Financial Careers Articles

  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. FINRA Report Outlines Tech To-Do List for Firms

    FINRA has issued a report that outlines its policies on digital technology and retail client portals and what firms need ...
  4. 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. ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 7 Top IRA Strategies for Your Clients

    With IRA season in full swing, advisors should consider these seven strategies for clients.
  10. 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. ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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.
  13. 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 ...
  14. Why Advisors Are Likely to See More Fee Compression

    Advisors have experienced fee compression for years. Here's why that is likely to continue.
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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.
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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. ...
  24. 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.
  25. How Would Forced Retirement Saving Work?

    The nation needs an overhaul when it comes to better planning for retirement. Here are some proposed solutions.
  26. Is Greater Oversight of RIAs Coming?

    RIAs may be entering an era of greater oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Here's why.
  27. 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 ...
  28. World's Top 10 Insurance Companies

    These are the 10 largest insurance companies in the world.
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. Are Advisors and YouTube a Good Match?

    Financial advisors that leverage YouTube can differentiate themselves in an increasingly crowded market.
  36. 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.
  37. 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. ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. Deutsche Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the global operations of Deutsche Asset Management, an institutional investment and retail fund manager with $846 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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.
  43. Politics and Your Clients: Don’t Go There

    When it comes to politics, advisors need to be careful where they tread. Here’s how to successfully negotiate these choppy ...
  44. How to Save More in Taxes When Giving to Charity

    A good option for IRA owners looking to lower their adjusted gross incomes exists. Here's how the qualified charitable distribution ...
  45. Wells Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight (WFC)

    Read about Well Fargo & Company's institutional asset management subsidiary Wells Capital Management, a firm with over $348 ...
  46. UBS Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the investment management operations of UBS Asset Management, a global operation with $649 billion in assets under ...
  47. Manulife Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight (MFC)

    Read about Manulife Financial Corporation's global investment management unit, an operation with more than $300 billion in ...
  48. DOL Fiduciary Rule: RIAs See Negative Impact

    A recent survey by Fidelity found that RIAs are among those who think the DOL's fiduciary rule will have a negative impact ...
  49. Principal Global Investors: Investment Manager Highlight (PFG)

    Learn about the investment operations of Principal Global Investors, the Principal Financial subsidiary with more than $36 ...
  50. Oak Investment Partners: Investment Manager Highlight (ODP, DKS)

    Learn about the operations of Oak Investment Partners, a private equity firm with 13 venture capital funds invested primarily ...
  51. Melon Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight (BK)

    Learn more about the investment management operations of Mellon Capital Management, a BNY Mellon subsidiary with over $329 ...
  52. How Advisors Can Plan for Fiduciary Rule Changes

    The DOL's new fiduciary rule will soon become law. Here's how advisors should start planning for its far-reaching impact. ...
  53. Top Ways for Advisors to Avoid Tech Glitches

    Few things are more important for advisors than using technology these days, but glitches can bring business to a halt. Here's ...
  54. Market Sagging? How to Keep Retirement on Track

    Crafting a realistic retirement plan capable of weathering a volatile market for clients can be tough. Here are some tips ...
  55. Get Rich with These 7 Healthy Habits

    Getting rich is like getting fit. To achieve your goals, you must develop healthy long term habits. Here are 7 habits that ...
  56. Expect FINRA to Ask These Culture Questions

    This month, FINRA kicks off its culture examinations for brokerage firms. Here's how to cram for the test.
  57. Broker Or Trader: Which Career Is Right For You?

    A day in the life of a broker or trader is an exciting and varied one. Find out how to decide between these two financial ...
  58. The Coming Fiduciary Rule: Advisor, Client Impact

    The proposed DOL fiduciary standard has wide ranging implications for advisors and their clients. Here's an overview for ...
  59. New Annuity Offers Healthcare Coverage

    Genworth has introduced an annuity for those who may not pass the underwriting guidelines for traditional long-term care ...
  60. Social Security Benefits for Children: How They Work

    There are millions of children in tough situations who receive Social Security benefits each month to help with finances. ...
  61. How to Avoid Advisors Who've Been Disciplined

    It's not hard to find out if a potential financial planner has a shady past. Here's why it's so important to check an advisor's ...
  62. These are the Top RIAs in 2016

    These RIAs are the best in 2016, according to Financial Planning magazine.
  63. The 8 Biggest International Asset Managers in 2016 (ALV, LGEN)

    Learn more about eight of the largest investment management companies headquartered in Europe, as ranked by assets under ...
  64. Why ETFs Can Help Snag More Wealthy Clients

    Here's why becoming an expert in ETF offerings can benefit advisors looking to add more wealthy clients to their roster. ...
  65. Advisors: Stay Ahead of These Trends in 2016

    What does 2016 hold for advisors? Here's a rundown of the trends—good and bad—they're facing and what they'll need to do ...
  66. Top Ways to Guard Against Financial Elder Abuse

    Financial elder abuse is rampant. Here are some steps that you and your family can take to help guard against financial scams ...
  67. Are Target Date Funds Right for Your 401(k) Plan?

