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Promises by Congress to protect retirement-savings incentives don't ease advocates

July 12, 2017

A recent promise by House Speaker Paul Ryan to protect incentives for retirement savings hasn't completely set advocates at ease, as they worry about lawmakers coveting the potential revenue that could be generated by curbing such tax breaks....

GOP to keep Obamacare taxes on wealthy in latest health-care bill: sources

July 11, 2017

Senate Republican leaders dropped provisions that would repeal two taxes on high earners in a revised draft of their health-care bill sent to the Congressional Budget Office, according to GOP senators. Republican leaders are now planning to...

Tax reform uncertainty grows as congressional calendar shrinks

July 10, 2017

Congress returns from its mid-summer break Monday for a crucial three-week stretch that will help determine whether President Donald Trump can deliver on his promise of a historic tax cut. Several obstacles await lawmakers, including an ongoing...

Oregon becomes first state to launch auto-IRA program

July 5, 2017

Oregon has become the first state to launch an automatic-enrollment, payroll-deduction IRA program, known as an "auto-IRA," for private-sector workers. It brings to fruition a concept that's been discussed among policymakers for more than a...

Paul Ryan reiterates goal to kill estate tax, maintain retirement-savings incentives

June 20, 2017

Four days before the one-year anniversary of the release of his tax blueprint, House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered a pep talk seeking to assuage growing doubts about the prospects for a major tax overhaul. "We're going to stick the landing because...

Grad students could fund IRAs with stipends under Senate bill

June 19, 2017

A bi-partisan Senate bill that would allow funds from a graduate student's stipend or fellowship to be deposited into an Individual Retirement Account has been introduced by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and...

New Nevada law imposes fiduciary duty on brokers

June 16, 2017

Brokers in Nevada will have to meet a fiduciary standard when providing investment advice under a law that will take effect July 1. The measure revises a current fiduciary law applying to "financial planners" that excluded brokers and investment...

Trump administration wants to rewrite Dodd-Frank regulations

June 13, 2017

The Trump administration laid out its highly anticipated plan for overhauling bank rules, calling on the government to ease, though not eliminate, many of the strictures that were imposed on Wall Street after the financial crisis. The changes,...

Investment Adviser Association members take complaints about DOL fiduciary rule to Capitol Hill

June 7, 2017

Members of the Investment Adviser Association took their complaints about the Labor Department fiduciary rule to Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Wes Burnett, president and chief executive of Optifour Integrated Wealth Management, said that the DOL...

Texas legislature passes law protecting seniors from financial abuse

May 24, 2017

A law making it more difficult to exploit seniors financially has passed both houses of the Texas Legislature and is on its way to the governor for signature. House Bill 3921 gives banks and securities firms the authority to place a temporary...

Vermont poised to become latest state to set up retirement plan for small businesses

May 22, 2017

Vermont will likely become the latest state to create a retirement plan for its small businesses, in a play to boost retirement savings by increasing the number of private-sector employees covered by a workplace plan. The Vermont legislature...

Advisers want Congress to increase HSA contribution limits

May 22, 2017

If any part of the House's health care reform bill survives in the Senate, it could be a provision that lifts the ceiling on health savings accounts, a move that some advisers welcome. Under the House bill, the contribution limit would be doubled...

President Trump signs resolution killing state auto-IRA rule

May 18, 2017

President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday evening signed a joint resolution killing an Obama-era regulation that encouraged states to set up retirement plans known as auto-IRAs. The Senate passed the resolution, H.J. Res. 66, on May 3. The House...

Crapo calls for 'bipartisan, common-sense' reform of financial regulations

May 17, 2017

Reducing federal financial regulations is the top priority for the Senate Banking Committee, its leader said on Wednesday. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho and chairman of the panel, said that excessive regulation holds back the economy. "It's becoming...

How to serve clients during a Trump presidency

May 17, 2017

Since last November's presidential election, politics have dominated so many conversations. Investing, of course, is no exception. Many investors question what a Trump presidency means for markets. Some worry he'll introduce sweeping changes....

Wall Street sounds off on Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017

In the wake of President Donald J. Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, Wall Street is weighing whether the political fallout will kill any momentum the White House had for its economic agenda. The abrupt decision has investors raising...

What's really behind the opposition to state auto-IRAs?

May 10, 2017

State auto-IRA programs were dealt a blow last week, when the Senate voted to overturn an Obama-era rule that promoted creation of these retirement plans. President Donald J. Trump is now poised to sign away the Labor Department rule. Observers...

Why Congress is making it tougher to retire

May 8, 2017

Americans face two big problems as they get older: a shortage of retirement savings and the skyrocketing cost of health care. Both may be about to get worse after two narrow votes in Congress this week. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 50 to 49...

The conundrum of state-run retirement plans

May 8, 2017

Last Wednesday, the Senate narrowly voted to overturn a Department of Labor policy that would help states offer retirement savings plans. The policy had created a safe harbor that essentially would have exempted states from complying with ERISA...

Health care now moves to a slow track in Senate

May 5, 2017

Passage of the House's health-care bill gives the Obamacare repeal effort new life after months of wrangling, but key Republican senators are already pushing it aside to write their own bill with no clear timetable to act. The narrowly passed...

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