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  1. How the Social Security Reboot May Affect You

    While there’s still potential for some “tweaking” around your Social Security retirement benefits, I’d like to share some ...
  2. Credit Risk Analyst: Job Description and Average Salary

    Learn what credit risk analysts do every day and how much money they make on average, and identify the skills and education ...
  3. Top Tips for Improving Client Communications

    Effective communication with your clients is the lifeblood of your financial advisory business. If you've struggled in this ...
  4. Do You Need More Than One Financial Advisor?

    Using more than one financial advisor for money management has its pros and cons.
  5. Paying for College: Utilize These Top Hacks

    Saving money for college is difficult for many families, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some overlooked hacks to save ...
  6. How to Help Plan Sponsors Meet Fiduciary Duties

    Advising 401(k) plan sponsors is a great business model for financial advisors. Here's how advisors can help plan sponsors ...
  7. Are Alternatives Right for Your Portfolio?

    Alternative investments are increasingly making their way into retail investors' portfolios. Are they a good fit?
  8. Passing an IRA to a Trust: The Good and Bad

    Creating a trust is a common estate planning tactic, but naming a beneficiary to an IRA to a trust may have unintended consequences. ...
  9. How to Blog Your Way to More Advisory Clients

    Blogging is one of the easiest ways that financial advisors can use to attract and maintain clients. Here are some tips on ...
  10. SEP vs. Keogh Plans: Which is Right for You?

    SEP and Keogh plans each have their pros and cons. Here's how to choose which one is right for you.
  11. Bull vs. Bear Markets: How to Be Prepared for Both

    Bull and Bear Markets are a reality that every investor must be prepared for. Here are a few tips.
  12. Breaking Down Medicare Open Enrollment for Clients

    For financial advisors, open enrollment is an important opportunity to be of service to clients, especially when it comes ...
  13. Advisors: Do You Need to Tweak Your Marketing?

    Advisors use a variety of marketing techniques to attract clients, but they don't all work. It may be time to evaluate what ...
  14. Young Investors: Dodge These Frequent Mistakes

    Young investors are especially prone to financial mistakes. Here's what you can do to help them.
  15. SEC Audit? How Financial Advisors Can Be Ready

    Your firm may never be audited by the SEC, but you need to be prepared nonetheless. Follow these tips to make sure you're ...
  16. Management Fees: How Advisors Can Protect Them

    With management fees falling, advisors are wondering what they can do about it. Here are a few tips.
  17. Parents: Avoid This Retirement Savings Mistake

    Parents should make saving for their own retirement a priority over helping with their children’s college costs.
  18. IRA Holders: How to Avoid this Huge Mistake

    Here's why using your IRA funds to delay taking Social Security benefits may be a good option for more financial security ...
  19. What the Ultra-Wealthy Want from Their Advisors

    When accessing products and solutions, the wealthy prefer using their relationship manager to a specialist, according to ...
  20. How Educating a Prospect Can Win You a New Client

    Financial advisors have many tools at their disposal to turn propects into clients. Educating them, rather than selling to ...
  21. Common Interview Questions for Financial Analysts

    Learn more about the career of financial analyst, along with specific potential interview questions and answers for this ...
  22. A Day in the Life of an Investment Banker

    Take a look at a day in the life of an investment banker, one of the most sought-after and stressful jobs in the financial ...
  23. Private Banking Vs. Wealth Management: Not Quite the Same

    Discover the various ways in which private banking and wealth management services coincide, as well as the significant differences ...
  24. Top 3 Misconceptions About Financial Analysts

    Learn misconceptions about financial analysts, such as they exclusively study the stock market, they are the same as financial ...
  25. How to Pay Minimal Taxes on Retirement Assets

    Withdrawing and spending during retirement can be complicated. Here are some tips on how to manage the process in the most ...
  26. Investors Beware! Don't Make These Dumb Mistakes

    Sometimes mistakes make for the best lessons. That said, it's still better to learn from someone else's investing mistakes.
  27. New Tax Pitfalls to Avoid in 2015

    Although the normal litany of adjustments have been made to the tax code, there are several more unique issues that taxpayers ...
  28. 'Man Up': 3 Tips for Working with Male Clients

    Male clients aren't always financially literate. Here's how advisors can meet their needs.
  29. Common Interview Questions for Investment Bankers

    Explore some of the most commonly asked questions in an interview for an investment banking position, along with suggestions ...
  30. Why Millennials Might Not Be Ideal Clients

    Here's why luring millennial clients might be a waste of time (for now).
  31. How Advisors Can Help Clients Spot Elder Scams

    Financial crimes against the elderly are on the upswing. Here's what financial advisors can do to help protect their most ...
  32. Saving for College with More Than Just a 529

    Saving for college is more than sticking money into a 529 plan and hoping it grows. Here are some other options to consider ...
  33. Impact of Proposed DoL Rules on Financial Advisors

    The DoL had proposed rules that would have a major impact on financial advisors. If they are approved here's what it would ...
  34. How Income-Shifting Strategies Can Help Cut Taxes

    There are many ways that your clients can move money or other assets to relatives in order to reduce their tax bills. Here's ...
  35. Coaching Young Investors to Retire Comfortably

    Young savers, with time on their side, need help planning for retirement. Here is how advisors can help steer them toward ...
  36. How to Find and Hire New Advisors: Best Practices

    As financial advisory firms step up their recruitment efforts to address a graying profession, new hiring strategies emerge.
  37. Can Long Term Care Insurance Be Affordable?

