The Magic Formula for Advisory Firm Success? There Isn’t One
Each firm is different, every owner is different, but the successful ones commit to a—get this—plan, and learn from their failures.
Recharacterizing Roth IRAs Smartly: Use Multiple Roths
Despite the benefits that recharacterizing a Roth conversion can offer, this route can sometimes function as a double-edged sword.
How Financial Planning Improves Investors’ Bottom Lines
My financial planning "software" stress-tests a client’s portfolio by calculating their federal and state tax burden for years to come.
Social Security and Tax Planning: The Advisor Opportunity
Neither process is fun, but relieving the confusion and frustration surrounding the Social Security planning and claiming process represents a major business-building opportunity for advisors.
DC Update on SEC User Fees, an SRO and Third-Party Exams
It will be difficult to enact any legislation in this Congress, but I predict that the RIA user fee bill will gain co-sponsors, including Republicans.
Can Managed Futures Be an Income Investor’s Best Friend?
Managed futures are a good portfolio diversifier, but they also turn out to be negatively correlated with high-yield bonds. Income, anyone?
Fiduciary-Only Advisors: Of Attorneys, 'Agents' and Schmucks
Readers of my recent blogs had some interesting responses (with colorful language) about the viability of my suggested designation of 'Fiduciary-Only Advisors.'
Advisor: Do You Have an Abundance or a Scarcity Mindset?
What's true for clients is true for advisors. How you view the world—with an abundance or a scarcity mindset—makes a difference in your behavior. Choose.
Don’t Take Retirement Advice From the Social Security Administration
It’s not that SSA employees won’t give advice on how and when to claim benefits; it’s that they can’t. So make sure you step up.
Using Qualified Plan Dollars to Buy Life Insurance
For your small-business-owner client, this strategy can ease the transition of the business upon the owner’s exit. Watch the details, however, especially on taxation.