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4 Steps for Deducting Business and Medical-Rela...
This is an article about how to deduct business mileage on your tax return. The article also discusses how to deduct medical miles for tax purposes. If you're looking for information about how to deduct business miles on your tax return, you've come to the right place. File a Schedule A along with the IRS 1040 tax return to claim business miles and medical miles deductions.
Can you Deduct CFA or CFP Expenses on Your Taxes?
Determine whether your CFA or CFP exam expenses are tax deductible.
Types of banks and financial institutions
This is an article about banks and financial institutions in financial services. If you're wondering about what kinds of banks operate and the types of financial services banks offer to customers, you've come to the right place.
How To Pass the CFA Level II Exam
This is an article about how to pass the CFA Level II Exam. The CFA Level II exam is part of a three-part exam series given by the CFA Institute to prospective CFA charter holders. If you're looking for information on how to pass the CFA Level II exam, you've come to the right place.
Debt-to-Equity Swap
This is the definition of the creation of a hybrid financial transaction known as debt-to-equity swap.
What Are Dark Pools?
This is an article about dark liquidity pools, also known as dark pools. If you're looking for information about dark pools and dark liquidity, you've come to the right place.
Tackle FAR First on the CPA Exam
You have 18 months to pass all four sections, if you don’t pass FAR on the first try, you can use what you learned to pass the other three sections.
Job Board FAQs
Job Boards help candidates identify the universe of available job openings. Use job boards to assess the competitive universe.
5 Prospecting Ideas for Financial Advisers
It's common to get caught up with the work involved in managing clients and forget to prospect. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
5 CFA Exam Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make
Successfully passing the Level I, II, or III CFA exams is a tough challenge. Here are five mistakes that you don't want to make as a CFA exam candidate.
Pros and Cons of Owning Assets Like Gold
Pros and Cons of Owning Assets Like Gold
A Primer About Clearing and Settlements
This article provides information about the clearing and settlement process in the U.S. financial markets. If you're looking for information about how transactions are settled on Wall Street and in the financial markets, you've come to the right place.
How to Study for the CPA Exam
This is an article about how to study for the CPA Exam. If you're looking for suggestions about how to choose study and review guides for the AICPA exam, you've come to the right place.
CFA Average Compensation
This is an article about CFA compensation. If you're looking for information about chartered financial analyst compensation, you've come to the right place.
5 Ways Financial Advisors Can Improve Their...
How financial professionals can improve email marketing campaigns online
The Dodd-Frank Act Requires Hedge Fund...
This article describes the requirements of the Dodd Frank Act to hedge funds in 2011. If you're looking for information about how the Dodd Frank Act changes affect hedge funds, you've come to the right place.
Total Compensation of CEOs at Health Insurance...
CEO compensation remains a debated topic in the United States as fewer people have health insurance. According to the U.S. Census in 2010, almost 51 million Americans don't have health insurance. CEO compensation, along with executive management compensation, angers citizens and confounds regulators.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Jobs
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Jobs
Securities Loans
Mortgage loan practices of only a few years ago have changed to protect lenders and homeowners. Self-employed clients may seek financial advisor input about refinancing and using traditional or conventional mortgage products.
Use Cold Calling To Jump Start or Supplement...
This is an article about cold calling techniques and prospecting for new financial services clients. If you're looking for information about cold calling techniques, you've come to the right place.
How To Prepare For the CFA Level I Exam
This is an article about how to prepare for the Cfa Level I exam. If you're looking for information about the CFA Level I exam, you've come to the right place.
A Primer About Clearing & Settlements
This article provides information about the clearing and settlement process in the U.S. financial markets. If you're looking for information about how transactions are settled on Wall Street and in the financial markets, you've come to the right place. This is an interview with Ronnie Eng, an analyst and rising CFA at a major U.S. financial institution.
Debunking myths about quantitative easing
Are your clients confused about Federal Reserve Quantitative Easing? Here are some ways that you can reassure them and set their minds at ease.
Bond Options, Swaps and Swaptions
Interest rate derivatives help clients to exchange cash flows with another customer. This is a sophisticated product with a lot of flexibility.
3 Little-Known Tax Deductions Financial...
Many financial professionals don't make the most of the tax deductions available to them.
Your Questions Answered About the CPA Exam
This is an article about how to pass the CPA exam. If you're looking for information about the CPA exam, you've come to the right place.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Chartered Financial Analysts possess the knowledge and training to analyze investments. Sell-side analysts work with investment banking and mediate conflicts-of-interest as part of their process. Buy-side analysts evaluate investments based upon their investment merit. Both sides of the street admire this credential and the value it represents to an employer organization.