    Target-date funds are a popular investment option in 401(k) plans. Are they always a good fit?
  68. 5 Signs Fund Fees Are Hammering Your Investments

    The worst long-term killer of investment gains isn’t the market; it’s fees, especially for retirement accounts. How do you ...
  69. Small RIAs: Here's How to Level the Playing Field

    There are many ways in which small RIAs can compete with bigger firms. Here's how independent advisors can establish themselves ...
  70. Who Advisors Should Be Following on Twitter

    Twitter has become an important tool for financial advisors. By looking at some top Tweeters, advisors can improve their ...
  71. These 13 States Tax Your Social Security Benefits

    It may surprise many that Social Security benefits are taxed. The best way to not let it derail your tax situation is to ...
  72. Here's How to Duck a FINRA Slap on L Shares

    Regular and L-share annuity contracts come with back-end surrender charges that clients should know. Here's how to steer ...
  73. The Fiduciary Rule: What Advisors Need to Know

    The rules surrounding the DOL's fiduciary proposal are confusing for advisors and clients. Here’s what we know so far.
  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. Why Financial Advisors Should Focus on Recruitment

    Here's why financial advisory firms should be putting recruiting at the forefront of their agendas to keep pace with the ...
  76. Top Portfolio Rebalancing Software for Advisors

    Portfolio rebalancing software has grown in popularity among advisors in recent years. Here's why and a look at some of the ...
  77. Allianz Global Investors: Investment Manager Highlight (ALV)

    Take a closer look at Allianz Global Investors, a worldwide asset management company with more than $477 billion in assets ...
  78. Artisan Partners: Investment Manager Highlight (APAM)

    Learn about Artisan Partners Asset Management, including its unique business model and diverse selection of investment strategies.
  79. GE Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight (GE, ELFNX)

    Read more about GE Asset Management, the General Electric Company (GE) subsidiary with approximately $115 billion in assets ...
  80. JPMorgan Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight (JPM)

    Read about the asset management arm of JPMorgan Chase & Company, one of the largest banking and financial services companies ...
  81. Legg Mason: Investment Manager Highlight (LM)

    Read about Legg Mason, one of the world's largest asset management firms, and learn more about its multi-manager approach ...
  82. John Paulson's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the early life and distinguished career of John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made billions betting on ...
  83. Marathon Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the investment operations of Marathon Asset Management, a specialist in distressed and special-situation investing ...
  84. Mohamed El-Erian Vs. Bill Gross: The Two Bond Kings (C, JNS)

    Discover how Bill Gross and Mohamed El-Erian, two investors who preach eliminating emotion from investing decisions, let ...
  85. Mohnish Pabrai's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Discover how Mohnish Pabrai became a successful value investor and why he wants to give most of his wealth to the poorest ...
  86. Advisors: How to Ask Friends for Social Media Help

    Social media can be a difficult endeavor for those who didn’t grow up around technology, but younger friends and family can ...
  87. Top Tech Trends for Advisors in 2016

    This year's tech trends for the financial advisor sector—from robo-advisors to data harnessing—will revolve around flexibility, ...
  88. Active Management Enters the Robo-Advisor Arena

    Robo-advisors, which typically offer passively-managed investments, are starting to offer actively-managed investments.
  89. Western Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight (LM)

    Learn more about Western Asset Management, a Legg Mason subsidiary and fixed-income specialist with more than $433 billion ...
  90. Should You Choose a Fee-only Financial Advisor?

    Is working with a fee-only financial advisor always your best option?
  91. 4 Reasons Your Financial Advisor Could Dump You

    Sometimes, you are not the one who calls things off with your advisor – and these reasons could explain why.
  92. 3 Different ETF Strategies for Your Portfolio

    If the world of investing feels like it’s become more confusing lately, you’re not imagining things. Market volatility has ...
  93. How to Navigate a Lousy 401(k) Plan

    Here are some strategies to help clients who have a less-than-stellar 401(k) plan.
  94. Advisors: Why You Should Avoid Trying to Do it All

    Few advisors are capable of providing services in all aspects of financial planning alone. Here's what to do to effectively ...
  95. Top Tax Strategies for Clients in a Bear Market

    So far 2016 has been off to a shaky start. Here are some tax strategies to help offset the pain.
  96. Stephen Schwarzman's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (BX)

    Learn more about the life of Stephen A. Schwarzman, one of the most influential and successful people in private equity in ...
  97. What a Career in Impact Investing Could Look Like (C, JPM)

    Learn about careers in impact investing. This rewarding business career makes it possible to earn money for clients and impact ...
  98. 5 Simple Steps for Setting Smart Investing Goals

    One of my favorite financial advisor mantras is that it’s not always what you own, but why you own it, that counts. Learn ...
  99. 5 Fabulous Behaviors of Financially Successful Women

    In a day like today, International Women’s Day 2016, we hope to take steps to normalize the conversations between money, ...
  100. How Fidelity is Angling its New Robo-Advisor

    Fidelity has joined the ranks of major firms offering robo-advisor services. Here's an introduction to Fidelity Go and what ...
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