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Financial advisers are steering clients away from SPACs

Special purpose acquisition companies are leveraging celebrity endorsements to drive investor demand, while financial advisers struggle to protect clients from risk.

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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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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.

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Remote compliance mostly meets the challenge of working from home

But a stock market reaching record highs may be masking shortfalls, and a recent survey says firms aren't supervising conferencing platforms.

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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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The RIA roll-up market has seen a decade of explosion

The marketplace for RIA M&A networks is currently overrun with players — from brand-new entrants from outside the U.S. to well-established RIAs. Over the past 15 years, the RIA aggregator market has taken off.

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The unquenchable thirst for wealth management

With M&A in the RIA space setting records, the focus turns naturally to the seemingly irreversible influence of private equity money.

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Advisers agree: It’s time to stop ignoring Bitcoin

Bitcoin's rally and an increase in institutional adoption amplify the need for advisers to educate themselves on cryptocurrencies.

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Advisers, clients not on same page about guaranteed income: Survey

Last year’s market plunge and quick recovery appear to have changed the way people feel about the value of guaranteed lifetime income, Cannex found. In February 2020, 71% of people said they found guaranteed lifetime income highly valuable, but that figure had dropped to 63% by August.

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Viral or vicious? Financial advice blows up on TikTok

In the past, advisers viewed social media as a marketing tool that targeted only millennial and Gen Z clients. That narrative has changed.

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Living the ‘lifestyle practice’ dream

Why a 64-year-old RIA doesn't worry about building scale and has no plans to retire, even though he could fetch about $5 million for his firm in today’s white-hot market.

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ETF TV Interview: Greg Friedman

Deborah Fuhr sits down with Greg Friedman, head of ETF Management and Strategy at Fidelity, to discuss the listing of the Fidelity Magellan ETF, the criteria investors should consider when deciding between using an ETF or a mutual fund.

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‘What else am I going to do?’ How COVID-19 is sending many retirees back to work

The new world of working from the comfort of home has made employment a touch more tolerable, leading many to stay in their current jobs indefinitely, or accept new offers for part-time or temporary work.

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Elevating wealth for women

Ellevest CEO Sallie Krawcheck goes beyond investment management and traditional financial planning to help female clients be strategic about career paths, salary negotiations and other topics that provide real value.

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Introducing the 2021 Icons & Innovators

The fifth annual InvestmentNews Icons & Innovators shows the depths of the innovative spirit thriving in the financial advice business today. We highlight one Icon, 10 Innovators and 13 Innovation Award firm finalists this year out of hundreds of nominations and suggestions we received.

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Raymond James scores a big win at the Super Bowl

With naming rights to the stadium in Tampa Bay, Raymond James and its 8,000 advisers will particularly enjoy the Super Bowl this Sunday.