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Worry, but don’t worry too much about inflation

Inflation is the major focus of market watchers thanks to a host of unique and unfamiliar circumstances that include record government stimulus spending.

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Accelerating AI: Why advisers and automation need to collide

Advisory firms are moving to adopt AI tools to achieve their growth objectives, but it’s not easy, partly because firms lack the data connectivity that’s needed for AI to operate efficiently.

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AI in 2021: RIA use cases

With just a few clicks, an adviser can submit a task on behalf of a client, something that would otherwise require extensive knowledge and time-consuming coordination between various operational teams.

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Special-needs planning is about much more than ABLE accounts and trusts

When it comes to special-needs planning, the answer is seldom easy. The decisions about whether a special-needs child would benefit from guardianship and conservatorship in adulthood and if so, who will be their guardian and oversee their trust, are important.

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Working with autism, from experience

Autism comes with challenges in a business that centers on relationships, but it often linked with an extreme interest in topics people are passionate about.

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Financial planning can be a lifeline for cancer patients

New research involving patients with aggressive blood cancer found a 53% higher survival rate over 12 months linked with financial planning intervention, as well as help from nurses and pharmacists who helped identify assistance programs.

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Targeting tax cheats

President Joe Biden's plan is designed to boost IRS funding to lower the tax gap and raise $700 billion over 10 years.

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Heeding tax winds, advisers chart new financial tactics for clients

Tax planning has become an urgent topic following President Joe Biden's proposal aimed at high earners and wealthy investors.

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Bitcoin bears: Financial advisers still cautious of crypto

Hype from retail and institutional investors on digital assets isn’t enough to sway skeptical advisers who are weighing the risk and reward of crypto before adding the asset class to clients' portfolios.

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In face of pandemic, IBDs proved resilient in 2020

Last year, the 25 largest independent broker-dealers reported $26.6 billion in revenue, an increase of 4.3% from 2019. Although financial results were far from spectacular, growth at leading IBDs last year was resilient in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the havoc it caused for the broader stock market.

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What sparked today’s love of ESG?

Even for the earliest proponents of sustainable investing, its sudden spike in popularity is surprising, but satisfying.

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Fintech apps that strive for good

Fintech platforms are helping to ensure customers not only understand what diversification means, but also how it can help them build a more balanced portfolio.

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GameStop’s saga: What the stock surge proves about financial (il)literacy

The GameStop trading frenzy taught inexperienced investors the wrong lessons about investing, drawing new attention to the financial literacy threat America has faced for years.

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Hester Peirce pushes for personal liberty as an SEC voice of dissent

During her first three years on the commission, Peirce was part of a Republican majority. With the likely confirmation of Gary Gensler as SEC chair, Democrats will have the edge.

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Out of work and looking for income: Can annuities help?

Annuities are one of the leading recommendations for near retirees who are concerned about running out of money. But they are also poorly understood by many consumers, and that puts people at risk for being sold inappropriate products in amounts that represent an outsize proportion of their savings.

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How Covid-19 changed retirement planning

When to claim Social Security is the top question for new retirees.

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Beyond adoption: Wealthtech finally eyes innovation

Wealthtech has finally graduated from forcing adoption to focusing on innovative ways to bring financial advice into users' pockets.

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When retirement money is tied up in a business, closing hurts

Small-business owners across industries who are nearing retirement have said they are worried about their financial security.

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SPACs are the investment darling of the pandemic

Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, have been all the rage for the past 12 months, but will the fever outlast the pandemic?

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RIAs are warming up to remote work

Financial advisers are embracing a more virtual form of communicating with clients and colleagues to the point where most don’t expect to ever go back to sitting behind a desk in a traditional office.