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  1. Robo-Advisor Ellevest: Women-Focused and Stealthy

    Ellevest is a yet-to-be-launched online financial services portal aimed at women. Here's what we know so far about this stealth ...
  2. Why Wirehouses are Winners Under Fiduciary Rule

    Under the final fiduciary rule wirehouses will see less restrictions than originally thought.
  3. Some Annuities Lose Fiduciary Rule Exemption

    Fixed-indexed annuities have lost an exemption under the final fiduciary rule, a move that wasn't expected.
  4. How Tech Can Help Advisors with the Fiduciary Rule

    Here's why financial advisors may want to consider investing in new technology to help them cope with the DoL's new fiduciary ...
  5. How to Guide Married Clients Who Fight About Money

    Money is a top conflict among couples. Here's how to deflate the tension so that couples can focus on maximizing their finances, ...
  6. SEC Derivatives Rule May Limit Diversification

    The SEC has proposed rules that will limit the use of derivatives by fund managers. Critics believe the rules will impede ...
  7. Why Fiduciary Rule is Good News for Small Plans

    Under the new fiduciary rule small business owners may be subject to less risk for the plans that they sponsor. Here's why. ...
  8. Should You Change Your Retirement Portfolio?

    The government's new fiduciary rule is a reason to look hard at your retirement savings and consider replacing those that ...
  9. Long-term Care Policies: Not All Created the Same

    All long-term care policies have unique advantages and disadvantages. Here's an overview.
  10. How New Pro Athletes Can Secure Their Finances

    You’ve made it to the show. That means now is the best time to look beyond your playing days.
  11. Natixis Global Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight (NTXFY)

    Read about the investment operations of Natixis Global Asset Management, a multiaffiliate manager with $870 billion in worldwide ...
  12. Where Does the Economy Go from Here?

    Is the economy headed in the right direction or toward doom and gloom?
  13. Advisors: How to Podcast Your Way to More Clients

    Financial advisors can leverage podcasting to increase their brand awareness and earn new business. Here's how.
  14. What Advisors Think of Ted Cruz

    Here's why some advisors favor Ted Cruz over the other presidential candidates.
  15. How to Land Affluent Business Owners as Clients

    Successful business owners comprise a substantial portion of affluent households in America. Here are some tips on how advisors ...
  16. How African-American Savers Are Changing

    Although African Americans are still somewhat hesitant when it comes to retirement planning and investing in the stock market, ...
  17. Why Clients Leave Their Advisors

    Clients fire financial advisors for many reasons. Here's a rundown on why they're likely to do so and how to avoid losing ...
  18. How to Grow Your Advisory Business by Blogging

    Even if you're not a writer, blogging is one of the best online marketing moves you can make to grow your business. Here ...
  19. How Human Advisors Can Compete with Robo-Advisors

    Robo-advisors and traditional financial advisory firms both have a place in the market. Here's how traditional advisors can ...
  20. A Guide to Social Security Dependent Benefits

    Advisors and their clients tend to focus on Social Security retirement benefits. Social Security also offers dependent benefits. ...
  21. Long-Term Care Policies: Why They're Worth It

    Long-term care insurance can be a godsend for those who need it for an extended period of time. Read on for more about this ...
  22. Mesirow Financial: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the investment management operations of Mesirow Financial, an employee-owned financial services firm with $96.8 ...
  23. Henderson Global Investors: Investment Manager Highlight (HGG.L)

    Read about the global operations of Henderson Global Investors, a London-based asset manager with more than $136 billion ...
  24. Pictet Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about Pictet Asset Management, a privately held Swiss investment management company with more than $150 billion in assets ...
  25. Affiliated Managers Group: Investment Manager Highlight (AMG)

    Read about the multiaffiliate business model employed by Affiliated Managers Group, a global investment manager with $611 ...
  26. What Type Of Person Needs A Financial Advisor?

    What kind of person should enlist the help of a financial advisor and who might be better off going it alone?
  27. 4 Tips on Being Upfront About Fees with Clients

    Advisors should be proactive in discussing fees so clients know what they are paying. Here are some pointers in how to start ...
  28. Robo-Advisors: Top Challenges for Tapping China

    Robo-advisors and advisors at large face cultural challenges as they seek to break into the Chinese market. But as trends ...
  29. New Road Warrior Apps for Advisors

    Financial advisors who frequently work on the road or at home will likely find some value in this roundup of new apps to ...
  30. A First Look at the Finalized Fiduciary Rule

    The final version of the long-awaited DOL fiduciary rules were watered down. Here's how they look, the potential impact and ...
  31. Advisors on the Air: Tips for Hosting a Radio Show

    Hosting a radio show is a great way for financial advisors to reach new clients. Here are some tips on how to generate quality ...
  32. Tips on How to Delay RMDs for Working Clients

    Qualified plan participants who work past age 70½ can delay taking required minimum distributions if they qualify. Here's ...
  33. How Working Longer Impacts Social Security

    A look at the impact of working longer on Social Security retirement benefits.
  34. How Advisors Can Get Good PR During Tax Season

    Here are some tips on how advisors can get the best possible PR from their marketing efforts during tax season.
  35. How the Fiduciary Rule Could Save Investors $17B

    Supporters of the new "fiduciary rule" say it could save Americans with IRAs and 401(k)s around $17 billion per year, but ...
  36. Vanguard Raises Fees on 52 Funds...Or Did It?