    The cost of managed care and insurance covering it will only become more expensive. Here's how to help your clients formulate ...
  38. Why Advisors Should Ask Peers for Second Opinions

    When it comes to knowledge, more is better. And everybody wins when advisors seek second or third opinions for their clients ...
  39. Getting the Most Out of Your Web Presence

    Curating a person’s online presence has become essential. Here are tips specific to financial advisors (but could apply to ...
  40. What the Wealthy Want Most from Their Advisors

    Global wealth is rising and expected to continue. Advisors should know that the wealthy value fee transparency, performance. ...
  41. Millennials Are Pushing This Hot Investing Trend

    Socially responsible investing is really important to young investors. Here's why advisors should consider such investments. ...
  42. Cybersecurity: Why Your Firewalls Aren’t Enough

    Cybersecurity is a growing concern in the financial sector. Here's how to mitigate some of these risks and be better prepared ...
  43. What Advisors Can Learn from 2 NBA Millionaires

    What can advisors (and their clients) learn from two former NBA stars regarding wealth, savings and family? Plenty.
  44. How to Find a Continuing Care Retirement Community

    A look at how financial advisors can help older clients find the right continuing care retirement community.
  45. Consider A Career As A Financial Communications Professional

    Regulators, sales people and clients all look to communications professionals to help them navigate the markets.
  46. Alternatives: Will a Market Correction Lift Them?

    When were are surging, advisors and their wealthy clients asked why they should bother with lagging alternatives. Will that ...
  47. Going Independent: What Advisors Should Expect

    Thinking of going independent with your financial advisory practice? Here are some things to consider.
  48. The Best Way to Staff Up Your Advisory Firm

    Here are some tips to help you make the right hiring decisions, grow your practice and get some of your life back.
  49. What Financial Advisors and Brokers Need to Know About Rule 407

    Learn about NYSE Rule 407 and how it may impact you as a financial advisor or investment broker. What you don't know about ...
  50. $60K Gone? The End of a Social Security Loophole

    With file and suspend ending, retirees, near-retirees and their financial advisors will need to rethink their saving and ...
  51. Rising Rates and Annuities: What You Shoud Know

    The Fed is likely to increase interest rates sometime soon. How will this affect the annuity market and when you should buy ...
  52. Investment Analyst: Career Path and Qualifications

    Learn how to prepare for a career as an investment analyst, and read more about how many professionals in the field progress ...
  53. How to Deal with Restricted Stock Units

    RSUs can be an important part of an employee's compensation package. Here's how to help clients understand how they differ ...
  54. File and Suspend: Still An Option, But Act Fast

    File and suspend is about to expire. Those eligible should drop everything and see whether it makes sense for them.
  55. 4 Strategies to Handle Clients Who Ignore Advice

    Working with clients that ignore your advice can be frustrating. Here are four ways to approach the situation.
  56. Betterment vs Wealthfront: A Fee & Fund Comparison

    A comparison of Betterment and Wealthfront's investment options and fee structures.
  57. Investing Tips for Those Nearing Retirement

    Here are some saving and investing tips for people who are close to retirement.
  58. Top Ways to Reduce Money Friction in Your Marriage

    Bickering about family financials can get messy. Here are some ways to help resolve money issues and get on the same page ...
  59. How Advisors Can Help When a Service Member Dies

    Finances are probably last thing that survivors of our nation’s deceased service members want to deal with. Here's what advisors ...
  60. IRA Tax Mistake? You Still May Have Time to Fix It

    Even if tax day has come and gone, errors still can be fixed through mid-October, including those to do with Roth and traditional ...
  61. Why You Should Be More Worried About Retirement

    Research shows that confidence in being able to afford retirement is up but probably shouldn't be, as many aren't taking ...
  62. Insure Your Future with a Career as an Actuary

    If you've got excellent math skills, they can add up to a lucrative career as an actuary.
  63. Schwab's Robo-Advisor for Advisors Explained

    On the heels of launching a robo-advisor service for individual investors, Schwab is set to debut one designed for independent ...
  64. 5 Must Watch Films and Documentaries for Investment Bankers

    Discover several lesser-known films that provide more accurate glimpses into the world of investment banking than big-budget ...
  65. 5 Financial Careers You Didn’t Know Existed

    Discover some often overlooked financial career opportunities, and learn how accountants can catch the bad guy or rub elbows ...
  66. How to Deduct Medical Insurance Premiums

    An overview of tax breaks for those who pay medical insurance premiums.
  67. How to Protect Client Assets in a Bear Market

    Here are some strategies for how to protect client assets in a bear market.
  68. Avoid These Top Retirement Mistakes

    Most people spend years planning for their retirement but make some common mistakes that prove costly over the long run. ...
  69. Could these FinTechs Eat Robo-Advisors for Lunch?

