We've been using the investment service our local bank provides, but advisors keep leaving and we have to explain again what we want. The latest was the best; he understood our needs and managed our money well. Now we've gotten a call from him saying he's left the bank and hopes to keep us as clients; we've also gotten a letter from the bank saying "[new guy] is replacing [old guy] as the Investment Advisor on your account(s)." We don't really want to change advisors again, but we also don't know what's involved in the decision; your thoughts are welcome.
I am currently doing a two-year M.A. program at a European university, and soon I have to choose between three options for a 10-week internship to begin next quarter. I want to choose the internship that will best set me up to be a competitive Ph.D. candidate, but it's hard to make a decision between options that each have their own pros and cons. What criteria should I use or what aspects of the programs should I give the most weight to when making this decision? [more inside]
An elderly relative of mine is retiring within the next few years. Help me find a therapist/counselor to help them through this transition. [more inside]
We are trying to decide whether to stay in our home and send our kids to private school, or to move. We need some help to run the numbers and different scenarios. [more inside]
I am in need of some real guidance! I am up to my eyeballs in debt... have alittle equity in my home (I think) and i own one of my cars... So i need someone who can help me by assessing my overall situation & advise me the best way to proceed forward. [more inside]
A mentor of mine passed away pretty suddenly a few weeks ago. I attended her funeral, cried, wrote out some of my thoughts, and think about her from time to time while listening to music that reminds me of her. This isn't affecting my daily function, but it has been on the back burner for a while. Now what? [more inside]
My spouse is about 50 yo and encountering some health issues (autoimmune and others). We're about 13 years through a 20-year life insurance term, after which the renewal premiums would skyrocket even for good health. We also have about 3 years of long term care benefits through her workplace. [more inside]
I have read all the AskMe answers describing why a fee-based financial advisor is the way to go. The Mr and I want to get advice on planning to pay off our credit cards, save for a home, and plan for retirement in the next 20 years (we are approaching 50). Can you recommend any good financial advisors in the Seattle area that you or someone close to you has worked with? If it would help figure out if someone is a culture fit, we are Gen Xers both from income-strapped childhoods but who are doing reasonably well in the tech industry, no kids, live in the city and don't want to move to the suburbs, have a vaguely hipster lifestyle with lots of foodie activities and travel. I have already seen this thread but it is 7 years old.
My doctoral advisor is moving universities. What do I need to know? What are good questions to ask? [more inside]
I have recently finished my doctorate and am interviewing for postdoc positions. I gave my main PhD advisor as a referee. Twice now I have failed at getting a job after the reference check despite being assured that the job is mine after the interview. What gives? [more inside]
My in-laws in South Carolina, who don't have a stellar history with money, are facing some challenges that are really restricting their circumstances. They're not against cleaning up their act in terms of budgeting and being smarter about money, but don't really have a head for it. What's the best way to help from a distance? [more inside]
Searching for a graduate school advisor in undergraduate studies - does cold calling really work? What can I ask my current undergraduate advisor to do to assist me? How can I make best use of the advantages that I currently hold? [more inside]
I am currently in the process of applying to grad school. I was counting on my former advisor (who wrote a glowing letter of support for me when applying for my previous job) to write me one, but am not getting a response. I would like suggestions on what to do/what other types of people qualify to write a graduate school recommendation. [more inside]
I'm a first-year masters student taking a course that is supposed to be the core curriculum of my discipline. My program is in systems ecology. I find myself increasingly frustrated with this professor and increasingly unable to hide it, and now he wants to "meet with me to talk about student-instructor dynamics". I need some help coming up with some strategies to deal with this professionally. Difficulty level: I'm a new graduate student, and he's the director of my program. The program is brand-new (just started spring semester of last year) and this is one of two core courses, both of which are taught by him. His course is so terrible that I'm considering transferring to another program within the university. Excruciating detail inside. [more inside]
I have a sum of money that I'd like to invest. I currently bank with HSBC, and a friend of a friend works for Edward Jones. I have talked to both HSBC and the Edward Jones guy, and the spiels I got were fairly similar--they suggested 80/20 stocks/bonds, generally mutual funds and that sort of thing. Both advisors intimated 10% average returns over 5-10 years, and both are looking at about a 2.5% initial fee and then a little over 1% yearly. Basically, what I'm looking here is to park my money and watch it grow. What I want is a totally hands-off approach. I don't want individual stocks or commodities, I don't want to do this myself, I don't want to be constantly asked what I want my money put into. I just want to put my money into a fairly diverse portfolio and have it get bigger without giving me the chance to mess around with it and screw it up. [more inside]
Defending and depositing my engineering dissertation by end of April. Strained relations with advisor and distant relations with committee. What next, and how? Please advise. [more inside]
