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Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: Feb 5-9


Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: Feb 5-9

Here’s a look at the Top 11 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on, Feb 5-9, 2018

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1. Who Gets Sick When the U.S. Sneezes?

With the U.S. economy decidedly late cycle and the bull market looking to some, at least, a bit long in the tooth, international investment opportunities seem increasingly attractive. — John Manley

2. Do We Have Proof Roboadvisors Aren’t Advisors?

Roboadvisors often claim to solve poor investor behavior through their automated way of investing. I have always disagreed, and suggested that investors would not be able to hold on at the next correction – regardless of a Roboadvior platform. — Jay Mooreland

3. 5 Things to Watch in the U.S. Equity Markets in 2018

The adage that “bull markets climb a wall of worry” held true in 2017, as political strife in Washington crescendoed to a level not seen before, geopolitical factors worsened, and the rally to new highs brought out the bears in the media. — Chaikin Analytics

4. Reality Strikes: Bond Yields Deliver a Long-Awaited Blow to Equities

While many in the markets are today worried the Fed may raise rates more than was previously expected, we’d like to point out a few realities. These may or may not affect the Fed’s decisions, but in our view, they deserve some attention. — Lenore Elle Hawkins

5. Prepping For Another Wave Of Biotech M&A

Believe it or not, the last couple of years have been quiet on the deal-making front in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Combined mergers and acquisitions among biotechnology and pharmaceuticals firms for 2016 and 2017 was just $106 billion, or half the $212 billion seen in 2015 Tom Lydon

6. The Power of Clarity in the Investment World

By definition, the Greek word Nepsis means to be watchful, alert, and vigilant with a clear and sober mind against illusions thus allowing one to obtain ultimate clarity. In the investment world, clarity is difficult to obtain, and the lack thereof is particularly prevalent among many investors. Mark Pearson

7. Eight Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Financial Advisor

I personally believe that there has never been a better time to be a financial advisor. People need specialized advice in a world full of robo-advisors and investment blogs that say one thing and do another. — James Pollard​​​​​​

8. Living in Color: Why I Stopped Caring About What White People Think

It must be a hell of a feeling when your skin, ideas, and presence become a golden ticket of Willy Wonka proportions in life. It must be nice to not only create the rules, systems, and standards but to actually be “the standard”. — Janine Truitt

9. 5 Ways To Eliminate Invisible Expenses and Earn More

You can cut budgets in many areas, but often, activities that waste your time can cost you the most.  Savvy financial advisors see that soft or invisible costs translate into hard dollars lost. — Maria Marsala

10. Eight Inexpensive Ways to Add More Client Value

Clients continue to demand more value from their outside advisors and service providers. Corporate executives themselves are under constant pressure to deliver more for less—to increase their output and spend less doing it—and they are passing that on to you. — Andrew Sobel

11. 17 Ins-and-Outs to Be Clear on Some IRA Basics

Some financial terms have become so ingrained in the vernacular that people are embarrassed to ask about them. It’s as if everyone else is speaking a language you feel you should know, but don’t really. Such is the case with IRAs. — Dana Anspach​​​​​​​

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