In order to be a successful financial adviser, it is imperative to provide high-level service to clients and be knowledgeable about products, the markets and the investment management industry. But even the most adept advisers need help, via adviser education platforms, and, surprisingly, that's an area where mutual fund companies often fall short, according to a new report from Corporate Insight, a financial services market research and consulting firm based in New York.

Corporate Insight looked into adviser education platforms at 14 mutual fund companies and found that nine offered such resources, and of those, only five offered educational seminars: Alliance, MFS Investments, OppenheimerFunds, Putnam Investments and Van Kampen.

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