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  1. 3 Healthy Financial Habits for 2016

    ”Winning” investors don't just set it and forget it. They consistently take steps to adapt their investment plan in the face ...
  2. The One Thing Your Portfolio Must Always Have

    Portfolio diversification is essential in any situation, but especially so as the market finally returns to fundamentals.
  3. The Top RIA Deals of 2015

    It was a big year for change within the RIA industry. Here are 2015's biggest mergers, acquisitions and buyouts.
  4. 6 Robo-Advisors That Require Little to Start

    There are many well-regarded robo-advisor options that come with minimum investment amounts. Here are snapshots of a handful ...
  5. Top Ways Advisors Can Get Fired from a Practice

    These are the most common reasons why advisors get fired.
  6. How Advisors Can Appeal to Nontraditional Families

    So-called traditional families represent less than 20% of U.S. households today. Here's how advisors can adjust.
  7. Advisors: How Your IT Guy Can Save You Money

    Financial advisors have many incentives to purchase technological equipment. Read the fine print to make sure you are getting ...
  8. Social Security: Navigating it with Your Clients

    Many people don’t realize how confusing Social Security can be until they're face to face with taking it. Here's how to talk ...
  9. Advisors: Why You Should Never Skimp on Technology

    A recent Fidelity study shows that advisors who embrace technology are more successful. Here are some key steps to gain a ...
  10. Robo-Advisor, Asset Manager Marriages on the Rise

    Invesco is the latest asset manager to acquire a robo-advisor. Here's a look at what it means and how it will work.
  11. What Baby Boomers Need to Know About IRA RMDs

    Mandatory minimum distributions from traditional IRAs and qualified plans cannot be avoided. But there are several ways to ...
  12. How to Construct an Annual Review for Clients

    One of the best things that advisors can provide to clients is an annual review of their financial situation. Here are some ...
  13. There's a Reason They're Called Junk Bonds

    The closing of Third Avenue Managemet's Focused Credit Fund is a warning to investors and advisors. Beware the junk.
  14. 5 Questions First Time Investors Should Ask in 2016

    Learn five of the most important questions you need to ask if you are a new investor planning on starting an investment program ...
  15. The Top 4 Income Investments for Retirees in 2016

    These four investment types should mitigate risk in 2016 for retirees seeking income.
  16. Vanguard's Robo-Advisor vs. Flagship Select

    An in depth comparison of Vanguard’s robo-advisor and high-net-worth platforms.
  17. Advisors: $240B in Fees Up for Grabs by 2030

    Advisors have an opportunity to win generational assets over the next 15 years. Here are some tips on how to cater to different ...
  18. A Guide to DIY Portfolio Management

    These are some of the pillars needed to build a DIY portfolio.
  19. How Do Edward Jones and Merrill Lynch Compare?

    Merrill Lynch and Edward Jones have both been around for decades, but they approach business very differently. Here's the ...
  20. Cash Value vs Term Life Insurance: Which is Best?

    The debate between cash value life insurance and term insurance plus an investment plan is an ongoing one. Here's a look ...
  21. How Advisors Can Make the Most Out of Volatility

    Advisors can use market volatility as an opportunity to enhance their value to their clients and grow their practice. Here's ...
  22. What People Hate About Financial Advisors

    Advisors need to make a living too, but doing so by cutting corners at a client's expense isn't right. Here are the top complaints ...
  23. SRI Funds and Your 401(k): What You Need to Know

    Socially responsible, green and impact investing options are now DoL-approved for 401(k) plans. Here's what investors should ...
  24. Top Insights Into Winning More Wealthy Clients

    The upcoming young and wealthy client class is like none other when it comes to wealth advising preferences. Here are some ...
  25. When to Fire Your Advisor and Go Robo-Advisor

    Human financial advisor or robo-advisor: Which suits your needs best? Here are some general tips to help guide you to the ...
  26. How Millionaires Say They'll Invest in 2016

    Recent research shows that millionaire investors are entering 2016 more conservatively thanks to recent market volatility. ...
  27. How to Create a New Financial Product in 10 Steps

    The 10 steps outlined here are essential to the creation of a new financial product.
  28. Retirement Tips for Financial Advisors

    Learn some valuable tips that financial advisors are using to successfully transition from practice to financially secure ...
  29. Why the Classic Car Boom Might Be Ready to Bust

    The collectible car market has grown spectacularly, but recent numbers show that it may be heading for a correction.
  30. Should You Let a Family Member Manage Your 401(k)?

    Learn how a family member managing your 401(k) is probably not the most auspicious move you can make, and identify several ...
  31. More Firms Set to Join Robo-Advisor Ranks in 2016

    These major financial services firms plan to roll out robo-advisor platforms this year.
  32. Advisors: Win Over Millennials with Insurance

    Millennials don’t have the same values and goals as previous generations. Here are some tips on how advisors can adapt to ...
  33. Advisors: Don't Mix Robo and Traditional Services

    Here's why it makes sense for financial advisors to offer traditional and robo-advisor services separately.
  34. A Day In The Life Of A Public Accountant

    Here's an inside look at the workdays of two experienced CPAs, to give you an idea of what it might be like to pursue a career ...
  35. Are Dividend Stocks a Good Substitute for Bonds?

