The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's proposed amendments to its Membership Application Program are open for comments until April 9. FINRA has proposed allowing the denial of a new membership application "if the applicant or its associated persons are subject to pending arbitration claims."
The number of taxpayers potentially affected by a scam targeting refunds has grown, according to the IRS. The agency has issued a second warning about the scam, which appears to rely on data stolen from tax preparers' offices.
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Financial professionals should take the time to explain annuities to clients, even those who are knowledgeable about financial matters, and dispel commonly held myths about the products, said Dan Keady, chief financial planning strategist for TIAA. "Financial advisors are immersed in this information all the time, maybe for years, and they may forget that not all of their clients understand the nuances of financial products," he said.
While research points to good saving habits among millennials, a survey by Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America shows 88% of respondents think social media creates a tendency to compare their lifestyles with others, and 57% say it has influenced them to spend money they had not planned to. "While every generation has experienced a need to 'keep up with the Joneses,' social media seems to have helped take it to a new level for millennials," Allianz's Paul Kelash says.
A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research explores the link between the interest-rate environment and people's attitudes toward saving, investing and retirement. Among their key findings, the authors state people generally save less in a persistently low-rate environment, and workers claim Social Security later but draw down their 401(k) accounts sooner.
Recent studies that seek to define the ideal retirement age have come to different conclusions, with one finding that people who took early retirement were less likely to die in the subsequent few years, while another suggested that early retirement might increase the mortality rate for men. Physicians note that working longer can bring health benefits, including mental stimulation and social interaction.
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