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A former QB on the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys joined a financial advisory firm in Minnesota (Financial Advisor Magazine)

Brooks Bollinger, a former FNL quarterback, joined Woodbury, Minnesota-based Freedom Financial Partners as a financial advisor.

Bollinger was drafted by the New York Jets in 2003 after he played college football at the University of Wisconsin. After, he had stints on the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions.

At Freedom Financial Partners, Bollinger will work with families and business owners to help them achieve their financial goals, reports Financial Advisor Magazine.

Kenneth Rogoff: Its unrealistic to expect Greek taxpayers to make large payments anytime soon (Project Syndicate)

Harvards Kenneth Rogoff argues that its unrealistic to expect Greek taxpayers to make large payments anytime soon given the employment rate at 25% (and youth unemployment at 50%). He says that Greece is right to insist that Greece adhere to its commitments but they ought to be making even deeper concessions on dept repayments.

If concessions to Greece create a precedent that other countries might exploit, so be it, argues Rogoff. Sooner rather than later, other periphery countries will also need help. Greece, one hopes, will not be forced to leave the eurozone, though temporary options such as imposing capital controls may ultimately prove necessary prevent a financial meltdown. The eurozone must continue to bend, if it is not to break.

The ECBs not necessarily going to boost EU stocks for long (Charles Schwab)

Significant economic differences between the United States and the eurozone mean that several ingredients needed for the ECB QE program to work in a similar fashion to the Federal Reserves program may be missing, writes Michelle Gibley.

The eurozone might see two potential effects from QE - a reduction in deflationary pressure and an increase in export demand - but even those could have limited impact, writes Gibley. While European stocks may rally in the near-term, we believe the rally may not be sustainable in the absence of structural reforms.

January Was Rough For Stocks, But Things Should Turn Around (Nuveen)

January was rough for stocks: Volatility was up, and stocks endured some notable setbacks. Nevertheless, Robert Doll of Nuveen Asset Management believes that equity prices will be at a higher level at the end of 2015 than they were at the start of the year.

[We] believe the current weakness in equities will pass, but probably not until commodity prices stabilize and the associated deflation fears ease. The fundamental strength of our economy - along with the combination of benefits that should come from lower oil prices and stronger dollar - should push equity prices higher this year. Market volatility is likely to persist, but we believe equities should outperform cash, bonds, commodities and inflation in 2015, he writes.

Fidelity is going to snatch up eMoney Advisor (InvestmentNews)

Fidelity Investments will acquire eMoney Advisor, which makes a popular software used by 46 out of the nations top 50 broker dealers and 25,000 employees of banks and registered investment advisory firms, including those affiliated with Fidelitys rivals, reports Trevor Hunnicutt.

The deal serves as a reminder of the advantage of being one of the few dominant technology platforms, analysts said, reports Hunnicutt.

Well-entrenched RIA technology companies, with broad distribution, are in short supply, Zohar Swaine, president of Mink Hollow Advisors, told InvestmentNews. Forward-thinking organizations recognize that.

Traditional financial planning encompasses the evaluation of an individual's current and future financial state. Financial planners use a number of variables to develop a financial structure, outlining specific goals for budgets, savings and investments. These individuals can become licensed Certified Financial Planners (CFP) in order to add knowledge and expertise to their strategies.

Thanks to technology, wealthy individuals are no longer the only ones with access to credible financial planning. Companies like LearnVest and Mint.com provide users with an online platform for investment and financial advisory services at a fraction of the cost of traditional financial planners LearnVest has transitioned from a financial planning service for women initially to a full-fledged investment adviser. Its current offerings include the seven-step LearnVest Action Program, which helps with budgeting, saving, and investing money for retirement, and a mobile app for financial management on the go.

LearnVest Action Program

In an attempt to make financial planning accessible to all, LearnVest developed an affordable advisory service. The tools LearnVest offers are free; however, financial planning services start at $19 per month after a $299 startup fee.  Registering with LearnVest provides consumers with a seven-step plan called the LearnVest Action Program comprised of strategies for saving, budgeting and retirement. 

The Action Program provides users with a dedicated CFP who customizes the plan and, in conjunction with the individual, monitors progress towards determined financial goals. LearnVest's custom Money Centers lets users track their spending. The Money Center integrates most bank accounts and enables manual tracking of cash purchases. In addition to planning services, members have access to the Knowledge Center, a library of educational personal finance resources on budgeting, saving and investing.

Financial Habits

An important part of healthy financial planning is adopting and adhering to sound financial habits. LearnVest identifies five key habits that can provide continuous financial stability when adopted early in life. At the heart of LearnVest's financial planning is building and sticking to a budget. A budget is an estimation of income and expenditures for a set period of time. In conjunction with a CFP, users are provided with custom-built budgets and tools that categorize all transactions.These budgets give advice on how to successfully implement the users plans.

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n>(Reuters) - LPL Financial Holdings Incs fast-growing network firm, Stratos Wealth Partners, acquired a financial advisory firm and transitioned it to LPLs platform.

LPL said Ellsworth Private Wealth Management supported $200 million in client assets.

Ellsworths advisers, Tim Clepper, Kelly Kuennen and Max Schindler, have more than 40 years of combined industry experience.

Based in Hudson, Ohio, Ellsworth primarily serves high net worth individuals, families and businesses.

Stratos provides independent investment advice and is affiliated with LPL to offer securities.

Beachwood, Ohio-based Stratos added nearly 30 advisers last year, bringing its total to around 180 financial advisers in 21 states who partner with Stratos for business and strategic support.

(Reporting by Amrutha Gayathri in Bengaluru)