    Are dividend paying stocks a good substitute for bonds in a low interest rate environment?
  36. Where Rich Investor Loyalty Lies: Firm or Advisor?

    Affluent investors are evenly split when it comes to being loyal to their advisor vs. their financial services firm. How ...
  37. A Key Tip for Making Your Nest Egg Last Longer

    Retirees who don't want to deplete their nest eggs during a bear market should make sure to do the following.
  38. Why Advisors Are Flocking to This Pricey ETF (FV)

    Despite its high expense ratio advisors are flocking to this ETF. Here's why.
  39. Advisors: What to Know Before You Text

    Texting is becoming more popular between clients and financial professionals, but compliance can be tricky. Here's what to ...
  40. When to Trust a Revocable Trust

    Unsure of how your assets will be dispersed once you're gone? Here's how setting up a revocable trust while you're here can ...
  41. What Long-Term Investing Should Mean to You

    Long-term investing is relative depending on many things, but really, how long is it? We take a look back to try and find ...
  42. Top Financial Events Impacting Clients in 2016

    These events in the financial services industry will have a significant impact on clients.
  43. Stressed Out? How Advisors Can Deal with It

    Financial advisors face loads of stress, especially during troubled times. Here's how to deal with the job's stresses and ...
  44. New Year's Resolutions: How to Help Clients Adhere

    Clients setting new resolutions is one thing, but it can be hard to achieve financial goals for some people. Here's how advisors ...
  45. Business Analyst: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn the different types of business analyst careers available; understand the skills and education needed and the salary ...
  46. Medicare: Reducing Income for the Right Reasons

    The higher your income the higher your surcharges on Medicare payments. Find ways to reduce income and reduce payments via ...
  47. Managing Housing Costs During Retirement

    Keeping your home in retirement could pose financial restrictions you may not have considered. Explore options and keep more ...
  48. Events in 2016 That'll Alter Your Retirement Plans

    Retirement savers who are trying to see what lies ahead can expect these changes affecting their retirement plans in 2016.
  49. Top 6 Things to Tell Clients in a Falling Market

    Here are six things to remind clients when the stock market tanks.
  50. Which Life Insurance is Right For You?

    Consumers have choices when it comes to life insurance. Knowing your future needs for cash or retirement can make the difference ...
  51. What Advisors Most Want for Their Firms in 2016

    A new study shows financial advisors' top New Year's resolutions for 2016. Do yours — or those of your own advisor — align ...
  52. How Fees and Taxes Can Consume Your Nest Egg

    The challenges of saving for retirement are many; high fees, excessive fund costs and the impact of taxes can really add ...
  53. The Best Free Mutual Fund Research Providers

    There is no lack of information for advisors on mutual funds. Getting the right sources (at the right price) can be as easy ...
  54. 7 Best Robo-Advisors for Client Transparency

    These are the top seven robo-advisors when it comes to the transparency of their fees and services.
  55. Financial Analyst: Job Description & Average Salary

    Understand the types of career paths you can take as a financial analyst, and learn the education and skills you need to ...
  56. What to do During a Market Correction

    The market has corrected...now what? Here's what you should consider rather than panicking.
  57. An Annuity Lowdown for Investors and Advisors

    Knowing how annuities work starts with an explanation of what each part is. Here is a list of terms that cover the basic ...
  58. Retirement Planning for the Wealthy: Top Tips

    A recent study shows a few key areas of financial planning that advisors are overlooking for wealthy individuals. Here's ...
  59. Is This the Most Important Retirement Investment?

    Giving back in retirement is an oft-ignored but important investment. Giving charitably can be a force for happiness for ...
  60. 5 Robo-Advisor Predictions for 2016

    One of the fastest-growing sectors within the financial services industry, robo-advising will see many changes this year. ...
  61. How to Prod Clients Into Talking Long-Term Care

    Long-term care is a difficult subject to broach, but it's a reality for millions of Americans. Here's how to bring it up ...
  62. All That Glitters Does Not Belong in an IRA

    Gold can be an attractive investment given its meteoric rise. But those wanting it within their IRA must look at some of ...
  63. Johnson & Johnson P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis

    Calculating and analyzing Johnson and Johnson's P/E Ratio.
  64. How to Help a Client Qualify for Medicaid

    Figuring out Medicaid eligibility can be very complicated—here are some steps to help you assist clients with qualifying ...
  65. How Global Warming Could Sink Your Savings

    There's evidence that climate change could impact the global economy and your portfolio. Here's how to protect yourself.
  66. Treasurer: Job Description & Average Salary

    Discover more about the responsibilities of a treasurer and the skills needed for this position, as well as the average annual ...
  67. 5 Robo-Advisor Apps for Your Smart Phone

