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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...

Odds are, the $700M Powerball winner will need lots of advice

August 23, 2017

Even if the odds of winning the $700 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday are 292.2 million to one, and even if you've got a better chance of being attacked by a shark that then gets struck by lightning, it could happen. And that's where the...

Improving the efficiency of wealth transfers

July 19, 2017

The last 30 years have revealed deficiencies in traditional estate planning. A huge transfer of wealth from the greatest generation to baby boomers was predicted; much less was actually transferred. There is significant research about the discrepancy...

What the loss of Prince can teach us about estate planning

May 5, 2016

For many people, thinking about what will happen to their estate after they die is too uncomfortable or too complicated of a topic to tackle. Some decide to wait. Some decide that a plan is not necessary. Others simply never get to it. But for...

HUD announces new reverse mortgage rules

August 30, 2017

In a surprise move, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new rules Tuesday for the government-backed reverse mortgage lending program that allows senior homeowners to tap the equity in their homes while they age in...

More than a decade later, housing bust still hurts

August 17, 2017

Home prices peaked in April 2006, and have yet to rise above that level. More than a decade and thousands of foreclosures later, advisers are still dealing with problems from the housing collapse. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home...

Yours, mine and ours: An estate planner's nightmare

June 21, 2015

Every day, we hear about the many challenges of an aging population. With advancing age comes those hard-to-discuss end-of-life planning issues, something with which financial advisers are all too familiar. And we know most advisers want to...

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...

Barron's estate sale: What $55M will get you

May 12, 2010

For decades, "The Oaks" was the oceanside playground of the Barrons and the Bancrofts, heirs to the Dow Jones and Wall Street Journal fortunes. Today, the 20,000-square-foot mansion with 45 rooms and surrounding properties went on sale with...

Most estate plans aren't dealing with digital assets properly

May 11, 2017

Estate planning is an unpopular topic because it often deals with the harsh realities of loss and death. Far too many people do not have an updated estate plan that meets their current needs, goals or desires. However, having a written estate...

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....

Clients need to talk more to their heirs about their estates: study

March 15, 2017

Most parents want to leave an inheritance to their childen, but few are taking the time to discuss their plans with their kids or even asking their children what their expectations are. Amerprise Financial found that that 83% of those it surveyed...

Families at odds over estates, Fidelity study finds

February 1, 2017

When it comes to discussing their estates, it turns out that parents and their adult children are rarely on the same page, according to a recent study by Fidelity Investments. Although 90% of families say it's important to have frank conversations...

Nearly 60% of Americans don't have wills

February 6, 2017

Only 36% of U.S. adults with children under age 18 have a will or living trust, and just 42% of all U.S. adults have such documents, a new study from Caring.com finds. Older Americans are better prepared than younger ones, with 58% of Baby Boomers...

Estate-tax flux could boost grantor trusts

February 5, 2017

With the federal estate tax in flux, advisers may want to consider planning strategies that afford some measure of flexibility. For example, there's the grantor trust, a common type of irrevocable trust. (More: What will the estate tax look...

Without a will, Prince lost control of his music

January 19, 2017

During a career spanning almost four decades, Prince broke with his record label, changed his name and yanked his songs off popular streaming services to prove a point: No one could tell him what to do with his music. Though the impulse to control...

Why most of your richest clients are also the oldest

August 23, 2017

Six of the 25 richest Americans are over 80, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Carl Icahn and Charles Koch, for example, are 81. Earlier this month, Sheldon Adelson turned 84 and George Soros hit 87. Warren Buffett, the fourth-richest...

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