Financial Careers Articles

  1. 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).
  2. Top Chicago Restaurants for Wining and Dining

    Looking to wine and dine clients in Chicago? These seven spots should be on your short list.
  3. 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).
  4. Top SEC Exam Hacks for Financial Advisors

    These five tips will help financial advisors pass muster when the SEC comes knocking.
  5. 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.
  6. Top Tips for Getting More Client Referrals

    If you're not talking to your clients about referring you to friends, you should be.
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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.
  11. These ETFs Are the Most Popular with Advisors

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

    Here's how financial advisors can help retiring clients develop a realistic picture of relocation.
  13. 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 ...
  14. Losing a Client Is Not Always The End of The World

    Losing a client is never pleasant for a financial advisor, but sometimes this is a better outcome than continuing the relationship. ...
  15. The Alphabet Soup of Financial Certifications

    We decode the meaning of the many letters that can follow the names of financial professionals.
  16. How (and Why) Advisors Should Mimic Robo-Advisors

    Robo-advisors will never fully replace humans, but advisors who don't adjust and incorporate some of their advantages are ...
  17. How Advisors Can Become More Tech-Savvy

    Younger clients and prospects will demand that you're well-versed in the latest tools. Here's how advisors can stay abreast ...
  18. A Tax Loophole You May Not Want to Fall Into

    An Act of Congress has made it easier to increase contributions to Roth and traditional IRAs. But does the good outweigh ...
  19. Are Financial Advisors Good Money Managers?

    There's a big difference between a good financial advisor and a good money manager. Here's how to tell.
  20. Are Target-Date Funds Safer in a Reeling Market?

    A look at whether or not target-date funds are safer when markets are volatile.
  21. How Does Your Financial Advisor Get Paid?

    Some questions to ask your financial advisor about the recommendations they make and how they get paid.
  22. How Financial Advisors Can Learn from Their Peers

    Advisor study groups can be a big help in building a top practice. Here's a guide to creating one.
  23. Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses

    State-sponsored retirement plans, which small business employees can participate in, are becoming more popular. Here's why ...
  24. Robo vs. Human Advisors: Coming Together More?

    Are investors finding more human interaction with robo-advisor services? Here's a survey of the provider landscape.
  25. Your Firm's Tech: Will it Pass Millennial Muster?

    The financial advisor world is shifting. To attract top talent, companies will need to become as tech-savvy as the millennials ...
  26. How to Help Clients See Value of Diversification

    One of an advisor’s most important jobs is getting clients to understand the value of diversification. Here are some tips ...
  27. Read These Tips Before Selling Your Advisory Biz

    Here are three tips financial advisors should follow when prepping their practice for a sale to help with a smooth transaction ...
  28. For this Group, Financial Advisors are a Necessity

    Doctors have high potential for building long-lasting wealth, but they need advice on the best way to pay off student loan ...
  29. Downsizing Your Home: The Tax Implications

    If you have clients who own homes that have appreciated substantially in value since their purchase, they may have significant ...
  30. Top Tips for Buying a Financial Advisory Practice

    When acquiring a new financial advisory practice, make sure that your game plan avoids these acquisition missteps.
  31. How to Perfect Your Financial Advisory Practice

    Top tips for being a better advisor to your clients, as well as your own colleagues.
  32. How Parent/Child Financial Advisor Teams Work Best

    Bringing your children into your practice can be a good idea, but take care to prevent possible friction between you, your ...
  33. This Part of Estate Planning is Often Neglected

    In forming an estate plan, don't neglect your digital assets and legacy held in online accounts.
  34. Retirement Savings: How Much is Enough?

    Sure, you can never save too much for retirement, but just how much is enough?
  35. Why Robo-Advisors Aren't a Risk to Your Practice

    Robo-advisors won't replace human financial advisors. But advisors will need to adjust their practices to compete. Here's ...
  36. The Highest-Paying Financial Careers

    Read about the most lucrative positions in the world of finance, where hard-charging professionals can make hundreds of thousands ...
  37. 5 Reasons to Use a Financial Advisor

    Nobody wants to pay for advice, but the help of a pro can be invaluable.
  38. Advisors Must Improve Rapport with This Group

    While women continue to gain economic power, not all financial advisors show the respect and consideration women deserve. ...
  39. Where Do Accountants Earn the Most Money?

