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:

Strategies for Bank Program Growth

As low interest rates and sluggish loan demand continue to make healthy profit streams from traditional deposit and lending activities harder to come by at financial institutions, investment programs are increasingly viewed as a critical channel for generating non-interest income.

Top 10 Program Managers

For our ranking, we used a weighted average with five different variables (growth in team assets, growth in team production, average production per advisor, number of FAs manager oversees, and number of LBEs manager oversees).

HSBC Does the Unthinkable: Moves Advisors to Salary

HSBC made the switch to align the compensation structure for advisors in the U.S. with those in the rest of the global bank.

A New Day Emerges as the Gap Between Bankers, Advisors Shrinks

The cultural divide between investment advisors and bankers has always been a deep one. Does it all boil down to jealousy? Here's how some are bridging the gap.

5 Tips to Improve Professional Relationships

Are you looking to improve your relationships with colleagues and clients? Check out five simple steps from recruiter and consultant Rick Rummage.

TPMs See Bright Future, Looking to Hire Financial Advisors

The broker-dealers that make up the backbone of the bank channel, inexplicably dubbed third-party marketers, expect sunny skies and room to grow. The one common challenge that most will fess up to: They can't find enough good advisors.

Client Base is Drying Up for Bank FAs

Bank customers are staying away in droves as they do more business online. Here's what advisors can do to combat lighter foot traffic at the branch.

Advisor Picks: 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.

Fiduciary Issue is Gold, But Brings Double Standard

A unified standard seems to be in the offing and many bank advisors will have to start working at a higher level.

Get With the Program or Get Left Behind

Investment programs are more important than ever. Yet thousands of banks are still on the sidelines. Inertia is a force to be reckoned with but you can still tackle it and win.

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