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January 14, 2013
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  Policy Watch 
  • Opinion: Backers of fiduciary standard need new strategy
    Proponents of a fiduciary standard must regroup for the next four years and find new approaches that include reframing the issue as one of trust and using research to refute questionable claims, writes Knut Rostad, president of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard. "Though outgunned in pure lobbying firepower, fiduciary proponents have important assets and allies, not least of which is a better idea and an Administration committed to reform," Rostad writes. AdvisorOne (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Building Your Business 
  • Financial advisers closely monitored by wealthy clients, survey finds
    The high-net-worth clients of financial advisers today rarely give advisers full control of their assets, according to a survey by the Institute for Private Investors. Among wealthy families with less than $50 million in assets, only 32% favor giving advisers full discretion over portfolio management. Only 1 in 5 families with more than $200 million worth of assets give complete discretion to advisers. InvestmentNews (free registration) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Financial Products 
  • Advisers recommend more exposure to real estate
    Many financial advisers plan to suggest that clients put more money into real estate this year, according to the InvestmentNews 2013 Investment Outlook survey. About 43% say they will recommend greater exposure to alternative investments, while 35.6% think that among alternatives, real estate will be the top performer. InvestmentNews (free registration) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retirement Focus 
  • Retirement of boomer business owners brings opportunity
    About 12 million baby boomers who own a business are approaching retirement, and they're likely to need help converting their businesses to cash and managing that wealth, Mark Miller writes. Most small-business owners have 80% to 90% of their wealth in their businesses, says John Leonetti, CEO of Pinnacle Equity Solutions. "It's a massive opportunity," Leonetti says. "These owners are getting older." (U.S.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips for retirement plan sponsors
    Advisers subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act should make it a goal to be a better fiduciary this year, including providing education and training to plan fiduciaries, according to Bryan Cave partners Edmund Emerson and Lisa Van Fleet. Plan sponsors as fiduciaries should also remember to keep all plan documents, review ERISA bond and fiduciary liability insurance, and review and revise their plans' investment policy statements. AdvisorOne (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Update 
  • Commentary: Stop the excuses and embrace technology
    Advisers who resist new technology and talk about their age aren't doing themselves any favors with clients, writes Craig Faulkner, CEO of FMG Suite. "[S]top talking about your age, toss out the instruction manual and start tinkering, and get on those social sites today," he writes. "You'll reap the benefits in increased client confidence, more business, and the fun of showing up those Gen-X types!" Better Practice blog (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FSI Member News & Events 
  • Don't Miss OneVoice 2013!
    Jan. 28 to 30 | San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina | San Diego

    OneVoice is FSI's annual in-person gathering for the independent financial services firm community. OneVoice 2013 will give you a first look at what to expect this year, with insights into the election results, changing consumer behavior, technology trends in 2013, new regulatory and compliance developments, and much more! Visit here for more information on OneVoice 2013! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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