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Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?

Published By Brett Carson

Financial advisors will have a new regulation to deal with starting April 10: It’s called the fiduciary rule, and it’s the biggest legal change governing the financial advice industry in years. Read more

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3 Reasons Why Robo-Advisors May Not Be for You

While robo-advisors may be a fit for certain investors, they’re not for everyone.

Technology has disrupted many industries – newspapers, online travel, movie rentals, taxis and more. Now it is aiming to dramatically change the financial services industry through the emerging use of robo-advisors. Read more

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5 Factors to Consider Before Investing in an ETF

There are now over 1,600 exchange-traded products available to investors, and total assets are quickly approaching $2 trillion. Traditionally, the primary way an investor could get access to a diversified portfolio of stocks was through a mutual fund. But today, many of these investment products mirror the overall market, providing very little differentiation. Read more

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Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?

President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of fiduciary standards for financial advisors could have significant implications for the investment industry. Said differently, the president is pushing to require financial advisors to put the client’s needs before their own. That’s right. Your advisor may not have your best interests in mind. Read more

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The Mutual Fund Fees We Don’t Talk About

Mutual fund fees are often discussed, but not fully appreciated by many investors. The ultimate cost of owning a fund is far greater than what meets the eye. This is primarily due to two reasons. First, only about a third of the total cost is reported by the expense ratio. Other hidden fees can more than triple this explicit expense. Read more