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Blood and money: How familial strife can unravel estate plans

January 20, 2015

Few things can unravel a client's estate plan more than familial strife. That was the focus of a presentation at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Personal Financial Planning conference on Monday. The session, “Blood...

SEC puts emphasis on retirement savers in 2015 exam priorities

January 13, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission will be watching out for investors saving for retirement this year as it examines investment advisers and brokers, the agency said in its annual priority list. The regulator will explore risks associated...

Finra hawks fiduciary in its regulatory priorities for 2015

January 6, 2015

Finra released its regulatory and exam priorities for the new year Tuesday, saying most compliance problems can be alleviated if brokerage firms act in the best interests of their clients — an unusual move for an industry that must only ensure...

The dangerous downside of the stronger dollar

September 30, 2014

A stronger U.S. dollar is threatening to knock the markets out of balance. This is scarier and more serious than the 'taper tantrum.' The downside of strength A commodity ETF that strikes all the right notes, and navigates the punishing tax...

Pimco fortifies to take on the old boss

September 29, 2014

Gross and Ivascyn square off in an unconstrained bond fund battle. The Pimco saga gets more interesting by the day. Taking on the old boss Pimco's parent stock price drop equates to $400 billion in fund outflows, according to Morgan Stanley....

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...

RIAs could be ultimate winners if DOL fiduciary rule is repealed or delayed

January 11, 2017

As potential delays and road blocks pile up in front the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, an irony is emerging in that the strongest supporters of the rule could benefit the most from the rule's demise. Independent registered investment...

Modern retirement planning means staying aggressive

April 11, 2016

Most financial planning overlooks a key element of modern retirement planning. Boomers don't want the retirement life their parents had; they want to keep growing. Five financial advisers share their thoughts on the DOL fiduciary rule. “What's...

Under regulatory pressure, Voya restricts sales of more variable annuities

July 29, 2015

Voya Financial Advisors has restricted sales of variable annuities for the second time in two months, as the brokerage firm faces increased pressure from regulators questioning the suitability of the products for retirement savers. On Monday,...

Puerto Rico's default could ripple through average Americans' portfolios

August 3, 2015

Puerto Rico has missed a debt payment, marking a major setback for the U.S. commonwealth. The next step is to look at how the fallout could be felt by average Americans. Half of U.S. open-end muni bond funds are exposed to Puerto Rican debt...

Corporate bonds fly off the shelves ahead of looming rate hikes

December 2, 2014

U.S. corporations are signaling that they think interest rates are going higher, eventually. Bond sales top $1.5 trillion for a new record. Bond sales driven by record-low interest rates The stage is being set for another global currency war,...

Clintons jump through financial planning loopholes to dodge estate taxes they support

June 17, 2014

Bill and Hillary Clinton write the book on how to shrink the size of an estate for tax-saving purposes. These are the same Clintons who support estate taxes for everyone else. Awkward. Financial planning strategies benefitting the top 1% Commission-hungry...

Goldman calls stock market lofty by most measures

January 13, 2014

Goldman finally calls the stock market expensive. Bulls should take heed Global markets jump, dollar skids as Fed policy gets a closer look. Weakest jobs data in three years Bank lobby pushing back on the Volcker rule with legal mumbo jumbo....

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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