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  1. 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.
  2. Taxes: H&R Block Vs. TurboTax Vs. Jackson Hewitt

    There are more and more tax services to help ease the pain of filing income taxes. Here's our take on three of the biggest.
  3. 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.
  4. A Day In The Life Of A Public Accountant

    Here's an inside look at the workdays of two experienced CPAs, to give you an idea of what it might be like to pursue a career ...
  5. New York's Economy: The 6 Industries Driving GDP Growth

    Learn about the six most influential industries in New York, the most economically productive city in the country, and home ...
  6. 4 Famous People Whose Finances Were Under Conservatorship

    Understand what conservatorship is and how it comes about during the legal process. Learn about four celebrities who were ...
  7. Internal Advisor Consultant: Career Path & Qualifications

    Discover more about the responsibilities of an internal advisor consultant, the average salary he can expect and the qualifications ...
  8. How Much Do CPAs Make?

    If you're considering becoming a CPA, here's what you might expect to earn.
  9. VCIT: Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corp Bd ETF

    Learn about the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the fund's characteristics, ...
  10. Top 10 Investopedia Personal Finance Stories of 2015

    Every year is the year to start saving money, and 2015 was no different.
  11. Breaking Down Financial Securities Licenses

    Find out which exam you need to begin your career as an investment professional.
  12. Financial Analyst: Career Path & Qualifications

    Read about what it takes to become a financial analyst in a corporation or securities firm, and learn how far you can rise ...
  13. Treasurer: Career Path & Qualifications

    Learn what it takes to be a modern corporate treasurer, starting from undergraduate study and working up the ladder into ...
  14. The Millennial Guide to Choosing a Financial Advisor 

    Choosing the right financial advisor is a must for millennials who need professional guidance with managing their money.
  15. Financial Planner: Career Path & Qualifications

    Learn what education and certifications you need to become a financial planner, as well as the future prospects and earnings ...
  16. Where to Find Non-Profit Finance Jobs

    The non-profit sector offers a stable selection of jobs for those who seek other types of fulfillment from their jobs than ...
  17. The Right Financial Advisor for Gay Couples

    While finding the right advisor for gay couples is much easier since same-sex marriages were legalized, same-sex couples ...
  18. How Hard are the CFA Exams?

    Learn about the difficulty of the CFA exams with a description of the tests, some statistics on pass rates and suggestions ...
  19. Portfolio Manager: Career Path & Qualifications

    Learn about the basic requirements for getting hired as a portfolio manager, and discover how most professionals in the field ...
  20. 4 Professional Associations Advisors Should Join

    These four professional organizations are among the most respected and well known in the industry.
  21. Equity Research: Career Path and Qualifications

    Find out what equity research analysts do on a day-to-day basis, and learn more about the typical career progression for ...
  22. Why You Should Hand Investing Over to Your Advisor

    Here's why it is a good idea to leave investment decisions to a qualified financial advisor.
  23. Certified Financial Planner: A Retirement ‘Must?’

    You've seen those letters "CFP" after a financial advisor's name. What do they mean? And do they make a difference in the ...
  24. Common Interview Questions for Financial Planners

    Understand the kinds of questions often asked in financial planning job interviews, and learn how to answer them in the most ...
  25. Financial Auditor: Career Path & Qualifications

    Learn more about what it takes to become an internal or external financial auditor, and determine whether the profession ...
  26. Financial Data Analyst: Career Path & Qualifications

    Learn more about the career options available to financial data analysts, and determine whether the profession is a good ...
  27. Internal Auditor: Career Path & Qualifications

    Find out what kind of work internal auditors do in large organizations, and learn more about how to get started working in ...
  28. Fee-Only Financial Advisors: What You Need To Know

    Are you considering hiring a fee-only financial advisor or one who is compensated via commissions? Read this first.
  29. Two Heads Are Better Than One With Your Finances

    We discuss the advantages of seeking professional help when it comes to managing our retirement account.
  30. Tips on Passing the CFA Level I on Your First Attempt

    Obtain valuable tips and helpful study instructions that can help you pass the Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst exam on ...
  31. How the Social Security Reboot May Affect You

    While there’s still potential for some “tweaking” around your Social Security retirement benefits, I’d like to share some ...
  32. Putting Your CFA Level I on Your Resume

    Learn techniques for emphasizing your CFA Level I status in the Skills and Certifications or Professional Development section ...
  33. 'Man Up': 3 Tips for Working with Male Clients

    Male clients aren't always financially literate. Here's how advisors can meet their needs.
  34. Common Interview Questions for Compliance Officers

    Prepare to ace your compliance officer interview. Learn how to answer some commonly asked interview questions and what you ...
  35. Consider A Career As A Financial Communications Professional

    Regulators, sales people and clients all look to communications professionals to help them navigate the markets.
  36. Investment Analyst: Career Path and Qualifications

    Learn how to prepare for a career as an investment analyst, and read more about how many professionals in the field progress ...
  37. The Highest Paying Government Jobs

    Learn how professionals can work for the government and still make high salaries; identify the specific professions that ...
  38. CAIA Vs. CFA: How Are They Different?