    A Vanguard expense ratio watcher claims that it raised fees on 52 funds over the last 6 months. Vanguard says it didn't. ...
  37. Potential Impact of New Fiduciary Rules on RIAs

    A look at how RIAs and fee-only advisors will be impacted by the DOL's new fiduciary rule.
  38. Pioneer Investments: Investment Manager Highlight (UCG, SAN)

    Read about the business operations of Pioneer Investments, a global investment firm with more than $243 billion in assets ...
  39. Fiduciary Rule Impact: How it's Already Being Felt

    The fiduciary rule will be announced today but it's impact is already being felt. Here's how.
  40. How Advisors Must Ramp Up Tech for Fiduciary Rule

    Advisors will need to upgrade their tech to comply with the DOL's fiduciary rule. Here's an overview.
  41. Advisors: How to Sell Your Practice to a Larger Firm

    Selling any business can be fraught with risks and obstacles and financial advisory firms are no different.
  42. Grow Your Referrals from Pros with These Tips

    Getting referrals from other professionals can be one of the best ways to grow your business. Here are five ways to do it.
  43. How to Prep Your Tech for the Fiduciary Rule

    The fiduciary rule will force many advisors to restructure their businesses. Those who start upgrading their technology now ...
  44. Growth Investing: Famous Growth Investors (PRGFX)

    Find out who were the most famous growth investors of their time, and learn about the investment strategies that made them ...
  45. Why Rollover Your Retirement Assets into an IRA?

    If you're in the workplace now, chances are you'll ask yourself this question eventually: 'Should I rollover to an IRA?' ...
  46. Jamie Dimon's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (C, JPM)

    Learn how Jamie Dimon did not waste time making a mark in the family business by creating one of the most successful financial ...
  47. The Fiduciary Rule and IRA Rollover Conflicts

    The pending fiduciary rules proposed by the DOL could put a real crimp in rollovers from 401(k) plans to IRAs.
  48. The Deadline for Catch-Up Contributions: April 18

    Those who want to maximize their retirement plan contributions can still make a prior-year contribution for 2015. Don't miss ...
  49. Salesforce's New Advisor-Focused Cloud Offering

    A solid client-advisor relationship is the foundation of reputable advisory firms. Here's a look at how Salesforce.com's ...
  50. How Advisors Can Hire Successfully and Smartly

    The hiring process can be fraught with ups and downs for financial advisor firms. Here are some tools they can use to help ...
  51. Is the 80% Retirement Rule Valid for Clients?

    Is the 80% rule of thumb for retirement spending a reasonable one?
  52. Dimensional Fund Advisors: Investment Manager Highlight (BA, IBM)

    Read about Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global asset management company founded on transforming academic research into practical ...
  53. How Black Millennials Are Closing the Wealth Gap

    African American Millennials are setting up their future children and grandchildren to succeed. Here's how.
  54. Reverse Mortgages: Right for Clients? Not Often

    Reverse mortgages are a legitimate vehicle for folks age 62 and up to tap into the equity in their homes for other uses. ...
  55. Tax Tips for RMDs on Big 401(k) Balances

    Have a large 401(k) balance? Here are some ways to reduce taxes on required minimum distributions.
  56. How SEC and DOL Fiduciary Standards Could Differ

    SEC fiduciary standards could differ from what the DOL has proposed, causing more confusion about the impact of the rule. ...
  57. Advisors: Study Reveals Client IRA Rollover Habits

    Recent research shows insights into who uses IRA rollovers at retirement. Here's what's important to new retirees at this ...
  58. More Reasons for Advisors to Be Wary of the SEC

    It looks like the SEC is expanding its oversight regarding RIA compliance in the coming months. Here's why RIAs should expect ...
  59. Making Social Security Work for Client Couples

    What are the best ways to advise client couples when it comes to filing for social security? Here are some strategies.
  60. Why It’s Probably Too Late to Start a Robo-Advisor

    Those looking to launch a robo-advisor face tough competition from a growing number of established startups and blue-chip ...
  61. RIAs: How to Find, Foster Your Firm's Successors

    Here is Fidelity’s three-step plan on how to best develop and keep the next generation of advisors and to groom them to take ...
  62. Smart Beta ETFs: Understanding the Risks

    Smart Beta ETFs have grown in popularity in recent years. These are the risks that advisors and their clients need to understand. ...
  63. Advisors: How to Make Social Media Work for You

    Most financial advisors today are using social media to help build their client base. Here are some tested basic guidelines ...
  64. 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.
  65. How Advisors Can Get the Best Price for Their Firm

    Selling your financial advisory practice is one of the most important transactions you will complete. Here's how to be sure ...
  66. How Will the Fiduciary Rule Impact Robo-Advisors?

