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  1. Smart Beta Bond ETFs: A Niche to Watch (BYLD, FIBR)

    While smart beta fixed-income funds represent a fairly small niche, the market for them is likely to increase in the future. ...
  2. Financial Independence Is More Than Just A Number

    Managing financial independence is not a set-it-and-forget-it thing. Maintaining a balance between lifestyle and your financial ...
  3. 5 Economic Concepts Consumers Need To Know

    A solid understanding of economics helps build a strong foundation in almost every area of life.
  4. Advisors: 5 Tips for Modernizing Your Practice

    These five steps will help you stay on top of innovation and improve your financial advisory practice.
  5. Fiduciary Rule May Push ETF Assets to $10 Trillion

    Assets in exchange-traded products could hit $10 trillion by 2020 in the wake of the new fiduciary rule.
  6. 3 Secrets Of Successful Companies

    Make smart investments by spotting up-and-coming success stories early.
  7. Start Your Financial Plan by Talking About Money

    The ability to take control of your financial life and determine what wealth means to you begin with a simple conversation.
  8. What Not To Say In A Job Interview

    Don't let your nerves get the best of you during a job interview, and avoid these major flubs.
  9. 5 Tough Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

    Don't get caught unprepared when your prospective employer throws these questions at you in the interview.
  10. Tax Deductions on Mortgage Interest

    If you're a homeowner, this is one item you want to understand and use on your return.
  11. Mutual Fund Fees: Here's What You're Paying For

    It is important to understand mutual funds fees so that you know what you are paying and to whom, and how that impacts your ...
  12. Top 4 Mistakes That Cause Futures Traders To Fail

    Learn to keep your losses to a minimum and consistently produce positive results.
  13. Don't Get Scammed by Fake IRS Phone Calls

    There's been an increase in fraudulent phone calls and emails from people pretending to be the IRS. Here's how to know if ...
  14. Understanding How Exchange-Traded Funds Work

    An in depth look at how ETFs work and what investors need to consider when deciding if they should invest in these popular ...
  15. Estate Planning for Beginners, Part One

    Where do you start with estate planning? Here's a helpful outline to make sure your assets go where you want them to in the ...
  16. Hybrid Robo-Advisors to Outpace Pure Robos: Study

    A recent study projects that hybrid robo-advisors will manage 10% of all investable worldwide assets by 2025.
  17. 7 Critical Website Principles You Should Follow

    Since website design is just as important as functionality, here are seven basic principles you should know to keep your ...
  18. Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Mortgage Broker

    Mortgage brokers may be able to find you the loan of your dreams, but you should consider the potential downsides before ...
  19. Ten Social Security Questions Everyone Asks

    The average American doesn’t know enough about Social Security. Here are answers to 10 of the more common questions people ...
  20. What Is and Isn't Covered by Homeowners Insurance

    Understanding what your insurance covers can be confusing. Learn what almost all insurance policies have in common so you're ...
  21. How Advisors Can Be Entrepreneurs Not Salespeople

    The industry is evolving so that advisors are becoming behavior managers and business owners instead of product salespeople.
  22. Merrill Drops Commission Retirement Offerings

    In the wake of the fiduciary rule, Merrill Lynch is dropping commission-based transactions from all of its retirement accounts.
  23. Fee-Only Financial Advisors: What You Need to Know

    Are you considering hiring a fee-only financial advisor or one who is compensated via commissions? Read this first.
  24. Get Connected to the Mainstreaming of Renewable Power

    Amid growing investor interest in real assets, let's talk about the changing global energy landscape, highlighting the investment ...
  25. Top Tips for Retirement Account Withdrawals

    Top things you need to know when it comes to managing the complex task of retirement account withdrawals.
  26. How to Help Women Who Are Single in Retirement

    The majority of women over the age of 65 are single. Here are five ways advisors can help these clients prepare for and manage ...
  27. Why You Should Skip Mutual Funds and Go for ETFs

    Many people debate the merits of mutual funds versus ETFs. Here are some reasons why ETFs should come out on top.
  28. Social Security Tips for Divorced Retirees

    These tips will help divorced retirees navigate recent changes to the laws covering Social Security benefits.
  29. How to Make Your Own Retirement Fund

    Making sure you have a large enough nest egg to retire on is a challenge. Here's how to accomplish the task, one step at ...
  30. How to Make Your Car Less of an Expense

    The cost of a car can be a sinkhole for your money. Here are a few ways to save money when you're buying your next car.
  31. 529 Plans: Your Most Pressing Questions Answered

    When parents start preparing for college costs, here are the most commonly asked questions about 529 plans.
  32. Adding Personal Finance to Your Kids' Curriculum

    As a parent, you can help your child be smart about finance by teaching them a few core principles. Here are the basics that ...
  33. Best Possible Retirement: 4 Things You Can Control

    You can't control the economy or the stock market, but you can time 4 crucial moves that will make a big difference to your ...
  34. 9 Top Tips on How to Retire Like the Rich