    Find out how the CAIA and CFA designations differ, including which professionals should seek either title based on their ...
  39. This Is How Financial Advisors Can Help with Debt

    Learn how a financial advisor can help you analyze and structure your finances to bring down debt, and how to find the right ...
  40. The Alphabet Soup of Financial Certifications

    We decode the meaning of the many letters that can follow the names of financial professionals.
  41. 6 Crisis-Prevention Checks for Aging Parents

    Even if they're still in relatively good shape, making plans for Mom and Dad's well-being now can benefit everyone later.
  42. How Does Your Financial Advisor Get Paid?

    Some questions to ask your financial advisor about the recommendations they make and how they get paid.
  43. 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.
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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, ...
  46. How to Ace the CFA Level I Exam

    Prepare to ace the CFA Level 1 exam by studying systematically.
  47. 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 ...
  48. Career Advice: Accountant Vs. Financial Planner

    Identify the key differences between a career in accounting and financial planning, and learn how your personality dictates ...
  49. Career Advice: Accountant Vs. Controller

    Learn about the differences between controllers and accountants, how the two are related and which is the best career choice ...
  50. Hiring a Financial Advisor? Look for the CFP Label

    Don’t skimp on the CFP designation. Here's why those three letters show that someone is qualified in financial and investment ...
  51. A Look at 6 Leading Female Value Investors

    In an industry still largely predominated by men, we look at 6 leading female value investors working today.
  52. The 6 Best Financial Advisors in Chicago

    Understand what makes a financial advisor good and why it may be difficult to find one. Learn about six of the best Chicago-based ...
  53. How to Become an Accredited Investor

    We offer a breakdown of how one qualifies to be an accredited investor and the best way to determine if you net worth is ...
  54. Asset Manager Ethics: Investment Process and Actions

    Managers, in developing their investment process, need to determine some “general rules” that make it meaningful. We offer ...
  55. 10 Ways to Retrofit Your House for a Senior

    A checklist of renovations a residence may need as you get older – or if you have an elderly person living with you.
  56. Retrofitting v. Moving: What's Better for Seniors?

    Should you spend money to make your home senior-friendly or to buy a new place? Personal needs and project size determine ...
  57. Career Advice: Financial Analyst Vs. Investment Banker

    Read an in-depth comparison about working as a Financial Analyst vs. working as an Investment Banker, two highly prestigious ...
  58. Advisors: Which Certifications Are Essential?

    The right advisor credentials can make all the difference, but wading through some 100 certifications can be a challenge. ...
  59. Career Advice: Financial Analyst Vs. Financial Consultant

    Read an in-depth comparison between working as a financial analyst or a financial consultant, including how to determine ...
  60. Career Advice: Financial Planner Vs. Stockbroker

    Read an in-depth review of a career as a financial planner as opposed to a career as a stockbroker, including how to decide ...
  61. Tapping Mind Maps for Better Financial Planning

    Here's how to use mind maps to better assist your financial planning for clients and, ultimately, improve your business.
  62. Before you Buy That Home: Find a Great Realtor

    Most people think of a good realtor as a successful salesperson, but we should not assume than that's what makes a great ...
  63. Top Annuity Tax Deferral Strategies

    Annuities can provide tremendous tax advantages for retirement savers. Here are some tax deferral strategies to consider. ...
  64. Career Advice: Financial Analyst Vs. Accountant

    Read an in-depth comparison between a career as a financial analyst and a career as an accountant, including how to determine ...
  65. Asset Manager Ethics: Valuation Is A Tricky Business

    Asset managers must accurately represent all of a clients assets in the client portfolio. This can be tricky for unique and ...
  66. Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Teams in 2015

    Cleats, pads and profits: we take a look at the top 10 most valuable sports teams in the world.
  67. Tips on Building a Resume for a Private Equity Job