Financial Advisors and Analysts to Hedge Funds...
Designations and certifications help professionals gain the positive attention of the alternative investment industry. A variety of alternatives to the CFA credential exist, including the Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP, and Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Preferred Stock
Preferred stock issuance provides companies with capital. A company's preferred stock may be owned by other corporations due to favorable tax treatment of these shares. Individuals may own preferred stocks because of price stability and higher than average dividend yields.
Your CPA Exam Questions Answered: Part 2
This is an article about CPA exam questions, answered by Professor Joe Ben Hoyle of the University of Richmond. Professor Hoyle has been helping future CPAs prepare for the AICPA exam since 1980. If you're looking for information about CPA exam questions and how to pass the CPA exam, you've come to the right place.
Companies Write Long-Term Options With Warrants
Learn about equity warrants as long-term options or financing vehicles.
How to Segment Your Clients
Segmenting your book of clients is a great way to improve service, profitability and grow your bottom line.
How To Pass the CFA Exam
This is an article about how to pass the CFA exam by Ronnie Eng. Ronnie Eng is a financial analyst who's worked at several top-tier Wall Street broker-dealers and banks. He is taking the CFA Level III exam in June 2011. If you're looking for information about how to pass the CFA Level III exam, you've come to the right place.
Pass the CPA Exam: Time Management
This article is about how to pass the CPA exam by Professor Joe Hoyle. If you're looking for free information about how to pass the CPA exam, you've come to the right place.
Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®)
Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®)
How to Pass the CPA Exam
This article discusses how to create a study plan to pass the AICPA CPA exam. If you're looking for information about how to prepare for, then pass, the CPA exam, you've come to the right place.
Financial Accounting
Financial Accounting Glossary Term
Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
Certified Financial Planners work closely with their clients to define money objectives and goals. Using information supplied by the client, CFPs design plans to put clients on track regarding savings, investment, taxes, education, trusts, and retirement plans. CFPs then work with clients to implement the plan by selecting appropriate securities and/or financial products.
Options Hedging Limits
Using options for hedging purposes concerns individual and institutional investors. Limits circumscribe the number of options contracts that an investor may own.
Last-Minute Secrets of the CFA Level 1 Exam
Discover some last-minute exam strategies that can boost your score.
Book of Business
Book of Business Glossary Term. Financial Services.
Beta Coefficient
Beta Coefficient. Financial Services.
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
CFP® vs ChFC®: What Advisors Should...
Professional designations like the CFP® and the ChFC® may help differentiate you from your competition and show clients that you value professional education. Here are a few things you should know about each credential.
How To Avoid An IRS Tax Audit
This is an article about how to avoid an IRS tax audit. If you're a small business owner or small proprietor, you've come to the right place for information about tax planning and tax audit.
Goldman Sachs
Each broker-dealer, asset manager, or proprietary trading firm has an individual persona. Goldman Sachs has been known as a leader in providing ahead-of-the-curve insight to institutions and affluent individuals, families and businesses for decades. This article provides an overview of Goldman Sachs and the firm's businesses.
"Hoarding Gold" Was Prohibited by President...
This is an article about the history of individual gold ownership in the United States and Executive order 6102 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.
Financial Advisors of the Insurance Industry
Financial Planning Certifications and Designations for the Insurance Industry
Straight Talk From a Top Financial Planner
This is an article about certified financial planners and how they work. If you're looking for information about how to become a financial planner or how to build a financial planning practice, you've come to the right place.
Top Ten Employer Firms
Top Ten Employer Firms. Financial Services.
How to Determine the Best Designation or...
How to determine the best financial career certification and designation.
Ronnie Eng, a Level III CFA Candidate, Shares...
This is an article about passing the CFA exams by Ronnie Eng, a Wall Street financial professional. Ronnie plans to share a weekly report about his CFA study progress, perspective, and insight with About.com readers.
Professor Joe Ben Hoyle Answers EVEN MORE CPA...
This is an article about the AICPA CPA exam and questions on the exam. If you're looking for information about how to study for and pass the CPA exam, you've come to the right place.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Certified Public Accountants own one of the most respected designations within the wealth management universe. CPAs rule the field of taxation. Investors realize the necessity of keeping as much of what they earn as possible. CPAs remain in demand as wealth management professionals. CPA specialization remains on the rise.