    What can you learn from the wealthiest investors when it comes to saving for retirement? Here are their top tips.
  35. Why Bonds May No Longer Be Able to Save Stocks

    Historically low bond yields have helped boost stocks in recent years. We discuss why this may no longer be enough.
  36. Three Themes that Will Shape Investing in Q4

    What should investors expect in the last quarter of the year? We see three themes that are likely to shape economies and ...
  37. Hurricane Insurance Deductible Fact Sheet

    If you're a homeowner with property in a high-risk hurricane area, you need to understand the special details of your hurricane ...
  38. Don't Let Emotions Block Your Investing Goals

    When it comes to investing, leave your emotions at the door.
  39. How to Financially Prepare for a Hurricane

    Insurance isn't enough: How to ensure that you're ready financially for a natural disaster.
  40. It's Time to Re-Examine the Fees You're Paying

    It's simple: The lower your costs, the greater your share of an investment’s return. Here's why it's time to re-evaluate ...
  41. 10 Topics to Discuss at an Initial Client Meeting

    These are 10 topics that should be discussed during the first meeting with a client.
  42. The Good News About Long-Term Care

    Two options have emerged that allow long-term care policyholders to gain control over premium increases.
  43. Do Retirement Accounts Go Through Probate?

    It's tough when retirement accounts have go through probate, tying up those funds after death. Here is how you can prevent ...
  44. Target-Date ETFs in a 401(k)? Probably Not. Here's Why

    Target-date ETFs aren't likely to become a popular offering in defined contribution plans any time soon. Here's why.
  45. Advisors: Don't Make These Facebook Mistakes

    The Federal Reserve's launch of a Facebook page provides a good lesson on what not to do on the social media platform.
  46. Seeking Higher Income in Your Retirement Accounts?

    Fed up with the bond market’s ultra-low yields? You can also consider investing in real estate using a self-directed IRA.
  47. Jumbo Mortgage Limits: How Much Can You Borrow?

    If you want to buy a home that costs close to half a million or more, you likely need to know what the jumbo mortgage limits ...
  48. The Top 5 Disney Individual Shareholders in 2016

    The top individual shareholders of Walt Disney Company for 2016 and their connections to the hugely successful media corporation.
  49. Election-Proof Your Portfolio By Leaving It Alone

    Here's why the best way to election-proof your portfolio is easier than you might think.
  50. The Way You Think About Money and Your Finances

    While your early memories of money may influence your current and future decisions, you don’t have to be ruled by them.
  51. Chart of the Week: Position for the Macroeconomic Shift Ahead

    The global economy may be nearing an inflection point. This backdrop supports exposure to selected credit and equities, as ...
  52. 4 Estate Planning Documents You Need to Have

    Here's the lowdown on the four essential legal documents you need—right now—to have in place before you die.
  53. What to Tell Clients Who Worry About Inflation

    Although CPI numbers may be low, many clients are feeling the bite of inflation. Here's how to counsel them.
  54. Why Employer Healthcare Costs Are Rising for Employees

    It's no illusion that health insurance is getting more expensive, and employer healthcare costs that are passed on to employees ...
  55. The 10 Cheapest, Safest Retirement Countries in the World

    If you are looking to retire somewhere with a lower cost of living – and a peaceful environment – these 10 nations offer ...
  56. Top 5 Things to do When You Retire

    Substitute "when you retire" for "when you grow up" and it's the same open ended question. Here are some universal ideas ...
  57. Female Breadwinners: How to Tackle Money Issues

    Women who earn their household's primary income are a growing minority faced with unique challenges at home, at work, and ...
  58. Don't Wait Too Long to Tap Into Your Retirement

    Are you approaching your 70th birthday? If so, you'll want to tap into your retirement accounts — before the IRS assesses ...
  59. Are Retirement Villages a Good Investment?

    Demographic trends suggest that the days ahead are bright for retirement villages. But that doesn't mean they're foolproof ...
  60. 5 Financial Mistakes Business Owners Can Avoid

    Here are five financial mistakes business owners typically make, and strategies to ensure you don't make them.
  61. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  62. Advisors: Don't Lose Clients to Digital Attrition

    If a prospective client is deciding between you and another advisor, your digital experience is likely a contributing factor ...
  63. How Rising Interest Rates Impact Bond Portfolios

    A look at the impact that changing interest rates - rising or falling - have on bonds and what investors need to consider. ...
  64. How to Grow Your Advisory Firm by Studying People

    Honing in on your people skills will help you grow your centers of influence, attain clients, and build a solid referral ...
  65. What Advisors Need to Know About Gen X and Gen Y

    To remain relevant, financial advisors must understand the viewpoints of the next generations. Recent research shows that ...
  66. Managing Student Loans: 3 Things to Consider

    You can better manage the burden of student loan debt by following these three steps.
  67. Is the Roth IRA Under Threat?

    Roth IRAs are one of the most popular retirement savings accounts. Could Congress ever decide that too much money is being ...
  68. Retire in Thailand with $200,000 of Savings?

