Being audited is stressful enough—don’t let your billing process add alarm.
BillFin is committed to helping advisors calculate and collect accurate management fees from their clients while helping you understand the fee billing process. This is a continuation of a six-part series discussing the risk alert issued by the SEC last April noting six common errors found in reviewing financial advisors’ fee billing and compliance. Continue reading for details on how BillFin helps with fee rates.
Advisors’ Billing Practices Inconsistent with their ADV or Advisory Agreement
The six part “improper practices” BillFin article series continues this month moving onto risk number two: Billing Fees in Advance or with Improper Frequency. Since the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued a risk alert on advisory fee billing and compliance back in April, Redi2 is committed to resolving these worries by explaining how BillFin handles such concerns. Issue: Advisors’ Billing Practices Inconsistent with their ADV or Advisory Agreement OCIE staff found that many advisors’ claim to bill on a quarterly basis; however, they actually ran their advisory fees on a monthly basis. They also found advisors’ billing in advance when their agreement states in arrears. BillFin Solution: Flexible Billing for Consistency While BillFin will not review your ADV before you bill, it will allow the flexibility advisors need to properly bill and maintain accuracy with their ADV and advisor agreement. Advisors can bill monthly or quarterly, forward and arrears, with override settings available for clients with different billing arrangements.
SEC issued a risk alert on advisory fee billing and compliance.
Back in April, the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued a risk alert on advisory fee billing and compliance. Of the six most frequent compliance issues they outlined, BillFin can help ensure the top five are not concerns for your fee billing (see our June article). Let’s start with issue number one: Fee Billing Based on Incorrect Account Valuations. BillFin is extremely flexible and simple to use. The workflow is as simple as calculating fees, exporting your invoices, and then exporting your debit files. Since the first step is critically important, you will need your management fees to be correct and for that, the account valuations must be correct.
BillFin releases new module for splitting advisor payout fees
AdvisorPay is the brand-spanking new module in BillFin that allows your billing experts to define your payees and set up specific rules based on the firm's set standards and the advisor’s negotiated rate. So to keep your team happy, BillFin has created a slick CSV file report that spits out the firm’s and advisor’s cuts based on the defined firm-level, client-level, or account-level rules.
Enhanced Features Attract New Users
Since its introduction in 2015, Redi2 Technologies' BillFinTM solution has been adopted by more than 265 financial advisors to help them streamline their client billing process, with usage rapidly increasing 150 percent since October 2016. “In the current environment, with the increasing cost of regulatory compliance and downward pressure on fees, advisors are looking for ways to operate more efficiently while still providing the best possible service to clients,” said Redi2 President and COO Fermin Garcia.
Expanded Integrations, Enhanced Features Attract New Users
Since its introduction in 2015, Redi2 Technologies' BillFin solution has been adopted by more than 100 financial advisors to help them streamline their client billing process. “Advisors are continually seeking ways to scale operationally while maintaining the highest possible fiduciary standards and personalized care,” said Redi2 President and COO Fermin Garcia.