If Congress does not enact tax cuts this year, stock market investors could see recent gains disappear, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Stocks are hitting record highs partly because tax cuts and regulatory relief are "priced in," he said.
A majority of clients ranked their financial advisers high in terms of trustworthiness, but roughly 25% said they had lost trust in their current or previous adviser because of a negative experience, according to a study from Vanguard's Center for Investment Research. Participants cited inattentiveness and portfolio underperformance as top reasons for mistrust.
People planning for retirement should be prepared for an eventual end to the current bull market. One way to weather a downturn is to divide retirement savings into three accounts: one for cash and short-term investments and the other two for longer-term investments.
Fiduciary laws drafted by individual states are creating confusion as debate continues over the Department of Labor's nationwide fiduciary standard. Nevada, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts are among the states that have enacted or are working to enact such laws.
The Labor Department has asked the US District Court in Minneapolis to stay a legal challenge by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to the department's fiduciary rule while the agency revises the rule. The department said its administrative actions "are likely to address the challenged provision before it becomes applicable."
Inspections by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority are targeting registered representatives the industry self-regulator sees as threats to clients, said Susan Axelrod, FINRA's executive vice president for regulatory operations. A special exam unit focused on high-risk brokers has conducted "several hundred examinations focused on these individuals," she said.
At the current pace, mergers and acquisitions among registered investment advisers will surge to a record this year, according to a study from Echelon Partners. Based on the trend this year, deals will post a 23% increase from a year earlier, reaching 169 deals by year-end, the company said.
Individual preferences and interests are key factors in deciding on a place to retire. This list of retirement destinations, which covers various lifestyles and goals, includes Broomfield, Colo., for outdoor enthusiasts and Hoboken, N.J., for those who enjoy sophisticated urban culture.
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