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  1. Big Financial Firms Are Betting on Bank Chatbots

    Big financial firms are building chatbot technology into full-service automated assistants that can help customers with almost ...
  2. Advisors: Tips on Attracting the Best Types of Clients

    There are several steps that financial advisors can take to find the ideal client, and to weed out ones they'd least prefer ...
  3. 7 Steps to Advisor SEO Success

    These seven tips will help optimize search engine optimization, which is crucial to get maximum exposure and help prospects ...
  4. Why Focusing on One Niche Can Hurt Financial Advisors

    Niche marketing can be extremely lucrative, but it also comes with some drawbacks that financial advisors should be aware ...
  5. Here's One Tech Solution to the Fiduciary Rule for Advisors

    New technology is helping advisors to stay on top of compliance issues and meet the fiduciary standard—among other things. ...
  6. Why Leveraged ETFs Are Not a Long-Term Bet

    Leveraged ETFs aren't for the average investor. They can, however, present significant upside potential for the right type ...
  7. Do You Know How Your Clients Will Change By 2021?

    Here are some ways that independent financial advisor firms can be prepared to serve the evolving clients of 2021 and beyond.
  8. This One Thing Can Ruin Your Advisory Firm's Website

    Content may be king, but it won't matter how good your blog is if would-be readers click away before the page loads.
  9. The 5 Best Ways to Start Building Wealth

    There is a big difference between earning money and being wealthy. Here are some ideas to get you on track to grow your wealth.
  10. Advisors Are Ignoring This Increasingly Wealthy Demographic

    Advisors are largely ignoring one of the country's fastest-growing wealth demographics: African Americans.
  11. 5 LinkedIn Must-Dos for Financial Advisors

    Social media is key to a digital marketing strategy. To make the most of LinkedIn, advisors should do these five things.
  12. Advisors: Do You Know What Millennial Clients Want?

    A recent study sheds light on Millennials and what kind of clients they're likely to be.
  13. "The Guy Who Gets Hosed is the Little Guy": Former Senator Simpson

    What will it take to save Medicare and cure Social Security? Robert Reich and Alan Simpson had much to say about both (and ...
  14. Helping Clients Make Better Decisions About Social Security

    Advisors should be able to disarm a client's tendency to make poor decisions about Social Security filing to keep the client ...
  15. How to Start Your Digital Marketing the Right Way

    Digital marketing is a must-do for all advisors reaching out to younger generations. Here are six steps to kicking off your ...
  16. How Grey Divorce Can Hurt Women's Retirement More

    Research shows that divorce later in life is having a disproportionately higher financial impact on women than on men.
  17. Stretching Retirement Plans for Clients Who Live to 115

    What are the financial implications of living until age 115—and how do they impact your retirement planning?
  18. You Don’t Want These Advisors Managing Your Money

    Many potential advisors you come across aren't who they say they are. Uncovering that information should be of vital importance ...
  19. Financial Advice Can Lead to Extra 3% Boost in Your Returns

    Studies show that advisors usually earn their keep by functioning as behavioral coaches for their clients rather than from ...
  20. Asian-Americans An Untapped Market for Advisors

    Asian-American investors have higher incomes and more assets than the average investor, yet they are less likely to have ...
  21. Will the Backdoor Roth IRA be Eliminated?

    The President’s 2017 budget has proposed several changes to the rules regarding retirement accounts with those for Roth IRAs ...
  22. Protecting Elderly Clients From Financial Scams

    Advisors should know the red flags that may signal when an elderly client is the victim of financial exploitation.
  23. Why Age 70 is Pivotal for Retirement Planning

    Age 70 marks the time that you will have to start thinking about RMDs for real, but it's better to start planning for them ...
  24. 8 Things Advisors Should Do on Facebook to Grow

    These eight tips will help advisors up their game on Facebook and have the potential to help grow business.
  25. Advisors: Start Targeting Affluent Millennials Now

    Advisors who fail to target the Millennial generation early on could be making a costly mistake over the coming years. Here's ...
  26. Advisor Fees: A Look At the Retainer Model

    Financial advisors may want to become familiar with new payment models sooner rather than later in order to proactively meet ...
  27. Track Your Clients' Spending Habits With Apps

    New data aggregation tools give advisors a way to provide value to their clients in a market where advice is becoming more ...
  28. Helping Clients Manage Future Healthcare Costs

    As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, here's how financial advisors should be helping clients to manage the costs.
  29. How Advisors Can Defend from Fiduciary Litigation

    The new fiduciary rules mean that many advisors need to overhaul their business models to stay in compliance and guard against ...
  30. Betterment Says New Tax Algorithm Boosts Returns

    Betterment has rolled out a tax-coordinated portfolio that it claims will boost returns by 0.48% annually.
  31. Reverse Mortgages: Has Their Time Arrived?

