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  1. Want to Retire Early? Follow This Checklist

    Understand what you need to do first to retire early with security, including covering living expenses, securing health insurance ...
  2. Is Equity Financing the Right Choice for Your Business?

    Discover the benefits and drawbacks of equity financing for a small business, and learn when equity financing should be used ...
  3. Understanding Taxation On Leveraged ETFs

    Read about the potential tax implications for investors of leveraged exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, and learn why leveraged ...
  4. Donald Trump Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Discover more about Donald Trump the man. Learn about his history and back story, path to success and current political aspirations.
  5. Understanding Janet Yellen's Role On Interest Rates

    Learn about Janet Yellen's role at the Federal Reserve. At first she was known as a dove, but Yellen has actually been quiet ...
  6. RIAs and Brokers: What's the Difference?

    RIAs and brokers are held to different standards when providing investment advice. Here's how they differ.
  7. Ready to Retire? Ask Yourself these 7 Questions

    Feeling ready for retiring? Before you make the jump, ask yourselves these questions.
  8. Wealthy Clients are Thirsty for Better Advice

    New research uncovers the ultra-weathy's fast-growing demand for better, in-depth investment advice.
  9. 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Retiring

    Before you retire, it's important to ask yourself these questions to ensure you're ready.
  10. How Advisors Can Compete with Robo-Advisors

    There are lots of solutions that enable advisors to meet the demands of tech-savvy clients and compete with robo-advisors. ...
  11. Top 3 Auto Industry ETFs

    Obtain information about some of the most popular exchange-traded funds investors utilize to get exposure to the automotive ...
  12. Hillary Clinton Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about Hillary Clinton's early life in Chicago, her years in Arkansas with her husband, and her time as first lady, ...
  13. 3 Startups Worth More Than a Billion

    Learn about three of the fastest-growing startups worth more than a billion. Billion-dollar startups are known in Silicon ...
  14. Understanding How the Federal Reserve Creates Money

    Read about how the Federal Reserve actually targets and creates new money in the economy, and find out why the savings and ...
  15. Question the Funds Picked By Your Financial Advisor

    Learn the importance of having a financial adviser whom you can trust and why questioning the funds he selects is part of ...
  16. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Snapchat Worth?

    Learn about Snapchat's multibillion dollar valuation and how it is part of a new breed of private companies known as unicorns ...
  17. 5 Bad Habits Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid

    Learn how to avoid specific bad habits that plague entrepreneurs, such as failure to plan, bad associations and not keeping ...
  18. Millennials: Forget About Fixed Income Investing

    Learn why millennials need to forget about fixed income investing. Economic and financial conditions have led to diminished ...
  19. Are You Ready for Uber's IPO? 2 Things to Consider

    Learn why ongoing litigation from drivers along with state and local governments could put a damper on what is likely an ...
  20. The 5 Reasons Why RadioShack Went Out of Business

    Learn five reasons why RadioShack went bankrupt: store concentration, online competition, product concentration, management ...
  21. You Know Debt & Deficit Are Not The Same, Right?

    An educational article explaining in detail how deficit differs from debt and how are they related.
  22. Financial Advisors: Social Media Is a Gold Mine

    Learn how social media is a gold mine for financial advisers. Maintaining a social media presence enables you to reach customers, ...
  23. 2 No-Load Mutual Funds Suitable for Retirement

    Take a closer look at two no-load mutual funds that should be on the radar for retirees or potential retirees looking for ...
  24. Cuba Tourism: What Will It Cost You?

    Understand the various costs involved with taking a trip to Cuba, including vaccination costs, airfare, tour costs and converting ...
  25. How the Chinese Stock Market Heavily Affects the US

    Learn about the ways in which the Chinese stock market affects the U.S. economy, the dollar, the interest rate and imports ...
  26. Mark Zuckerberg Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook. Understand where he came from and what in his life helped him ...
  27. 3 Stocks to Protect Your Portfolio from Inflation

    Discover three stocks to protect portfolios against inflation. The best companies to protect against inflation are those ...
  28. Salesforce and SAP: Don’t Expect the Same From Both

    Take a look at the similarities and differences between SAP and Salesforce in the customer relationship management (CRM) ...
  29. 'Man Up': 3 Tips for Working with Male Clients

    Male clients aren't always financially literate. Here's how advisors can meet their needs.
  30. Why You Shouldn't Bet on Defined Benefit Plans

    Defined benefit plans were once a easy, safe way for workers to save for retirement. Too bad their massive obligations have ...
  31. Top Tips for Minimizing Taxes on Severance Pay

    A look at the top ways to lessen the tax burden on severance pay.
  32. How to Decide When to Sell Mutual Fund Shares

    Whether actively-managed or index there is a need to monitor mutual fund holdings. Here's how advisors can help clients decide ...
  33. Top Referral Tips for Financial Advisors

    A referral from a friend, colleague or industry expert can go a long way in getting more prospective clients to give you ...
  34. Picking Apart a Winning New Bond Fund Alternative