    These five robo-advisors bring your financial management to the palm of your hand.
  68. When You Should File Early for Social Security

    Filing early for Social Security can make sense. Here's a list of when it's appropriate to ignore the conventional wisdom ...
  69. How Advisors See Their Industry in 10 Years

    According to a recent study, advisors see face-to-face interaction with clients as the No. 1 way to grow their firms. Social ...
  70. How to Help Single Clients Plan for Retirement

    Financial planning often focuses on married couples, but there are lots of unmarried folks who need advice from financial ...
  71. How to Educate Clients on Self-Directed IRA Risks

    Self-directed IRAs are not for inexperienced investors. They carry these unique risks.
  72. Tax Time is Coming; Don't Be Caught Off Guard

    It's time to think about tax returns again. The good news is that the regulations in 2016 have not changed dramatically from ...
  73. The Market in 2016: What Schwab Believes

    Schwab believes that central banks have stabilized the global economy and that small returns should be expected in 2016. ...
  74. How to Help Clients Navigate Pension Payments

    Financial advisors play a key role in helping clients make critical pension decisions. Here are some tips to help clients ...
  75. When to Plan for Retirement Income vs. Savings

    Accumulating a nest egg is the first step in effective retirement planning. The second is making sure you have enough income ...
  76. Long-Term Care: How Medicaid Stacks Up

    Clients who think Medicaid is a good option for long-term care usually don't know the rules that come with the process of ...
  77. Top Tips for Managing a Prospective Client Meeting

    These tips are essential when it comes to managing that first meeting with a prospective client.
  78. Lockheed Martin P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis

    A quick analysis of Lockheed Martin's P/E ratio.
  79. Kinder Morgan P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis

    The largest energy infrastructure company in America gets a quick calculation and analysis of its P/E ratio.
  80. Is A Stockbroker Career For You?

    Discover what you need to become a stockbroker and the variety of opportunities that are now available to you.
  81. Retired? Tips for Spending Your Nest Egg Wisely

    It can be hard to start spending money once retirement finally comes. Here are some best practices on how to transition from ...
  82. Why a 60/40 Portfolio is No Longer Good Enough

    Porfolios with a 60/40 allocation used to be the rule of thumb. Here's why that is no longer the case.
  83. The Impact of 2015 Tax Extender Bill on Savers

    The passage of the PATH legislation at the end of 2015 gives advisors more clarity on how to help clients with tax and financial ...
  84. Wealth is Growing Fastest in These Cities

    For those advisors willing to follow the money, these cities are the place to be.
  85. When Do Alternatives Add Value to a Portfolio?

    Alternative investments continue to grow in popularity. But when do they really add value to a client's portfolio?
  86. What's Next for the Robo-Advisor Market?

    The robo-advisor phenomenon has transformed the way the financial services industry is doing business. Here's what to expect ...
  87. Which Robo-Advisor is Best? Here's a Shortlist

    Robo-advisors are not going away anytime soon. Here is a look at 2016's best options for investors considering this form ...
  88. How to Advise Clients in a Rising Rate Environment

    In the wake of the anticipated rate hike advisors should help clients reassess their portfolios. Here's how.
  89. Qualifying for Medicaid: How to Better Your Chance

    Getting started on Medicaid can be very difficult, so here are four steps that should increase your chances of getting accepted ...
  90. Is a Roth IRA Conversion Right for Your Client?

    Here are the factors advisors and their clients need to consider when it comes to Roth IRA conversions.
  91. Online Tools to Help Make Retirement Savings Last

    These online tools can help stretch retirement dollars as far as possible.
  92. How to Avoid Overpriced Annuities

    The key to not paying excessive fees for annuities is understanding how they work. Here's what you need to know.
  93. 5 Top Strategies for Generating Retirement Income

    These are the most common types of investments that can generate income on a regular basis during retirement.
  94. How Humans & Robots Will Improve Financial Advice

    The human touch or technology? There is case to be made for both in the financial advisory sector. Learn how to integrate ...
  95. How Advisors Can Help Clients Stomach Volatility

    Investing has its ups and downs, but financial advisers can do much to prepare their clients and their clients' portfolios ...
  96. New York's Economy: The 6 Industries Driving GDP Growth

    Learn about the six most influential industries in New York, the most economically productive city in the country, and home ...
  97. GradeMyAdvisor: What You Should Know

    Many clients today are looking to be more objective with their choices of advisors. Here's how the internet is making that ...
  98. Retirement's Evolution: How Advisors Can Profit

    As the retirement landscape shifts, advisors unable to adapt to a forward-thinking business model may find themselves left ...
  99. Fixed Income Trader: Career Path & Qualifications

    Discover the career path the most fixed income traders follow and learn more about the qualifications needed and the average ...
  100. A Look At Barron's Top 3 Financial Advisor Teams

    A look at Barron's top 3 financial advisor teams for 2015 and why they made the list.
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