Professional Education Articles

  1. How Useful Is the CFA For A Day Trading Career?

    We take a look at how useful the Chartered Financial Analyst certification is for those wanting to start a career in day ...
  2. Top 5 Retirement Cities In California

    California will never make a list of cheapest places to retire, but opening your mind geographically can help make this beautiful ...
  3. How Much Money Do You Need To Retire In Thailand?

    With one of the world's lowest costs of living, Thailand is home to a growing number of expats, including many retirees.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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, ...
  6. Comparing Financial Advisors & Financial Planners

    When scanning the financial advisor landscape, recognize that both financial advisor and financial planner are very broad ...
  7. Essential Publications for Financial Advisors

    There are a plethora of publications for financial advisors. What follows are the top or most widely read.
  8. Are You Getting The Best Retirement Advice?

    What you need to know in order to check.
  9. Buffett’s Most Misunderstood Investment Advice

    Warren Buffett is undeniably the most successful investor in history. He's constantly ask for advice, and he is never short ...
  10. How To Answer Option Questions On The Series 7 Exam

    Learn how to answer option questions on the Series 7 exam. Pass your Series 7 exam with the help of these tips.
  11. 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 ...
  12. Top Financial Planning Colleges: A Primer

    An overview of the top colleges for financial planners and advisors.
  13. Business Taxes: Not Paying More Than You Have To

    If you're a small business owner, note these potential tax deductibles so that you don't pay taxes that could have been extra ...
  14. Is $200,000 Enough To Retire In The Philippines?

    How long would $200,000 in savings last if you retired in the Philippines? Longer than in most countries, especially if you ...
  15. What Do Certified Financial Planners Earn?

    Individuals with the Certified Financial Planner designation enjoy an above-average salary range as well as promising current ...
  16. Which Degree Is Better For A Business Career?

    Business administration and finance degrees can both lead to good jobs. Finance builds more quantitative skills, administration ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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.
  19. How To Become a Mortgage-Backed Securities Analyst

    Specializing in structured or derivative credit products like mortgage-backed securities requires education and prior experience ...
  20. OptionsXpress Vs. OptionsHouse: Which One To Pick?

    OptionsXpress and OptionsBroker -- each offers a price mix and set of services suitable for certain investors based on their ...
  21. 5 Smart Uses For Your Tax Refund

    Consider using the bulk of your refund to take care of long-term needs, like saving for retirement or college.
  22. Top 10 Tax Filing Mistakes – And How To Avoid Them

    What are the worst tax filing mistakes people make? Tax expert and attorney Barbara E. Weltman points out 10 common ones ...
  23. 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.
  24. CPA Exam tips

    Tips for the CPA exam - how to approach it, what to expect, and the time it takes to complete.
  25. A Day In The Life Of An Accountant

    An analysis of the accountant profession, who becomes an accountant, what they do, where they work, and salary ranges.
  26. How Much Does A Financial Advisor Earn?

    Several things factor into the salary of a financial advisor. Here's a look.
  27. The CPA Exam: What You Need To Know

    Interested in becoming a certified public accountant? Here's what you need to know about the CPA exam.
  28. How To Become A CPA

    If you've ever wondered what it takes to earn the CPA designation, here's your answer. Be prepared for lots of studying and ...
  29. New 2015 Contribution Limits: Advisors Take Heed

    The Internal Revenue Service's new 2015 contribution limits for tax-deferred savings plans are higher; here's what you and ...
  30. Six Things Bad Financial Advisors Do

    So you've gone to the trouble and expense of hiring a financial adviser. Here's how to decide whether they're doing you right ...
  31. 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.
  32. Become A Certified Financial Divorce Analyst

    Use your financial knowledge to help people preserve their financial integrity after a failed marriage.
  33. Top 6 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Job

    In a recession, financial industry personnel are often hit hard. Find out how to avoid getting the ax.
  34. The Income Property: Your Late-In-Life Retirement Plan

    You're nearing retirement age and you don't have the nest egg you need. Here's how an income property can help you make up ...
  35. Accredited Financial Counselor: An Introduction

    This designation is highly relevant as it allows you to help the middle- and lower-income population in America.
  36. Introduction To The CAIA Designation

    Are you preparing for a CAIA designation? Don't worry, we'll give you a bit of insight.
  37. Introduction To Financial Planning Organizations

