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November 12, 2012
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  • Industry prepares to fight for retirement-plan tax benefits
    Industry groups are facing renewed concerns that tax advantages for 401(k) plans will be reduced and that financial advisers will face a higher fiduciary standard of care in President Barack Obama's second term. Experts also worry that Congress may lower the amount of employees' tax-deferred 401(k) contributions, which could prompt small-business owners to stop offering the plans. "We are not worried about one specific proposal. We are worried about any cuts in retirement savings," said Brian Graff, CEO of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. Reuters (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Reasons to plan: the video your female clients must see.
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  Industry Update 
  • Target-date funds' growth will continue, study says
    Target-date funds are expected to account for 80% of defined-contribution plans by 2016, a BrightScope study says. That compares with 76% last year. Still, just half of plans pick target-date funds as the default for investors, another report found. AdvisorOne (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adviser groups push user-fee bill
    The Financial Planning Coalition is backing a bill that would require advisers to pay fees to the Securities and Exchange Commission to cover adviser exams. The effort is aimed at halting a measure sponsored by Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., that would create a self-regulatory organization for the industry. AdvisorOne (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Financial Literacy 
 
  • Portfolio rebalancing can boost returns
    Investors can curtail risk and increase earnings by practicing a strategy of portfolio rebalancing, experts say. Taking investments that have gained and moving some of those gains into lower-performing investments can help investors take advantage of market comebacks, they say. The Wall Street Journal (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  On the Economy 
 
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Building Your Practice 
 
  • Exec: Small businesses are an underserved retirement-plan market
    Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are an underserved market for defined-contribution plans, with 40% of such firms offering them, writes Principal Financial Group's Tim Minard, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The prospects are good for financial advisers who successfully market to this segment, Minard writes, because 65% of business owners use the same adviser for their business operations and personal financial planning, according to a Principal survey. BenefitsPro.com (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better."
--Mason Cooley,
American aphorist


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