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In new fiduciary rule FAQs, DOL gives quasi-endorsement of clean shares

May 23, 2017

The Department of Labor, in a recently released set of frequently asked questions related to its fiduciary rule, gave an endorsement of sorts to clean shares, saying the new mutual-fund share class represents one of the "most promising responses"...

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...

5 costly inherited IRA mistakes

May 12, 2017

Inherited individual retirement account mistakes are expensive and often fatal, meaning they cannot be fixed like some other IRA mistakes can. Advisers should have their antennas up when an IRA owner dies and leaves the IRA to a non-spouse beneficiary,...

Merrill Lynch will allow IRA commissions in some circumstances under DOL fiduciary rule

May 11, 2017

Merrill Lynch will allow advisers to receive commissions from some transactions in individual retirement accounts under the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, the company announced Thursday, backing off a hardline position against commissions...

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...

Forget bingo! More Americans are working part-time in retirement

May 6, 2017

Mandy Hummel needed a change. A resident of Grass Valley, Calif., located outside Sacramento in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Ms. Hummel had spent the last several years of her career working in customer service for a company...

6 tips for getting clients ready for part-time retirement

May 5, 2017

A growing number of Americans are choosing to retire from full-time employment and work part-time in retirement. Here's how financial advisers can help them through that transition:

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...

Avoid these common RMD mistakes

April 24, 2017

With roughly 10,000 baby boomers turning age 70½ every day, knowing how to help clients take required minimum distributions from retirement accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs is becoming more important for advisers. The topic of RMDs is actually...

New mutual funds under DOL fiduciary rule could save investors at least 0.50% in returns: Morningstar

April 18, 2017

New mutual-fund share classes being developed as a result of the Department of Labor's looming fiduciary rule will likely save investors at least 0.50% in returns when compared with the current selection, according to a new analysis published...

Help clients use qualified charitable distributions to save on taxes

April 14, 2017

Charitable IRA rollovers, technically known as qualified charitable distributions, save taxes. So why aren't clients taking advantage of them? We're not seeing many people using them, when most clients who qualify should be. This tax benefit...

President Trump signs resolution to effectively kill city auto-IRA rule

April 13, 2017

President Donald J. Trump on Thursday signed into law a resolution that nullifies Obama-era retirement rules meant to encourage cities and other municipalities to develop auto-IRA programs for private-sector workers. The resolution, H.J. Res....

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...

Using IRAs to reduce Medicare premiums

February 21, 2017

High-income Medicare beneficiaries who are age 70 1/2 or older can use a recent change in the tax code to reduce their Medicare premiums surcharges. Individuals whose modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), which encompasses all income including...

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...

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