    Accountants earn higher-than-average salaries, but they can make even more in certain parts of the country and sub-sectors.
  40. Asset Manager Ethics: Acting Timely and Accurately

    The client-manager relationship is strengthened by a communication plan that is relevant, accurate and timely. Here's how ...
  41. Top Alternatives Assets for Capital Preservation

    At best, alternative investments can help preserve capital by avoiding correlation with stocks and by beating inflation. ...
  42. How Advisors Can Factor in Their Clients' Health

    Healthcare costs keep rising. Advisors should make sure that clients understand the costs that they may face if they are ...
  43. How to Help Clients Navigate 529 Plans

    Here are some of the best practices Morningstar identified that financial advisors should keep in mind when helping clients ...
  44. Successful Advisory Practices Share These Traits

    Successful financial advisory firms commonly grow their practices in these three ways.
  45. Variable Annuities: The Pros and Cons

    Variable annuities are one of the most complicated financial instruments. Here is an in depth look at their pros and cons.
  46. How Gen X Should Plan for Retirement

    A new study shows that Gen Xers are very different from others when it comes to retirement planning. Here's some insight ...
  47. How Advisors Are Using Social Media

    It doesn't pay to leave social media out of your marketing plan, a new study shows. Here's some insight into how advisors ...
  48. How to Make Your Practice Stand Out Online

    Here are three ways financial advisors can increase their online visibility.
  49. Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts Explained

    Qualified longevity annuity contracts are a relatively new retirement savings vehicle. Here's a look at how they work.
  50. RIAs: How to Keep Your Eye on Long-Term Growth

    For owners of independent RIAs, there's little time to think about anything but daily operations. Here are a few strategies ...
  51. How to Help Clients Plan for the End of Life

    Advisors who can show their clients the real costs of longevity and then provide practical solutions.
  52. How Life Insurance Can Help Reduce Estate Taxes

    Inheritance is a double-edged sword, as leaving money can create estate tax burdens. Opting for a life insurance plan can ...
  53. The 4 Best S&P 500 Index Funds

    Discover detailed analysis of the best S&P 500 Index funds, and learn about their characteristics, historical statistics ...
  54. Top Tips for Keeping Clients’ Divorces Private

    For the wealthy, divorce can mean negative public fallout if certain details of their private lives come out. Here's how ...
  55. Tips on How RIAs Can Retain Top Talent

    In an industry with a shortage of talent, owners of small RIAs need to consider going above and beyond to retain their best ...
  56. Do Senior Loans Belong in Your Porfolio?

    Fixed income is supposed to be a stable part of an investment portfolio. How do senior loans fit in and at what risk?
  57. What Advisors Need to Know About Smart Beta ETFs

    Smart beta ETFs continue to grow in popularity. Advisors considering them for clients need to understand the following.
  58. Top Tips for Young Financial Advisors

    The aging financial advisory business will soon be creating opportunities for young aspiring advisors. Here's how they can ...
  59. Top 5 Mistakes All Advisors Should Avoid

    Not all advisors are created equal. Here are five common mistakes made by financial advisors and how they can be avoided.
  60. 5 Reasons Financial Advisors Still Choose Mutual Funds

    Take a look at five primary reasons why financial advisors still choose to recommend mutual funds over other types of investment ...
  61. Why Advisors Should Make Hiring a Priority

    Financial advisory firms neglect their hiring processes. Proper descriptions, selection and onboarding can ensure quality ...
  62. An Overview of Hybrid Long-Term Care Policies

    As the cost of managed care continues to rise a new breed of hybrid life insurance offers a reasonable level of protection ...
  63. Going Back to School as a Retiree? Here's a Guide

    The options for becoming a student after your working life ends are easier and less expensive than you might think.
  64. Do Robo-Advisors and Retirees Mix?

    Robo-advisors have democratized investing for many, but can they help retirees? Here are some things to consider before choosing ...
  65. How to Create a Client Investment Policy Statement

    Investment policy statements are vital for financial advisors and their clients. Here are some tips for creating them.
  66. Career Advice: Financial Analyst Vs. Financial Adviser

    Read an in-depth review of the differences between a career as a financial Adviser versus a career as a Financial Analyst, ...
  67. How to Pick the Best Muni Bonds and Muni Bond ETFs

    Municipal bonds are a good addition to a diversified portfolio as long as you choose correctly based on population and local ...
  68. RIAs: Why Discounting Your Fees Is a Big Mistake

    For RIAs, lowering your set price is a short-term fix. Here are a few other ways to reach out and appeal to a wider array ...
  69. How Hard Is a Career Selling Life Insurance?