    Organizations such as the FPA and NAPFA are striving to provide higher standards for the financial planning profession and ...
  38. Municipal Bond Tips For The Series 7 Exam

    Learn to distinguish between general obligation and revenue bonds to ace this test.
  39. 6 Proven Tips For Series 6 Success

    These techniques can help you pass this test without the added stress.
  40. The Executor's Checklist: 7 Things To Do Before They Die

    Being an executor comes with a lot of responsibility, and these tips will reduce the complications that can come with the ...
  41. Financial Planners: Specialize In Seniors

    Find out how this demographic has all the needs to keep your firm busy year-round.
  42. A Guide To Financial Designations

    Find out which certifications can bring you the greatest career returns.
  43. Tips For Passing The Series 6 Exam

    Find out what you can do during the test to make sure you get a passing score.
  44. The 10 Strangest Phrases In Banking Explained

    Just about every industry has its own special language, the world of banking and finance is full of jargon to communicate ...
  45. The Best Of The Best Wealth Management Firms

    Looking for a fee-only wealth management firm? Here's a handy ranking to get you started on your search for a top financial ...
  46. Maintaining Work/Life Balance For Financial Professionals

    Maintaining work/life balance is a challenge for most professionals in the finance industry, but it doesn't have to be that ...
  47. Key Steps To Building A Great Financial Planning Practice

    Following the status quo will kill your financial practice. Find out the tips you need to follow to keep you a step or two ...
  48. Profit Margins And ‘Fairly Valued’ U.S. Stock ETFs

    Money managers probably have an 'Uh Oh Indicator' when certain clients ask why any amount of cash rests in money market accounts. ...
  49. Want To Be A Financial Planner? Click Here

    Boomer-aged financial advisors are retiring in droves. Luckily, more and more schools are creating financial planning programs. ...
  50. FAs Should Factor Clients Into Succession Plans

    Financial advisory firms are finally taking succession planning seriously. Here's how.
  51. How Advisors Can Fill The Talent Gap

    Financial planning firms are seeing increased demand for their services just as a talent shortfall becomes more pronounced. ...
  52. Unexpected Challenges For Self-Employed Finance Professionals

    Going solo in financial services can present a host of unexpected challenges.
  53. An Introduction To The CMA Designation

    Learn what the Certified Management Accountant designation is, how to get it and what it can do for your accounting career.
  54. Banker Or Broker: Which Career Is Right For You?

    Bankers and stock brokers may share similar traits, but there are many differences between the two professions.
  55. Passing Boomers Will Leave A Big Economic Wake

    While baby boomers keep the longevity economy surging, look out for a dark fiscal forecast when it comes to retirement planning ...
  56. Find The Right Financial Advisor

    Learn how to weed out those who are just out to make a quick buck.
  57. How An Advisor Can Help Cut Your Healthcare Costs

    Even with healthcare costs on the rise, few people are adequately planning for the burden. Here's how a financial advisor ...
  58. 4 Contract Essentials You Need to Know

    Over your lifetime, you’ll be asked to sign lots of contracts – perhaps agreeing to purchase a home, a car or to join a new ...
  59. How To Find The Financial Advisor Of Your Dreams

    A new startup - essentially a financial matchmaking service - uses video introductions and algorithms to pair financial advisers ...
  60. What Kind Of Financial Plan Makes Sense For You?

    Comprehensive financial plans can help people maximize their financial potential and make smart decisions. But how complex ...
  61. What You Need To Know About The Fiduciary Standard

    The financial industry has spent a boatload of money to prevent more stringent fiduciary requirements. Here’s what’s at stake.
  62. Impact Investing: Making A Difference And A Profit

    Most investors spend their time chasing returns. But what if there was a way to do good while also turning a profit?
  63. How Women In Transition Should Mind Their Finances

    With roughly 80% of women dying single due to divorce or outliving their spouses, they must become more involved in their ...
  64. The Gloomy Future Of The Tax Preparation Industry

    It's often said all that is certain are death and taxes. By extension, undertakers and tax preparers should enjoy similar ...
  65. How Financial Advisors Mistreat Women (And What Women Can Do About It)

    While many women want professional help managing their finances, some male advisors still treat women as second-class citizens. ...
  66. Signs You Need a Money Manager Now

    Do you know if you will have enough money in retirement? And is your current portfolio performing up to expectations?
  67. Tax Software Vs. An Accountant: Which Is Right For You?

