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Sessions at the 25th annual Morningstar Investment Conference covered a range of topics from actively managed ETFs, closed-end funds and alternatives to strategies to boost retirement income and solutions to the “yield conundrum.” Here is a baker's dozen of the smartest things we heard at the conference.
Ron O’Hanley, Fidelity Investment’s president of asset management and corporate services, laid out his take on a number of economic trends through a game of red light/green light led by Morningstar’s head of global research Scott Burns.
Despite a challenging environment in the hunt for yield, three prominent money managers told advisors and investors that it is possible to do better than the historically low rates many have settled for.
Want to boost your clients’ retirement income by 29%? There are five things advisors can do to help clients meet their retirement goals
The most important thing an advisor can do for clients is to integrate their investment portfolios with the rest of their financial needs, according to Morningstar’s director of global fund research.
It can be difficult for new hires to excel in the planning industry. As a consultant to advisors, Top Advisor Coaching founder Matthew Halloran offers his take on what's happening with new recruits and what advisors need to consider.
An advisor who has worked for other advisors and now runs his own firm offers mangers tips on how to better supervise new hires in response to a recent blog post.
Raymond James Financial Services adds a veteran advisor and two team members are reunited.
When advisors are ready to transition to a new custodian or broker-dealer, how do they transfer and seamlessly integrate client records into the new firm’s system?
The network was launched in September to help breakaway brokers transition from the traditional wirehouse model to independence.
Karla D'Alleva Valas, a managing director of the Complex Asset Group for Fidelity Charitable, says she cringes during her church's services when congregants drop envelopes of what she assumes is cash into the donations basket. Why? Cash is expensive, she told advisors at the Women Advisors Forum in Dallas on Thursday.
Becoming a widow or getting divorced are extreme changes in a woman’s life and they come with extreme emotions. For advisors working with these clients it is critical to understand the role grief plays in the process of making decisions.
Decision making is a major part of financial planning and the more advisors understand it, the better off clients will be.
For financial advisory firms, branding can be a balancing act between the strength of individual advisor’s brand and the larger, unified brand of the firm.
As investors seek greater global exposure, advisors must be aware of the impact of currency fluctuations on the underlying investment as well as the overall health of the client’s portfolio.
It may make sense for the wealthiest investors to have offshore accounts, but for almost everyone else, direct overseas investments are a terrible option.
Some of financial advisors' biggest preconceptions about switching to the RIA space -- from worries about insufficient AUM to fears about lower earnings and complex technology requirements -- were highlighted in a new report from TD Ameritrade. But the biggest myth, say advisors, is one that didn't even make the list.
Using social media is clearly possible -- some advisors have had great success with it -- and there’s no doubt that compliance is in some ways getting easier. Yet compliance is still widely regarded as a major hurdle.
Twitter just turned seven, Facebook nine and LinkedIn 10. That’s old in Internet years. So what’s taking the finance industry so long to join the party?
Even when the long-term market trend is defined by falling inflation-adjusted prices, despite short-term ups and downs, there may be opportunities to root out profits.