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Two big developments in retirement planning grab advisers' attention

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

A call to arms for advisers to champion the fiduciary standard

Oct 24, 2014

Long-time fee-only advisers fear loss of a competitive edge as brokers blur the lines in the advice industry.

Spike in Finra, SEC regulation leaves star brokers exposed

Oct 24, 2014

Long treated with kid gloves, big producers now face questions about alleged violations.

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TD Ameritrade takes DIY approach to 'robo' trend

Oct 24, 2014

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

Regulators quiz money managers about liquidity as market volatility spikes

Oct 24, 2014

BlackRock's Laurence Fink just one CEO asked about what's going on in financial markets lately.

Treasury, IRS OK annuities in 401(k) target date funds

Oct 24, 2014

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

IRS sets cost of living adjustments for 2015

Oct 23, 2014

Contribution limits climb but not for IRAs

Schwab signs Morningstar to provide equity research, ratings

Oct 23, 2014

Deal will give advisers access to sector reports and pick lists, as well as daily, weekly and quarterly outlook reports.

United Capital acquires $320 million AUM adviser

Oct 23, 2014

California-based Valley Wealth is firm's third – and largest – acquisition this year.

New LinkedIn tool could help advisers with marketing, compliance

Oct 23, 2014

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

Janus CEO Weil hopes for Bill Gross-run ETF

Oct 23, 2014

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

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Analysts question whether LPL is out of the regulatory woods

Oct 23, 2014

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.

Focusing on female clients means helping with their lives, not just money

Oct 22, 2014

Advisers give tips on what successful women want in a financial professional.

Wunderlich and fired LPL broker part ways

Oct 22, 2014

Former star LPL broker and Houston branch manager James "Jeb" Bashaw is no longer joining Wunderlich Securities, and is also fighting back against LPL's allegations.

Some see buying opportunity in closed-end funds

Oct 22, 2014

Some investment pros see buying opportunity in closed-end funds as trading volatility increases

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