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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

House committee approves Dodd-Frank replacement bill that includes repeal of DOL fiduciary rule

May 4, 2017

A replacement for much of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed by the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday. The vote was 34-26 along party lines, and came after three days of considering amendments...

Senate votes to kill state auto-IRA rule

May 4, 2017

The Senate voted Wednesday to kill Obama-era rules promoting the creation of certain retirement plans, called auto-IRAs, by states. The bill now heads to the desk of President Donald J. Trump, who is expected to sign it into law. The Senate...

Donald J. Trump's first 100 days: the highs and lows

April 30, 2017

Despite what President Donald J. Trump says, the first 100 days of an administration are important. That's when a new president makes clear their priorities, proclivities and, perhaps most importantly, their character. Mr. Trump is no exception,...

The SEC would have to jump through hoops to get approval for its own fiduciary rule

April 28, 2017

Republican lawmakers and financial industry opponents of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule repeatedly say — almost like a mantra — that the Securities and Exchange Commission is the place where such a regulation should originate. The...

Trump's first 100 days a disappointment to financial advisers

April 27, 2017

Financial advisers don't like what they see so far from President Donald J. Trump. As Mr. Trump completes his first 100 days in office on Saturday, more than half — 51.6% — of advisers in an InvestmentNews survey said they disapprove of...

Donald J. Trump's first 100 days

April 27, 2017

Did you vote for Donald J. Trump for president in November 2016? If so, would you vote for President Trump again based on his time in office so far? Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mr. Trump has handled the job as president so far? *InvestmentNews...

Trump tax proposal leaves advisers in the dark on estate tax repeal

April 27, 2017

The broad-brush tax proposal released Wednesday by President Donald J. Trump repeated his campaign pledge to repeal the estate tax, but failed to provide financial advisers with any additional detail regarding its form. That leaves advisers...

What advisers should know about the Trump tax proposal

April 26, 2017

Businesses, the wealthy and average taxpayers are likely to have more money in their pockets under President Donald J. Trump's tax proposal, financial advisers anticipate. A list of goals for the tax overhaul, unveiled Wednesday by Mr. Trump's...

Retirement savings still a potential target in tax reform negotiations

April 26, 2017

The Trump administration intends to leave retirement savings untouched as part of its new tax proposal, but some remain concerned employer-sponsored plans won't survive the tax-reform process unscathed. "We're pleased with the framework that...

William Galvin blasts House Financial CHOICE Act

April 25, 2017

In a letter to members of the House Financial Services Committee, the chief securities regulator for Massachusetts warned that the House Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 would "leave their own constituents at the risk of fraud and financial abuse."...

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