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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)?

  • Finding Help for the Real Estate Baron in You Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:03 PM ET

    Many people get into real estate as a hobby or for a little extra income, but what happens when a part-time pursuit becomes a full-fledged business.

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

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    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).

  • Why Bank Earnings Could Face Rude Awakening Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:00 PM ET

    With JPMorgan and Wells Fargo on tap to report this week, some investors may be questioning whether the depletion of loan loss reserves — the money banks set aside to pay for loans that turn sour — is too premature as credit quality keeps improving.

  • Bogle: Stocks Will Outperform Bonds Long Term Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:00 PM ET
    Bogle: Stocks Will Outperform Bonds Long Term

    Jack Bogle, Vanguard, says investors should stay in the market for the long term -- stocks will outperform bonds.

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    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?

  • How Netflix Has Almost 30% Upside: Pro Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:46 AM ET

    One investment bank thinks Netflix bears have had their fun, and there may be close to 30-percent upside in shares. TheStreet.com reports.

  • Markets Close Across Europe Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET
    Markets Close Across Europe

    As European markets close, CNBC's Simon Hobbs, offers insight.

  • Kaminsky's Op-Ed: High-Yield Indicator Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:11 AM ET
    Kaminsky's Op-Ed: High-Yield Indicator

    Gary Kaminsky, Capital Markets Editor, explains why the SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF has been a leading indicator for equity markets.

  • Netflix Upped by Morgan Stanley Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:10 AM ET
    Netflix Upped by Morgan Stanley

    Netflix stock was upgraded to an overweight by Morgan Stanley this morning. Barton Crockett, Lazard Capital Markets, and Andy Hargreaves, Pacific Crest Securities, discuss.

  • BlackRock Gets Citigroup Upgrade Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET
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    BlackRock can continue to grow despite $3.6 trillion in assets under management, and other fears around the stock are overblown, Citigroup analysts argued in upgrading the shares to buy from neutral Monday.

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    Lockitron's second product launch and growth illustrate how social media and crowdfunding—including Kickstarter—are transforming the way entrepreneurs do business.