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  • Top Cities for Financial Adviser Startups Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:13 PM ET
    As financial services companies trim payrolls, more industry veterans are opening their own investment firms.According to , which tracks the, there are now 28,574 resident investment adviser, RIA, firms, usually with offices of two to eight employees and an average of $25 million to $50 million in client assets under management, AUM. Others, such as spinoffs from the financial giants, can manage mutual funds and other big accounts, boosting the AUM.In the most recent full year of year of data, 2011, 1,108 RIA firms were formed with $561.38 billion worth of assets under management.We thought it would be interesting to see what cities had the most activity in creating new RIA firms in 2011 and how much money (measured in assets) was under management. (Note that there is a wide range of assets, depending on the individual starting the firm and the number and size of clients.)Here are the top ten cities based on a customized search of AdviceIQ/Meridian-IQ data bases.

    New financial advisory firms are popping up around the U.S., as veteran brokers leave big firms to build their own. These 10 are startup hotbeds.

  • New Definition of Success? Survival Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:06 PM ET

    Consumers would do well to follow these financial survival skills, according to Eleanor Blayney, consumer advocate for the CFP Board.

  • Focus on Money Matters, Not Investment Returns Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:05 PM ET

    For financial advice, take the focus off the factors we can't control and move it to the things we can. It requires robust communication and periodic reassessment, according to Marilyn Capelli Dimitroff of Capelli Financial Services.

  • Problem Clients? No Problem at All Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:04 PM ET

    There are really no problem clients so much as there are clients in problematic situations, says adviser Dan Mathews of Stepp and Rothwell.

  • Don't Overlook Advice for Your Retirement Accounts Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:04 PM ET

    It may be a no-brainer to hire an adviser to manage your investment account, but what about your IRA and 401(k)?

  • How to Break Up with Your Financial Adviser Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:02 PM ET
    Hand on detonator

    When it's time to cut ties, make sure you know what to do and when to do it.

  • What Kind of Financial Adviser is Right for You? Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:01 PM ET

    What’s best for you depends on the size of your portfolio, your risk tolerance and how your adviser gets paid.

  • The markets are trickier than ever, technology is a bear and the parade of complex products with odd names is enough to make your head spin.

  • Dealing With a Problem Client Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:00 PM ET

    It’s important to distinguish between high-maintenance clients (who need a lot of hand holding) and problem ones (who want the impossible).

  • Sure, investment returns grab the headlines, but fees fatten the top and bottom line, which makes expansion into other services tempting.

  • Leaving the Street to Go Solo Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:52 AM ET

    Wall Street’s shedding jobs, so why not start your own business. You may be an investment guru but are you a general manager?

  • Fund managers used to be able to charge high fees even if their mutual funds underperformed markets, but now they need to find new ways to win back investors who have piled out of traditional actively-managed funds in a big way over the past decade, research from HSBC shows.

  • 10 Things You Should Know About Your Financial Adviser Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 3:11 PM ET

    Choosing an adviser could be the most important financial decision you make in your lifetime, so be thorough and smart.

  • Temasek Reconsiders StanChart Stake Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 7:19 PM ET

    Singapore investment fund Temasek has sounded out potential buyers for its £6 billion stake in Standard Chartered, potentially reigniting talk of a takeover of the emerging markets bank, The Financial Times reports.

  • Sandy Weill: The Guy Who Made the Bank Monster Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 11:44 AM ET
    Sandy Weill

    So the inventor of the financial superstore has finally turned against his creation.

  • Dimon Will Survive, Lending Will Get Worse: Trump Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 8:49 AM ET
    Chairman and President of the Trump Organization, Donald Trump, speaks to several GOP women's group at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino April 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Banks are only lending money to those who don't need it, a trend that likely will be exacerbated by the recent JPMorgan Chase big trading loss, real estate magnate Donald Trump said.

  • Wedding Insurance: Protecting Against 'I Do' Mishaps Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 1:48 PM ET

    Wedding insurance has become an increasingly popular option after several high-profile instances of severe weather disrupted bridal plans last year. A shaky economic climate has also fueled interest in the policies.

  • What Do Rising Rates Say About Markets Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 8:36 PM ET

    Like shifting sands, financial markets are rapidly realigning, and that trend will be the thing to watch Thursday, when inflation data and the latest jobless claims are released.

  • Bank Tests Could Be Net Positive for Stocks Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 7:54 PM ET

    The Fed sounded the all clear for most major U.S. banks, and its stress test results could be positive for stocks Wednesday, even though four of the 19 institutions failed.

  • Prudential Loves London; Brussels, Not So Much Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 6:42 AM ET

    The management of UK-based Prudential has made no decision on whether to relocate outside of the European Union but is watching with apprehension Brussels' plans to introduce new regulation for insurers, CEO Tidjane Thiam told CNBC.