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11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

With Black Friday upon us, advisors will have a chance to add to their technology arsenal without having to blow a hole in their pockets. Here are 11 essential tech tools advisors should consider.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

11. MacBook Pro & Windows Desktop PC


Macs win hands down for design and usability, but a few of my apps are Wintel only so I have to stay with that on my desktop.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

10. Fidelity AdvisorChannelís My Custodian Trading System


This app is how I monitor and trade client accounts. It makes it easy to manage an entire practice with over 100 accounts. I couldn't work without it.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

9. GoToMyPC


For an office without a VPN, GoToMyPC is a nice way to fetch files remotely. I'd never use it beyond that though, it's too slow.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

8. BNA Income Tax Planner


I long ago gave up trying to build spreadsheets for income tax planning. This app has a lousy user interface but it's updated regularly and does the job.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

7. MS Access & Excel; WordPerfect


Access is my portfolio management database (custom app), Excel with the financial analysis add-in is essential for so many routine tasks. As for WordPerfect, I've used both it and Word since the DOS days and WordPerfect has always been better for anything but very simple documents.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

6. Local RAID, Online Backup


Once you go electronic you need multiply-redundant and secure backup; this is how I do it, and it's all automatic.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

5. Smartphone with Verizon Broadband


Right now, I am using a Blackberry, but I might be switching soon. E-mail and internet access are the essential functions on this. Currently, I'm not a big app user, except for Google maps. With a smartphone, I can work from just about anywhere, and I can tether this to my Mac for broadband anywhere.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

4. ViewSonic 24" HD Monitor


I added this as a secondary monitor, but now Iím using it as my primary. Once you have two monitors you'll never go back. It's great to have all that real estate, to keep all your essential apps open at once. Plus in meetings, you can have a secondary one that you rotate to clients, without worrying about accidentally sharing something you don't want to (For example, a popup notice about a new email, where even just the title could breach confidentiality. Ever see something like that during someone's shared-desktop meeting? I have!)

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

3. Fellowes Shredder


This is low tech, but essential. Advisers handle, and then get rid of, a lot of documents with confidential info. I've learned the expensive way that shredders under $100 break within a year or two.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

2. Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 Scanner


Just about everything that I don't already get electronically takes a trip through this and then through the shredder. It's been reliable and deals with mixed paper sizes reasonably well. I save to PDF format.

11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday 11 Essential Tech Tools Advisors Are Lining Up for on Black Friday

1. Adobe Acrobat


The full version lets you create, assemble and mark up documents in PDF format, from any application. I use this every day; my entire archive is PDF.

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11 Essential Tech Tools for Financial Advisors


Technology can set advisors apart and lack of technology can put them behind the eight ball. We chatted with independent RIA Tad Borek to get his thoughts on what tools are essential for 2011. (Surprisingly, his list did not include the iPad.)

With Black Friday upon us, advisors will have a chance to add to their technology arsenal without having to blow a hole in their pockets. Here are 11 essential tech tools advisors should consider.

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