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March 12, 2013
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  • Fiduciary rule is seen as a key SEC consideration for White
    Mary Jo White is expected to outline her priorities for the Securities and Exchange Commission, including a focus on fiduciary regulations for investment advisers and broker-dealers, before the Senate banking committee today. White, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the SEC, also is expected to highlight the need for the agency to strengthen its enforcement role and complete its Dodd-Frank Act rules, according to her prepared testimony. AdvisorOne (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Official: SEC to develop a summary prospectus for variable annuities
    Developing model criteria for a variable-annuity summary prospectus is among the long-term goals for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC's David Grim says. "Our goal is to facilitate the communication of concise, user-friendly information to investors considering variable annuities and enhance the transparency of the benefits, risks and costs of these products," Grim says. National Underwriter Life & Health (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Number of female advisers declines as demand is rising
    About 30% of financial advisers are women, reflecting a continuing downward trend even as the need for their services has grown, according to a study by Pershing. "We expect that financial-services firms will need to recruit hundreds of thousands of new advisers over the next decade to meet growing demand. Financial-services businesses would be well-served to better recruit and retain women advisers to help fill this need," said Kim Dellarocca of Pershing. Female business owners and those seeking divorce planning are two growing markets, according to the study. BenefitsPro.com (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: Income fixed annuities can offer flexibility
    New income fixed annuities combine the features of deferred income, traditional fixed and fixed-indexed annuities to offer clients guaranteed lifetime income and flexibility, writes Kevin Lehman of ING U.S. The product offers clients incentives for delaying income payments while also offering the flexibility to withdraw money if it becomes necessary, he writes. National Underwriter Life & Health (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Advisers tell clients not to rush back into stocks
    The Dow Jones industrial average's recent surge to a record high has investors interested in coming off the sidelines and getting back into stocks, but financial advisers are telling them to move cautiously. Stocks are still cheap, based on price-to-earnings ratios, but advisers warn there will probably be pullback in the next few months. Thomson Reuters data show that earnings growth in the U.S. is slowing. Reuters (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What "disruptive thinking" can do for advisers
    "Disruptive thinking" can lead to opportunities for financial planners, says Luke Williams of New York University's Stern School of Business. Williams suggests first creating a disruptive hypothesis by answering the questions "What can I invert?" and "What can I deny?" and pondering what improvements and innovations can be made. FPAnet.org/Practice Management Center blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAIFA News 
  • RegEd -- when you need online CE now
    NAIFA members can take full advantage of RegEd's 300-plus continuing education course catalog via CEAuthority, RegEd's online insurance CE solution. Members are telling us this is a great member benefit at a great price. Two options are available to NAIFA members: 1) unlimited course access to the full catalog for the discounted subscription fee of $29.95 and/or 2) individual access for $9.95 per course. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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