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Insurance executives push House to add annuity provision to tax reform bill

September 20, 2018

Executives from major insurance firms are pushing House leaders to amend tax-reform legislation to encourage the use of annuities in company retirement plans. In a Wednesday letter to House leaders, the corporate chiefs said that they were disappointed...

Lawmakers want to reform rules around RMDs

September 18, 2018

Washington is eyeing an update to rules around required minimum distributions, which could result in big changes for financial advisers' retiree clients in the near future. Two retirement bills winding their way through Congress' legislative...

House committee passes open MEP bill

September 14, 2018

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a retirement savings bill Thursday that seeks to expand access to workplace retirement plans. The Family Savings Act of 2018, introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., was approved in a 21-14 vote. Perhaps...

Stifel CEO Kruszewski named chairman of American Securities Association

September 12, 2018

Ronald J. Kruszewski, chairman and chief executive of Stifel Financial Corp., was named chairman of the American Securities Association on Wednesday, helming a group that represents regional financial firms in Washington. Mr. Kruszewski will...

Tax Reform 2.0 adds to momentum for open MEPs

September 11, 2018

The House of Representatives is building on recent momentum to enact a popular retirement-security measure seeking to make it easier for small businesses to offer workplace savings plans. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways...

Legislation affecting advisers may fall victim to tight Capitol Hill calendar

September 6, 2018

Legislation that would reform how advisers are regulated, increase contribution limits for health savings accounts and strengthen retirement security could fall victim to a tight congressional calendar or partisan divisions this fall. In late...

Trump administration hypocrisy on retirement security

September 6, 2018

Is President Donald J. Trump a hypocrite when it comes to retirement security? His actions certainly suggest so. On Aug. 31, Mr. Trump signed an executive order meant to strengthen retirement security by expanding access to workplace retirement...

Elad Roisman confirmed by Senate for SEC seat

September 5, 2018

The Senate confirmed Elad Roisman for a seat on the Securities and Exchange Commission, 85-14, on Wednesday. Mr. Roisman replaces former Republican SEC member Michael Piwowar, who departed the agency in July. The SEC has a full complement of...

House Republicans hit pause button on tax-reform legislation

September 4, 2018

House Republicans had planned to use a second phase of tax cuts to force Democrats into a difficult vote ahead of mid-term elections. Now, party leaders may drop the effort, fearing it could backfire by antagonizing voters in some hotly contested...

Trump touts advantages of capital gains break, but experts aren't convinced

August 31, 2018

President Donald J. Trump says giving investors a tax break on their capital gains would trigger growth — but economists question how much it would juice the economy, especially if he tries to do it without Congress. For the first time since...

Trump to issue executive order to expand retirement savings rules for small businesses

August 31, 2018

President Donald J. Trump plans to issue an executive order Friday directing his administration to make it easier for small businesses to band together to set up retirement-savings plans. The order, to be signed in North Carolina ahead of the...

Nudging Congress toward Social Security reform

August 30, 2018

When leaders refuse to lead, it's time for the people to step in. That, essentially, is the mission of Funding Our Future, an alliance of organizations dedicated to making a secure retirement possible for all Americans. I was honored to serve...

Using Social Security to fund paid parental leave is not the way to go

August 29, 2018

Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a paid-leave bill that would allow parents to collect Social Security benefits following the arrival of a new child, even if those parents are not retired. The benefits would be used to finance time away from...

Here's what could happen to your taxes if Democrats regain control of Congress

August 23, 2018

Republicans thought the historic overhaul that slashed taxes would be one of their main campaign selling points ahead of November elections. Instead, Democrats are talking more about the law — and how they want to undo it. In their bid to...

8 ways to boost Social Security benefits

August 16, 2018

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law 83 years ago, on Aug. 14, 1935, creating the first nationwide safety net for American retirees. During a recent summer road trip, I visited Roosevelt's bucolic Hyde Park...

Illinois governor proposes making Secure Choice retirement program optional for employers

August 16, 2018

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto Tuesday making it optional for employers to participate in the state's Secure Choice program. There now are three possible actions. Legislators could approve the change, allow the technical...

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...

A new tax break for impact investing has arrived

July 30, 2018

Financial advisers have a new way to deliver impact investing to wealthy clients — one that comes with substantial tax benefits — courtesy of a fledgling federal tax law. The law created a way to invest in "qualified opportunity zones,"...

New GOP tax-cut framework would make individual cuts permanent

July 25, 2018

House Republicans unveiled a broad outline Tuesday for their next phase of tax code changes, which steered clear of correcting technical mistakes from last year's overhaul. The so-called Tax Reform 2.0 legislation was seen as a possible vehicle...

Bills to reform adviser regulation, increase sophisticated investors and protect seniors pass House

July 17, 2018

The House of Representatives gave overwhelming bipartisan approval Tuesday to legislation that included bills to reform investment adviser regulation, expand the pool of sophisticated investors and protect senior investors. The measures were...

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