    Robo-advisors appear to be primed to profit from the DOL's proposed fiduciary rule, although there are many questions yet ...
  67. 7 Top IRA Strategies for Your Clients

    With IRA season in full swing, advisors should consider these seven strategies for clients.
  68. Fiduciary Rule Prompts New Tech Products

    In the wake of the upcoming fiduciary rule, financial technology firms are rolling out products to help advisors comply. ...
  69. Why Advisors Need to Learn to Love Online Reviews

    Few websites provide reviews of advisors but that could soon change with the SEC revising some of its rules. Here's how to ...
  70. How to Evaluate Smart Beta ETF Strategies

    ETF providers are rolling out new smart beta products at a rapid pace. Here are some ways to evaluate them.
  71. Longevity Annuities: A Salve for Volatility?

    Recent market volatility has led some investors to take a second look at longevity annuities. Here's when they are a good ...
  72. Why Advisors Are Likely to See More Fee Compression

    Advisors have experienced fee compression for years. Here's why that is likely to continue.
  73. AEW Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the real estate investment manager AEW Capital Management, and learn more about the kinds of market exposure its ...
  74. 5 Ways to Win (and Keep) Wealthy, Young Clients

    A new breed of client is rapidly growing with the rise of the digital revolution. Here are the best ways to woo and keep ...
  75. Top 3 Ways to Find Your First Advisory Clients

    Getting your first clients as a financial advisor can be a challenge and take time. Here are three ways to get started.
  76. 5 Essential Financial Tips for Breadwinning Moms

    Women as households' primary breadwinners are on the rise, but it hasn't been an easy fight or transition. Here are five ...
  77. DPPs: What Advisors and Investors Need to Know

    Direct participation programs, a new alternative investment class, are gaining steam. Here's what advisors and investors ...
  78. Advisors: How and Why to Justify Your Fees

    In an era of fee compression here's how financial advisors can justify what they charge clients.
  79. Advisors: Tips for When to Employ Living Trusts

    Revocable living trusts accomplish estate planning objectives that aren't possible with a will. Here are some of the cases ...
  80. What Women Need to Know About Social Security

    Advisors can help female clients properly plan for claiming Social Security and take full advantage of the benefits. Here ...
  81. Money Market Funds: Still the Best Choice?

    A number of plan sponsors are facing lawsuits filed by participants centering around the low returns of money market funds. ...
  82. How Would Forced Retirement Saving Work?

    The nation needs an overhaul when it comes to better planning for retirement. Here are some proposed solutions.
  83. Tips for Tax-Efficient Retirement Plan Withdrawals

    Here's how advisors can help increase tax efficiency for clients who are withdrawing assets from retirement accounts.
  84. Is Greater Oversight of RIAs Coming?

    RIAs may be entering an era of greater oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Here's why.
  85. MBA or CFA: Which Is Better for a Career in Finance?

    Potential financial advisors, analysts or asset managers have many credentials and degrees from which to choose. Here's a ...
  86. World's Top 10 Insurance Companies

    These are the 10 largest insurance companies in the world.
  87. Advisors: Clients Must Take First RMD by April 1

    For clients required to take their first required minimum distribution from a retirement account, April 1 is a key deadline ...
  88. Why Advisors Need to Go 'All In' on Technology

    Technology has raised the bar for advisors in many ways. Here's why ignoring the progression of financial services tech can ...
  89. Is it Too Easy to Become an RIA?

    If you want to become an RIA all you have to do is pay a $165 fee to the SEC and pass the Series 65 exam. Is the bar set ...
  90. How to Know if Your 401(k) Plan Fees Are Too High

    Finding out how much you are paying for your 401(k) plan takes some research, but you should know exactly what you are getting ...
  91. Retired? Here Are the Best Robo-Advisors for You

    Robo-advisors are often associated with young investors, but there are a few online services that cater to retirees. Here's ...
  92. Top Hacks to Protect Clients from Tax Scams

    There are many ways that clients can be victimized in today’s digital world, but there are also many ways to protect against ...
  93. Are Advisors and YouTube a Good Match?

    Financial advisors that leverage YouTube can differentiate themselves in an increasingly crowded market.
  94. 7 Top Non-U.S. Robo-Advisors

    Want a global perspective on your finances? Maybe you should consider going with one of these international robo-advisors.
  95. Difficult Client? Here's What's Really Ailing Them

    Maintaining a good working relationship with difficult clients might mean playing the role of therapist. Here's some help ...
  96. The Pros, Cons to the DoL's Fiduciary Rule Changes

    The DoL's new fiduciary rule change is the source of much debate in the financial industry and retirement planning community. ...
  97. Deutsche Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the global operations of Deutsche Asset Management, an institutional investment and retail fund manager with $846 ...
  98. BNP Paribas Investment Partners: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the investment operations of BNP Paribas Investment Partners, the asset management arm of the French banking giant ...
  99. Why Advisors Shouldn't Fear a Recession

    Advisors who have clients who may fear a recession should take note that there is always some opportunity in a volatile market.
  100. Strategies for Protecting Your Income from Taxes

    Taxes are difficult to avoid, but there are many strategies you can find to help ward them off a bit. Here are a handful ...
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