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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

Medicare becoming a bigger piece of retirement planning for advisers

May 5, 2015

With regulatory and marketplace changes, more clients need help navigating Medicare maze

Advisers fall short on implementation of long-term-care insurance

May 5, 2015

Most know it's a key part of retirement planning but lack in-depth knowledge when the need for care arises

The do's and don'ts of retirement planning

May 4, 2015

Rule No. 1: Stop being an asset manager and become a plan manager

Advisers ramp up efforts to create tax-conscious retirement withdrawal strategies

May 3, 2015

Money saved here can go toward extending the life of clients' nest eggs

Schwab announces money market fund updates in light of SEC's reform

May 1, 2015

Firm joins slate of other managers adjusting retail and institutional money market funds to meet the new regulations borne out of financial crisis

Spring variable annuity prospectuses and updates are here

Apr 30, 2015

Guess who's getting into the structured product annuity game?

Multiple-employer plans provide growth for retirement plan advisers, if they can handle it

Apr 28, 2015

Plan advisers need to make sure they can properly service MEPs and are not just dazzled by the idea of adding dozens of new clients

Entice employees to save for retirement with a creative campaign

Apr 23, 2015

Advisers must go further than automatic features if they'd like to get employees interested in saving at work

Tax season takeaways keep on coming

Apr 22, 2015

Advisers and accountants are taking a look back at 2014's results and thinking about what they can do better for 2015

As indexed universal life sales climb, be sure to mind the risks

Apr 20, 2015

Advisers need to bear in mind that this cousin of traditional universal life insurance requires unique precautions

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