    Trying to land a job in the coveted private equity sector? Ensure your resume meets the stringent PE job requirements with ...
  68. Chinese Slowdown Affects Iron Ore Market

    The Chinese economy's ongoing slowdown is having a major impact on iron ore demand.
  69. A Day in the Life of an Equity Research Analyst

    What does an equity research analyst do on an everyday basis?
  70. How To Calculate Minority Interest

    Minority interest calculations require the use of minority shareholders’ percentage ownership of a subsidiary, after controlling ...
  71. How to Protect Elderly Clients from Predators

    Advisors dealing with older clients face a specific set of difficulties. Here's how to help protect them.
  72. Top Tips for Minimizing Taxes on Social Security

    Social Security benefits are taxable under certain circumstances. Here are some ways retirees can lessen the tax burden. ...
  73. Invest in Costco? First Understand Its Balance Sheet

    A strong balance sheet sets a company apart and boosts investor confidence. How healthy is Costco based on an analysis of ...
  74. RIAs and Brokers: What's the Difference?

    RIAs and brokers are held to different standards when providing investment advice. Here's how they differ.
  75. Top Tips for Minimizing Taxes on Severance Pay

    A look at the top ways to lessen the tax burden on severance pay.
  76. 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 ...
  77. Brokers and RIAs: One and the Same?

    Brokers and registered investment advisors have some key differences. Here's what you need to know.
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. Top 5 Software Programs Used by Financial Advisors

    Obtain information about the top five financial planning software programs that are most commonly used by professional financial ...
  81. 5 Traits the Best Financial Advisors Share

    Discover what the best financial advisers share in terms of the traits they possess, and learn what clients value most in ...
  82. The Pros & Cons of a Financial Advisor Career

    Discover what a career as a financial adviser entails, and learn what pros and cons an individual faces when embarking on ...
  83. Goodwill Impairment Test: When You Overpay in M&A

    Overpaying for acquisitions can result in goodwill impairment charges and loss in stock value. How do companies test whether ...
  84. The Top 5 Reasons Financial Advisors Leave Their Firm

    Understand what creates dissatisfaction between financial advisers and their firms, and learn the top reasons advisers ultimately ...
  85. The Financial Advisory Business: More Women Wanted

    It's no secret that women are underrepresented in the financial advisory business. Here are some reasons why and what's being ...
  86. Advising FAs: Explaining Annuities to a Client

    Conceptually speaking, annuities can be thought of as a reverse form of life insurance.
  87. Why Women Choose Women for Financial Advice

    Women often prefer female financial advisors because client and advisor can relate to each other on a variety of levels. ...
  88. Add Beneficiary Designations For Divorcing Clients

    Failing to update beneficiary designations following a divorce can cost your loved ones dearly.
  89. DCF Vs. Comparables: Which One To Use

    DCF and Comparables models are widely used in equity valuation. We explain the pros and cons of each method.
  90. Three Perks Business Should Give Their Employees

    Firms that treat their employees well have a competitive advantage over their rivals. Here are three important perks to give ...
  91. The Number One Reason Why Most Traders Fail

    We show you the simple tools, availble to everyone, to succeed as an active trader: education, experience, charts, vision, ...
  92. A Day in the Life of a Financial Advisor

    Financial advisors do a lot more than just manage portfolios, including prospecting, marketing, client servicing, compliance ...
  93. The Importance of Healthcare Risk Management

    Risk management is especially important in healthcare because human lives might be on the line. Here are some strategies ...
  94. Tips for Insuring Your Salary

    Those with high incomes really can’t afford to be without disability insurance. Here's why.
  95. The CFP Board: Its Role and Mission

    The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards promotes standards and ethics in financial planning and enforces CFP certification ...
  96. How To Make Money Using Tobin's Q Ratio

    Although it seems simple, Tobin's Q Ratio is more complex than it appears. We explore some of its main strengths and weaknesses.
  97. 3 Secrets You Didn't Know About Estate Planning

    Every advisor and saver needs to know these three estate planning secrets.
  98. 7 Cybersecurity Tips for Advisors

    The digital age has created a new breed of thief who can break into client files at any time, but there are ways to minimize ...
  99. How Small Businesses Can Guard Against Cybercrime

    Once a small business decides to establish an online presence, implementing certain guidelines is a vital step in order to ...
  100. Tips for Protecting Clients from Scammers

    Predators now have more access to vulnerable clients than ever before; advisors should communicate with clients to better ...
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