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Taxpayers only hurting themselves by not mentioning their nondeductible IRA contributions

March 22, 2017

By now nearly all taxpayers have begun the arduous task of compiling the information needed to prepare their 2016 tax return, including sifting through receipts and statements to determine what's needed for the return and what is just noise....

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule: Where are we now?

March 14, 2017

The Trump administration has issued a proposed regulation to delay the applicability date of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. That will almost certainly be followed by a final rule that delays the date until June 9, 2017. During that...

Donald Trump vs. Bill Clinton: Same age, but different IRA rules

March 13, 2017

Both Presidents Donald J. Trump and Bill Clinton turned age 70 in 2016. They were both born in 1946 and are in the first group of baby boomers to be subject to the age 70 ½ required minimum distribution rules, assuming of course they both have...

Point-Counterpoint: Should employers have a fiduciary duty to their 401(k) plans?

March 3, 2017

Dana M. Muir Point Our retirement system imposes too much potential liability on employers Key points • Employers don't have expertise in determining appropriate plan investments, or hiring and overseeing third-party fiduciaries. • Plan...

How to help millennials avoid big mistakes with their IRAs

February 14, 2017

Millennials need retirement help. They're making critical IRA mistakes that will cost them exponentially over time. They need human advisers, not just robo-advisers who offer no guidance. Advisers can tap into the millennial IRA market through...

Congress seeks to kill DOL rules on state, city auto-IRA programs

February 8, 2017

Republicans are trying to take more Obama-era retirement regulations off the books, their most recent target being Labor Department rules promoting the establishment of auto-IRA programs by cities and states. Two House Republicans introduced...

DOL proposes allowing some insurance intermediaries to use a BICE under fiduciary rule

January 18, 2017

The Department of Labor issued a proposed rule Wednesday that would ease compliance with its fiduciary rule for some distributors of fixed annuity products such as indexed annuities. The rule is a proposed class exemption that, if granted, would...

Most small employers oppose state, federal government as auto-IRA sponsors: survey

January 13, 2017

While the vast majority of small-business owners support the idea of offering auto-IRAs to their employees, most oppose the plans being sponsored and administered by the state or federal government, according to a survey conducted by The Pew...

10 important client considerations with 401(k) rollovers

January 12, 2017

A tremendous amount of money flows from 401(k)s to IRAs every year through rollovers as individuals retire, switch jobs or just consolidate their wealth. Financial advisers are eager to serve this marketplace due to the opportunity involved....

RIAs could be ultimate winners if DOL fiduciary rule is repealed or delayed

January 11, 2017

As potential delays and road blocks pile up in front the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, an irony is emerging in that the strongest supporters of the rule could benefit the most from the rule's demise. Independent registered investment...

What's in your IRA? GAO says retirement accounts hold lots of 'unconventional assets'

January 10, 2017

Individual retirement accounts held roughly $50 billion in “unconventional assets” in half a million accounts at the end of 2015, according to a report published Monday by the Government Accountability Office. Real estate, private equity...

John Hancock picks robo for retirement accounts

January 10, 2017

John Hancock Retirement Plan Services will integrate NextCapital's digital 401(k) platform and begin offering its automated retirement plans and IRA rollovers over the next 12 months. NextCapital's robo-platform allows retirement plan participants...

DOL issues final rule on city retirement programs

December 19, 2016

The Department of Labor today issued final rules governing retirement programs established by large cities and counties, in the most recent effort by the Obama administration to help plug the retirement coverage gap. The regulation, which will...

DOL fiduciary rule delay likely and death not out of the question

December 16, 2016

Post-election, the fate of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is in question. Confusion and speculation about how, when and if the rule will move forward threaten to distract firms from planning and preparing for its scheduled implementation...

Year-end required minimum distribution planning alert for first-timers

December 8, 2016

The first baby boomers turned 70 ½ in 2016. The rules can be confusing for new required minimum distribution clients, so here are a few pointers to review with your first-timers. Required minimum distributions begin in the year a client turns...

Wells Fargo to keep commission retirement accounts under DOL fiduciary rule

December 2, 2016

Wells Fargo Advisors has elected to keep commission retirement accounts intact under a Labor Department regulation governing investment advice, a decision that comes as uncertainty looms over the rule's fate. The wirehouse made its announcement...

Why it would be a mistake for advisers to stop implementing the DOL fiduciary rule

December 1, 2016

After Donald Trump's election victory, many are wondering what to expect with respect to the Department of Labor's recently adopted fiduciary rule, which governs investment advice related to retirement plan assets. It is no secret that Mr. Trump...

IBDs overwhelmingly say Trump should revoke fiduciary rule: survey

November 29, 2016

Registered representatives of independent broker-dealers overwhelmingly believe president-elect Donald Trump should revoke the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, according to a survey conducted by the Financial Services Institute Inc., a trade...

Reversal on IRA-commission stance unlikely for Merrill if DOL fiduciary rule repealed

November 21, 2016

It's highly unlikely Merrill Lynch would reverse its position on scrapping IRA commissions if the Labor Department's fiduciary rule were to be repealed under Donald Trump's administration, according to industry-watchers. Marketing plays a large...

The amazing vanishing DOL fiduciary rule?

November 21, 2016

When it comes to the Labor Department's new "investment advice" regulation, the first question on the table has to be: Will it survive this historic election? The answer: a definite “maybe not.” First and maybe foremost, let's talk possible...

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