    How long would $200,000 in the bank last if you retired to Thailand? Pretty long, especially if you also get Social Security.
  69. 5 Important Steps to Take Before You Buy a Home

    If you're looking at home ownership, here are some steps you should consider taking before making the plunge.
  70. Why You Must Diversify to the Point of Discomfort

    Here's why diversifying your portfolio to the extreme is one of the best investment strategies around.
  71. Millennial Banking: A Look at Chime and Simple

    Here's what Millennial banking looks like—and what users can expect with these new technology platforms.
  72. High Beta Stocks Are Outperforming Low Volatility Stocks (SPHV, SPLV)

    After two years of low volatility stocks outperforming higher beta counterparts, that trend has reversed.
  73. The Dangers of Getting a Paycheck on a Prepaid Debit Card

    Receiving your paycheck on a prepaid debit card may seem like a boon until you discover all the fees that can come with it.
  74. Target Date Funds and the Fiduciary Rule: What to Know

    Are you a fan of selling target date funds to clients? You may be interested in how the market for them will change with ...
  75. Business Development Companies: What Investors Should Know (ARCC, ACAS)

    Business development companies can provide investors with a higher yield, but these instruments also come with substantial ...
  76. 7 Money Tips for Millennial Parents

    Millennial parents have graduated with massive student loans into a job market that makes them work hard for less money. ...
  77. Unemployed? 5 Smart Ways to Get Control of Debt

    When you're unemployed and barely making ends meet, smart debt advice can help you stay on top of your payments and protect ...
  78. Tale of Two Charities: Trump's Helps Trump, the Clintons' Is the Real Deal

    The Clintons have been quite literally a thousand times more charitable than The Donald. And now the Trump Foundation is ...
  79. Top Apple Shareholders for 2016 (AAPL)

    These insiders and institutional investors hold the largest positions in this popular tech company.
  80. Art of the 'Steal': How Trump Lost $916M and Avoided Tax

    This is how Donald Trump’s accountants most likely used the tax code to avoid paying income tax for almost two decades.
  81. Top 5 Rookie Mistakes Financial Advisors Make

    From a senior advisor to you: Here are five rookie mistakes that many financial advisors make.
  82. Is it Smart to Avoid Paying Federal Income Tax?

    Not paying federal income taxes might sound appealing, but is it really a good idea?
  83. 401(k) vs. IRA: Which to Fund When

    Here are some points to remember as you're choosing where to put your retirement savings.
  84. How New IRA Rollover Rules Impact Your Clients

    The IRS has made it easier and less costly for clients who miss the 60-day IRA rollover window.
  85. How Big Banks Make Money From Your Wealth

    Many salespeople working at big banks probably don't have investors' best interests in mind. Make sure you find a fiduciary ...
  86. REITs As an Alternative to Real Estate Investment

    Does investing in real estate seem like too much maintenance? Consider the many advantages of REITs, or real estate investment ...
  87. 6 Tips to Stop Worrying About Retirement

    Try some creative thinking and these smart moves to take the pressure off.
  88. 3 Reasons Why Cash Might Be Obsolete in the Near Future

    Cash might soon become obsolete as consumers increase their use of cash alternatives such as debit cards and cellphones to ...
  89. How to Avoid Costly Social Security Mistakes

    Social Security is an important part of most retirement plans. Here are some costly mistakes to avoid.
  90. The Economics of Mega-Mansions

    The real costs of mega-mansions are often much higher than the original price tag, something a few celebrities have painfully ...
  91. Considering Technical School and Lifetime Earnings

    There are many benefits to choosing a career that pays more, even if it's not one you've ever thought about before.
  92. How an IRA Works After Retirement

    You've read a lot about saving for your future retirement with IRAs. But what happens to the account when the future is here, ...
  93. Top 5 Most Common Personal Finance Goals for Millennials

    As the millennial generation gets older, members are entering the workforce and developing personal finance goals, including ...
  94. What to Know About Hiring Help Around the House

    If your lifestyle is active and your schedule is full, hiring a domestic employee can be well worth the cost for some families.
  95. 4 Reasons Why REITs are Traps Not Trusts

    REITs are facing some serious structural issues, and an oversupply of real estate is just the tip of the iceberg.
  96. 4 Financial Tips for the Sandwich Generation

    The squeeze of supporting kids and aging parents calls for sandwich generation tips for long-term planning, sharing responsibilities ...
  97. Fiduciary Compliance Next Big Thing in Technology

    The new fiduciary rules have many advisors looking for new technologies to stay compliant and help mitigate losses.
  98. Top 6 Books to Learn About Bitcoin

    Bitcoin, which may be the future of money, is a digital currency with over $9 billion in circulation. Here are six books ...
  99. How Robos, Tech, Fiduciary and Millenials Intersect

    Investopedia hosted a panel of financial advisors to discuss technology, robo-advisors, the Fiduciary Rule, millennials and ...
  100. SEC-Registered Advisors See Jump in Clients

    SEC-registered investment advisors are seeing a record number of clients thanks in part to automated investment advice, a ...
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