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  1. What You Should Know Before You Hire an Advisor

    Hiring a financial advisor can be an important step in your financial journey. Just make sure you understand who they are ...
  2. Why Advisors Must Overcome Any Fears of Fintech

    To protect your advisor business and profits, you need to embrace financial technology and make it a priority in your strategy.
  3. How to Adopt a Plan for Clients With Dementia

    Advisors who don't have a plan for clients with dementia can risk leaving themselves open to potential litigation or other ...
  4. Prepare For Your CFA Exams

    Find out how to get yourself ready for these lengthy and often daunting exams.
  5. Pass Your CFA Exams on the First Try

    Become one of the elite who pass these exams by using these simple study methods.
  6. 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 ...
  7. How to Find a Financial Advisor / Planner

    How should you go about finding the right financial advisor? The first step is to figure out what sort of professional help ...
  8. How Finding a Financial Advisor is Like Dating

    Finding a advisor is an emotional and financial investment. Make sure you choose one who will provide the support you need ...
  9. 3 Key Steps to Craft the Perfect Online Presence

    By utilizing social media, advisors can further showcase their personality and in turn build trustworthiness and authenticity ...
  10. Is Your CFP a Fiduciary Advisor?

    Not all CFPs operate as fiduciaries. Here's how to tell the difference.
  11. What to Look for When Looking for Financial Advice

    Good financial advice is timeless and timely; it never goes out of style. Here's how to identify the best type of advice ...
  12. How to Prepare for the Stages of a Divorce

    Divorce is about working through a life-transforming and emotional experience while also beginning to paint a new canvas ...
  13. Always Ask How Your Financial Advisor Gets Paid

    These are three ways advisors get paid. Some of them might surprise you.
  14. DOL Fiduciary Rule: Everything You Need to Know

    The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule is a new ruling that expands the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under the ...
  15. You Don’t Want These Advisors Managing Your Money

    Many potential advisors you come across aren't who they say they are. Uncovering that information should be of vital importance ...
  16. What Happens When You Don't Pay for Financial Advice

    Some people have a hard time quantifying the benefits of professional advice and decide to do it themselves. Here's why that's ...
  17. Financial Services Has an Accountability Problem

    There's a problem plaguing the financial services industry: a lack of trust.
  18. Seeking a Financial Advisor? You Probably Need a CFP

    In the financial world, the certified financial planner has come to represent a distinguished mark of training and ethics ...
  19. Why Investors Prefer Independent Financial Planners

    Independent financial planners are the most trusted by investors among all advisors types. Here's why.
  20. 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.
  21. Top 5 Things to do When You Retire

    Substitute "when you retire" for "when you grow up" and it's the same open ended question. Here are some universal ideas ...
  22. How to Grow Your Advisory Firm by Studying People

    Honing in on your people skills will help you grow your centers of influence, attain clients, and build a solid referral ...
  23. How Big Banks Make Money From Your Wealth

    Many salespeople working at big banks probably don't have investors' best interests in mind. Make sure you find a fiduciary ...
  24. Find the Top Three Retirement Cities of Vietnam

    Vietnam has a low cost of living, beautiful beaches and mountains – and is friendly to Westerners. A preview vacation may ...
  25. Why Save for Retirement in Your 20s?

    You're probably paying off your student loans and retirement is 40 years away. Shouldn't you focus on eliminating debt and, ...
  26. Blurred Lines: Whom Can You Trust for Financial Advice?

    The question of whether your financial advisor is truly a fiduciary isn't always clear. What to ask – and what to be careful ...
  27. Why Financial Advisors Sell Life Insurance

    Life insurance has a part in almost any serious financial plan, and a financial advisor can both advise and sell policies ...
  28. 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. ...
  29. How Financial Advisors Can Buy Referrals

    Financial advisors can buy referrals through third-party websites such as Paladin Registry, NAPFA or the Garrett Planning ...
  30. 3 Things a Personal Finance Class Can't Teach You

    A personal finance class teaches the basic tenets of spending, borrowing and investing. However, some financial concepts ...
  31. Is the CFA Useful for Corporate Finance?

