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    Welcome to the DALBAR Corporate Site
    We are the nation's leading financial services market research firm.
    We perform a variety of ratings and evaluations of practices and communications
    that are committed to raising the standards of excellence in the financial services industry.
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    Working Diligently?
    A 3 minute video…
    How DALBAR can help you to success with the Fiduciary Rule
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    DALBAR is offering NEW training to advisors
    Best Interest Contract Survival Guide
    Rollover Self-Study: How to Succeed with IRA Rollovers by Really Trying
    Find out what you need to know to survive and thrive
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    408g Is Your EZ-Pass to IRA and ERISA Business
    Learn how the fee leveling and computer models of a 408(g) exemption can:
    Protect current compensation from all sources
    Ease compliance burdens and lower costs
    Avoid the uncertainties of the fiduciary rule
    Enable superior service
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    Does passive performance overcome behavior losses?
    What is the extent to which the historical performance advantage
    of passive investments is eroded by behavioral influences?
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    DALBAR’s 12 Factors to Measure When Picking Active or Passive Funds...
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    19th Annual Trends and Best Practices in Investor Statements
    Find out which firms have best-in-class statements
Fiduciary Rule

Check out what you need to be doing before the final DoL Fiduciary Rule. Read Fiduciary Rule: Enforcement by No Enforcement

Latest news, insights, and interpretation of the conflict of interest rule (COIR)

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Assessing Compensation Reasonableness

The 21st century ushered in a witch hunt to find and punish advisers...

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About Us

DALBAR at a Glance

DALBAR, Inc. is the financial community’s leading independent expert for evaluating, auditing and rating business practices, customer performance, product quality and service. Launched in 1976, DALBAR has earned the recognition for consistent and unbiased evaluations of investment companies, registered investment advisers, insurance companies, broker/dealers, retirement plan providers and financial professionals. DALBAR awards are recognized as marks of a superior standard of care in the financial community.

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News & Stories

Complacency Is Weakest Cybersecurity Link: Dalbar/ThinkAdvisor Study

Despite the increasing fear Americans have of personal and financial information being stolen, most financial-services firms have been complacent on updating or implementing state of the art — or even basic — cybersecurity technology, according to a recent study by Dalbar/ThinkAdvisor entitled “The State of Authentication in Financial Services.”

ThinkAdvisor | 4/4/2018


How Scottrade Could Have Avoided DOL Rule Charges

Scottrade made a bet that the Labor Department's fiduciary rule wouldn't be enforced. It lost. But, for now, there's another way firms can keep their sales incentives.

ThinkAdvisor | 2/23/2018


Are Advisors’ Cyberdefenses Strong Enough? Dalbar-ThinkAdvisor Survey Seeks Answers

...“Authentication is now the primary defense, since the felons have already stolen the data,” said Lou Harvey, CEO of Dalbar, an independent financial-services market research firm, in an interview with ThinkAdvisor....

ThinkAdvisor | 1/19/2018


Statistics About Indexing's Advantage May Be Lying To You: Financial Advisors' Daily Digest

A new study by Dalbar finds that passive funds achieve higher returns, but active fund investors are better behaved and may actually come out ahead over the long term.

Seeking Alpha | 2/28/2017


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