As summer comes to a close, we're taking a look back at some of the hottest stories this season. Whether you were on vacation or busy working -- maybe you just finally have time to catch up on reading over the long weekend -- we've gathered the summer's top stories all in one place. 

Check out the top 10:

Best Way to Wow a Client

You know you're supposed to provide great client service. Is anybody telling you how to do it?

Obama's Retirement Proposals: Who Wins and Who Loses

The administration's budget seeks 6 major changes related to IRAs and 401(k)s.

5 Clever Tricks to Find New Clients

Growth is a goal -- and a hurdle -- for many firms. So what are advisors doing to attract new business?

Retirement Reality Check: Which Rules Still Matter?

Rules, as they say, are made to be broken. Yet as financial planning has grown as a profession, collective thinking has coalesced around a few solid pieces of advice. Here are a few of the biggest myths.

Advisors Pick 20 Must-Read Books

After a strong response to our summer reading list for advisors, we decided to expand it. Here are the 20 books that financial advisors said -- via Twitter, LinkedIn, emails and phone calls -- were crucial to their practices.

From the Boss: 5 Things I Wish I Could Fix in New Advisors

Getting top performance from new hires can be difficult due to the combination of unclear expectations, lack of structured training, and limited formal mentoring.

Advisor Compensation Models Set to Shift?

Increasing emphasis on client satisfaction may be changing the way wealth managers get paid and how they are evaluated.

Apps Advisors Can't Live Without

Financial advisors pinpoint these smartphone apps as essential in helping to make their businesses and lives more efficient.

How to Fix the AUM Fee Model

Advisors are trying a dizzying variety of compensation plans. Some have been a lot more successful than others.

New Rules for Asset Location

Taxable account or tax-deferred? Where clients' investments are housed can be vital to total returns, but beware the pitfalls.