    Schooner's Hedged Alternative Income Fund offers a unique strategy, but does its upside potential outweigh its downside risk ...
  35. Top Financial Planning Issues for Older Parents

    Clients who have children later in life present an opportunity for advisors. Here are the key the financial planning issues ...
  36. 5 Mortgage Loans You Didn't Know About

    These lesser known mortgage loans are often overlooked by potential home buyers.
  37. Deflate Inflation with These 9 Assets

    Now might not be the right time, but investing in these assets may eventually prove to be good hedges against inflation.
  38. Jim Yong Kim Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn information about the life and success story of Jim Yong Kim, who rose from humble beginnings to become the head of ...
  39. 3 Reasons Your 401(k) Is Not Enough for Retirement

    Learn the basic structure of a 401(k), and a number of reasons why it may not be substantial enough to secure an individual's ...
  40. 4 Signs Your Financial Advisor Is Ripping You Off

    Pay attention to the habits of your financial adviser to avoid him ripping you off by commingling, churning, scamming or ...
  41. The 5 Most Expensive States for Child Care

    To get a better sense of how child care costs can fluctuate, here's a look at the costs of child care across the country. ...
  42. AR & Inventory Turnover Is Key For These Sectors

    Accounts receivable and inventory turnover are two important ratios in the current asset category. We will also discuss the ...
  43. 8 Justifications For Sky-high CEO Salaries

    Why are CEO salaries so astronomically high? There may be more to the story than you think.
  44. Why Minimum Wage Is A Kingmaking Issue In Elections

    Minimum wage is an essential issue for presidential candidates in the lead-up to the 2016 election. We look at the reasons ...
  45. These Are the Top Jobs for Retirees

    Learn some of the best jobs available for retirees who want to stay busy. These include retail, driving, call center work ...
  46. Looking To Invest In Home Improvements?

    Some home improvement projects could cost you more to complete than they’ll pay out in equity. So, here we show you the worst ...
  47. 3 Companies You Never Thought Would Go Bankrupt

    Understand more about company bankruptcy and why a company would file for bankruptcy. Learn about three companies that went ...
  48. Real Estate Investing in a High-Interest-Rate Environment

    Learn how private real estate investing and public real estate investing (or investing in REITs) is affected by a high-interest ...
  49. 8 Profitable Majors For The College-Bound In 2015

    Choose your college major wisely to justify the rising cost of higher education. Here are 8 majors that lead to good jobs ...
  50. 3 ETFs to Protect Your Retirement From Inflation

    Learn more about three of the best inflation-protected exchange traded funds for investors who are retired or who are approaching ...
  51. Healthcare Today, Explained Without the BS

    We present the major points of contention surrounding Obamacare, removing the political furor surrounding the discussion.
  52. How MetLife Became a Global Insurance Giant

    MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States. Here's how it has managed to stay on top.
  53. Why Robo-Advisors Might Not Last as Independents

    Robo-advisors are likely here to stay. But will the current crop of start ups get swallowed by big players?
  54. What's IRS Form 1040 For?

    Most U.S. taxpayers will be familiar with the 1040. By the end of filling it out, you'll know how much tax you owe, or what ...
  55. Is My Credit Score Good Enough for a Mortgage?

    Your score is critical in determining not only whether you'll secure a loan for a home, but also what interest rate you will ...
  56. Getting Your Credit Score from a Bank

    That all-important, once-secret number is now easy to obtain from financial institutions and credit card companies.
  57. Millennials: Don't Fall for These 5 Finance Myths

    Hey, Millennials: Financial wisdom gets an adjustment just for you. Since the economic landscape and times have changed, ...
  58. Top Ways to Minimize Taxes on 401(k) Withdrawals

    Maximizing your retirement savings is essential to a secure retirement, and a part of that is minimizing taxes on 401(k) ...
  59. The Best Credit Cards for Travel Insurance

    There are several credit cards that offer travel protection insurance if a scheduled trip is delayed or canceled.
  60. The Top 3 Most Profitable Mid-Priced Hotels

    American hotels recently released earnings. Here's a look at three of the most profitable mid-sized hotels.
  61. The Top 5 Richest Restaurateurs

    The top five richest restaurateurs have proven that it is possible to not only turn a profit in the restaurant business but ...
  62. The Top Six Richest Supermodels

    Through excellent investing, brand management and high earnings, these six supermodels have cultivated multi-million dollar ...
  63. How Married Couples Can Maximize Social Security

    Making the most of Social Security can be a complicated thing for married couples, but finding the maximum return is worth ...
  64. 5 Ways Millennials Are Investing for Retirement

    Here are some of the more popular strategies millennials are using to save for retirement.
  65. Should You Be Bearish or Bullish on Gold?