5 Things Advisors Need to Know About Private...
The SEC recently changed some regulations governing private placement securities. Here's what you need to know.
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®)
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®)
Use Technology To Write Your Resume
Guide review of Resume Companion
Insider Trading Regulations
This is an article about insider trading. If you're looking for information about the laws that define insiders of publicly traded companies' stock, you've come to the right place.
5 Traits of Top Financial Advisors
Use these tips to help make this year a great one for your practice.
CPA Exam: Tackle BEC Next
This article is part of a series about how to pass the CPA exam by Chris Ferro CPA. If you're looking for information about how to pass the AICPA CPA exam, you've come to the right place.
Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA)
Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA) designation is considered competitive with the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. The International Research Association awards the designation after passing three study level examinations. Lower pass rates, according to IRA, will maintain the value of the designation.
How to Attract Women Clients
Women are becoming a growing niche market for financial professionals. In order to attract and retain women clients, financial advisers must understand their needs and position themselves to take advantage of this underserved market.
Breaking Down a CFA Salary
Understand how much the CFA designation can help your salary and career prospects.
Financial Risk Manager (FRM®)
Financial Risk Manager (FRM®)
Portfolio Analysis
Portfolio Analysis definition. Financial Services.
Should You Hire More Support Staff?
Hiring additional staff can reduce your administrative burden but will add to your overhead. Here are some questions you can use to help determine when you actually need to hire new employees.
3 Ways You Can Help Clients With Tax Deductions
Tax planning is an important area of financial planning. Help clients maximize their deductions with these tips.
5 Habits of Elite Financial Advisors
Learn the secrets that top producers use to build deeper client relationships and take their firms to the top.
How to Boost Your Career with Financial...
Earning professional designations can help increase your earnings as a financial professional.
How to Pass the CPA Exam: Part 2
This article is part of a series about how to pass the CPA exam. If you're looking for information about how to pass the CPA exam, you've come to the right place. Chris Ferro CPA informs readers about how to schedule, review, and prepare for the exam.
Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)
Certified Employee Benefits Specialist
FINRA Series 7
FINRA Series 7 Glossary Term. Financial Services.
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)
Dow Jones Industrial Index Glossary Term
CFA Essentials: What Financial Advisors Should...
The CFA charter is a great way to differentiate yourself from your competition and expand your knowledge.
MPT Portfolio Selection Markowitz 1952
Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Harry Markowitz's original paper, " Portfolio Selection ", was first published
Facebook Update Means Compliance Headache for...
Find out important information about how the Facebook Pages recommendations can affect your firm.
Cleveland Business Outlook
Cleveland, Ohio has suffered economic decline for almost 20 years. More CPAs are needed in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
How To Survive a Financial Advisor Layoff in...
This is an article about how to survive a financial advisor layoff in financial services. Not all broker-dealers, banks, insurance companies, financial planning firms, and wealth management companies suit all financial advisors. Take the pause, if you're laid off, to identify a firm that matches your vision of how to build a financial services practice and book of business. Some of the most successful financial advisors build a practice more slowly than an employer wishes.
How to Become a Certified Divorce Financial...
With more than one million Americans divorcing each year, becoming a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst can be a smart move for your business.
Guide Review of VisualCV.com
This article reviews VisualCV.com. If you're looking for more information about VisualCV.com, you've come to the right place. Readers learn more about the site's usefulness for developing business, clients, employees or new jobs. Job seekers search VisualCV's database to identify new employers and jobs.
Presentations & Marketing for Financial...
Boost your prospecting activities and establish yourself as a financial expert with public speaking.
5 Annuity Mistakes Your Clients Should Avoid
Annuities are complex financial instruments that clients may find confusing. Help educate them about their options with these helpful tips.
Keep More Coupon Income With Tax Free Bonds
Municipal bonds help higher tax bracket investors earn more money. The coupon interest paid on municipal bonds is tax free, usually at the federal and state level. Some bonds, such as New York City municipal bonds, are triple tax free. No city, state or federal taxes are owed when residents of New York buy these issues. Advisors can help clients avoid pitfalls by selecting high quality municipal bonds and bond funds.
5 Tips for New Wealth Managers
Here are some tips to help new financial advisors start achieving success in financial services.
Changes Coming for Advisor Compensation
An increasing number of firms are moving away from traditional compensation structures and are prioritizing client satisfaction measures alongside production.
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter...
