Is Fiduciary Sales an Oxymoron?
DOL and SEC need to make the distinction between sales and advice clear—and stop letting anyone other than an RIA call themselves an advisor.
The Digital Advocate: Your LinkedIn Centers of Influence
Advisors shouldn't just dabble in social media. Embrace LinkedIn in particular to reach COIs and professional advocates.
What’s Best for Clients Is All We Need to Know
Some want to confuse the fiduciary debate, but in the end—and the beginning—it's all about acting in the best interests of clients.
Nobody’s Worried About ‘Too Big to Jail’ Anymore
A criminal guilty plea no longer comes with the expectation that it will destroy a bank.
Combination Annuity-LTC Sales Soar
A new superstar long-term care product has emerged: annuity-LTC contracts that combine a tax-preferred retirement income with appealing LTC features.
With Likely Fed Rise Delay, Where to Invest Now
Equities may be the only game in town, but measured by Warren Buffett’s favorite valuation indicator, stocks are overvalued. Here's where I see value.
How Long Is Long-Term Investing, Anyway?
Value-oriented FPA Funds offers a textbook definition that few investors use in their decisions, but would do well to consider, Gil Weinreich says.
How RIAs Should Enforce Firm Policies and Procedures
Just having a manual isn't enough: advisors should take specific steps when a violation occurs, and regularly train all the employees of the firms on its policies and procedures.
Toward a Workable Fiduciary Standard for Brokers: The 7 Questions
To tell if brokers are really acting like fiduciaries, ask these seven questions about a client's portfolio to check for possible broker abuses.
3 Estate Planning Strategies for a Low-Rate Environment
Even with the generous $5.4 million estate tax exemption, some of your HNW clients can benefit from these strategies in the current low-interest-rate environment.