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  1. What the Brexit Means to Near-Retirees

    Brexit-spurred economic uncertainty and added volatility comes at an inopportune time for those nearing retirement. Here's ...
  2. Why Advisors Ignore Most Marketing Pitches

    Advisors are busy folks and as such, they aren't easily swayed to read marketing materials.
  3. Evaluating Target Date Funds Just Got Easier

    The wave of target date funds has caught the eye of the DoL, which has issued guidelines on them for fiduciaries. Here's ...
  4. Why a Financial Advisor Is Crucial in Retirement

    If you’ve been planning your retirement strategy on your own, bringing a financial advisor on board to help can be a wise ...
  5. Billionaire John Paulson's Q1 Biotechs: AGN, SGYP

    Let's take a look at billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson's Q1 investments in these healthcare stocks: AGN, SGYP
  6. How to Advise Business Owners Looking to Retire

    Here are some things to be aware of when advising business owners looking to retire.
  7. The Best Robo-Advisors for Your Advisory Practice

    Robo-advisors targeting financial advisors aim to free up their human counterparts for more important work. Here's a list ...
  8. How the FPA's New Planner Search Will Help Advisors

    The FPA recently launched a new redesign aimed at making it easier for consumers to identify and find financial planners. ...
  9. The 5 Best CRM Services for Financial Advisors

    CRM solutions have become an invaluable tool for advisors as competition from robo-advisors heats up. Here are some of the ...
  10. How to Get More Business with Inbound Marketing

    A smart way to start adding more clients to your roster is to add inbound marketing to your marketing tool chest. Here's ...
  11. How to Explain Value Investing to Clients

    The sun appears to be coming out for value stocks again. But before you advise clients to invest, here's what you should ...
  12. 3 Things to Know Before Taking Sell Side Recommendations

    Learn about the equity research process to understand the incentives faced by published research analysts. How should investors ...
  13. The 8 Deadly Sins of Financial Advice

    As an informed consumer is the best defense against a swindling financial professional, here are eight things to watch out ...
  14. What You Gain By Automating Your Financial Life

    Most investors would be better served by automating their financial savings process, as it takes the emotion out of making ...
  15. 3 Suggestions Before Reading Analyst Stock Recommendation

    Discover the true motivations and priorities of sell-side analysts and why individual investors should ignore consensus estimates ...
  16. The Impact of Fiduciary Rule on Annuity Sales

    The new fiduciary rule has a far reaching effect on the annuity sales process for advisors and clients.
  17. Why In-Person Meetings Are Better for Clients

    While the future of financial advisement is rapidly becoming even more digitized, there's still lots of value in holding ...
  18. Ellevest: How This New Robo-Advisor Stacks Up

    Many investors have long anticipated the launch of Ellevest, a women-focused robo-advisor. Here are some specifics about ...
  19. The SEC Fiduciary Rule Explained

    The SEC plans to propose its own set of fiduciary rules next year. These are some of the potential implications for advisors.
  20. Why Advisors Shouldn't Overlook Impact Investing

    The demand for impact-centered portfolio management is rapidly growing. Here's how advisors can get on the bandwagon with ...
  21. Want More Referrals? Target These 4 Client Types

    Getting referrals is one of the best ways to grow your business. Here are four types of clients who are more likely to give ...
  22. The Devil Is in the Details With New Advisor Rules

    Don’t be lured into a false sense of security with advisors because of the new DoL ruling. Due diligence is still a must ...
  23. How to Grow Your Advisory Biz with Dashboarding

    Here's how advisors can leverage dashboards to consolidate information and mine it for useful insights to improve their practice. ...
  24. Best Advisor Technology for Understanding Clients

    Advisors can leverage new technology to dramatically improve their workflow and overall profitability over time. Here are ...
  25. One Vital Area Where Robo-Advisors Fall Short

