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  1. Why Advisor Teams Produce Better Results

    If you haven't considered working in a team environment, here's the research that shows why it's so beneficial for your financial ...
  2. Robo-Advisor Platforms: Vanguard vs. BlackRock

    BlackRock and Vanguard have both added robo-advisor platforms recently. How do they compare?
  3. John Hancock Investments: Investment Manager Highlight

    Learn about John Hancock Investments, its leaders and its unique manager-of-managers approach to the asset management business.
  4. Why Financial Advisors Love and Hate Donald Trump

    Based on personality, tax and economic policies, financial advisors are understandably split on Donald Trump. Here's what ...
  5. Banks Take Heed of Wealthy's Use of Robo-Advisors

    The wealthy's increasing use of robo-advisors is putting pressure on traditional banks to add similar services to compete. ...
  6. How to Value Art and Dodge the IRS on Death Taxes

    Appraising artwork can be a very inexact process, and an estate could face penalties from the IRS for undervalued works. ...
  7. Bruce Kovner's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the life of Bruce Kovner, one of the most successful hedge fund managers in the United States and one of its ...
  8. Ray Dalio's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Read about Ray Dalio, one of the most successful investors in the United States and founder of the world's largest hedge ...
  9. Ken Fisher's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the rise of Kenneth Fisher, the would-be forester who became the founder of one of the largest money management ...
  10. Going RIA? Consider These Top Transition Hacks

    Here are some best practices for advisors moving from a broker-dealer format to a registered investment advisor platform. ...
  11. How the Election Year Will Impact Your Practice

    Who wins the presidency isn't the only political factor that will impact business and your practice this year. Here's what ...
  12. How to Optimize Taxable Portfolios in Bear Markets

    A bear market presents an opportunity for financial advisors to optimize clients' taxable portfolios.
  13. These Robo-Advisors Have the Lowest Fees

    These robo-advisors all have low fees, but what they offer and require differs.
  14. Common Interview Questions for Internal Advisor Consultants

    Learn specific questions you might face at an internal advisor consultant job interview, and practice winning responses to ...
  15. How the Fiduciary Rule Will Impact Annuity Sales

    If the DOL's fiduciary rule is enacted it will result in radical changes to how annuities are sold and marketed and how advisors ...
  16. These Robo-Advisors are Growing the Fastest

    The growth of robo-advisors has been impressive in recent years. Here are the ones that are growing the fastest.
  17. What Hiring a Financial Advisor Costs in 2016

    When it comes to the price tag on a financial advisor's services, transparency is often lacking. That's why it's important ...
  18. REITs: Still a Viable Investment?

    Are REITs viable investments now? Here's a look at the history of REITs' performance during rocky economic times and other ...
  19. How Robo-Advisors Fall Short of Fiduciary Proposal

    Some industry regulators and experts have warned that robo-advisors are not yet capable of meeting the fiduciary standard.
  20. Tips to Help Retirees Combat Low Interest Rates

    Planning for retirement in a zero interest rate environment can be tricky. Here are some ways to make it work and generate ...
  21. If You Win a Broker Arbitration, But Can't Collect

    Here's what to do next if your broker stiffs you when you win an arbitration.
  22. How Can Technology Make You a Smarter Investor?

    Managing money these days has become very similar to planning a trip as people use the same strategy of combining personal ...
  23. Are Smart Beta ETFs Active, Passive or Both?

    Are smart beta ETFs a form of passive management, active management or a hybrid of both?
  24. How New Rules Impact Indexed Universal Life Sales

    Indexed universal life insurance is growing in popularity. Here's how recently enacted new rules will effect the sale of ...
  25. Why HSAs May Trump 401(k)s for Retirement Savings

    In many cases, it makes a lot of financial sense to use a health savings account instead of a 401(k) plan to tuck money away ...
  26. Top Tax Planning Tips for Volatile Markets

    Volatile markets provide several ways to lower tax bills ... if you play your cards right.
  27. How Student Debt Imperils Retirement Savings

    Student loan debt is out of control. Here is how it can impact saving for retirement.
  28. How Negative Rates Could Hammer Your Retirement

    Negative interest rates could wreak havoc on savings, bonds, the stock market and more. Here's what to be aware of if the ...
  29. When and How to Dump Portfolio Losers

    Having a mechanism in place to address potential losses in a portfolio is imperative. Here are some of the best ways to go ...
  30. Robo-Advisors Face Regulatory Scrutiny

    FINRA and other regulators are starting to put robo-advisors under a microscope. Here's what they are focusing on.
  31. Financial Advisor Tech: What’s on Tap?

