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Tax reform: 7 essential strategies for financial advisers

January 13, 2018

There's both good news and bad for financial advisers in the new tax law: While advisers face the difficult task of analyzing the law's impact, they will also have a significant opportunity to prove their value by implementing money-saving strategies...

Amid seller's market for RIAs, firms must prep for potential sale

January 13, 2018

Last month, at the MarketCounsel Summit in Miami, during a panel discussion about advisory-firm valuations, Rich Gill of Wealth Partners Capital Group cited what might be 2018's most bankable theme in the financial advice space. "Our industry...

10 trends hitting financial advisers this year

January 9, 2018

Policy changes like tax reform and implementation of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule occupied most of the wealth management industry’s attention in 2017, and research firm Aite Group said these will drive adviser uncertainty. At...

Qualified Plan Advisors acquires $4 billion retirement shop

January 9, 2018

Qualified Plan Advisors, an Overland Park, Kan.-based firm focused on defined-contribution plans, has acquired an advisory group overseeing roughly $4 billion in retirement assets, furthering the consolidation trend that's gripped the retirement...

Social Security rules for new retirees

January 8, 2018

I've received several questions from financial advisers recently asking what will happen to their clients who claim Social Security this year after they have already earned more than the annual earnings limit. Will their benefits be reduced...

January surprise of vanishing Social Security COLA

January 5, 2018

Now that it's January, financial advisers should prepare themselves for an onslaught of questions from clients asking why their monthly Social Security check stayed the same or even declined this month. After all, weren't Social Security benefits...

Tax law's pass-through provision could harm 401(k) plans

January 5, 2018

The new tax law's provision on pass-through businesses is proving to be one of the most challenging to dissect, and it's one that some retirement pundits are eyeing with concern. Some industry groups, such as the American Retirement Association,...

NextCapital gets $30 million more in funding for its digital advice platforms

January 4, 2018

NextCapital, a technology vendor that builds customized digital advice platforms for large financial institutions, announced Thursday morning the completion of a $30 million round of Series C funding. The company currently offers what it calls...

Allianz agrees to settle 401(k) fee lawsuit for $12 million

January 2, 2018

Allianz has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it peppered its company 401(k) plan with dozens of high-cost, in-house funds. Participants in the 401(k) plan originally brought the suit, Urakhchin v. Allianz Asset Management...

Roth IRAs hit 20 years old on New Year's Day

December 29, 2017

The first day of 2018 will have special meaning for some retirement planners — the 20th anniversary of the Roth IRA. The plans, which allow individuals to contribute after-tax money into an account that they can withdraw from tax-free in retirement,...

Tax bill may change your clients' health-care costs

December 29, 2017

The newly signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect how much your clients pay out of pocket on health care, in several ways. The effects will be both short term and medium term: • The "Individual Mandate" will be eliminated by Jan. 1, 2019....

Clients need help filing Social Security disability claims

December 27, 2017

When financial advisers discuss Social Security benefits, it is usually in the context of counseling clients when to claim retirement benefits and the impact of that decision on the amount of survivor benefits for the remaining spouse. But one...

4 questions to ask before doing a 401(k) plan re-enrollment

December 22, 2017

Having a process to help plan sponsors with 401(k) plan re-enrollments is becoming table stakes for retirement plan advisers. Employers do re-enrollments to make sure plan participants have appropriate asset allocations and savings rates. During...

New Social Security rules trip up widow's adviser

December 22, 2017

Whenever I conduct Social Security seminars for consumers and financial advisers around the country, I tell audiences that retirement benefits and survivor benefits represent two separate pots of money. Generally, if you are entitled to both,...

2018 predictions for 401(k) advisers, distributors and record keepers

December 20, 2017

As we approach the end of 2017 and enter 2018, the adviser-sold 401(k) market begins its next phase of development. No longer an awkward, energetic teenager, the market is entering early adulthood, bringing with it heightened responsibilities,...

New York, Massachusetts eye MetLife's unpaid pensions

December 19, 2017

The New York Department of Financial Services, which regulates insurers and banks in the state, and Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, that state's top securities regulator, are investigating MetLife Inc. over its failure...

Getting retirees to spend more money can be a hard sell for advisers

December 19, 2017

With so much advice out there about saving money, being encouraged to spend could sound a little weird. But that's what some advisers are telling retirees to do — to make a New Year's resolution to use more of those dollars they've been socking...

House bill would allow electronic disclosure of retirement plan information

December 13, 2017

Bipartisan legislation allowing for electronic disclosure of retirement plan information was introduced Monday by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. It was unveiled with 28 co-sponsors, including 15 Democrats and 13 Republicans. The proposed Receiving...

Fi360 upgrades adviser fee-benchmarking tool

December 11, 2017

Fi360, which provides education and technology to help advisers comply with fiduciary rules, is upgrading a tool that retirement plan advisers can use to prove they charge clients a "reasonable" fee. The Fee Benchmarker product draws on a proprietary...

Vanguard's Bogle sees pension pain in low bond returns

December 7, 2017

Jack Bogle isn't optimistic about the state of U.S. pensions over the next decade. The founder of Vanguard Group thinks a conservative portfolio of bonds will only return about 3% a year over the next decade, and stocks won't do much better,...

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