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter
At Long Last: Passing the CPA Exam
This is an article about how to pass the CPA exam by Chris Ferro, CPA. If you're looking for information about how to pass this challenging exam, you've come to the right place.
Sunbelt Opportunities For Financial Advisors
Tampa Bay, Florida continues to attract more residents. Whether building a business or in retirement, Tampa Bay needs financial advisors, wealth managers, CPAs and financial analysts.
Certified Financial Planner Jobs
Certified Financial Planner Jobs
Technical Analysis
Technical Analysis Glossary Term
Morgan Stanley Allows Chairman's Club Producers...
This is an article about how financial services firms are allowing financial advisors to use social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, AdvisorTLC, and others. If you're looking for information about financial advisors and social networks, you've come to the right place.
Serving the High-Anxiety Client
Become a trusted advisor by helping clients manage anxiety and navigate turbulent market conditions.
Obtain and Maintain Your PTIN
This is an article about how to be a competent tax return preparer. If you're looking for information about how to be considered a competent tax return preparer, you've come to the right place.
How to Generate Even More Sales Leads
This article describes ways to generate sales leads for financial advisors.
Private Banks and Bankers
This is an article about private banks and bankers. It is part of a hub article about the types of financial advisors.
Blogging Your Way to Wealthy Clients
More and more affluent Americans are going online to research wealth managers and interact with financial professionals. Here are some tips on reaching and engaging HNW investors online.
'Tis The Season To Give
Recap of gifting vehicles for advisors.
Life Insurance Planning After ATRA
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 significantly changed the estate planning and insurance planning field.
Attest
Attest Function Glossary Term. Financial Services.
Interest Rates and Inflation
This is an article about inflation and interest rates. If you're looking for information about inflation and interest rates, you've come to the right place.
Maintaining the Benefits of a Will and Estate...
This is an article about helping your client properly name beneficiaries according to an estate plan or will. If you're looking for information about estate planning, you've come to the right place.
Understanding Your Clients’ Biggest Fears
Helping clients through their financial fears can be one of the best ways to establish trust and build a strong relationship.
Certified Public Accountant Jobs
Certified Public Accountant Jobs
Advisors: Spend Less Time on Social Media
It can be hard to find time to participate in social media. Use these tricks to optimize your time and boost your impact.
How to Keep Former Clients in the Loop
Past clients can be great sources of referrals, feedback, and future business. If your relationship ended on a positive note, don't neglect this important audience.
5 Marketing Mistakes Financial Advisors Make
Don't make these common financial services marketing errors.
What's the Debt Ceiling?
This is an article about the U.S. national debt ceiling or National Statutory Debt Limit. If you're looking for information about the U.S. debt ceiling, you've come to the right place.
4 Tips for Developing a Succession Plan
Don't make the mistake of neglecting succession planning.
3 Stupid Easy Ways to Find Prospects on LinkedIn
Leverage LinkedIn to network and fill your prospecting funnel.
Closely-Held Companies Securities Sales
This is an article about selling securities of a closely-held company. If you're looking for information about selling securities in a closely-held company, you've come to the right place.
Making Hedge Funds And Investment Advisor Firms...
The Dodd-Frank Act promised sweeping financial reform and consumer protection. Dodd-Frank provides for greater enforcement and supervision of hedge funds and investment advisors. Under former state regulation, these firms seldom interacted with regulators. Dodd-Frank requires the employment of compliance professionals. The SEC plans on-site meetings or collection of information by mail to include items like 10 largest profitable/loss trades.
The Dow Gold Ratio
This is an article about the Dow Gold Ratio. If you're looking for information about the gold-to-market or Dow Gold Ratio, you've come to the right place.
Keep In Touch With Current Clients and Get More...
This is a review of AdvisorTLC, a resource used by financial advisors to communicate with current and prospective clients.
Webinar Marketing for Elite Advisors
Webinars are a great way to engage with clients and prospects, establish expertise and promote your financial services.
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regulates securities trading on the secondary market in the United States.
Trading Theory
Trading Theory Glossary Term. Financial Services.
Stock Market Indicators
Stock Market Indicators. Financial Services.
Decoding the SEC Social Media Guidance Update
Staying on top of the changing regulatory landscape is critical to avoiding expensive audits and fines. The SEC recently updated its social media policies, clarifying which types of social media communications do not need to be filed with regulators.
Plan Your Financial Services Practice
Designations and Certifications. Financial Services.
