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When Douglas started on Wall Street, his favorite client was his grandmother.
She, in fact, had been a stock broker many years earlier, having been one of the first women to earn the license. Following in her footsteps, my mother also became an investment advisor, helping clients plan and build wealth throughout her 17-year career. I joined her as a partner in 1992, and the #1 lesson that I learned from her was the importance of educating clients about handling their money wisely. Though we could guide them, they ultimately needed to make the daily dollar decisions themselves. I obtained the licenses that allowed me to advise clients on trading not only stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, but also options, commodities, and futures. Eventually, I earned the license to supervise other advisors and also got the designation of Certified Financial Planner™.