    Online personal finance platforms are filling gaps left open by robo-advisors. What does this mean for robo-advisors?
  70. The Upside of a Client Service Associate Career

    Client service associates play a vital role in the financial industry. Here's the lowdown on this position and what it can ...
  71. Avoid These Mistakes with Backdoor Roth IRAs

    A Backdoor IRA can help you save for retirement beyond traditional IRAs. Here are some pitfalls to avoid.
  72. How to Advise Clients Behind on Retirement Savings

    Many Americans are behind when it comes to saving for retirement. Here's how advisors can help.
  73. This Is How Financial Advisors Can Help with Debt

    Learn how a financial advisor can help you analyze and structure your finances to bring down debt, and how to find the right ...
  74. 4 Movies Showing the Real Side of Finance

    Read about the most accurate and realistic movies about the financial industry and the people who have to work every day ...
  75. The Highest Paying Business Careers

    Learn how to make a lot of money in the business world by choosing the right career path, and identify the specific business ...
  76. Advisors: How to Secure More of a Client's Assets

    Taking over a larger portion of client assets is an art. Here are some tips on how to increase your asset management.
  77. Advisors: Don't Regret Lagging on Cybersecurity

    How to get ahead of regulators — and hackers — on all things cybersecurity.
  78. Why Financial Advisor Background Checks Are Vital

    An alliance of public interest groups is pressuring FINRA to broaden its BrokerCheck tool.
  79. Why Hedge Funds Are Not Living Up to Return Hype

    Hedge funds are supposed to produce better returns while protecting your investments from the downside. Here's why they are ...
  80. The Tax Benefits of Continuing Care Communities

    Continuing care retirement communities may be a viable option for some as they age. They also offer these tax benefits.
  81. Working During 'Retirement?' What You Need to Know

    More workers than ever plan on working another job after they retire. Here are some of the financial implications of doing ...
  82. How to Keep Your Clients During a Downturn

    Here's how advisors can reduce client churn during a downturn.
  83. Target Date Funds Can Be Customized: Here's How

    Target date funds will likely become a permanent fixture in the marketplace for the retirement plan sector. Here's how they ...
  84. Why Advisors Should Study Up on ETFs

    Advisors need to know the details around how ETFs can be constructed as well as the potential pitfalls that these funds may ...
  85. What the Wealthy Can Learn from Robo-Advisors

    The majority of affluent clients may not have much exposure to the robo-advisor space, but bots' role in the larger investing ...
  86. How Accelerated Benefit Riders Fill Insurance Gaps

    Accelerated benefit riders have become the new darlings in the financial marketplace. Here's why.
  87. The Path to Become a Managing Director in an Investment Bank

    Find out what it takes to become managing director at a major investment bank, starting from business school and surviving ...
  88. Enrolled in a Bad 401(k)? Here's How to Deal

    Here's how financial advisors can help clients enrolled in subpar 401(k) plans (and how investors can make the most of one).
  89. Top Chicago Restaurants for Wining and Dining

    Looking to wine and dine clients in Chicago? These seven spots should be on your short list.
  90. How Millennials Can Maximize Their 401(k) Plan

    Free advice on how to get free money: an advisor offers tips on how millennials can get the most out of their 401(k).
  91. Top SEC Exam Hacks for Financial Advisors

    These five tips will help financial advisors pass muster when the SEC comes knocking.
  92. Why Now is the Time for a Portfolio Risk Checkup

    The end of the year is the perfect time to assess investment portfolio risk and tolerances.
  93. Top Tips for Getting More Client Referrals

    If you're not talking to your clients about referring you to friends, you should be.
  94. Retirement's Evolution: How to Be Prepared

    For many, retirement might not be the full stoppage of work and living a life of leisure but rather one of slowly phasing ...
  95. When Going 'Freemium' Works for Advisors

    Here's how advisors can incorporate free services into their businesses without giving away the store or drawing skepticism ...
  96. Top Tips for the Recently Unemployed

    When a major life change such as a job loss comes up the advice and counsel of a trusted financial advisor can prove to be ...
  97. How Advisors Can Prepare for a Bear Market

    Like investors, advisors must be ready for an eventual shift in the market. Here are a few scenarios and tips.
  98. These ETFs Are the Most Popular with Advisors

    These ETFs are popular among financial advisors. Here's why.
  99. Want to Relocate for Retirement? Be Realistic

    Here's how financial advisors can help retiring clients develop a realistic picture of relocation.
  100. The Hierarchy of an Investment Bank

    Learn about the hierarchy of an investment bank, from the entry-level analyst to the power-wielding managing director, including ...
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