Under the Hood: What You Need to Know About Wills, Pt. I: The Checklist
Financial planners should know how to review a client's will to ensure their wishes are met. Here's the first part of my estate planning checklist.
Don’t Let Clients Take Their Passwords to the Grave
Digital estate planning expert Jamie Hopkins on how helping clients safeguard digital assets benefits advisors, and how it's even more complicated than you think.
Have the CFP Board’s Recent Punishments Fit the Crimes?
First, do no harm. Was harm done in the cases of Ron Rhoades, “fee-only” wirehouse brokers and the Camardas?
Building the Modern-Day Stretch IRA: Proceed With Caution
The Supreme Court’s recent finding on non-spousal inherited IRAs has generated renewed interest in how to structure the IRA as a wealth transfer vehicle.
Fifth of U.S. Grant Makers Pay Their Board Members, Study Finds
Compensation is legal as long as it’s "reasonable." But what does reasonable mean?
The Limits of Limiting Advisor Liability
A contract’s hedge clause is one of those provisions that is monumentally unimportant until a dispute arises between the client and the advisor.
401(k) vs. IRA: The Real Roth Conversion Question
Moving traditional retirement funds into a Roth account may seem like a no-brainer for many clients, but whether to use a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k) can have potentially significant repercussions.
Time to Rein In Rollovers?
If you’ve been paying attention over the past year, you’ve noticed that regulators and those in Washington are placing increased scrutiny on IRA rollovers.
Cash for Clients: How to Stay Compliant When Paying for Referrals
Here's why you should make Investment Advisers Act Rule 206(4)-3 your new best friend (and don't forget to comply with state laws, too).
In Advisors’ Year-End Reviews, Don’t Skip These Key Points, ING Urges
Bob Kaplan, ING U.S.’s national retirement consultant, outlined for advisors the key points they should address with their plan sponsor clients in their year-end reviews.