Advisors

Ariel Skelley | DigitalVision | Getty Images What is a suitable investment for someone? What is in an investor’s best interest? What is the difference between a securities broker and a financial advisor? If you have no idea, you’re not alone. “There is still so much confusion with financial terms,” said Ashley Guerra, chief compliance
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From left, Utah Valley University students Colton Peck, Doug Macdonald and McKenna Jacobsen. Together, they took first place in the Financial Planning Challenge at the Financial Planning Association’s annual conference in Minneapolis last week. Utah Valley University When Colton Peck started school at Utah Valley University, he was set on being an accountant. But after
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Kenneth Fisher, chief executive officer of Fisher Investments, speaks at the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. Gillianne Tedder | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Iowa Public Employees Retirement System is terminating its relationship with Fisher Investments, pulling $386 million from the asset manager. The Iowa plan, which holds
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Couple getting financial advice Getty Images Financial advisors are experts at helping clients plan for their futures. It turns out that many of these professionals often fall short when it comes to their own businesses. That’s according to a study from the Financial Planning Association, a professional membership organization, and SEI, a provider of wealth
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Sam Edwards | OJO Images | Getty Images It’s evident that the financial advice business has evolved over the years. The industry continues to mature, and financial advisors are always finding ways to address and meet the demands of today’s investors. In fact, given the increased complexity of everyone’s financial lives, investors are eager to
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Matt Bird | Corbis | Getty Images Where is the future of financial advice headed? The answers always seem fraught with risk and uncertainty. While the bull market in stocks has gone a long way to helping the advice industry recover from the reputational fallout of the financial crisis, technology, demographics and regulatory confusion continue
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David Rea, president of No. 1-rated financial advisor firm Salem Investment Counselors, attributes his start in the business to excellent professors at Indiana University while he was pursuing an MBA. Salem Investment Counselors Everyone loves a good origin story, whether it’s fictional, like Superman’s, or real life — think Warren Buffett or Steve Jobs —
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Oliver Furrer | Cultura | Getty Images You don’t have to be a hedge fund guru to discuss alternative investments with your clients, yet it doesn’t hurt to get educated. It’s no secret that portfolio diversification protects investors from the whims of the stock market, blunting the volatility you get in equities by including an
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Late last July Jason Zweig and Andrea Fuller reported on the front page of The Wall Street Journal how CFP Board has failed at monitoring certificant listings at their LetsMakeAPlan.Org consumer referral website. Zweig and Fuller found certificants whose disclosure histories appeared clean on CFP Board’s site to have, among other causes for criminal felony
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