Financial advisers expect to see a rise in return on assets in 2013, according to Russell Investments' Financial Professional Outlook. Two-thirds of respondents believe this metric -- the ratio of a firm's revenue to assets under management -- will show 8.4% growth on average. "ROA provides insight into the revenue efficiency of the adviser's asset base," says Sam Ushio, practice management consultant for Russell's U.S. adviser-sold business.

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