Community Property: When Federal-State IRA Rules Collide
Sorting out the state community property rules and IRS rules on beneficiary designations in retirement accounts.
Harvard Does a Trade You Should Never Make
It looks like Harvard Management Co. may have sacrificed billions of dollars in investment returns by hiring less-capable asset managers.
Can Public Equity Investing Have Impact?
To have impact, we must recognize that equity investing can actually involve companies not found within traditional benchmarks.
SEC Actions on Private Equity Fees Show Agency's Enforcement Aim
In limited partnership or subscription agreements, Form ADVs or elsewhere, the SEC scrutinizes differences between what managers say they'd do and what they actually did.
6 Keys to Finding the Best Blog Posts to Attract Clients
To increase your chances of attracting new clients (and retaining existing ones), your blogs must speak directly, and topically, to those clients' concerns.
History Provides Hope for Institute for the Fiduciary Standard’s New Best Practices
While reforming large financial services institutions may be tough, the Institute believes reforming the industry from the ground up is more doable.
Fed Meeting Shouldn't Obscure BOJ's Big Moment
The most informative policy decision this week could take place in Tokyo, which may signal what lies ahead for other central banks.
Self-Directed IRAs: Avoiding DOL Fiduciary Rule Liability
The DOL fiduciary rule could increase the use of self-directed IRAs, but the role of the advisor does not end once a client chooses one.
Markets and Pundits Have a Data-Point Fixation
People often seem to overlook the weaknesses in data. I see this often in the financial community, and among presidential poll watchers.
Double Taxation for Your Clients: The Highest Risk
The exposure comes when clients exercise non-qualified, granted company stock options—not incentive stock options.