First Steps When a Client Couple Divorces
To begin, don't try to be a referee. And don't be hoodwinked by what appears to be an amiable split: Divorce is heart-wrenching.
Yes, a Six-Figure Income Means You’re Affluent
The mortgage interest tax deduction is largely a subsidy for the affluent, and if your household makes over $100,000, that means you, Justin Fox writes.
In Defense of Gold as a Defensive Asset
The Fed is behind the curve on rate hikes, and that’s good news for gold investors.
Adding Value After the Death of a Client’s Spouse
The loss of spouse is one of the most painful events a person will ever endure; the advisor can play a key role in healing.
DOL’s Best Interest Standard May Be Tougher Than It Looks
There were a number of excellent comments to my last blog, including a tome-like tutorial by Ron Rhoades on “best interest” and “sole interest” standards.
Mitigating Postretirement Health Expense Risk
Postretirement healthcare costs can be a significant expense, fortunately there are planning vehicles and income minimization techniques that can help.
Best (and Worst) Places to Die in 2016
While the federal estate tax is static, states continue to move chess pieces across the estate planning board, Adrienne Penta says.
The Bay State Difference for Estate Taxes
In Massachusetts, wealthy married decedents can take advantage of a separate state GTIP election.
5 Reasons to Talk to Clients Now About Responsible Investing
Two major international agreements, along with recent guidance from the DOL, are driving momentum for ESG investing.
U.S. Treasury Takes a Stand for Transparency
A rule compelling banks to identify shell company users would help stymie tax evaders and terrorists, former TARP head Neil Barofsky writes.