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I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management and Phil Blancato. I have known Phil for a number of years and consider him a resource in portfolio management. Each quarter he shares insight into investment markets, economy and the impact on portfolios that are managed by Ladenburg Asset Management. Below is Phil Blancato’s bio as well as the link to the most recent client call.


Meet Phil Blancato


Philip is the CEO and President of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management (“LTAM”) and Chairman of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee, which is responsible for security selection and asset allocation in the portfolios of LTAM’s investment management programs.  He is also President of Ladenburg Thalmann Capital Agency, and Member of the Boards of Directors for Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Investacorp, Inc., Triad Advisors, Inc., Premier Trust, and Securities America, Inc.

Philip is a twenty-two year veteran of the financial services industry with a specialized knowledge of portfolio and risk management, asset allocation and macro-economic theory as well as constructing and implementing seamlessly integrated platforms of fee-based solutions. Prior to joining Ladenburg Thalmann he worked for PowellJohnson as the Managing Director of Advisory Services where he directed the creation and implementation of a suite of fee-based platforms. Philip also worked for Prudential Securities beginning in 1990 where he held various positions within the Investment Management Services division. In 1996 he assumed the role of First Vice President and Director of Portfolio Management Programs. His primary function was to develop and improve upon the positioning and functionality of discretionary fee-based programs. During Philip’s tenure the Portfolio Management division became one of the most successful divisions within Prudential Securities with assets in excess of $16 billion.

Philip received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Kean University and a Marketing Continuing Education degree from New York University. Philip also completed the Securities Industry Association accredited program at Wharton Business School and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary course.

Link to the most recent market commentary:


Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Mngmt Update 10-23-13


Thanks for the time that you have shared listening to this market commentary. Please feel free to call if you would like to discuss these matters further.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

September 11, 2012

Why go? Should I go to this conference? Maybe I should just stay in the office and work…..Have you ever asked yourself these questions? 


Let’s face it within the financial industry there is no end to the amount of conferences that are available to attend. It is literally possible to be gone every month attending award trips, learning trips, study groups etc. if you aren’t careful you can learn, reward and travel yourself right out of business! However, I am a big fan of attending these events, even so much as to have been accused of being a conference junkie or working on my lanyard collection. I think it is important to be choosy as to which events you spend your time and money attending. Below are three reasons why you must go to the right events.



Events like Conferences bring out the best and the brightest within any industry. What an excellent opportunity to meet and learn from a host of experts from all over the country or world in one location. Some of the best business practices or presentations have come from me attending a breakout session at a conference. These presentations have led to my clients and me being financially better. Sometimes, it’s the one idea that you pick up that more than pays for any registration or travel expenses that may be incurred. There is a direct correlation between learning and earning, never stop doing either.


The networking and creating relationship is also one of the valuable results of attending a conference. Over my career I have made numerous friends throughout the world at such events. Typically like-minded people
attend similar events, therefore you can’t help but meet people who are interested in the same ideas that you deem valuable. However, it is often that some of the best ideas come from seeing what other successful people do in their lives/business. Much of the learning that I mentioned above has happened for me as a result of conversations that take place surrounding the actual event. I also mentioned earlier the fact that experts are gathered in the same place as presenters/speakers, what a great opportunity to meet and establish a relationship with someone with such influence.

Social media has added to the power of the conference. The shelf life of the content, as well as the ability to connect with other attendees has been greatly extended. I typically will tweet, post on LinkedIn and facebook before, during and after an event. Using #Hashtags to group/categorize posts helps to connect those in attendance and talking about the conference or subject.


It is important to work hard and most successful advisors do not have trouble with putting in the time. It is however important to step back and take a break from time to time. Good conferences are usually held in great resorts and beautiful locations. The group rate that a conference enjoys at hotels allows you to travel within budget and is often a business expense for tax purposes. So as you travel the world while learning and networking you are also getting a chance to rest and recharge your inner battery. This recharging
allows you to return to the office with new ideas, skills and to be overall more focused.


Most conference events offer some element of the three items listed above, but they weren’t all created equally. It is important to make good choices about which events make it into your calendar. I have a few that are mainstays and that I hate to miss. Find which ones work best for your goals and objectives and just go!

I would love to hear feedback via twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. What are some of your thoughts on attending events and which ones are your favorites?


Some of my favorites….

The Catalyst Conference

Triad Advisors National Conference

Kingdom Advisors

LEAP Symposium