s unique perspective is global in nature and arguably one of the most diverse given his extensive travels around the world to see what people are doing, (or not), in our industry. Join us as we chat with futurist Ian McKenna and discuss the future of financial advice delivery and what advisors need to think about t...

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Financial advisors rely on data to help their clients, but what happens when they ignore marketing data when it comes to growing their business? The advice & investment management industry & profession is at a pivotal point since they are fungible and hard for consumers to differentiate one advisor from another. There’s no longer an easy button for advisors to say they're a fiduciary, etc. to differentiate themsel...

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Is financial wellness legit? Traditionally, there’s been lots of shame in going to speak with a financial advisor since most of us have had no formal financial education. But there are positive shifts happening towards behavioral finance that are helping people with their financial well-being. Join us as we chat with recovered financial advisor turned certified financial coach Catherine Morgan to learn more about how you ...

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Does the home office know what’s happening in the field? Join us as we explore this topic with financial advisor turned chairman of Equitable Advisors, David Karr. We dive into advisor-first mentality vs. firm first mentality, what the future holds for our profession with insights from the home office, and the increasing demand for great advisors and what companies like Equitable are doing to attract and support them.


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The News Hidden Behind the Headlines Featuring Cindy Taylor (Ep 41)


What’s really going on in financial services? We’re bombarded with curated news media that is hyped and often doesn’t cover the non-promoted or unpopular trends often hidden the curtain of hot topics and headlines.  Join us as we speak with industry news & media veteran Cindy Taylor and dive into what she’s seeing behind the ...

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Have you prepared your practice and clients for a global financial disruption? The world is experiencing economic despair, rising interest rates, fallout from covid/remote work, an aging population, falling tax revenues, global unrest, wage pressure, cost of eggs, political unrest, wars, famine, avian flu, ChatGPT, the list goes on! Join us for an insightful discussion with Evelyn Jacks on how to best position & prepa...

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You’ve been told to niche to grow, but should you?  To balance out the great advice in episodes 36 & 38 we wanted to bring you some additional, expert thought leadership around not niching but instead focusing on price/value to grow your firm.  Join us for a fun and insightful chat where Angie share’s her unique perspective on how best to grow a firm while challenging everything you’ve been told!

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