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    • Dangers of Pursuing Quick Profits Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      A case study in the dangers of pursuing short term profits and dismantling conservative risk management procedures.
    • Controller Created: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      A controller exerts control over use of company funds and has a leading role in budgeting, reporting and the analysis of results. The job can have much broader, strategic responsibilities.
    • Risk Management Created: Monday, September 15, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      The importance of the risk management function is growing in tandem with the complexity of the financial system. Get the basics here on risk manager careers.
    • Financial Advisor Careers Created: Thursday, December 20, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Financial advisor careers offer a past-paced work environment and high earnings potential. Read on for the basics on what's entailed and how to become a financial advisor.
    • Is Inexperience an Asset? Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      Can inexperience actually be used as a selling point by a job applicant? An intriguing experiment suggests that it can.
    • Personal Empire Building Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Personal empire building is a major problem in many large companies, and a big headache for financial managers guarding shareholders' interests.
    • Face to Face Loan Interviews Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Are face to face loan interviews more accurate assessments than predictive models? Indeed, can facial features predict creditworthiness?
    • Renting a CFO Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      For small firms on a tight budget, renting a temporary CFO is an option. It also can be an attractive employment opportunity for those with the skills.
    • Financial Advisor Training Created: Friday, May 27, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Formal financial advisor training programs are being scaled back, so becoming a trainee financial advisor poses more challenges for people looking to enter this career path. Here are some tips."
    • Broker Payout Grid Created: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      The payout grid drives compensation for financial advisors, capturing the complex interplay of factors such as total sales, specific product sales and asset gathering. Here is an overview."
    • Medallion Financial Group Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Medallion Financial Group is a niche lender that has expanded from serving taxi drivers in NYC to more generalized asset based lending.
    • Choose Your Colleagues Well Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Success in job or a career often depends greatly on the quality of your colleagues and the support infrastructure provided by your employer.
    • Pay for Performance Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Performance based pay not only is supposed to be a reward for past work, but also a spur to future productivity. How successful is it in this regard?
    • Business Management Firms Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Business management firms work for a highly specialized niche, offering wealthy actors and other entertainers a mix of financial and other services.
    • Is Success Due to Talent or Luck? Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Is success mainly due to talent or luck? Your attitudes on this topic have large implications for your career and overall satisfaction in life.
    • Largest Family Offices Created: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Family offices are boutique financial firms that serve the ultra-wealthy and hire top talent. Here are the largest family offices in the U.S., among those serving multiple families."
    • Banking Created: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
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    • Securities Trader Created: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Securities traders pursue a fast paced and often highly paying career at the center of the securities markets.
    • First Vice President Created: Saturday, June 23, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      As the Vice President title became too common, financial services firms began creating variants like First Vice President to stratify this management layer further.
    • Securities Underwriting Created: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Securities underwriting is one of the primary functions and principal career paths within investment banking. Here is some important background information on this special field."
    • Geographic Pay Differentials Created: Friday, August 27, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Companies with far-flung operations often have salary scales that vary by location, to reflect regional variations in the cost of living and in general wage rates." itemproexpr="$zTP='t3'" --> item...
    • Financial Services Information Technology Created: Thursday, February 07, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Financial services information technology offers significant career opportunities since financial services companies are among the largest spenders on information technology and employers of IT per...
    • Private Equity Firms Created: Thursday, June 12, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Private equity investing does not involve the public securities markets. Instead, private equity firms finance private companies, and arrange private placements for public companies."
    • Mark to Market Accounting Created: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Mark to market accounting, also called fair value accounting, is the long established norm in much of the financial services industry, especially among securities firms. It has become a matter of i...
    • Book of Business Created: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Book of business is a common phrase referring to a client list.
    • Compliance Departments Created: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Compliance departments have a central role in financial services, and careers as compliance officers are attractive opportunities for people with legal, accounting and/or auditing backgrounds."
    • CFP Created: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) credential is gaining utility beyond the scope of people who are full time financial planners. Learn the basics about the CFP here." i--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" --...
    • Margin Loans Created: Monday, June 30, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      Margin loans use securities as collateral.
    • Insurance Sales Agents Created: Sunday, April 20, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      Insurance sales agents (insurance agents) sell one or more lines of insurance products, may engage in financial planning and selling various other investment products, much like a financial advisor...
    • Insurance Investigators Created: Monday, April 28, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      Insurance investigators are in-house private detectives whose special skills are utilized in processing claims where fraud or criminal conduct is suspected. This key function offers potentially exc...
    • CFA Review Courses Created: Thursday, May 28, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      Becoming a CFA involves passing a long exam, and the CFA Institute offers self-study materials. Some prefer additional classroom instruction and/or study guides. Here is a survey of the options."
    • Financial Advisor Career Paths Created: Friday, February 04, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      Financial advisors can find future careers in general management, as product or market segment specialists, or in money management. Some financial advisors find these attractive options."

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