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As you have most likely heard, late last week, Equifax – one of the ‘Big Three’ credit bureaus in the United States – admitted that its own lax security practices had allowed hackers to steal the personal identities of 143 million U.S. citizens. Data potentially accessed by hackers from mid-May to July include names, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and personal documents.

How bad is this breach? Look to your left or right. See that person setting next to you? It’s likely that one of the two of you have had your id stolen in this hack. To compound the issue, Equifax didn’t notify the public for more than a month after it detected the breach. In response, Equifax is offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance that you can sign up for at equifaxsecurity2017.com.

To protect yourself, one option is to set up a fraud alert, which is free, by calling one of the three credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion...

Seven benefits of technology for your advisory practice

The right technology can make all the difference when it comes to a financial advisor’s success, especially in today’s competitive business environment. Recent innovations in financial technology have provided state-of-the-art applications to handle everything from client...

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Best practices for investing in the right technology solutions

Financial advisors have more technology options today than ever before. But for technology solutions to work well, they need to be fully integrated with the advisor’s platform. The best technology solutions will enable you to scale, add new components as your needs change, and enable...

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Next Generation: How to retain assets when transferring wealth to clients’ children

Consider this: over the next 30 years, $30 trillion is expected to be passed down from baby boomer parents to their Generation X (1965-1980) and Generation Y/millennial (1981-2000) children.[1] And 66% of those children do not retain their parents...

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How to communicate to clients during this presidential election season

  • 26% of Americans indicate they’ve become more cautious with their money as a result of events surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign.Bankrate Money Pulse Survey, 2016
  • 70.3% of advisors polled by Financial Advisor magazine...
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