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Capital Group, sponsor of American Funds, launches savings accounts to help with disability costs

July 17, 2018

Capital Group, which sponsors the American Funds brand of investment products, on Friday launched ABLEAmerica, a tax-advantaged savings plan for individuals with disabilities and their families. These accounts will be the first of the ABLE plans...

Alphabet soup is hot, and clients will pay more for those letters

July 16, 2018

Say what you will about the expansive alphabet soup of financial-planning credentials and designations, but new research shows consumers are migrating toward those advisers with letters listed after their names. "We found that consumers value...

Will of Anthony Bourdain could be open to legal dispute

July 9, 2018

Details from Anthony Bourdain's will reveal the celebrity chef, television personality and author may not have been as wealthy as many believed and his estate could be vulnerable to a legal dispute. According to documents filed Thursday with...

Private-equity veterans build $2 billion advisory firm from scratch

June 26, 2018

The wealth management space has become an attractive target of deep-pocketed private-equity investors, but rare is the private-equity investor launching a financial advisory firm from scratch. Enter Cresset Capital Management, a 1-year-old Chicago-based...

Buzz Aldrin dust-up highlights the challenges facing older clients

June 25, 2018

Financial advisers working with elderly clients should take heed of the legal brouhaha involving former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and two of his children. Mr. Aldrin, 88, who set foot on moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has gone to court...

Why the super wealthy may want to fund life insurance with a loan

June 22, 2018

Wealthy clients looking to use life insurance in their estate plans may find that funding their policies with a loan makes sense, especially as interest rates are still relatively low. The goal is to exploit low interest rates to get a cheap...

Advisers use ethical wills to look beyond client assets

June 19, 2018

Sometimes an inheritance is more about the legacy than the assets being passed down, and sometimes it's a little bit of both. Enter the ethical will, which is also known as a "legacy letter" or "living legacy" by financial advisers helping their...

When your client dies, who gets their airline miles?

June 19, 2018

When your client dies, who owns the pictures on their Facebook page? Who has control of their electronic bill-payment sites or bitcoin account? Who is responsible for shutting down or memorializing social media sites? Digital rights ownership...

Stan Lee: Estate planning takeaways from the Marvel legend's elder-abuse saga

June 15, 2018

Financial advisers can draw some key estate-planning lessons from the controversy surrounding Stan Lee, the 95-year-old Marvel Comics legend whose vast fortune is allegedly under attack from financial predators. Mr. Lee, who co-created such...

Advisory firm tapping a philanthropic force with support for India

June 5, 2018

Wayne McDaniel doesn't recall exactly when or how he started feeling philanthropic toward some of India's poorest citizens, but he has never wavered on his commitment to helping make their lives better. "I think almost everybody can do more...

Advisers: Technology alone won't transform your business

May 29, 2018

Technology isn't the magic wand for financial advisers hoping to expand their practices beyond portfolio management services. New tools and platforms can add significant value if used correctly, but most financial advisers are taking the wrong...

How to attract high-net-worth clients

May 3, 2018

In a financial advisor's perfect world, their book of business would contain many high-net-worth (HNW) clients. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. While it sounds ideal to have a book full of HNW clients, attracting and retaining them...

JPMorgan $8 billion loss to widow faces massive reduction

March 30, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. will probably face a judgment of no more than $90 million in a lawsuit claiming mismanagement of an estate that initially brought a jury verdict of $8 billion in punitive damages. In September, a Dallas jury awarded excessive...

Higher estate-tax exemption level could mean less work for advisers

March 22, 2018

For most financial advisers, the tax-reform package has at least temporarily taken estate planning off the table by raising the estate exemption to a level that only affects one-tenth of 1% of taxpayers, or about 1,000 taxpayers per year. "This...

Fintech aims to digitize estate planning

February 14, 2018

Technology has digitized goals- and cash-based planning, but developers have largely ignored the final phase of an investor's financial life — after-death planning. The estate planning world still relies primarily on paper documents and file...

Tax bill creates adviser challenges for long-term planning

January 17, 2018

The biggest problem with the new tax bill, according to Steven Siegel of consulting firm The Siegel Group, is that so much of it is temporary. Nearly every provision passed in the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will sunset in 2025. A more...

Filial laws put kids on the hook for parents' health-care costs

November 22, 2017

State laws known as filial responsibility laws have the potential to stick unwitting family members with relatives' hefty long-term-care costs. One of the best-known examples comes from a court case in Pennsylvania, in which a man was ordered...

Repealing estate tax could open new path to wealth for clients

November 14, 2017

As House and Senate Republicans pursue competing tax overhaul plans, financial advisers should be aware that one big disagreement is the estate tax. House Republicans want to repeal it in 2024 while their Senate colleagues want to preserve it....

Trump administration scrapping estate-tax rule affecting wealthy business owners

October 5, 2017

The Treasury Department is withdrawing a proposed regulation that would have changed how wealthy business owners can pass on businesses to children and other heirs. Currently, individuals are able to discount valuations of stakes in family-controlled...

How will Hugh Hefner's estate 'look after' his widow's finances?

September 29, 2017

Hugh Hefner, the media and cultural icon who died Wednesday at age 91, left behind a sizable estate with an estimated value of more than $40 million, not including the $100 million sale of his home — the Playboy Mansion — last August. Mr....

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