Se­nior Financial Ad­viser, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor — In­vest­ments, Mer­rill Lynch

Working Mother - - Top Wealth Adviser Moms - Christina Boyd Wayzata, MN

What led me to this ca­reer: My fa­ther was a financial ad­viser, so the field al­ways in­ter­ested me. Why this job is good for work­ing moms: Financial ad­vis­ers are like en­trepreneurs—we have a great deal of con­trol over our prac­tices. So even though we work a lot of hours, there is some flex­i­bil­ity.

Top money rec­om­men­da­tion: It’s im­por­tant for women to have their own financial in­de­pen­dence, be­cause you never know when your sit­u­a­tion might change. Cer­tain life changes—such as di­vorce, wid­ow­hood or health is­sues—can come on quickly and un­ex­pect­edly, so be­ing able to earn money, bud­get and save is crit­i­cal. And if your spouse tends to han­dle all the bill pay­ing, make sure you meet reg­u­larly to dis­cuss your fam­ily’s financial sit­u­a­tion so you’re in the loop.

With Dustin, Hunter, 15, and Olivia, 13

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