I am in my 7th year of a science Ph.D. at MIT and I need to graduate. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy in this process, and I definitely have a Ph.D. level of skills and knowledge by now. 7 years is not outside the norm for my department. The problem is that a number of circumstances occurring in a row have lead to a bad/toxic relationship with my advisor and slow performance on my part. [more inside]
My girlfriend has been going through undergrad half-time. Adviser keeps telling her that grad schools will not look upon this favorably. True? [more inside]
My girlfriend is 5 years in to a PhD program with an abusive (verbal, emotional, and mental) PI/lab. This seems to be a common theme in academia, just how common is it? How do you go about graduating if they seem to be working against you (assuming no fault on your part)? [more inside]
Graduate school issues. Starting my thesis this upcoming semester. Just the other day, my tentative advisor suggested that I switch to another advisor. Is it weird to ask a professor to be an advisor for my thesis a week before the semester starts? And what's the best way to ask? [more inside]
I am two post-docs out of graduate school and currently on the job market for tenure track positions. My former graduate advisor has confessed that he has feelings for me and that he thinks we would make a great couple. I don't reciprocate. I have two letters from my post-doc supervisors, but still need my advisor's letter for a third reference. What is the most diplomatic way to handle this situation? [more inside]
As part of a gradual effort to bring order to our lives, my wife and I would like to talk to a fee-only financial planner, somewhere in San Diego. Where should we go? [more inside]
I am an advanced PhD student in an engineering discipline. I have been sent a presumably routine email from the department chair asking for comments on my research advisor's interaction with me to be submitted as an email, as a part of a multi-faceted evaluation. [more inside]
I am a noob when it comes to money matters, and need advice on how to take ownership of my inheritance. [more inside]
I suspect that my PhD thesis advisor may be writing me poor letters of reference for postdoctoral positions. What can I do to get some sort, any sort, of job? [more inside]
How do I solve this sticky situation with regards to my Honours thesis? [more inside]
What is an appropriate gift to give one's advisor after filing a PhD dissertation and graduating? [more inside]
What career interest inventory testing procedures and career related computer software programs would a college academic advisor use? [more inside]
Help me figure out what to do about this undergrad research situation [more inside]
I'm in the process of looking at graduate schools in philosophy, which is a difficult task when trying to match up my niche specialty with potential professors. I've been able to track down five different professors, but I was wondering if it would be rude to ask if they had any suggestions on where/who to look. I'm located in the United States, but this academic community is 99% located outside of here, and browsing the associated journals and conferences hasn't been too helpful because the names I'm coming across are graduate students and names that aren't popping up on Google.
I feel totally aimless and adviser-less in this, my last year of Ph.D. coursework. How did this happen? How do I fix it? Sorry if this is a bit long.
I feel totally aimless and adviser-less in this, my last year of Ph.D. coursework. How did this happen? How do I fix it? Sorry if this is a bit long. [more inside]
Do you have any advice for me in this strained but simple social situation with coworkers & boss? [more inside]
I am looking to find some a financial advisor/service (complication: I'm in Japan) [more inside]
looking for a career advisor that specializes in helping people find their area of academic research. [more inside]
Is advising a client to write a bad check be considered unethical behavior for a financial advisor? What should our next steps be and who monitors financial advisors' professional actions? As usual, there's more inside... [more inside]
I want to go back to school. Where do I start? [more inside]
Can you recommend a kickass financial advisor/planner in Southern California, por favor? [more inside]
I'm currently finishing my MS & am in interested in going for a PhD, just not with my current advisor. Without getting into drama & gossip, I will not be able to maintain my sanity doing a PhD under him. How to ask someone else? [more inside]
What are some good appreciation gift ideas for a thesis advisor who was kind when the project took far longer than originally planned? [more inside]
I haven't done any work yet, but I swear I will soon - (how) do I tell my thesis advisor? [more inside]
I'm a grad student who was promised some funding this year that has yet to materialize. What can I do? [more inside]
Should I give my co-advisor the boot? Question about dealing with a difficult advisor for my grad program...a nice, long read awaits you... [more inside]
Recommendations for a financial advisor/accountant for a young couple in NYC? [more inside]
How do I convince a research advisor to take me on as a grad student? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a financial advisor who specializes in clients who live overseas? [more inside]
[Gradschooletiquettefilter] I'm currently working on an MS in geology. I'm just into my second year. For a number of reasons, I'm pretty unhappy with my current project, and am considering switching, and would like some advice on how to do so respectfully. There is, of course... [more inside]
What goes into getting a job as a soundtrack advisor / consultant for film? [more inside]
Everytime I try to use Internet Explorer a content Advisor box pops up asking for a password. The problem is I've never set a password and I have no idea why this has started popping up. It also pops up when I try to use solitaire or the Windows calculator. Does anyone know of a master password or some other way to circumvent this?
Any tips on finding a good personal accountant/advisor? I am in the IT field and money management is not my forte.
Any tips on finding a good personal accountant/advisor? I am in the IT field and money management is not my forte.