    The perception of reverse mortgages is changing. They can be an integral part of a carefully crafted retirement plan.
  32. 3 Tips to Follow for Your Personal Financial Plan

    These three tips will help you determine what is most important to you, and place it at the heart of your financial plan.
  33. Retirement & Succession Plans for Financial Advisors

    It's irresponsible to run a financial planning practice without an idea for how it will continue after you retire. Here's ...
  34. Financial Services Has an Accountability Problem

    There's a problem plaguing the financial services industry: a lack of trust.
  35. Seeking a Financial Advisor? You Probably Need a CFP

    In the financial world, the certified financial planner has come to represent a distinguished mark of training and ethics ...
  36. Where to Find Women Financial Advisors for Your Practice

    There are huge opportunities available for female financial advisors in the marketplace today, and advisory firms are seeking ...
  37. The Pros & Cons of Partnering with a Broker/Dealer

    Financial advisors must determine a business model that meets their needs and meets the expectations of their clients.
  38. Why Investors Prefer Independent Financial Planners

    Independent financial planners are the most trusted by investors among all advisors types. Here's why.
  39. How Human Advisors Add More Value Than Robo-Advisors

    Many advisors find themselves battling the perception that robo-advisors can offer the same quality of advice and services. ...
  40. Does It Matter If My Financial Advisor is a Fiduciary?

    Should your advisor be a fiduciary? Here's what that means, and why you should ask your advisor if they already are one.
  41. 300 Global ETFs to Get Morningstar Ratings

    Morningstar, an investment research provider, is adding 300 exchange-traded funds to its stable of 650 ETFs.
  42. FINRA Rule 2273: Your Recruiting Questions Answered

    An in-depth look at and Q&A on FINRA's new recruiting practices rule, which goes into effect in November.
  43. How Your Website Content Can Attract Clients

    It isn’t enough to have great content sitting on your website. There needs to be a solid marketing strategy behind it to ...
  44. The Difference Between RIAs and Registered Reps

    Here's how registered representative brokers work and how they differ from RIAs.
  45. Top Bachelor Degree For A Hedgefund Career

    From economics to statistic analysis, certain bachelor's degrees make graduates more qualified for landing highly sought ...
  46. Why Asset Managers Oppose Mutual Fund Stress Tests

    The Financial Stability Board wants to implement a financial stress test for mutual funds for the G20 nations. Here's why ...
  47. One Bond Fund to Exclude From Your Portfolio

    Here's why many investors and advisors are getting out of this fund at breakneck speed.
  48. 6 Easy Tips for Improving Your Blog's Headlines

    Advisors write great content for their websites or blogs...but saddle them with dull headlines. Here's how to make sure your ...
  49. What's a Tax-Efficient Investment for a Large Sum?

    Here's how to invest a large sum, such as assets from a profit-sharing plan, with a mind toward tax efficiency.
  50. Advisors: Here's Your DoL Fiduciary Rule Checklist

    Advisors should start working with retirement plan sponsors sooner rather than later to help them become compliant with the ...
  51. How Much Millennials Need to Save for Retirement

    Millennials may not be worrying about retirement just yet, but they should be thinking about how much they'll need to save ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. Advisors Make More Outsourcing Investment Management

    Advisors who outsource investment management generate higher revenues than those who don't, a new study shows.
  54. How Advisors Can Prepare for a Data Breach

    Data breaches are on the rise. Here's how advisors can prepare.
  55. How to Go High-Profile with Your Advisory Firm's Website

    Here's what you can do to turn your website into a high profile one and generate a larger volume of traffic.
  56. Top 3 Questions to Ask of Your Advisor Website

    Here are three ways to tell if an advisor's website is as impactful and useful as it should be.
  57. Advisors: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Tech Addiction

    Here's how tech addiction relates to financial advisors and how they can avoid the problem of losing productivity to it in ...
  58. Advisors: Yes, Wealthy Investors Are Reading Your Blogs

    Advisors who don’t blog are missing out on connecting with current or potential clients, especially high net worth ones. ...
  59. How to Keep Accounts Safe From Cyber Criminals

    With the advancement of financial technology online comes the risk of criminals who try to hack your accounts. Here's how ...
  60. Why Financial Advisors Need to Use Google Analytics

    Google Analytics is a free tool that advisors can use to monitoring website traffic and improving digital marketing efforts. ...
  61. How an Opt-In Box Can Grow Your Email List

    Email is powerful for communicating with your financial advisory clients and nurturing prospects. Here are some tips on how ...
  62. Can Robo-Advisors Meet the Fiduciary Standard?

