IRS Announces 2016 Tax Rates, Exemptions; Boosts LTC Deductions
Low inflation leads to slight increases for top income tax rate and estate tax exclusion, but higher deductions for eligible long-term care premiums.
USAA Debuts Online Financial Planning Tool for Military Members, Veterans and Their Families
The Financial Readiness Score comes on line just weeks before new pension plan options for veterans are expected to take effect.
Top Portfolio Products: Schwab Adds Commission-Free ETFs
There are more choices than ever for investing overseas, from ETFs that hedge currency exposure to funds that focus on sustainability.
Now Is the Time for Charitable Lead Trusts
For clients with complex estate and transfer tax planning needs, now might be a good time to establish a charitable trust before rates rise.
How Inheritances Influence Retirement Preparedness
At the population level, bequests don't make much of a dent in retirement insecurity, the Center for Retirement Research found.
There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills. And Art. And Condos.
Gold has taken a back seat to fine art and high-end residences as a store of wealth. Are you helping clients manage those assets' risk?
Estate Planning for the Modern Family: It’s Complicated, and Advisors Fall Short
Seventy percent of high-net-worth and affluent investors in a UBS survey said they felt financial advice was designed only for "traditional" families.
Final Regs Clear Path to Portability for Smaller Estates
Clients leaving relatively modest estates should pay attention to the recently released IRS final regulations governing the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount.
Does Gay Marriage Ruling End a Financial Planning Niche?
The workarounds that advisors in many states created to provide same-sex couples with legal benefits now must be unwound.
4 Steps to Transfer Deceased Parents’ Brokerage Assets: FINRA
After taking a flood of calls from children of deceased parents on its new senior helpline, FINRA issues an alert on transferring brokerage assets.