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Alts require due diligence

August 11, 2013

Financial advisers must demand first-class due diligence and analysis on the bevy of alternative investments flooding the independent-broker-dealer and registered investment adviser marketplaces. Indeed, last week's news of fraud allegations...

B-Ds taking a break from nontraded REITs

July 21, 2013

Even as sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts skyrocketed in the first half of the year, regulatory concerns have arisen, causing broker-dealers to take a harder look at what they've been selling. Last week, three independent broker-dealers...

Optimizing the use of GRATs

July 21, 2013

The interest rates that are prevalent when financial advisers establish a GRAT for a client have a great effect on how much money can be transferred tax-free to the client's children. The grantor retained annuity trust is a very popular vehicle...

AfterSteps helps advisers handle post-death tracking of accounts

July 21, 2013

AfterSteps Inc. has the potential one day soon to plug in to financial advisers' practices as an outsourced provider. The adviser version of the online platform will help with an often-touchy task: post-death tracking of a client's accounts...

'Tony Soprano's' estate likely to get whacked

July 14, 2013

Advisers last week chimed in about the tough lessons to be learned from an ill-considered estate plan, after it was revealed that 40% of the late actor James Gandolfini's $70 million estate may be owed in taxes. Provisions in Mr. Gandolfini's...

Financial lives in flux as DOMA decision awaited

June 23, 2013

A Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, expected any day now, could improve the financial outlook significantly for couples living in certain states, but many gay partners still will have to work around a system that affords financial...

Cases affect planning for gays

June 23, 2013

The Supreme Court could throw out the federal law that bans gay marriage as early as today in one of two decisions due from the nation's top court in the coming days involving same-sex marriage. The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which...

CEO vows B-D will maintain independence

June 16, 2013

Nicholas Schorsch, a dynamo in the nontraded-REIT business, is adamant that he will keep his hands off the operations of a leading independent broker-dealer, First Allied Securities Inc., which he and his team of managers agreed to acquire last...

Former CFO of a Thompson REIT slapped for weak due diligence

June 16, 2013

A former chief financial officer of noted real estate investor Tony Thompson's nontraded real estate investment trust has been suspended for five months from the securities industry for failing to conduct adequate and independent due diligence...

Questions raised about Allied Beacon's financial health

June 2, 2013

Allied Beacon Partners Inc., a midsize independent broker-dealer with 200 registered representatives, informed its financial advisers last Wednesday that the firm is in violation of industry rules requiring that sufficient capital be kept on...

Five IBDs in $7M settlement over nontraded-REIT sales

May 26, 2013

Sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts once again have come under the scrutiny of securities regulators as William Galvin, the secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, last week announced settlements with five leading independent...

AIternative alterations

May 19, 2013

Amid increasing pressure from regulators, broker-dealers are making changes to how they sell some alternative investments. Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services Inc., VSR Financial Services Inc. and Cetera Financial Group Inc., which has four...

Hitting the bottom line

May 12, 2013

Tax guru Natalie B. Choate is of counsel in the trusts and estates department of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. She's the author of “Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits” (Ataxplan Publications, 1996), a guidebook on estate planning...

Tax risk: Trust gains have additional levy

May 12, 2013

Trust and estate planners are zeroing in on another potential tax risk for wealthy clients: income generated by a trust. The higher tax rates mandated by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 for individuals earning more than $200,000 a year...

Risky (tax) business: Trust income has additional levy

May 8, 2013

Trust and estate planners are zeroing in on another potential tax risk for wealthy clients: income generated by a trust. The higher tax rates mandated by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 for individuals earning more than $200,000 a year...

IPA sets valuation guidelines

May 5, 2013

The Investment Program Association, the leading trade group for nontraded REITs, is addressing the thorny issue of how to place a value on nontraded real estate investment trusts. Guidelines released by the IPA last week call for faster and...

Budget plan hard on high-net-worth

April 14, 2013

President Barack Obama dealt financial advisers a double whammy in his 2014 budget proposal last week, proposing changes to how high-income clients save for retirement and how they pass on wealth to their heirs. The president's $3.78 trillion...

Giving spree seen complicating taxes

April 7, 2013

With the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns fast approaching, financial advisers face a deluge of tax returns involving substantial gifts — a vestige of clients' giving spree due to their tax uncertainty late last year. Doubt about the...

Gay marriage would shake up benefits game

March 31, 2013

Client tax returns, insurance policies and wills are just a few of the documents that advisers are thinking they might have to throw away and rewrite if the federal law that bans gay marriage is overturned by the Supreme Court. The scenario...

REIT spurns rival's offer, pursues its own agenda

March 24, 2013

In a move likely to confuse and perhaps anger some financial advisers, Cole Credit Property Trust III, a nontraded real estate trust, rejected an unsolicited offer to be acquired by a rival REIT and instead reiterated its plan to acquire its...

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