    The advent of robo-advisors has broached the question of whether they should also be regulated like traditional advisors.
  63. Here's How Your Wealthy Clients Use Social Media

    How dependent wealthy investors are on advisors can indicate how they use social media. So here's insight into how millionaires ...
  64. 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.
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. Top Tips for Retirement Account Withdrawals

    Top things you need to know when it comes to managing the complex task of retirement account withdrawals.
  69. 10 Topics to Discuss at an Initial Client Meeting

    These are 10 topics that should be discussed during the first meeting with a client.
  70. 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.
  71. 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 ...
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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 ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. Top 5 Rookie Mistakes Financial Advisors Make

    From a senior advisor to you: Here are five rookie mistakes that many financial advisors make.
  77. 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 ...
  78. How to Avoid Costly Social Security Mistakes

    Social Security is an important part of most retirement plans. Here are some costly mistakes to avoid.
  79. Closing in on Retirement? Read These Tips

    If you're within 10 years of retiring, you and your financial planner should heed these essential tips.
  80. 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 ...
  81. 5 Ways Advisors Can Increase Sales on Life Insurance

    Finding creative ways to increase life insurance sales involves employing some new prospecting methods, as well as others ...
  82. How Advisors Can Best Prepare for Fiduciary Rule

    Financial advisory firms should take a proactive approach to getting personnel ready to comply with the new fiduciary rules.
  83. Your Financial Planning: Don't Go it Alone

    You shouldn't be on your own when it comes to overseeing your investment strategy. Here are four ways a top financial advisor ...
  84. Analyzing Investments in a Portfolio Framework

    Financial advisors need to consider many portfolio aspects when analyzing individual investments for a client's financial ...
  85. Fiduciary Rule Will Improve 401(k) Transparency

    Employer-sponsored 401(k) plans have come under scrutiny, as it turns out many employee participants don't know how their ...
  86. 5 Marketing Strategies for Financial Advisors

    Here are five different strategies advisors can implement to market themselves and their practice.
  87. How Advisors Can Understand Client Personalitites

    Personality tests may unlock clues into the attitude and investing behavior of clients. Here's a few good reasons why advisors ...
  88. Late IRA Rollovers Get Relief From IRS

    The new self-certification process will make it much easier and cheaper to correct a late rollover of a qualified retirement ...
  89. Financial Lessons from José Fernández's Untimely Death

    What financial planning lessons can be learned from the untimely passing of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández?
  90. How To Become A Day Trader

    We look at the training, tools, equipment and strategies needed to succeed as a day trader.
  91. Best Places to Find Christian Financial Advisors

    Some Christians prefer to hire financial advisors who share their beliefs. Here are some of the best places to look when ...
  92. Financial Advisors Should Cater to Small Business Needs

    One of the most precious commodities for small business owners is time, which presents opportunities for financial advisors ...
  93. Why Advisors Will Be Key in a Low-Return World

    The human factor in an advisory relationship should be strong enough to override market and portfolio performance, giving ...
  94. What You Don’t Know About Cybersecurity Can Hurt You

    Cybersecurity incidents are on the rise—advisors that fail to address underlying issues could face a variety of regulatory ...
  95. Why Financial Planning Seminars Are Great for Referrals

    Financial advisors can hold seminars to attract new clients. Learn about the types of seminars and how to make them more ...
  96. Why Advisors Should Embrace Making Videos

    Advisors who overlook videos are missing out on attracting potential clients and engaging existing ones. Here are the most ...
  97. Blurred Lines: Whom Can You Trust for Financial Advice?

    The question of whether your financial advisor is truly a fiduciary isn't always clear. What to ask – and what to be careful ...
  98. Here's How Investors Choose Their Advisors

    What goes into a wealthy client's thought process when it comes to picking an advisor via first impression? Here's some insight.
  99. How Advisors Are Preparing for Robo-Advisor Growth

    Our recent advisor survey provides insight into how human advisors are reacting to financial technology's steady march into ...
  100. Your Financial Planner Can Embrace Robo-Advisors

    Financial planning is a process in which a human advisor plays a crucial role. But robo-advisors have their place, too. Here's ...
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