    Advisors who fail to offer the latest digital tech to clients often find themselves falling behind the competition. Here ...
  32. Advisors Falling Short on Succession Planning

    A Fidelity study reveals that many advisors have not taken steps to implement a clear succession plan.
  33. Financial Planners: How to Rake it in This Year

    Financial planners can make 2016 one of their most profitable years by increasing the referrals they give and get by following ...
  34. Avoid These Retirement Asset Allocation Mistakes

    When it comes to asset allocation in a retirement portfolio, these are the mistakes that should be avoided.
  35. Managing Client Risk: A Look at Riskalyze

    Riskalyze provides advisors and their clients with a clear picture of where they are in the risk frontier and where they ...
  36. Gen Y is Making This Huge Investing Mistake

    Millennials are a risk averse generation. Here's how advisors can help them invest appropriately for their age.
  37. Top 10 Performing Hedge Funds in January 2016

    These hedge funds have consistently delivered positive returns over the years, even during a bearish market in January.
  38. How Prepared Are Americans for Retirement?

    While retirement preparedness has increased in the last two years, more than half of Americans may fall short. Here's how ...
  39. Older Clients Marrying: How Advisors Can Help

    There are financial issues for clients marrying at any stage of life, but older spouses may bring many more things they need ...
  40. Irrevocable Trusts: New Trends You Need to Know

    Several improvements and additional provisions have been added to irrevocable trusts in recent years making them considerably ...
  41. Long-Term Care: How and Why You Should Plan for It

    The likelihood of needing long-term care is higher than most people realize. Here are some ways to plan for it.
  42. Top Tips for Buying Annuities

    Annuites are complex products that must be understood in order to use them correctly. Here's what you need to know.
  43. Will the Wealthy See a Tax Incentive Cut?

    President Obama has unveiled plans to increase taxes for the wealthy. Retirement income and capital gains are two key areas ...
  44. 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.
  45. What Advisors Can Learn from Fidelity’s Video Push

    Fidelity is adapting its marketing strategy with more video-based marketing and other social media offerings. Here's what ...
  46. Advisors: Are You Truly Ready to Go Independent?

    Advisors considering going independent need to make sure they're well-prepared. Here's what they need to consider.
  47. How Advisors Can Thrive Despite Robo-Advisors

    In the age of robo-advisors here's how human advisors need to step up their game in order to thrive.
  48. When to Really Put Your Clients' Interests First

    Advisors and clients alike are best served when a client's revenue is growing. But there may be some cases when taking a ...
  49. New SS File-and-Suspend Guidance: What to Know

    April 29, 2016 will mark the end of Social Security's file-and-suspend claiming strategy. Here's what savers and financial ...
  50. Robo-Advisors and Banks: Perfect Bedfellows?

    Is the banking industry the next to join the robo-advisory fray? There are many things going on that lead us to believe that ...
  51. Want to Be a Better Advisor? Think Like a Client

    Stepping into clients' shoes by hiring your own financial advisor can give you valuable insight into the experience of planning ...
  52. How to Avoid Scaring Off Prospective Clients

    It's easy to inadvertently intimidate or confuse potential clients. Here's what not to do on your initial meetings with would-be ...
  53. How to Help Clients Plan Their Funerals

    Advisors should be talking to clients about delineating funeral wishes in a secure way so family members aren’t let out of ...
  54. How to Bond with Influencers to Grow Referrals

    Here are the top ways advisors can connect with influential people to gain quality referrals.
  55. Advisors: Stay Relevant with Data Aggregation

    Advisors wanting to remain competitive should consider embracing data aggregation tech, which many clients expect. Here's ...
  56. Junk Bonds: Why You Should Pass Right Now

    Why you should probably wait on allocating to junk bonds right now.
  57. Unconstrained Bond Funds are Finally Being Tested

    Unconstrained bond funds, pitched as a hedge against rising rates, are finally being tested.
  58. These 6 Robo-Advisors Manage the Most Money

    Investors should look at a variety of factors when choosing a robo-advisor. Here's a snapshot of the more popular ones.
  59. What RIAs Are Worried Most About in 2016

    Upgrading technology, hiring new talent and being a bit more conservative heading into a shakier economic environment top ...
  60. Advisors: How to Land Your Clients' Kids

    Advising the next generation of wealth owners—the children of your clients—is a goal worth pursing. Here are a few tips for ...
  61. When it Makes Sense to Reverse an IRA Conversion

    The IRS allows taxpayers whose conversions turn out to be badly timed to reverse this transaction. Here's when it makes sense ...
  62. Private Banker: Job Description & Average Salary

    Discover what a career in private banking entails, including a job description, education and training, necessary skills ...
  63. What to Expect From TransUnion's Earnings (TRU)

    TransUnion is not the only company to have struggled after recently launching an IPO. But few have had the level of stability ...
  64. Financial Planner: Job Description & Average Salary

    Discover the general job duties and average salary of a financial planner, as well as the education, training and skills ...
  65. Advisors: How to Mend Doctors’ Retirement Planning

    While physicians are typically highly compensated, many fall short when it comes to retirement savings. Here are some steps ...
  66. Can You Afford a Financial Advisor?

    Don't think you can afford a financial advisor? Think again. Here's why you should reconsider hiring an advisor.
  67. Advisors: Skimp on Technology at Your Own Risk

    Technology is rapidly transforming the way that advisors do business. Here are the areas where smart advisors are investing ...
  68. Are AUM Fees a Thing of the Past?

