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Clients need to talk more to their heirs about their estates: study

March 15, 2017

Most parents want to leave an inheritance to their childen, but few are taking the time to discuss their plans with their kids or even asking their children what their expectations are. Amerprise Financial found that that 83% of those it surveyed...

RIAs take a soft approach to cross-selling

March 10, 2017

Registered investment advisers are under increased pressure to grow their business and deepen client relationships, which forces them to sell their full spectrum of services to as many clients as possible. Thus, RIAs have become masters of the...

Angel Oak's Friedlander: The biggest dilemma today's mortgage industry faces

March 7, 2017

An entire borrowing base has been shut out now that requirements for obtaining a mortgage have been made more stringent following the financial crisis, according to Brad Friedlander, co-founder and managing partner at Angel Oak Capital Advisors.

9 estate planning moves to make regardless of political uncertainty

February 27, 2017

As we wait to see what changes the new presidential administration will bring, it’s very tempting to wait to see what they will be and how they’ll impact our lives. But waiting until we have certainty isn’t the wisest course. Inaction...

IRS wants $700 million from Michael Jackson estate

February 6, 2017

How much are the rights to the late Michael Jackson's name and likeness worth? That's the central question in a case in U.S. Tax Court, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that the artist's executors are squaring off against...

Nearly 60% of Americans don't have wills

February 6, 2017

Only 36% of U.S. adults with children under age 18 have a will or living trust, and just 42% of all U.S. adults have such documents, a new study from finds. Older Americans are better prepared than younger ones, with 58% of Baby Boomers...

What will the estate tax look like under Trump?

February 5, 2017

While it's clear that President Donald J. Trump wants to scrap the estate tax, it's not clear what financial advisers should be telling their clients as details about the law's demise get sorted out. Mr. Trump has suggested he wants to eliminate...

Estate-tax flux could boost grantor trusts

February 5, 2017

With the federal estate tax in flux, advisers may want to consider planning strategies that afford some measure of flexibility. For example, there's the grantor trust, a common type of irrevocable trust. (More: What will the estate tax look...

Families at odds over estates, Fidelity study finds

February 1, 2017

When it comes to discussing their estates, it turns out that parents and their adult children are rarely on the same page, according to a recent study by Fidelity Investments. Although 90% of families say it's important to have frank conversations...

Many wealthy Americans haven't planned for the transfer of their assets

January 31, 2017

Affluent Americans aren't doing much to prep the next generation to inherit their riches, creating a wealth of opportunity for financial advisers who can convince clients to focus on legacy planning. Even though about $4 trillion is set to be...

Without a will, Prince lost control of his music

January 19, 2017

During a career spanning almost four decades, Prince broke with his record label, changed his name and yanked his songs off popular streaming services to prove a point: No one could tell him what to do with his music. Though the impulse to control...

Heading to Canada? Consider the cost

November 9, 2016

Anyone claiming the election of Donald Trump as the next president will push them to relocate to Canada, or anywhere outside the U.S., probably doesn't appreciate the financial implications of such a move. Every four years some U.S. citizens...

Advisers say this part of Hillary Clinton's estate-tax plan is worse than the higher rate

September 23, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took another stab at the nation's wealthiest Americans on Thursday, endorsing an increase in the top estate-tax rate — a sharp contrast to her opponent Donald Trump's plan to eliminate the estate...

Managed payout funds a tough sell to investors

September 20, 2016

Mutual fund companies are trying hard to tap into the guaranteed income market — without actually guaranteeing income — via managed payout funds. How do they stack up against immediate annuities, the go-to choice for many investors who want...

Surprising trials of passing down vacation homes

August 23, 2016

Vacation homes are more prevalent than ever but passing on these cherished properties to the next generation is turning out to be less than delightful in some cases. Parents and their adult children can have different ideas about what's to become...

Gray divorce on the rise with longevity trend

August 19, 2016

By now, financial planners are well acquainted with the challenges that increasing lifespans pose to retirement income plans. Longer lives means figuring out how to convert retirement savings into income that must last for decades. Now chalk...

The most important part of a young person's estate plan

August 3, 2016

Young clients, even the millennial children of older clients, probably don't spring to mind as necessary recipients of estate-planning advice. After all, young adults are likely enrolled in college or are early on in their working careers, and...

Advisers busy revising plans one year after Supreme Court guaranteed gay marriage rights

June 23, 2016

Since the Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage a year ago this Sunday, advisers have been busy rethinking and redrafting financial and estate plans. In addition to attending lots of weddings, financial advisers who specialize...

How will Muhammad Ali's estate play out?

June 9, 2016

Will boxing legend Muhammad Ali's estate plan float like a butterfly or sting like a bee? While details of Mr. Ali's will haven't yet surfaced following his death Friday, there are particulars of his life, business affairs and family dynamics...

Steering clear of estate food fights

May 15, 2016

The Los Angeles court ruling last week on the advanced health care directive of media mogul Sumner Redstone should serve as a reminder to all of us to plan ahead, especially financial advisers. Time catches up to everyone, and when your mind...

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