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? The Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA) recently elected two new board members to its leadership team--Ron Mastrogiovanni, president and CEO of HealthView Services, a firm that provides healthcare cost analysis tools, and Bruce Wolfe, managing director of Allianz Global Investors, who is responsible for certain business strategy and mergers and acquisition-related activities at Allizanz Global, as well as leading the firm's U.S. efforts to deliver retirement solutions.

? The Investment Adviser Association (IAA) has launched a new Associate Membership program for professional service firms, service providers, individuals, and other investment professionals associated with the investment advisory profession. Associate Members can be any firm or person that is not eligible for regular membership with the IAA, but shares the IAA's concern for the interests of SEC-registered investment advisors. This new membership category includes any entity or person that is not an SEC-registered investment advisor, including law firms, accountants, consultants, service providers, vendors, and state-registered advisors. Applications may be submitted by visiting the "Membership" section of the IAA Web site at: .investmentadviser.org.

? The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. announced that the Board's searchable listings of CFP professionals is now available on the Nasdaq Web site (nasdaq.com/advisor/), which has more than 23 million unique visitors annually. Visitors to Nasdaq.com can search a nationwide database of more than 60,000 CFPs by geographic radius or by name.

? The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has released a fact sheet intended to provide individual investors with a starting point for a discussion with their financial professionals about factors to consider when investing in bonds. Seven Questions to Ask When Investing in Municipal Bonds is available at emma.msrb.org.

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