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Securities America's Wertheim: 9 lessons for making it in the advice business

November 28, 2015

As a woman in a male-dominated field, the early days of my career in the industry were interesting, to say the least. While I received my share of patronizing and sexist comments, some of my best advocates were men. When I was interacting with...

Michelle Brennan Hall: Two realizations that shaped the businesswoman I am today

November 28, 2015

My career began in 1990 in my family's financial advice business. After a two-year mentoring program during which I became fully licensed, it was time to build my practice within our company. While growing a client base, my father also challenged...

Envestnet's Hardwick: Women need support at work and at home in order to succeed

November 27, 2015

I didn't really know what having a high-powered career meant as a young girl growing up in a small town in Ohio, but somehow I knew I wanted one. I was born with an itch to succeed that I inherited from my father, and both of my parents strongly...

Cetera's Erinn Ford: My unlikely path into the financial services industry

November 26, 2015

Twenty-five years ago, I walked into a Series 24 prep class. I was the only female among a sea of men. Within minutes of sitting down, one of them passed me a note that said, “You'll never make it in here.” The irony is that at the time,...

Department of Labor's Borzi: Women have a powerful role in changing employee benefits law

November 24, 2015

I regularly talk to university students about my career path. The title of my speech is always the same: Life is not a straight line. I grew up in a close-knit Italian family in New York with my parents as my most important role models. My dad...

Female breadwinners need advisers' help talking to their partners about money

November 24, 2015

A new study conducted by the Family Wealth Advisory Council found that more than 70% of female breadwinners want their advisers to help them communicate with their partners as part of their wealth management engagement. The reason is that being...

SheCapital gets women started with investing

November 23, 2015

When she saw the giant hole unfilled by a lack of women in investing, Tina Powell responded with the first solution of its kind — a robo-adviser for women. Ms. Powell, the director of business management for Beacon Wealth Management, came...

How to encourage the rise of senior women in financial advice

November 23, 2015

For all the advances that women have made in financial services, a large gender gap persists at the top of most advisory firms — an unsettling trend in an industry dependent on the strength of its relationships with a diverse set of clients,...

Finra's Susan Axelrod: Finding a job you love is what matters

November 22, 2015

My professional life started on Wall Street — a male-dominated environment that has evolved a lot over the course of my career — and that has shaped who I am personally and professionally. In the summer of 1987, after my first year of law...

Social Security changes sting women retirees

November 22, 2015

Social Security benefits play a critical role in retirement income security for many American women. Given their longer life expectancy and the increasing divorce rate among older couples, women are more likely to spend their final years alone....

Sheryl Garrett on the importance of making impartial financial advice accessible to all

November 22, 2015

Sheryl Garrett loves financial planning now, but it took 11 years' working in the industry for the passion to bloom. The founder of the Garrett Planning Network first spent a couple of years as a broker, where she learned she hated selling products....

Women lawmakers play an outsized role in policymaking that affects advisers

November 22, 2015

While the financial advice industry is still dominated by men, female lawmakers play an outsized role in policymaking that affects advisers. “Women are at the forefront of investor protection and consumer protection debates in Congress,”...

Mentor encouraged adviser's adventure

November 22, 2015

When Christine Damico graduated from college, she immediately started her first job at an advisory firm. Before taking her next professional step four years later, she wanted to veer off the career path briefly and travel overseas. She wound...

Mary Jo White: Standing on the shoulders of our predecessors

November 22, 2015

Growing up, I was very grateful to my older brother for teaching me how to throw a baseball. Although girls were not allowed to play Little League, no one on the playground could accuse me of “throwing like a girl.” This was, of course,...

Investing in women a worthy strategy

November 22, 2015

Gender equality has garnered significant attention in the investment community — and our society as a whole — in recent months. The #HeForShe campaign continues to gain steam, companies like Google and Intel are pledging significant capital...

The pay gap between the sexes is relatively slim in financial advice

November 22, 2015

The gap between what women and men make for doing the same job is a blight on most professions in America. In financial advice, however, pay inequity between the sexes is relatively slim. Pay data for financial advisers collected by InvestmentNews...

Key to success for women: Confidence

October 25, 2015

As the years go by and the data pile up, waiting for the financial advice industry to embrace gender equality wholeheartedly across all levels feels like waiting for Godot. We cheer at the slightest of gains that women make in the workforce...

Gender-focused investment strategy skips over common sense

October 14, 2015

We can agree that gender equality in both politics and the asset management industry is getting closer attention, but that doesn't mean you can just throw anything against the wall and see if it sticks. But that appears to be the case with a...

Women's rise to senior positions at advisory firms has stalled

October 13, 2015

Women are well-represented in the financial advice industry from an overall staffing perspective — making up about half of total employees at a typical advisory firm — but that picture changes dramatically when we look deeper. In breaking...

Hillary Clinton's plan to prevent stock market crashes

October 9, 2015

Hillary Clinton has a plan to prevent the next stock market crash. Step one: New fees for taking investment risks, because taking investment risks aren't risky enough already, or something like that. Nirvana in a nutshell The juiciest tidbits...

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