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February 12, 2013
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  • FINRA retreats from SRO campaign, but analysts remain wary
    Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Chairman and CEO Richard Ketchum says the organization will no longer lobby the House Financial Services Committee to become a self-regulatory organization for registered investment advisers. "I'm not a big believer in beating a head against the wall," Ketchum said. Some in the industry, however, see the move as tactical and only a temporary retreat. Thomson Reuters (2/6), (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Senate panel sets hearing to check Dodd-Frank progress
    The Senate banking committee this week will hear from seven regulatory officials on their progress in instituting Dodd-Frank Act rules. Elisse Walter, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, are among those scheduled to testify. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • How to put your firm's performance in high gear
    Financial-planning firms can ramp up performance by crafting written succession and marketing plans and sticking to them, and by regularly considering which business model works best, says Mike Durbin of Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services. Those are among five attributes that a Fidelity survey identified as key to financial-planning firms' success. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • Decades of low returns await investors, report says
    For the next 20 to 30 years, annualized worldwide returns will reach 3% to 4% on equities and less than 1% on bonds, according to a report by London Business School and Credit Suisse. Since 1980, real returns on equities and bonds have exceeded 6%, but those days are over, the report says. Many institutions still assume "unrealistic" returns of 6 to 8 percentage points higher than inflation, the report says. Pensions & Investments (free registration) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts: 401(k)s still are tapped for loans too often
    The percentage of workers taking 401(k) loans or distributions appears to have decreased, but experts say the numbers are still too high. About $70 billion of the $294 billion deposited each year in 401(k)s is withdrawn for expenses such as mortgages or credit card bills, says Matt Fellowes of HelloWallet. Financial Advisor online (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FPA News 
  • Journal selects John Grable as new academic editor
    John E. Grable, Ph.D., CFP®, is the Journal of Financial Planning's new academic editor. He will review manuscripts, edit articles approved in peer review, assist with content development and lead FPA's Academic Committee. Grable teaches and conducts research in the CFP Board-registered programs at the University of Georgia. Previously, he worked as a pension/benefits administrator and a registered investment adviser. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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