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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...

Differentiate Yourself while Meeting Client Needs with Socially Responsible Investing

Socially responsible investing, or SRI, has become increasingly popular over the last decade. More and more mainstream money managers are incorporating social and environmental factors into their investment decisions in response to the demands of investors who want to own companies that share...

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A Super-Charged Growth Plan for RIAs

The fastest-growing registered investment advisors have to excel at a number of skills – from providing great client service and investment advice, to skillfully managing their people and businesses.

But to grow and scale an RIA business...

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Understanding Required Minimum Distributions

Most IRA account holders are probably aware that they need to withdraw some amount of money from their account after they reach a particular age. This amount of money is known as a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). But the specifics of the rules, which do not apply to Roth IRAs, can be...

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How to Build Your Brand

In an earlier blog post, in an effort to help RIAs define their brand, we asked advisors to consider why they do what they do. The answer to that question makes up the innermost circle of Simon Sinek’s...

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