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For every case of elder financial abuse that makes its way to law enforcement, there are 24 others that never get reported. Some advisors are going above and beyond to look after their older clients’ financial interests.
Chad Ragland decided to go into the Army during the Vietnam War instead of teaching English in Tahiti with the Peace Corps (an option that was open). And he's never regretted it.
An S&P report finds investors who turn to actively managed mutual funds or ETFs for international exposure aren’t getting their money’s worth, but some experts disagree, pointing particularly to small-caps.
Advisors can help clients achieve foreign diversification in their portfolios by buying U.S.-listed companies with major overseas footprints. Is it enough?
With NATO and Russia at loggerheads over a civil war in Ukraine, Britain facing the possible secession of Scotland and the Euro sinking, it might seem odd to think about investing client assets in Europe. But think again, some experts say.
Should advisors be looking at a China that promises investor riches or a China that bodes disaster?
With 10-year Treasuries paying only 2.37%, and CD's offering investors even less, finding income for clients remains a challenge for advisors. Do European large-cap stocks hold the answer?
The cost of health care for retirees is a cause for concern, if not outright panic, for millions of Americans. But when you comb through the numbers, it’s not always so bad.
You may be buying more capability than you need or can use. The goal, after all, is better serving clients, not having a whiz-bang automated office.
Advisors could be leaving tens, even hundreds, of thousands of dollars on the table if they don't inquire about clients' and their parents' veteran status.
Sooner or later, every advisor is likely to have a client who needs help in planning for a special-needs child. Here are some important considerations.
Everyone agrees that communication is a key to building a successful practice as a financial advisor, but not all communication is equal.
Helping people may be the best way you can help your advisory business.
Teaming up can leverage financial planning skills, but many teams, like many marriages, fail. Here's what you can do to make it work so you can best serve clients for the long run.
Advisors tend to overestimate the extent that clients trust them; they should think of the relationship as something like dating.
Scott Adams and Heath Burch focus exclusively on families with special-needs children. It started as a small workshop because Adams was going through these same issues, but then it boomed into a practice that draws clients from 49 states and overseas.
After years of mastering the intricacies of investments and portfolios, many advisors still have a hard time really understanding clients. The broker-dealers in the bank channel are trying to help unlock those secrets.
In the bank channel, fee business is still the exception, not the rule. Likewise, working in teams is not the norm.
FINRA continues to tighten its rules to make sure investors get suitable advice. Meanwhile, advisors are trying to keep their heads above water.
After watching people struggle to afford a nice retirement hone, Annette Martin decided to pursue a second career to help.