    Although publicized as an investment panacea, robo-advisors may fall short on personalized diversification.
  26. Wealthy Men and Women Investors: 4 Key Differences

    Research validates that wealthy men and women invest differently. Here's why—the insights may help advisors better tailor ...
  27. Top 5 Occupations With the Widest Gender Income Gaps

    Find out which occupations have the widest pay gaps between male and female pay, and why the gaps seem to widen in high-paying ...
  28. How to Talk Your Clients Through Bad Markets

    A bear market is the bane of all investors. Here’s what you need to do to effectively talk your clients through big downturns.
  29. How to Help Clients Manage Retirement Withdrawals

    Here's how to create a well planned and executed withdrawal strategy to enhance the longevity of a client's retirement portfolio.
  30. Investing Other People's Money: 5 Things You Must Know

    Learn the five things an advisor should know before investing another person's money, with a focus on the FINRA "know your ...
  31. The DoL Fiduciary Rule: What It's All About

    The new fiduciary rule is complicated but hopefully beneficial—for most. Here's some background and what is ahead for both ...
  32. Improve Your Email Marketing Strategy in 5 Steps

    An advisor's e-mail strategy can greatly enhance his or her practice. Here are some tips on how to make your e-mail campaign ...
  33. How Advisors Can Win and Serve Foreign Clients

    The EB5 program grants visas to foreign investors, who need the guidance of an advisor who can help them navigate the murky ...
  34. Why Now is the Best Time to Talk Risk with Clients

    Here's how to make sure clients are financially prepared to handle their summer fun before they go off into the blue.
  35. A Look At Obama's New Stance on Social Security

    President Obama has changed his stance on Social Security, effectively unifying the Democratic party on this issue.
  36. How Advisors Can Combat Ransomware

    Ransomware is malicious technology that’s becoming increasingly commonplace in corporate computer network. Here's how to ...
  37. What Advisors Can Learn from Robo-Advisors

    There are several things that advisors can learn from robo-advisors that can help them to effectively scale and grow their ...
  38. Advisors: Use These Tactics to Win Gen X Clients

    Gen X may not be as big a group as Baby Boomers or Millennials, but it represents a potentially huge windfall in new clients. ...
  39. Helping Clients Balance Retirement Portfolio Risk

    Here's how to help clients balance risk in their retirement portfolios.
  40. Estate Planning: What to Learn from Celebrity Mistakes

    Prince's heirs could have benefitted from some more extensive estate planning. Here are some basics to cover with your clients ...
  41. How to Create a Retirement Investment Policy

    A retirement policy statement can be a good idea for clients. Here's how to create one.
  42. Why the TIPS Rally Might Not Be Real

    The influx of money into TIPS that ended in April is probably not an indicator that real inflation is on the horizon.
  43. How to Explain Smart Beta Strategies to Clients

    Smart beta funds continue to gain steam. Here's how to explain the benefits of these strategies to clients.
  44. The Pros and Cons of Robo-Advisor Personal Capital

    A look at the pros and cons of robo-advisor Personal Capital's robust platform.
  45. REITs: Why They're So Hot Right Now

    They've been substantially outperforming both stocks and bonds for the past several months.
  46. Are TIPS a Good Buy Right Now?

    TIPS are trading at a big discount making this a good time to get into these instruments for those who believe that inflation ...
  47. Morningstar's New Client Portal: Better with Data

    Morningstar’s new client portal features data aggregation to aid financial advisors in helping clients gain a better view ...
  48. How Advisors Can Win with the New Fiduciary Rule

    Advisors would be wise to use the change in fiduciary rules to educate clients on the value of the advice they provide. Here ...
  49. Unplanned Early Retirement? Helping Clients Deal

    Here are some planning steps to consider with your clients if they are faced with an unplanned early retirement.
  50. Why Coverdell ESAs May Trump 529 Plans

    Coverdell ESAs still trail 529 plans in popularity by a wide margin due to their low contribution limits. But these accounts ...
  51. Top 4 Biggest Myths About the Super Rich

    Here are some of the most common misconceptions about how the ultra rich accumulated and spend their fortunes.
  52. Why Investors Need to Lower Their Expectations

    The golden age of investing for investors is about to end, according to a recent McKinsey & Co. report.
  53. How to Avoid Common Middle-Class Money Traps

    Spending is inevitable, but by budgeting carefully, families can enjoy financial security while dodging unnecessary stress ...
  54. How Does Your Stockbroker Rank?

