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Inflation is not going away any time soon. Here’s how top financial advisors are handling it

Shoppers at a New York supermarket on Aug. 11, 2021. Wang Ying | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images One looming question for the U.S. economy is how long inflation is here to stay. Based on recent government data, there is good reason for asking. The Consumer Price Index, which measures the average change over …

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There’s a growing demand for psychology in financial planning. How top firms use it in their practices

Getty Images There’s a growing emphasis on psychology in financial planning — merging traditional advice with elements of behavioral finance — as advisors explore ways to strengthen client relationships. But it’s always been important, according to firms on CNBC’s annual FA 100 list. Many advisors say there’s a demand for psychology in financial planning expertise, …

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How to know if actively managed exchange-traded funds are right for your portfolio

MoMo Productions | DigitalVision | Getty Images Exchange-traded funds are often associated with passive strategies. But money has also poured into the actively managed version of ETFs, as investors crave more precision, experts say. While passively managed ETFs aim to replicate an index, such as the S&P 500, active managers are more hands-on, trying to …

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Here’s how to choose the right financial advisor for you

Ariel Skelley | DigitalVision | Getty Images If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you probably turn to a licensed contractor. Planning an expensive European vacation or Hawaiian honeymoon? You may very well have a travel agent handle the booking. So, why, when planning your financial future, wouldn’t you seek out professional help? It’s common sense. Yet …

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Now that your student loan was forgiven, here’s what experts say you should do next

seksan Mongkhonkhamsao | Moment | Getty Images It’s a question millions of Americans would love the chance to ask: What should I do after my student loans are canceled? The Biden administration has already given more than 450,000 borrowers reason to think about that, after forgiving the debt for certain disabled borrowers and others who …

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Financial advisors should have a succession plan for their firms, but most don’t. Here’s why it matters

Drazen Zigic | iStock | Getty Images For financial advisors, the focus is often on growing their business, not passing it on to new owners. However, succession planning should be a key consideration in running a financial advisory firm, experts say. Yet research shows that most firms don’t have a plan in place  — which …

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Financial advisory industry continues to grapple with lack of diversity, top advisors say

Thomas Barwick | DigitalVision | Getty Images The financial advisory industry continues to struggle with efforts to boost diversity, though more firms seem to be emphasizing the issue in their recent recruiting, according to top firms on CNBC’s annual FA 100 ranking.    The profession has long been one dominated by white men. For example, …

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FA 100: CNBC recognizes advisory firms that help clients navigate their financial lives

Westend61 | Westend61 | Getty Images Let’s be honest: Making personal financial decisions can be challenging. There’s a variety of investment options, all of which carry some form of risk. And, of course, there are many types of retirement plans to choose from, each with their own set of tax consequences. The seemingly endless amount …

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How the pandemic has changed the financial advice business

Working remotely in a business built around relationships means adapting in more ways than one. For most financial advisory firms, the pandemic accelerated advancements already underway in virtual communications and paperless transactions. The best businesses maintained their personal connections with clients and safeguarded customer data at the same time. “We are now fully in the …

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Op-ed: Here’s how financial advisors can navigate investors through uncertainty

Marko Geber | DigitalVision | Getty Images In a world that’s rapidly changing and becoming more uncertain than ever, the financial advisory industry has a great opportunity to become a beacon of trust for investors by helping them navigate through difficult life and financial decisions. The Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the social and economic shifts …

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Op-ed: Here’s the financial impact of the NCAA permitting college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

UpperCut Images | UpperCut Images | Getty Images Student athletes and their parents have likely heard that the NCAA has opened the door to allow collegiate athletes the ability to profit off their name, image and likeness. The NCAA policy, which took effect in July 1, will allow college athletes and recruits to make money …

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