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Protecting vulnerable aging clients

November 2, 2014

As clients age and laws evolve, the securities industry faces incalculable risks that require rigorous internal controls to properly manage relationships with vulnerable aging investors. An unsuitable investment recommendation to a client once...

Medicare: The next frontier

August 3, 2014

Retirement health care costs are on the rise, yet some financial advisers and their clients still have not begun to integrate a major factor of those expenses — Medicare — into their plans. And those oversights can be costly. Drew Grider,...

Can an adviser affiliated with an insurance company be fee only? Yes.

July 21, 2014

For nearly two years, the issue of compensation descriptions has roiled the investment-advice business. The topic becomes even trickier when insurance licenses are thrown into the mix. Whether investment advisers like it or not, the Certified...

John Hancock B-D to terminate health and insurance benefits

April 4, 2014

Registered representatives at Signator Investors Inc., John Hancock's broker-dealer, received some dismaying news on Tuesday: The firm will be terminating its health and insurance benefits and will freeze its retirement benefits plan at the...

The other Alzheimer's tragedy

September 30, 2012

Ethelle Lord cared for her husband, Larry Potter, at home for the first 10 years that he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. She quit her job, modified their home to make it safe and cut back on expenses, including groceries and gasoline. Ms....

'Transformative events' shape client's financial thinking, survey finds

March 19, 2012

Even a solid income and respectable household net worth aren't always enough to keep investors from worrying about the future, according to the results of a new survey. A Citibank study of more than 600 U.S. adults with household incomes of...

Repeal of Obamacare emerges as a market risk

January 13, 2015

Never mind falling oil prices and brewing geopolitical risks, what about the stock market's reaction to a repeal of Obamacare? Health insurers would feel the pain Financial advisers are discovering inroads in the defined contribution plan arena....

One of industry's last holdouts, NAIFA elects its first female president

September 4, 2014

For the first time since it was founded in the early 1890s, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will be led by a woman, starting next week. Juli McNeely will be installed as NAIFA president Monday during its annual conference...

Finra, SEC at odds over disclosure of bad behavior by brokers

May 16, 2014

Finra and the SEC are at odds over how much Wall Street wrongdoers should have to admit about their bad behavior. Splitting hairs when it comes to brokers behaving badly. When regulators send mixed messages Millennials might be great at getting...

Fidelity throws its weight behind longevity annuities

August 21, 2015

Fidelity Investments is giving its clients a new option for planning for the costs and risk of living longer. The retirement-plan services giant said Thursday it will offer a variety of deferred-income annuities to individual retirement accounts....

Bigger & Better

March 16, 2015

Though these billion-dollar babies are a diverse group, on the whole they appear to be growing their businesses faster, trimming overhead more aggressively, serving larger clients and generating more money for their owners than their smaller...

Unraveling Minds

November 3, 2014

In January, Michael Kotin, a financial adviser at Wells Fargo & Co., faced a dilemma. Two longtime clients, Eugene and Cecilia Ratner — a couple who had been married for around 60 years and who were both well into their 80s — were accusing...

Morningstar-HelloWallet deal ups the ante for financial wellness services

June 2, 2014

Morningstar Inc.'s acquisition of HelloWallet Holdings Inc. is expected to push other 401(k) service providers to step up their game with respect to participants' financial wellness. Last Thursday, investment research giant Morningstar announced...

IRI to provide health care cost tool to members

May 21, 2014

Some 150,000 financial advisers will have access to estimates for retirees' health care costs thanks to a new partnership between the Insured Retirement Institute and HealthView Services Inc. The IRI announced Tuesday that it would give its...

Gloom overshadows Wall Street, but some economists still see a September rate hike

August 26, 2015

The mood on Wall Street is getting downright gloomy. The worst declines since 2011. Meanwhile, there are some economists who still believe the Fed will be able to raise interest rates next month. The SEC has jumped on the pay-ratio bandwagon....

REITs, RIA regulation, retirement planning and risk grab advisers' attention

August 8, 2014

Four R-words drew advisers' attention this week: risk, regulation, retirement planning and REITs. Specifically, the CEO of a real estate investment firm broke down the hidden duration risks in nontraded REITs. An RIA got hammered with a $15...

Latest Obamacare ruling could spark a sell-off in health care sector stocks

June 12, 2015

If you haven't yet hitched a ride on the high-flying health care sector rally, there's still hope in the form of a potential pullback from an upcoming Supreme Court ruling that could trigger some near-term volatility. Even some staunch health...

Hedge fund employees enjoy the fruits of their labor

January 9, 2015

Hedge fund employees enjoy the fruits of their labor, even if that labor didn't bear much fruit. Average compensation at $368k Pimco and JPMorgan add their seal of approval by jumping on the smart beta bandwagon. The fundamental-indexing category...

How gay couples can act on Social Security benefits now

June 19, 2014

As the number of states that recognize gay marriage continues to grow, it is important for financial advisers to be aware of the Social Security benefits that may be available to clients now or in the future. Since the Supreme Court struck down...

Account opening is No. 1 tech concern: Survey

April 2, 2014

The challenge of capturing account-opening data has replaced social-media archiving as advisers' primary technology concern, according to a survey conducted by advisory think tank Beacon Strategies. In fact, 96% of the 55 broker-dealers surveyed...

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