    Evaluate your broker by more than current performance. Here's how to find their history, including any formal complaints ...
  55. How the New Fiduciary Rule Will Hit Broker-Dealers

    While the new rules are likely to impact all financial advisors, it is expected that those in the brokerage world will be ...
  56. Smart Beta: How Does Quality Factor In?

    One of the factors used in smart beta strategies is quality. Here's a look at this popular factor and the ETFs that use it. ...
  57. How Long Will You Live? This Tool Will Tell You

    Longevity-calculating tools help advisors guide clients through their financial livelihood during their retirement years. ...
  58. How Advisors Can Win at Social Media

    Social media is a valuable business tool and it's here to stay. Here are three big benefits that advisors can realize from ...
  59. How New SEC Rule Would Hit Alternative Mutual Funds

    New rules proposed by the SEC could require some alternative mutual funds to scale back the use of derivatives.
  60. Are Millennial Retirement Savers Doomed?

    A new McKinsey report spells a grim financial future for Millennials, who will have to work harder and save more than their ...
  61. The Top Challenges Financial Advisors Face

    These are the top challenges that financial advisors face today.
  62. How to Protect Your Parents from Financial Fraud

    How do you protect your parents from being victims of financial fraud before it happens? Here are some tips to help you minimize ...
  63. Google Essentials for Financial Advisors

    These tips will help you manage and boost your presence on Google.
  64. Why the Wealthy Will Always Need Human Advisors

    A recent report by Citi concludes that robo-advisors augment traditional advisors and that the wealthy will always prefer ...
  65. This is the Key to Financial Success

    The earlier you start planning and saving, the better your chances are of living the lifestyle you want.
  66. Why Large Tech Companies Are Interested in Wall Street Executives (GOOGl, MSFT)

    Watch for more large-cap technology companies to recruit investment banking executives for their own top-level management ...
  67. Investor Wants vs. Advisor Actions: Why is There a Gap?

    New research shows a disconnect between investor wants and what advisors are doling out. Here's what advisors should do to ...
  68. Roth IRA Scams: What to Watch Out For

    Here’s what you need to watch out for when it comes to investment and business opportunities using Roth IRAs.
  69. The Top 6 SEO Tips for Advisors

    Advisors are increasingly relying on search engines for inbound leads. Here's how to improve rankings and drive more search ...
  70. Is FINRA Keeping Up with Technology?

    FINRA has issued a report that outlines its policies on digital technology and retail client portals and what firms need ...
  71. How to Use Client Tax Forms to Gain More Business

    Financial planners can learn a great deal about their clients by looking at their tax returns. Here's specifically where ...
  72. 4 Boomer Retirement Basics

    Here are 4 basics for Boomers who want to get a leg up on retirement.
  73. How to Find Red Flags with Potential Clients

    In an effort to avoid dealing with badly-matched clients, advisors can deploy tech solutions that effectively screen leads. ...
  74. Marathon Asset Management: Should You Consider Them?