    We look at the pros and cons of using tax software versus an accountant when filing your tax return.
  68. How To Find A New Financial Advisor Who's Right For You

    It is a jolt when a long-time financial consultant leaves your sphere, because he or she has retired, passed away or been ...
  69. A Day In The Life Of An Economist

    We've interviewed three economists with very different job descriptions to give you an idea of the many possibilities this ...
  70. Should You Offer Alternative Investments?

    Find out what problems arise for financial representatives when they start to diversify their client offerings.
  71. Shopping For A Financial Advisor

    Finding your perfect advisor is as simple as shopping for a car. Read on to learn more.
  72. 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 ...
  73. The Best Training Programs For CFP Exams

    The competition to become a financial planner is hot, and growing hotter. Find out the best way to preparing to land the ...
  74. The Claritas Investment Certificate: A New Foundation-Level Program From The CFA ...

    The Claritas Investment Certificate is likely to find growing acceptance as the new foundation-level education and ethics ...
  75. The Changing Wealth Demographic (And How To Leverage It)

    Take these steps and you'll be first in line when young investors start looking for professional financial services help.
  76. What Is A “Broker-Dealer” And Why Should You Care?

    For many investors, the financial services industry is a strange and mysterious place filled with a language all in its own. ...
  77. Why Financial Advisors Need To Earn The CFP Mark

    The CFP designation is heavily favored by both the finanical and the mainstream media and offers a wealth of benefits for ...
  78. Ethical Standards You Should Expect From Financial Advisors

    Professional ethics in the financial services profession can be confusing. Here are some ways to ensure you are getting the ...
  79. 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 ...
  80. Why Clients Fire Financial Advisors

    The reasons most clients fire their advisors are very simple and easy to address. Find out what you should be doing to keep ...
  81. How To Make $1 Million In Finance

    The best opportunities to maximize sheer earning power are in investment banking, private equity and hedge funds. Find out ...
  82. Fiduciary Designations For Financial Advisors

    Attaining the AIF or AIFA could help both you and your clients enjoy a comfortable retirement.
  83. 10 Steps To A Career In Hedge Funds

    Experience and hard work go a long way toward securing a position in this challenging field.
  84. Breaking Down Financial Securities Licenses

    Find out which exam you need to begin your career as an investment professional.
  85. A Day In The Life Of A System Trader

    Systems traders divide their time between trading, developing, backtesting, optimizing and forward testing, to create viable ...
  86. Dealing With 10 Coworker Personality Conflicts

    The financial world is filled with dysfunctional workers; find out if you're one of them and what you can do about it.
  87. Helping Clients Navigate Short Sales And Foreclosures

    Both buyers and sellers can benefit from a real estate professional experienced in dealing with short sales and foreclosures.
  88. 6 Ways Mentors Elevate Your Career

    Find out how experienced and credible mentors can get you where you want to go.
  89. The Basics Of CFP Designation Maintenance

    The workload doesn't end with your exam. Find out how to keep up your CFP credential.
  90. Meeting Your Fiduciary Responsibility

    Being a fiduciary comes with a certain level of responsibility. These four steps will reduce your liability when managing ...
  91. A Day In The Life Of A Real Estate Agent

    While every day is unique for a real estate agent, there are some activities that may be a typical part of an agent's day.
  92. The Key To CFP Exam Success

    Up to 60 of the questions on this test are case studies. Are you up for the challenge?
  93. 6 Volunteer Opportunities For Finance Professionals

    Here are six ways financial professionals can volunteer their expertise and possibly advance their careers along the way. ...
  94. 4 Ways To Take Your Career To The Next Level

    Whether you are looking to climb the corporate ladder or go it alone in the financial services sector, there are some extra ...
  95. Find The Right School To Upgrade Your Skills

    Financial planners and professionals who wish to upgrade their skills in today's market have more options than ever.
  96. 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 ...
  97. Studying For The CFP Exam

    Learn the tips and tricks of the trade before heading into this test.
  98. Networking For Financial Professionals: Maintaining A Strong Industry Presence

    Find out the most productive methods of networking best suited to ambitious financial professionals.
  99. What To Expect From A Financial Internship

    A college internship can be a wide-open gateway into your dream financial services industry post. Find out what you can expect, ...
  100. Choose A Fund With A Winning Manager

    We break down the key components of analyzing a fund manager's performance so you can find a winner.
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