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1. Ultimate fate of proposed fiduciary rule is unknown

FSI NewsBrief | Feb 25, 2015

President Barack Obama has made a proposed fiduciary rule for retirement advisors national news. But that doesn't mean the proposal, expected soon from the Department of Labor, will be finalized anytime soon. Some say that might not happen before Obama's second term expires. InvestmentNews (free registration) (02/24)


2. Expansion of college-savings plans approved by House

FSI NewsBrief | Feb 26, 2015

The House has approved legislation that would expand qualified expenses for 529 college-savings plans. President Barack Obama recently dropped a proposal to eliminate tax breaks for the accounts. Read FSI's letter in support of H.R. 529. Hill, The (02/25)


3. Traditional view of retirement is disappearing among Americans

FSI NewsBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Only 26% of Americans expect to stop working entirely when they reach the traditional retirement age, a survey by The Pew Charitable Trusts found. More than half expect to move on to something new, possibly working at a different job. And more than 20% said they will never retire. MarketWatch (02/26)


4. Advisors enhance client returns with real estate

FSI NewsBrief | Feb 26, 2015

More advisors are turning to direct investments in commercial real estate to boost clients returns and add a low-correlated asset class to their portfolios. Such opportunities have proved popular with clients. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (02/25)


5. Social Security can be fun?

FSI NewsBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Three experts have written a guide to maximizing Social Security benefits, and they managed to inject some humor into this otherwise dry subject, Mark Miller writes. WealthManagement.com (U.S.) (03/02)


6. Be on guard against recency bias

FSI NewsBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Recency bias -- the tendency to invest based on what the market has done recently -- is often more pronounced at the beginning of the year. Steering clients away from this tendency can be difficult. But advisors would be wise to stick to their guns and recommend appropriate asset allocations. Investment Advisor (03/2015)


7. 401(k) case before high court likely to affect advisors

FSI NewsBrief | Feb 25, 2015

A lawsuit regarding a 401(k) plan that is before the U.S. Supreme Court likely will have consequences for pension advisors and fiduciaries, regardless of outcome, retirement experts say. Both sides in the dispute agree that professionals guiding a pension plan have a responsibility to ensure an investment is wise. InvestmentNews (free registration) (02/24)


8. What makes an advisory partnership work?

FSI NewsBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Michael Kitces compares an advisory firm partnership to a marriage. Trust and commitment to the relationship are "crucial to navigate the inevitable conflicts that will arise over time," he writes. Prospective partners shouldn't underestimate the likelihood of conflict, and they should formulate a process to deal with such conflicts. ThinkAdvisor (02/27)


9. White House reaches out to Dems on fiduciary proposal

FSI NewsBrief | Mar 02, 2015

The Obama administration is reaching out to Democrats regarding a proposal to impose a fiduciary standard on retirement advisors and brokers. More than 100 current and former congressional Democrats have expressed concern. FSI, which opposes the proposal, has been active in making its case to Democrats. Reuters (02/27)


10. SEC finds conflicts of interest by asset managers

FSI NewsBrief | Feb 27, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission says it has discovered conflicts of interest by asset managers and will file cases accordingly. "Over and over again we see advisors failing properly to identify and then address their conflicts," said Julie Riewe, an official in the asset-management unit of the SEC Division of Enforcement. Reuters (02/26)




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