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Darla Mercado

Reporter: Insurance / Retirement Products

Darla Mercado

Darla Mercado writes about retirement issues and products, including taxes, annuities and 401(k) plans. She welcomes feedback and tips from readers on interesting topics. Outside of the newsroom, Darla spends her time inline skating, biking, running and swimming.

Recent Articles

Expect tumult for broker-dealers if DOL fiduciary plan goes through

Apr 15, 2015

Prohibited transaction is key: Will give rise to new legal exposure, new comp models

MassMutual beefs up DCIO effort, extending reach into retirement plans

Apr 14, 2015

insurer faces uphill battle as competition in defined contribution investment-only space is tough

Are employer savings on health care being reinvested in retirement plans?

Apr 13, 2015

As health care benefits fall out of favor with employees, some small businesses are considering redesigning their 401(k)s to retain staff

Hidden tax benefits of continuing care retirement communities

Apr 10, 2015

Advisers planning for the long-term-care needs of clients should seriously consider the potential tax savings that come with these communities

Point-Counterpoint: In the battle between active and passive management, which style wins?

Apr 9, 2015

The answer to which strategy is best will depend on the scenario in question

Few target date fund managers eat their own cooking

Apr 8, 2015

How much advisers weigh a managers' investment in his or her own fund when selecting one

Are low-cost subscription pay models even viable?

Apr 7, 2015

To validate higher fees, show the true value of your service

Parent PLUS loans and student loan cosigning: Just say no

Apr 2, 2015

Snares abound for parents who are eager to take on additional debt in the name of sending their children to their dream school

Who oversees wealth advisers who guide investors on 401(k)s? It depends.

Apr 1, 2015

In the most complex scenarios, you may answer to DOL, Finra and SEC

Who wants to service a tiny retirement plan? This guy.

Mar 31, 2015

Consultant seeks out plans with less than $2M in assets

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