MBA on Business Card?

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19frank's picture
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I am a new hire at a major brokerage firm.  I have an MBA but no industry designations.  I have a friend at Ameriprise who put MBA on his card.  Should I put my MBA on my business card?
Any tips you can provide would be helpful.
Thanks!

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19frank,
There is no reason you can't ......however check with Compliance and/or your branch manager for corporate policy.

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19frank wrote:
I am a new hire at a major brokerage firm.  I have an MBA but no industry designations.  I have a friend at Ameriprise who put MBA on his card.  Should I put my MBA on my business card?
Any tips you can provide would be helpful.
Thanks!

Assuming your firm allows it, I would.

MikeTampa's picture
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I have it on my card

executivejock's picture
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Hummmm... I always thought it was a vooo dooo, but maybe I should add it to my card.
I guess on the resume (bad), but as a new broker on the card (good). Anything to show your experience and knowledge has to be a plus.. Yes my 30,000 dollar MBA is worth something.
Go YANKEES... :)

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I have my MBA from a great school.  It is NOT on my business card.  My diploma is framed and in my office.
Why not, cause it is STUPID that is why.  It is just not very relevant for this field and stuffy.  MBA?  so what.
 

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Do you have college graduate on your business card?  MBAs can be
gotten so easily now, I'm not sure it is all that relevant.  

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I'm with may-B.  I think MBA on the card basically says "I'm camoflaging the fact that I don't have a relevant designation and/or significant experience in the field."  Please note that I am not disparaging the effort required to get an MBA...it sure beats some of the crappy designations on cards these days.  I just don't see it as very relevant to investment management and advice.
Most of my clients would understand a designation like CPA, even if the relevance to investments is limited, but those same clients would be asking "what's MBA stand for?"
I think we're way too hung up on the alphabet soup designations.  I saw that a competitor obtained a CSA designation.  I know the guy is a pathetic hack so I looked at what the CSA involved and it's actually less class (three and a half days) than a life insurance license.  It stands for Certified Senior Advisor...what a joke...sounds like another diploma mill.  If I couldn't get something with some meat to it like a CFP, I wouldn't bother putting it on a card.
If you're curious about how out of control designations are, check out this link: http://apps.nasd.com/investor_Information/resources/designat ions/AllDesigByAcronym.asp

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My take is that it will turn off more people than it will impress.  My advice would be no...

doberman's picture
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Wow, I never realized there were so many designations! Thanks, Indyone. To possess even a third of those designations and put them on your card would require a tri-fold business card.

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For sure the MBA has lost a bit of its luster. Now universities will give you a C so your employeer will pay the funds. It is pathetic at times.
With that being said I decided I would ask all different people what they would think about me adding my MBA to my business card. Most had a favorable opinion. Maybe this was due to my ability to BS or their first impression of me. Either way it was favorable, but I am going to go with the reccomendation of my senior partner.
In my eyes the business card is far from the most important reason someone should chose a financial advisor/broker. Well I wrote this 6 hours ago so I must go!

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Firms only care about one thng and that's how much money you can make them.
Who cares what's on your card as long as you produce

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