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February 8, 2013
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  • Survey: 85% of Americans want to keep retirement tax breaks
    Eighty-five percent of Americans think Congress shouldn't eliminate tax deferrals associated with retirement-saving vehicles, according to research from the Investment Company Institute. The group is working to protect the tax incentives from lawmakers looking for spending cuts. "We're trying to counter all of the doom and gloom about the 401(k) system being a failure and that it doesn't work. The participants don't feel that way," said ICI chief Paul Schott Stevens. InvestmentNews (free registration) (2/6), Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Reasons to plan: the video your female clients must see.
We asked 10 women to describe their experiences with aging and chronic illness. What they said may surprise you and change the way you help your clients prepare for their future.
Watch our video now at prudential.com/reasons.

  Industry Update 
  • Bull market sparks little celebration among investors
    The stock market has recovered from the financial crisis, but many investors remain wary of equities. Some have pulled back on stocks since the market crash, and others want more evidence of a rally. "People want to see the market move even higher before they feel comfortable that this is really wealth -- something they can count on in the future, and that they can spend it," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FINRA concedes RIAs will remain beyond its purview
    After repeated attempts, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has conceded that the House Financial Services Committee is not going to expand FINRA's powers to include oversight of registered investment advisers. "I'm not a big believer in beating a head against the wall. We'll focus on things we can impact," FINRA CEO Richard Ketchum said. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: 36% of advisers' retirement income is from personal products
    IRAs and other personal retirement products compose 36% of financial advisers' retirement income, with employee-sponsored plans accounting for 27%, according to a Cogent Research report. Government-sponsored defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans account for 20% of advisers' income in retirement, with business-investment income contributing 10%, according to the report. A separate Cogent report says 40% of clients were "highly confident" in their financial adviser in 2012, compared with 36% the year before. National Underwriter Life & Health (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Financial Literacy 
 
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.

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  • Study: Young clients demand digital service
    Financial-services companies need to provide online account access, market data and planning tools if they want to appeal to younger clients, research indicates. Clients between the ages of 20 and 46 say firms that don't offer such tools are of lower quality than those that do, a study from Accenture found. The Wall Street Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.

  SmartQuote 
After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over."
--Alfred E. Perlman,
American businessman


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