    Will gold move higher or lower over the next year?
  66. How Advisors Can Help Gen Y with 401(k) Issues

    Here's how advisors can help millennials get the most out of a 401(k).
  67. Top Financial Planning Strats for Unwed Couples

    Financial planning for unmarried or common law couples can be more complex. Here are some strategies advisors can implement ...
  68. Retirement Planning Do's and Don'ts for Advisors

    Helping clients prepare for retirement requires a mindshift from simply mananging their assets. This list of do's and don'ts ...
  69. Computer-Based Financial Planning: How it Works

    Computer-based financial planning is on the rise. Here's a look at the different services and what they have to offer.
  70. Scholar vs. Entrepreneur: What's Your Calling?

    You don't need a bachelor's degree to launch your own company. But which path — school or entrepreneurship — offers a better ...
  71. Chinese Auto Stocks: Hot or Not?

    The Chinese auto market offers a lot of potential, but is it worth placing a bet now?
  72. 5 Ways to Up Your Credit Score in 90 days or Less

    Getting that credit report glowing again may be easier than you think. Read on for some quick fixes.
  73. 8 Reasons Why Valued Employees Quit

    Salaries are important, but retaining top employees requires more than just providing competitive pay.
  74. Websites That Give Your True Credit Score for Free

    A few websites do provide your true credit score – or something very close to it. Here's where to find them.
  75. Chasing Gen-Y: Why Northwestern Bought LearnVest

    In an effort to stay relevant to a young generation of investors, Northwestern Mutual bought online moneymanager LearnVest. ...
  76. The Top Insurance Needs of Retirees

    While health insurance is the primary insurance need for retirees, there are other types advisors need to consider for their ...
  77. Real Estate: How the Bubble Will Pop

    This real estate bubble is much different from the last one. Understanding it is imperative if you plan on making any investments.
  78. How Advisors Can Minimize Their Own Risks

    Risk management is important in any enterprise. But when it comes to the financial advisory business, the stakes are higher.
  79. Drugmaker Extraordinaire: How Eli Lilly Grows

    Drugs mean big profits in America. Here's how the country's oldest pharmaceutical firm keeps its toehold in the market.
  80. How Advisors Can Help Clients Manage Old 401(k)s

    Helping clients manage their old 401(k)s is a huge retirement planning issue. It also presents opportunity for advisors. ...
  81. Why Retiring Sooner Might Be a Bad Idea

    Learn why even though most people dream of early retirement, it has plenty of downfalls that include less money, lower productivity ...
  82. It’s Never too Early to Think About Retirement

    See why it is never too early to think about retirement, to plan for a healthy financial future and how to start healthy ...
  83. Couples: Avoid These 3 Big Financial Mistakes

    Money is one of the top reasons couples argue. Here are the major issues advisors need to be aware of to help couples avoid ...
  84. What Puts the Dollars in Priceline's Bottom Line?

    The Priceline Group is more successful than it may appear and is on track to enjoy tremendous profits down the road.
  85. Ask Your Advisor These 5 401(k) Rollover Questions

    Managing your 401(k) wisely is paramount to a secure retirement. Accordingly, here's a guide to key questions you need to ...
  86. Advisors Fees: What Are You Paying For?

    Fees or commissions? Which is best? Either way, what matters most is that the investor is aware of each charge and how if ...
  87. Should You Be a Bull or a Bear Right Now?

    Ask a bull: If the economy is truly improving, where's all the consumer spending?
  88. Forget 401(k)s: Put Your Next Savings Dollar Here

    A 401(k) might be the post popular option for retirement savings, but there is another lesser-known option that may make ...
  89. ETF Analysis: iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology

    Learn about the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange-traded fund, which offers one of the most diversified ways of investing ...
  90. Can You Hit The Highest Credit Score?

    Yes – it's doable. But the real question is, does it matter?
  91. 6 Reasons Healthcare Is So Expensive in the U.S.

    Here's why America's healthcare still ranks low among developed countries.
  92. Top 5 Ways to Retain Your Best Employees

    You need to think beyond salary to make the most talented people want to stay on for the long term.
  93. Why U.S. Wage Growth Isn’t as Bad as It Appears

    Though wage growth numbers are more nuanced than they may appear, they reveal another sign that the U.S. recovery is still ...
  94. Credit Score vs. Credit Report: Which Is Better?

    They sound alike, but can serve very different ends.
  95. What’s Uber Worth?

    Value projections for Uber have been all over the map, but the most important projection doesn't come in the form of numbers.
  96. The Journey to a Great Credit Score

    How people starting out can get on the credit grid and establish a solid record.
  97. The 3 Most Profitable Luxury Hotels

    Staying at a luxury hotel is the stuff of daydreams for most people. The few who do regularly stay, or even live, in upscale ...
  98. America's Poorest States in 2015

    Learn the reasons Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia and Kentucky are the poorest states in the United States, as ...
  99. 3 Entrepreneurs Who Became Successful After 40

    Read about four influential entrepreneurs who didn't achieve fame and success until after their 40th birthdays, including ...
  100. Should You Worry About the U.S Inflation rate?

    Understand how inflation is measured, how U.S. inflation compares to other countries, and if investors should be concerned ...
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