Big retirement planning news and the rest of this week's must-reads

Social Security and annuities make major headlines, LPL's regulatory headaches continue, and the rest of this week's must-read stories for advisers.

Annuities OK'd for 401(k) target date funds

Approval of annuities in 401(k) target date funds, including as a default investment, will make lifetime-income features more popular.

TD Ameritrade takes DIY approach to 'robo' trend

Custodian will not develop its own automated investing platform but will help advisers direct assets to digital providers.

The Fed's dirty little secret

Blog - Breakfast with Benjamin - The Federal Reserve's QE sleight of hand, cheap oil's winners and losers, Schwab bringing advisers premium Morningstar access, and more.

Analysts question whether LPL is out of the regulatory woods

Analysts are unnerved by LPL Financial's inability to close the cash register on regulatory charges after CEO Mark Casady said compliance failures could cost $23 million in the third quarter.

New LinkedIn tool aids advisers with marketing, compliance

An added function allows the exporting of first-degree connections, endorsements, comments made in groups and other LinkedIn content.

Janus CEO wants Gross ETF

Money manager looks to better reach advisers by selling the fast-growing funds, leveraging newly acquired VelocityShares.

Calling all consumers

Blog - On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Investors banking on holiday spending. Plus: Less-secure Social Security, when gold and platinum run in stride, Facebook is now bigger than IBM, and the tired saga on endless office meetings.

Social Security cost-of-living adjustment announced

Social Security Administration says benefits will rise 1.7% next year, coming to about $20 extra per month, which some argue won't cover health care inflation.

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