    Read about the investment operations of Marathon Asset Management, a specialist in distressed and special-situation investing ...
  75. Common Interview Questions for Internal Advisor Consultants

    Learn specific questions you might face at an internal advisor consultant job interview, and practice winning responses to ...
  76. Technical Difficulties? Here's What a Good Advisor Does

    Few things are more important for advisors than using technology these days, but glitches can bring business to a halt. Here's ...
  77. Avoid These 11 High-Net-Worth Money Mistakes

    With larger sums come more chances for bigger mistakes. Here is a list of 11 common high-net-worth retirement planning mistakes ...
  78. Concentrated Funds: Here's What to Know

    Concentrated funds can help clients achieve returns with a smaller base of diversification than traditional funds. Here's ...
  79. The Top 2 Robo-Advisors for Retirees

    Retirees looking to cut their investment management costs may want to consider these two robo-advisors.
  80. Robo-Advisors: Focus on Features to Choose the Best

    The right robo-advisor is the one that fits your wallet and your investment philosophy. In most cases there’s more than just ...
  81. Advisor Tools: To ‘Excel’ or Not Excel?

    Microsoft Excel has been a staple of the financial services industry for decades but specialized advisor software solutions ...
  82. When Maxing Out Your 401(k) Isn't a Good Idea

    Maxing out your 401(k) is a great accomplishment, but not always the best thing to do. Here are three times when it doesn't ...
  83. A Look at Morningstar's New iPad App for Advisors

    Morningstar is offering some functionality of its office software on an iPad app. Here's a look at what it can do for investors. ...
  84. Ready to Retire? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

    Can you afford to stop working and step into a comfortable, stress-free retirement? Here are three questions to ask to help ...
  85. Risk Tolerance: Why Advisors, Investors Mess It Up

    Quantifying the amount of risk that a client is willing to take can be a deceptively difficult task. Here's why.
  86. Can Lump Sum Payments Fix Social Security?

    Solving the problems that riddle Social Security won't be carried out with a single solution. Here's one idea that could ...
  87. How to Choose Between a Roth or Traditional 401(k)

    A Roth 401(k) offers potential advantages, but may or may not be the right choice for a given client. Here's how to decide. ...
  88. A Look at Cetera's New Client Software Tool

    Cetera has launched software aimed at helping advisors find new opportunities within their existing client base.
  89. MoneyProGuide: A Peek at the New Version

    MoneyGuidePro has become one of the most popular software systems for financial advisors. Here's a quick look at the product's ...
  90. The Best Robo-Advisors for the Rich

    For those investors who have hit the top ranks of the nation's wealthiest, there's likely a robo-advisor for you. Here are ...
  91. Just What Does the DoL Mean By 'Reasonable Cost'?

    The DoL's new fiduciary rule requires RIAs who work with retirement plans to provide services to clients at a reasonable ...
  92. These Robo-Advisors Aim to Serve Women

    Women's general lack of confidence in investing makes the female market a ripe one for tailored advisory services. Here's ...
  93. File and Suspend is Done: Now What for Spousal Benefits?

    The popular file and suspend strategy for couples claiming Social Security has been eliminated, but spousal benefits remain ...
  94. This Big Expense Can Ruin a Retirement

    One of the greatest joys of retirement is being able to relax, knowing that one of your biggest expenses — your mortgage ...
  95. Can Robo-Advisors Survive the Coming Bear Market?

    Are robo-advisors capable of dealing with skittish clients when the chips are down? We don't know yet, but the firms are ...
  96. How to Win Gen X Clients

    Less numerous than the two generations they're sandwiched between, Gen X clients will still be a lucrative group for advisors. ...
  97. Just How Little Have Americans Saved for Retirement?

    If you've saved less than $10,000 for retirement — or haven't saved at all — you're like the majority of Americans, according ...
  98. Why RIAs Are Enjoying Unprecedented Growth

    Being an advisor can mean having a long and fruitful career, especially with compensation hitting records. But it's not expected ...
  99. Robo-Advisors: How to Pick the Best One for You

    Looking to simplify your investing life? We've sifted through some of the top robo-advisors to help you choose the one best ...
  100. Why Boomers Aren't Saving Enough for Retirement

    A new study shows Baby Boomers aren't saving enough for retirement. Here's what they can do to turn things around.
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