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December 30, 2016

FA-IQ's Top 10 Stories for 2016
The DOL rule revealed, robo-advisors on the rise, markets and American politics prove unpredictable ... Here's what FA-IQ readers thought most important in 2016.
Top RIA Read: The Incredible Shrinking Advisor (Aug. 8)
One of the most-read articles by RIAs in 2016 explained how some FAs are making behavioral finance central to their practices.
Top IBD Read: Edward Jones Appeals to Wirehouse FAs (Nov. 17)
When news broke in November that Edward Jones was luring wirehouse advisors, it became the most-read story by indie broker-dealers.
Top Wirehouse Read: Morgan Stanley FA Jumps to Merrill Lynch (Jan. 7)
When an LA-based team moved from one wirehouse to another, it became the most popular story among wirehouse readers.
Finra goes after Merrill Advisor over Fee Shenanigans (Aug. 10)
In 2016, the most-read story about a wirehouse involved an FA who allegedly misled IRA clients.
DOL Rule Makes Some FAs Reconsider Career (Sept. 26)
Unsurprisingly, the most popular regulation story this year highlighted advisor fears over the fiduciary rule.
Clients Are Saying Nasty Things About You (Aug. 17)
Our readers' favorite client servicing article explained how winning clients over as promoters can boost referrals and revenue.
‘Underserved’ Wealth Markets Revealed (July 11)
One of the most forwarded articles of 2016 was an exclusive study for FA-IQ, unearthing opportunities for FAs.
Finra Flags Problems with DOL’s Fiduciary Rule (May 27)
One of this year's favorite practice management stories revealed that Finra had serious concerns over the new DOL Rule.
Next-Wave Robos Shake Things Up for FAs (Sept. 7)
One of the most popular tech stories of 2016 explored the new wave of robo-advisors and their impact on FAs.
Top Video: How Merrill Makes Goals-Based Investing Work (Feb. 4)
Wirehouse reveals how behavioral finance underpins its goals-based investing strategy.