    The CFA is useful for some job functions, but an MBA may better suit younger workers.
  32. Buying a Home: Cash Vs. Mortgage

    If you have the funds, should you buy your home with all cash? Here's how to decide which option – cash or mortgage – makes ...
  33. Should Financial Advisors Pursue the CFA?

    There is a certain prestige that comes with obtaining your CFA, but is it needed?
  34. How Utmost Good Faith is Applied in Practice

    The principle of utmost good faith is an articulation of the need for both parties to act in a completely open and honest ...
  35. Qualifications That Every Financial Advisor Needs

    There are four qualifications that all financial advisors should have, including educational requirements, licensing, certifications ...
  36. How to Distinguish Advisors From Salespeople

    What's in a financial professional's title? Often a great deal of confusion and potential for conflict. So be sure you're ...
  37. The 3 Biggest Secrets About Financial Planning

    Financial planning is more comprehensive than many professionals suggest. Here's what you should be thinking about when it ...
  38. Identifying a Breach of Fiduciary Duty

    Pension fund managers are not the only entities owing a fiduciary duty to stockholders. Corporate officers and directors ...
  39. How Mint.com Makes Money

    Mint.com has greatly benefited from the 2009 acquisition by Intuit and has built out multiple revenue streams from its free ...
  40. Should You Get A CFA, MBA Or Both?

    These certifications require time and money, but combined programs are making obtaining both designations more realistic. ...
  41. Find Your Niche In The Financial Industry

    In this article, we'll give you the tools you need to discover the financial career that fits you the best.
  42. Is An MBA The Best Bet For Finance, Econ Students?

    An MBA offers a fairly comprehensive business education, while a master's program in finance or economics focuses on a more ...
  43. Want To Be A Financial Planner? Eye These Schools

    If you're interested in becoming a financial planner here's a quick look at what to expect and short list of the top schools.
  44. Is The CFA Worth The Effort?

    Find out if all of the effort devoted to obtaining the CFA is worth it, especially in today's crowded financial job market. ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. Alternatives To Business School

    Universities don't have a monopoly on information - advance in your career without going back to school.
  47. A Guide To Financial Designations

    Find out which certifications can bring you the greatest career returns.
  48. The Alphabet Soup of Financial Certifications

    We decode the meaning of the many letters that can follow the names of financial professionals.
  49. A Look At CFA Job Opportunities

    Being a CFA charterholder can take your career in many different directions. Find out what your option are.
  50. Executive MBA Programs: Managers Going Back To School

    If you're working in management and want to move forward in your career,this degree may give you the boost you're looking ...
  51. Some Thoughts on the Gender Gap in Financial Services

    We speak about the impact of the recession on job prospects in the financial services industry, and what it takes for women ...
  52. How To Land A Finance Job With A Bachelor's Degree

    Following these five tips will keep your resume out of the recycling bin.
  53. Should You Head Back To Business School?

    Find out if an MBA is necessary for you to reach your professional goals.
  54. Top Strategies on How to Become a Stock Broker

    Gunning to be a stock broker and want an edge? Here's some veteran advice.
  55. 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 ...
  56. How to be a Top Financial Advisor

    The best advisors love what they do for a living, but they also know what to do to get to the top. This shared advice can ...
  57. CPA Exam Tips

    Tips for the CPA exam - how to approach it, what to expect, and the time it takes to complete.
  58. How to Become a Financial Analyst

    A career as a financial analyst requires preparation and hard work, but the payoff can be especially rewarding. Here's what ...
  59. When Is an MBA Worth It?