    Although the assets under management fee seemed like a good idea for a long time, current market trends may be making it ...
  69. Advisors: How to Deal With a Social Media Nemesis

    Here's how financial advisors with a social media presence can monitor and handle disgruntled client comments and pesky online ...
  70. The Top Robo-Advisor Trends in 2016

    The rapid growth of the robo-advisor market seems all but assured. Here are some possible developments to look out for in ...
  71. Top Problems with Financial Data Aggregation

    A new front in personal finance technology—data aggregation—seeks to make our financial lives easier. But here's why it may ...
  72. What the Next Decade Holds for Financial Advisors

    A look at the top trends of the financial advisory business in the next decade.
  73. 3 Healthy Financial Habits for 2016

    ”Winning” investors don't just set it and forget it. They consistently take steps to adapt their investment plan in the face ...
  74. The Top RIA Deals of 2015

    It was a big year for change within the RIA industry. Here are 2015's biggest mergers, acquisitions and buyouts.
  75. 6 Robo-Advisors That Require Little to Start

    There are many well-regarded robo-advisor options that come with minimum investment amounts. Here are snapshots of a handful ...
  76. Top Ways Advisors Can Get Fired from a Practice

    These are the most common reasons why advisors get fired.
  77. How Advisors Can Appeal to Nontraditional Families

    So-called traditional families represent less than 20% of U.S. households today. Here's how advisors can adjust.
  78. Advisors: How Your IT Guy Can Save You Money

    Financial advisors have many incentives to purchase technological equipment. Read the fine print to make sure you are getting ...
  79. Social Security: Navigating it with Your Clients

    Many people don’t realize how confusing Social Security can be until they're face to face with taking it. Here's how to talk ...
  80. Advisors: Why You Should Never Skimp on Technology

    A recent Fidelity study shows that advisors who embrace technology are more successful. Here are some key steps to gain a ...
  81. Robo-Advisor, Asset Manager Marriages on the Rise

    Invesco is the latest asset manager to acquire a robo-advisor. Here's a look at what it means and how it will work.
  82. What Baby Boomers Need to Know About IRA RMDs

    Mandatory minimum distributions from traditional IRAs and qualified plans cannot be avoided. But there are several ways to ...
  83. How to Construct an Annual Review for Clients

    One of the best things that advisors can provide to clients is an annual review of their financial situation. Here are some ...
  84. There's a Reason They're Called Junk Bonds

    The closing of Third Avenue Managemet's Focused Credit Fund is a warning to investors and advisors. Beware the junk.
  85. 5 Questions First Time Investors Should Ask in 2016

    Learn five of the most important questions you need to ask if you are a new investor planning on starting an investment program ...
  86. The Top 4 Income Investments for Retirees in 2016

    These four investment types should mitigate risk in 2016 for retirees seeking income.
  87. Vanguard's Robo-Advisor vs. Flagship Select

    An in depth comparison of Vanguard’s robo-advisor and high-net-worth platforms.
  88. Advisors: $240B in Fees Up for Grabs by 2030

    Advisors have an opportunity to win generational assets over the next 15 years. Here are some tips on how to cater to different ...
  89. A Guide to DIY Portfolio Management

    These are some of the pillars needed to build a DIY portfolio.
  90. How Do Edward Jones and Merrill Lynch Compare?

    Merrill Lynch and Edward Jones have both been around for decades, but they approach business very differently. Here's the ...
  91. Cash Value vs Term Life Insurance: Which is Best?

    The debate between cash value life insurance and term insurance plus an investment plan is an ongoing one. Here's a look ...
  92. How Advisors Can Make the Most Out of Volatility

    Advisors can use market volatility as an opportunity to enhance their value to their clients and grow their practice. Here's ...
  93. What People Hate About Financial Advisors

    Advisors need to make a living too, but doing so by cutting corners at a client's expense isn't right. Here are the top complaints ...
  94. SRI Funds and Your 401(k): What You Need to Know

    Socially responsible, green and impact investing options are now DoL-approved for 401(k) plans. Here's what investors should ...
  95. Top Insights Into Winning More Wealthy Clients

    The upcoming young and wealthy client class is like none other when it comes to wealth advising preferences. Here are some ...
  96. When to Fire Your Advisor and Go Robo-Advisor

    Human financial advisor or robo-advisor: Which suits your needs best? Here are some general tips to help guide you to the ...
  97. How Millionaires Say They'll Invest in 2016

    Recent research shows that millionaire investors are entering 2016 more conservatively thanks to recent market volatility. ...
  98. How to Create a New Financial Product in 10 Steps

    The 10 steps outlined here are essential to the creation of a new financial product.
  99. Retirement Tips for Financial Advisors

    Learn some valuable tips that financial advisors are using to successfully transition from practice to financially secure ...
  100. Why the Classic Car Boom Might Be Ready to Bust

    The collectible car market has grown spectacularly, but recent numbers show that it may be heading for a correction.
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