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Advisers home in on HENRYs overlooked by banks, retirement-plan providers

August 15, 2018

Banks and retirement-plan providers are missing the mark when it comes to capturing an attractive client segment of younger high earners who haven't yet reached wealthy status — and it's creating an opportunity for financial advisers. The...

Pensions are the new tax dodge, especially for rich business owners

August 15, 2018

There's one area where the traditional pension plan is getting new life: as a tax dodge for wealthy business owners. Pensions, also known as defined-benefit plans, can be used by doctors, law partners and wealth managers to stash hundreds of...

Are Roth conversions after 70½ advisable? 5 factors to consider

August 9, 2018

The biggest benefit of a Roth conversion of an individual retirement account is the tax-free compounding over time. Those who are over age 70½ obviously have less time to make the upfront tax cost of a Roth conversion worth the benefit, given...

DOL fiduciary rule death leaves 401(k) advisers in legal 'grey area' with rollovers

August 9, 2018

It's no secret that the broad financial industry despised the Department of Labor fiduciary rule. The regulation, which lived a short while before dying in court, upended the status quo with respect to retirement savers, cracking down on brokers'...

Where does the proposed indexing of capital gains leave retirement accounts?

August 1, 2018

There has been talk in Congress about indexing capital gains for inflation. This talk was largely under the radar until this week, when the story hit the front page of the New York Times. Its story says that the White House might try to make...

Small businesses face a big retirement challenge

July 17, 2018

Here is an amazing statistic: Small businesses account for 99.7% of all U.S. firms and employ more than half of all American workers, according to the Small Business Administration. Collectively, small businesses drive the economy, but many...

Can inherited IRAs be split in a divorce?

July 16, 2018

Can an inherited individual retirement account be split in a divorce? No one knows for sure, but it's already happening. This is a new phenomenon, and it may signal a developing trend in future divorce agreements, especially in light of the...

Efforts to help gig economy workers save for retirement gaining ground

July 10, 2018

With a sizable portion of American workers doing temporary, contract or on-demand work, the pressure is on everyone — companies, policymakers, the retirement industry and workers themselves — to figure out ways to make them better prepared...

IRA assets will almost double those in 401(k) plans over next five years

June 25, 2018

Assets in individual retirement accounts are likely to grow to almost twice the amount held in 401(k) plans over the next five years, according to an industry analyst. IRA assets are projected to swell to $12.6 trillion by the end of 2022, according...

Opaque, outdated 401(k) plan disclosures harming investors, advisers

June 20, 2018

Opaque and outdated 401(k) plan disclosures are harming investors and financial advisers trying to gauge whether rolling money out of a workplace retirement plan is in the client's best interest, Morningstar Inc. argues in a new report. The...

DOL fiduciary rule on brink of death as key deadline passes

June 14, 2018

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule is teetering on the brink of death after the Justice Department, which was defending the rule in court, appears to have let a key deadline pass to keep the case alive. On March 15, the 5th Circuit Court...

Defined-contribution plan loan and hardship distribution rules eased

June 8, 2018

401(k)s are for retirement, but some clients who are strapped for cash need access now for any number of reasons. Advisers can help by knowing the latest tax rules. Defined-contribution plans can offer loans and hardship distributions. While...

Taxpayer lobbying group sues to kill California automatic retirement savings plan

June 4, 2018

A taxpayer lobbying organization sued to halt implementation of the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings program, a new state defined contribution plan for private-sector workers that do not have access to a tax-favored retirement plan....

A global call to modernize retirement systems

May 29, 2018

Worrying about the future of retirement is not a uniquely American concern. It is a global phenomenon. Almost half of today's workers and retirees worldwide believe that future generations of retirees will be worse off than those currently in...

Roth conversions can boost Medicare premiums

May 22, 2018

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 created generally lower tax rates for 2018 through 2025, presenting an enticing opportunity to convert traditional retirement savings to Roth accounts at today's lower rates. Under current law, individual income...

Divorce 2019: How to use IRAs and 401(k)s to ease future alimony planning

May 11, 2018

Under The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, alimony will not be tax-deductible when paid under divorce and separation agreements executed in 2019 and later. And alimony will be tax-free to recipients. This turnaround from the current treatment of alimony,...

Retirement coverage gap, 401(k) rollovers are big emerging threats for plan advisers

April 16, 2018

The retirement-plan coverage gap and rollovers from 401(k) plans to individual retirement accounts have emerged as two of the largest potential threats for retirement plan advisers, the head of the National Association of Plan Advisors said...

Post-tax-time IRA checkup

April 16, 2018

The due date for filing 2017 tax returns is almost behind us, other than for those clients filing extensions. Now would be a good time to do a post-tax time IRA check-up and make sure that nothing will be overlooked going forward in 2018. 2017...

Guaranteed income tops boomers' retirement wish list

April 9, 2018

Monthly guaranteed income is the most important single trait that aging baby boomers look for in a retirement investment, ranked No. 1 or No. 2 by 41% of participants in the latest annual survey of retirement expectations and preparedness conducted...

What the 5th Circuit decision doesn't do

April 3, 2018

By now, you have probably heard about the decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a nutshell, it threw out the fiduciary rule and the prohibited transaction exemptions that accompanied the rule (including the best-interest contract...

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