FI 430

Business Development in Financial Services

3 Unit(s)

Presents an overview of the different methods and skill sets needed to develop a financial services practice by developing and maintaining client relationships. Running an efficient practice will have a direct impact on the success of your marketing and business development efforts, as well as on the profitability and long-term value of your firm. This course exposes students to the various tools and methodologies used by best in-class practitioners. In addition, students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with some of the platforms currently used throughout the industry. Industry leaders and practitioners will join as guest speakers throughout the term. Topics include an overview of the current environment and the issues surrounding establishing a practice; a review of the personal tools needed in business development; the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods of attracting new business; how to differentiate a business from other financial planners; how to develop trust with prospective clients; how to create a brand message; using the internet and other direct marketing tools; using the media and public relations; developing and implementing a budget and a plan; other marketing options including seminars, speeches and products.