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The legacy of the DOL fiduciary rule: Almost gone, but never forgotten

June 2, 2018

Even as the Labor Department's​ fiduciary rule teeters on the edge of demise, its legacy will continue to profoundly influence how investment advice is delivered. The regulation's likely obituary will not be as heart-wrenching for its supporters...

Tax law: Why changes to the kiddie tax are a 'big deal' for advisers

May 31, 2018

The new federal tax law made changes to the so-called "kiddie tax" that could impact how some advisers handle their clients' financial plans. While experts say lawmakers largely simplified the kiddie tax, the changes may change how some clients...

Pass-through tax strategies for business-owner clients

May 21, 2018

The pass-through deduction created by the new federal tax law has inspired a raft of planning opportunities for financial advisers looking to minimize business clients' tax bills. The provision provides a 20% tax deduction on qualified business...

Oregon auto-IRA success shows national program would 'work well,' advocate says

May 16, 2018

Oregon's auto-IRA program has only been around a few months, but its early success demonstrates a similar framework could work at the national level, a proponent said at a congressional hearing Wednesday. Oregon launched a pilot phase of its...

N.J. homeowners get law to skirt Trump's lowered tax deductions

May 7, 2018

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation last week to let homeowners declare property taxes as charitable donations that are deductible on their annual Internal Revenue Service filings. The measure is a response to the law signed by President...

Senators introduce bill calling for retirement commission to guide Congress

April 27, 2018

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate Wednesday would create a federal commission to give Congress suggestions on how to improve private retirement benefits programs. Action on the bill co-sponsored by Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and...

One adviser's journey to becoming a citizen advocate

April 18, 2018

Some of the most rewarding experiences my team and I at the Financial Services Institute encounter as advocates for our industry come when we see the proverbial "light'" click on for our adviser members and we get a front row seat as they grow...

Retirement-savings bill draws broad support, optimism for passage this year

March 30, 2018

Supporters of legislation designed to increase retirement savings are hopeful the measure will be approved by Congress later this year, despite being left out of a recent spending bill. The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018 was...

Business development company language added to spending bill allows for increased leverage

March 23, 2018

Legislation that would allow business development companies to increase their use of debt and potentially boost returns became law Friday afternoon. The BDC measure was included in a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill approved by the House on...

Investment Adviser Association, Schwab press lawmakers for tax-reform adjustments to help advisers

March 22, 2018

Advocates for investment advisers are pushing for changes to last year's sweeping tax-reform legislation that they say will benefit advisers and their clients. The Investment Adviser Association and Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. recently launched...

Retirement savings bill introduced in House

March 16, 2018

The House counterpart to a Senate package of retirement savings initiatives was introduced late Wednesday by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa. Among other provisions, the proposed Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018 would...

Senate rollback of Dodd-Frank faces challenge in House

March 15, 2018

Not so fast. That was the message from House Republicans a day after the Senate passed sweeping legislation that many bankers consider their best chance in years of easing post-crisis financial rules. House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling,...

Senate votes to roll back parts of Dodd-Frank

March 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would ease constraints on regional and community banks while mostly snubbing Wall Street, giving the finance industry its best chance in years of rolling back rules adopted in the wake of the 2008 crisis....

Don't know if you qualify for 20% pass-through deduction? You're not alone

March 12, 2018

Congressional Republicans created a juicy new tax break for business owners when they rewrote the U.S. tax code late last year. Three months later, hundreds of thousands of U.S. employers still don't know if they qualify. The Internal Revenue...

Senate bill aims to boost 401(k) annuities, small-employer retirement plans

March 8, 2018

New bipartisan legislation in the Senate aims to increase the use of annuities in 401(k) plans, and boost retirement-plan adoption by small employers through a particular type of defined-contribution plan known as an open multiple employer plan....

Tax law: How to get the pass-through deduction by reducing taxable income

March 7, 2018

The pass-through provision in the new federal tax law has some financial advisers salivating over a potentially substantial tax break. However, the 20% deduction on pass-through business income doesn't apply to all taxpayers equally. Because...

Sen. Warren introduces bill targeting unpaid Finra arbitration awards

March 6, 2018

[Correction: Finra chief executive Robert W. Cook testified before a House Financial Services subcommittee in September 2017, not before the Senate Banking Committee meeting of last year referenced in this story. He was not present at that meeting.]...

Wall Street doesn't get much relief in Dodd-Frank reboot

March 5, 2018

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a sweeping revamp of financial rules this week. Of all the surprises that entails — about a dozen Democrats signing on, Republicans leaving a lot of the much-maligned Dodd-Frank legislation intact —...

Warren, Daines bill would help establish a database for orphaned 401(k) accounts

March 2, 2018

Two senators are trying to help workers locate retirement savings they may have forgotten when they switched jobs. On Thursday, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced the Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act,...

FSI aims for workable best-interest standard this year

February 27, 2018

It would be a great understatement to say 2017 was a year of momentous change for our industry. Reverberations of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule were felt far and wide, while the new political climate created new opportunities to advance...

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