Do Your Clients Fear Outliving Their Assets?
Many Americans fear outliving their assets. Here's what financial professionals can do to help.
A Major International Banking Center
Miami, Florida's business outlook is positive for CPAs, financial advisors, financial analysts and wealth managers. Home to corporations, asset managers, hedge funds, private banks, and international financial institutions, Miami offers opportunity to financial professionals.
Healthcare Insurance Commissions: Cut to the Bone
This is an article about proposed fee-based compensation changes in the health insurance industry. If you're looking for information about healthcare insurance sales and producer compensation practices, you've come to the right place.
Multifamily or Family Offices
This is an article about multifamily or family offices. It is part of a hub article about the types of financial advisors.
Help Your Client Arrange a 401k Rollover
Assist your client in reviewing the steps needed to arrange a 401k rollover to an IRA account.
Generate Sales Leads for Free
Photo Credit: © Julesunlimited Grow your business by learning the lay of the land. If you work at a large
3 Ways to Become a Financial Services Expert
Become a financial services expert by becoming a media darling, creating useful content, and establishing your credentials.
3 Ways to Protect Yourself During Securities...
Do you want to know how to protect financial advisor from getting sued or being sent to securities arbitration?
Fundamental Analysis
Fundamental Analysis Glossary Term
Talk to Your Clients About Risk
Use a risk assessment questionnaire to gauge a client's market knowledge and perspective.
Broker-Dealer
Broker-Dealer Glossary Term. Financial Services.
Series 66
The Series 66 exam is required of financial professionals seeking to become investment advisors in the United States.
3 Reasons Why the Hybrid RIA Model is Growing
Financial services firms are increasingly turning to the hybrid RIA model to gain the flexibility and benefits of commission-based and fee-based services.
Financial Advisor
Financial Advisor Glossary Term. Financial Services.
Are You Making These Retirement Planning...
Failing to adequately plan for your retirement as a financial advisor or wealth manager can create problems when it's time to exit the business or bring in a successor.
Protect Your Firm From Phishing Attacks
As more financial services firms offer account access online, clients and employees can be more vulnerable to online attacks. Here are some tips to improve safety online.
How Small Business Wants to Help Employees Save...
This is an article about recent polls and surveys concerning the state of the United States's retirement crisis. If you're looking for information about retirement plans and the proposed SAVE Act, you've come to the right place.
Investment Theory
Investment Theory Glossary Term. Financial Services.
Beyond Twitter: Financial Services Firms Use...
This is an article about how financial services firms are using mobile technology, apps, and proprietary platforms to attract new customers while maintaining an existing customer base. If you're looking for information about financial services firms and mobile technologies, you've come to the right place.
What Financial Advisors Need to Know About ACA...
If you're looking for more information on how Obamacare or ACA health exchanges will affect your clients, you're looking in the right place.
Financial Advisors and Alternative Assets
Financial advisors must learn more about alternative investments. Many clients invest in alternative assets. Learn about any of your customer's concerns about securities markets and financial assets.
Qualified Personal Residence Trust
This is an article about the Qualified Property Residential Trust. If you're looking for information about the Qualified Property Residential Trust, trusts and estates, or tax planning concepts, you've come to the right place.
How to Target Affluent Clients
Affluent clients are the lifeblood of a healthy financial practice. Here are some strategies to attract and retain these valuable clients.
3 Reasons Why Your Clients Aren’t Ready...
Many Americans aren't prepared for retirement. Here's some useful information to help you identify problematic trends among your clients.
Professor Joe Hoyle Answers Lots More CPA Exam...
This is an article about how to pass the AICPA CPA exam. If you're looking for answers about how to take and pass the CPA exam, you've come to the right place. Professor Joe Hoyle answers student questions about the CPA exam.
3 Easy Ways to Deepen Client Relationships
Use these three simple tasks to deepen relationships with HNW clients without taking up a lot of time.
Legal Financial Advisors (Attorneys and J.D.s)
This article is part of a hub article about the types of financial advisors.
Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP)
Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP)
Orlando's Employers Need Finance and Accounting...
Orlando, Florida needs accountants and tax advisors. Home to tourism, hospitality, and entertainment employers as well as research, aeronautics, and technology employers, the metropolitan area lost financial advisors during the 2008-2009 year.
Are TFPPs the Wave of the Future?
As advisory firms chase clients and work to increase scalability, technology platforms such as a Turnkey Financial Planning Programs (TFPPs) to expand their offerings.

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