    Learn why selling life insurance is a difficult way to make a living, but also how agents who persevere are rewarded down ...
  70. 7 Tips for Year-End Financial Planning

    There is always a rush to get financial planning tasks done at year's end. Here are some tips to help ease the crunch.
  71. Top Tips for Helping Clients Through a Divorce

    It may take a delicate touch to properly assist clients who are going through a divorce. Here are some tips.
  72. How RIAs and Independent Broker-Dealers Differ

    There are many types of financial planners. Here we break down what sets RIAs apart from independent broker-dealers.
  73. How to Help Worried Clients See the Big Picture

    Advisors can have a tough time selling clients on the bigger picture, especially when the market is volatile. Here's how ...
  74. Illiquid Real Estate: Correlation Pros and Cons

    Stock and bond markets are moving more closely in tandem with each other. Is illiquid real estate the vaccine for this correlation? ...
  75. How to Manage Fixed Income as Interest Rates Rise

    A look at how to manage fixed income amid the specter of rising rates, correlation to stocks, client expectations and more. ...
  76. Are ETFs the Best Way to Diversify with Bonds?

    Are bonds safe or risky right now? It depends on the type of bond and how you invest in them.
  77. Want to Start Up an RIA? Expect These Hurdles

    RIAs looking to strike out on their own need to overcome and plan for a number of hurdles.
  78. How to Use Boring CDs to Diversify

    Markets are volatile and are in for more punishment. CDs can help investors earn some interest while they're waiting out ...
  79. How Legacy Planning Can Help Capture New Clients

    Don’t underestimate the importance of legacy planning with your clients—it could serve as method for you to create new business ...
  80. Top Tips for Diversifying with Exotic Currencies

    Is there an opportunity in exotic currencies right now, or are you safer sticking to the major ones?
  81. Top Investment Banks In The Energy Industry

    Many global Investment banks are highly involved in the energy industry, but there are also some smaller banks and boutiques ...
  82. 5 Top-Rated Funds for Your Retirement Portfolio

    Mutual funds are a good choice for emotional investors. Here are five popular funds to consider.
  83. Tips for Retaining Your Client's Heirs

    It's a good idea to start working with your clients' children early on to forge relationships and hopefully continue to manage ...
  84. The Pros and Cons of a Hybrid Advisor Practice

    Deciding whether or not operating as a hybrid makes sense for your practice? Consider the following first.
  85. How Advisors Can Adapt to, Attract Gen Y Clients

    A look at how advisors who want to attract the up and coming Millennial generation will have to evolve and adapt their practices. ...
  86. How to Better Connect with Your Advisory Clients

    You want to show clients that you're more than just a money manager. But you can't make meaningful connections if you don't ...
  87. How to Protect Retirement and Help Adult Kids

    Parents can both protect their retirement money and help their adult kids. Here's how.
  88. Why Women Are Underprepared for a Spouse’s Death

    Women are typically less prepared for the death of a spouse than men. An advisor can help mitigate some of the financial ...
  89. How Advisors Can Carve Out a Social Media Niche

    Social media is a great way for financial advisors to build a brand and potentially generate leads if it’s properly used. ...
  90. 3 Benefits of Working Longer (and Retiring Later)

    There are many reasons why folks in their 60s may want to keep working until at least age 70. Here are three.
  91. How Advisors Can Thwart the Robo-Advisor Threat

    Here's how financial advisors can take a number of steps to mimic some of the more successful aspects of a robo-advisor business.
  92. Top Tips for Diversifying with Mutual Funds

    Are mutual funds becoming obsolete? If they have something to offer, which funds should you consider for diversification? ...
  93. Career Advice: Financial Planner Vs. Wealth Manager

    Understand the differences between a career in financial planning and wealth management, and identify which is better for ...
  94. Career Advice: Accountant Vs. Financial Planner

    Identify the key differences between a career in accounting and financial planning, and learn how your personality dictates ...
  95. Why Some Celebs Say 'No Inheritance for My Kids'

    To some of the super rich, inherited wealth is not the ultimate gift, it's a burden. Here's how their children—as well as ...
  96. Social Security COLA in 2016? Not Likely

    A cost of living increase for Social Security doesn't look likely in 2016. Here's what retirees should know and what they ...
  97. This Group is the Most Underprepared to Retire

    More than any other demographic, this group is woefully underprepared for retirement. Here's what they can do to change that. ...
  98. Advisors: Why Older Clients Need Housing Help

    When was the last time you talked to your clients about housing in retirement?
  99. Why Advisors Must Create a Mobile Strategy NOW

    Mobile devices will replace laptops and desktops. Financial advisors must deal with this revolution to ensure their marketing ...
  100. How to Create a Retirement Co-Op in Your Community

    As the retirement boom continues, retirement co-ops are growing in popularity. Here's how to set one up in your community. ...
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