    Earning an MBA can enhance one's career path, or help land a high-paying job. It also involves substantial expense and time. ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. How to Leverage Millennial Wealth

    Take these steps and you'll be first in line when young investors start looking for professional financial services help.
  62. 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, ...
  63. A Day in the Life of a Day Trader

    Day trading has many advantages and, while we often hear about these perks, it's important to realize that day trading is ...
  64. Top 10 Cities For A Career In Finance

    Moving to one of these financial hot-spot destinations could set your career in motion.
  65. Fees You Can Expect from a Financial Advisor

    A look at the different types of financial advisors and how their fees work when it comes to providing financial planning ...
  66. The 8 Deadly Sins of Financial Advice

    As an informed consumer is the best defense against a swindling financial professional, here are eight things to watch out ...
  67. Find a New Financial Advisor Who's Right for You

    It is a jolt when a long-time financial consultant leaves. Be sure not to make a snap decision.
  68. Financial Planning: It's About More Than Money

    Financial planning isn't just about the money. Find out where else to focus on.
  69. Ethical Issues For Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors may face ethical issues in their work. Find out what they are.
  70. Six Things Bad Financial Advisors Do

    So you've gone to the trouble and expense of hiring a financial advisor. Here's how to decide whether they're doing you right ...
  71. 3 Secrets You Didn't Know About Estate Planning

    Three estate planning secrets every advisor and saver needs to know.
  72. Billionaire John Paulson's Q1 Biotechs: AGN, SGYP

    Let's take a look at billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson's Q1 investments in these healthcare stocks: AGN, SGYP
  73. Top 5 Occupations With the Widest Gender Income Gaps

    Find out which occupations have the widest pay gaps between male and female pay, and why the gaps seem to widen in high-paying ...
  74. How to Protect Your Parents from Financial Fraud

    How do you protect your parents from being victims of financial fraud before it happens? Here are some tips to help you minimize ...
  75. Marathon Asset Management: Should You Consider Them?

    Read about the investment operations of Marathon Asset Management, a specialist in distressed and special-situation investing ...
  76. What to Expect on the CFA Level I Exam

    The Level I exam for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation can be challenging. Here's what to expect.
  77. T. Rowe Price vs. Fidelity: Comparing Small Business 401(k) Providers

    Read about two reputable 401(k) providers offering plans for small businesses, and learn more about which services and features ...
  78. Sectors to Follow in Q2

    As we head into Q2, you might wonder what sectors are best positioned for the next three months. Here’s a quick look at some ...
  79. Merrill Edge vs. Edward Jones: Comparing Small Business 401(k) Providers

    Read about 401(k) plans for small businesses offered by two national providers, one delivering service online and the other ...
  80. Natixis Global Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight (NTXFY)

    Read about the investment operations of Natixis Global Asset Management, a multiaffiliate manager with $870 billion in worldwide ...
  81. Mesirow Financial: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the investment management operations of Mesirow Financial, an employee-owned financial services firm with $96.8 ...
  82. Henderson Global Investors: Investment Manager Highlight (HGG.L)

    Read about the global operations of Henderson Global Investors, a London-based asset manager with more than $136 billion ...
  83. Pictet Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about Pictet Asset Management, a privately held Swiss investment management company with more than $150 billion in assets ...
  84. Affiliated Managers Group: Investment Manager Highlight (AMG)

    Read about the multiaffiliate business model employed by Affiliated Managers Group, a global investment manager with $611 ...
  85. Pioneer Investments: Investment Manager Highlight (UCG, SAN)

    Read about the business operations of Pioneer Investments, a global investment firm with more than $243 billion in assets ...
  86. Growth Investing: Famous Growth Investors (PRGFX)

    Find out who were the most famous growth investors of their time, and learn about the investment strategies that made them ...
  87. Dimensional Fund Advisors: Investment Manager Highlight (BA, IBM)

    Read about Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global asset management company founded on transforming academic research into practical ...
  88. 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 ...
  89. 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 ...
  90. Deutsche Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the global operations of Deutsche Asset Management, an institutional investment and retail fund manager with $846 ...
  91. 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 ...
  92. 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 ...
  93. 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 ...
  94. 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 ...
  95. Principal Global Investors: Investment Manager Highlight (PFG)

    Learn about the investment operations of Principal Global Investors, the Principal Financial subsidiary with more than $36 ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. 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 ...
  99. 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 ...
  100. 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 ...
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