Evan Simonoff is editor-in-chief and editorial director of Financial Advisor magazine, as well as editorial director of Private Wealth magazine. He has spent more than 15 years as an editor and reporter covering the financial services industry. Evan is a widely recognized expert on personal finance and investments. 

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Grantham’s Attack On GDP Growth Misses The Mark

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"Clean coal," according to GMO’s Jeremy Grantham, is a big lie worthy of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels...

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Schwab, KKR's Roberts Voice Concern On Obama Tone, Optimism On U.S.

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Discount brokerage pioneer Chuck Schwab and KKR co-founder George Roberts voiced frustration with President Obama's suddenly strident post-election tone but indicated they thought the U.S...

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Liz Ann Sonders Asks: Is The Stock Market Home To The New Vigilantes?

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Judging from Wednesday's 312-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the equity market could be replacing the bond market as the new "vigilantes" who try to drive some sense into...

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Meredith Whitney Sees Boom In Central U.S. Corridor

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This energy- and agriculture-rich region characterized by low tax rates and debt levels is poised to grow at a much faster rate than other parts of the country where tax rates and debt levels are...

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Pity The Poor Banks

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Now the regulators fine them! I never thought I'd write a piece criticizing regulators for belatedly piling on the big banks and fining them half a decade after the financial crisis in which...

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Black Swans: A 28% Chance Of Speaker Pelosi?

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Intrade makes the odds of a President Romney 26 percent, almost the same as the odds for a Speaker Pelosi, 28 percent. Yikes!

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Ben Stein, Ray Lucia And The Annuities Gang

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It's hard to believe that California advisor Ray Lucia -- now facing SEC charges related to his "Buckets of Money" investment strategy -- really saved Ben Stein from suicide "many a night," as...

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When A CFP Licensee Files For Bankruptcy

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The hard line the CFP Board is adopting with bankrupt CFP licensees is a sign of the profession's increasing maturity.

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It's Not Just Facebook: Is Social Media Finance Toast?

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It's not just that another 1.44 billion shares of Facebook will become available for sale between now and November...

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George Will On Entitlement Crisis, Welfare State Death Spiral

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The United States is replicating the mistakes of the 1930s' New Deal and causing "the death spiral of the welfare state," where taxes must go up to pay ever-increasing entitlement costs, George Will...

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Sanford Weill Calls For Bank Breakup, Glass-Steagall Renewal

I nearly spat up a few bits of Cheerios at the boob tube in disbelief this morning when I heard former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill call for breaking up the nation's biggest banks and essentially...

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Investing At Commodities Brokerages Is Nuts

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The stunning disappearance of client funds at three commodities brokerages-Refco, MF Global and now Peregrine-over the last seven years has to be prompting many advisors to ask why a client...

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Possible Solutions To Geezer Advisors Ruining The Business For Young

He may only have been making his point with hyperbole, but when Mark Tibergien told attendees at Pershing's annual Insite conference that older advisors were not only burning out younger...

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This Business Remains Deeply Divided

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Despite the FPA's best efforts to give the advisory profession one voice, the organization's RIA and brokerage contingents continue to drift further and further apart.

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Private Equity Firms Swarm RIA Space For Acquisitions

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Several sources said that Summit Partners had retained Goldman Sachs to explore the sale of Focus Financial Partners...

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