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December 24, 2012
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  • Overly generous gift-givers can undermine their retirement
    Excessive holiday spending can undermine retirement plans, financial advisers say, but dealing with clients' bad spending habits can be tricky. Holiday purchases should be part of an annual budget, some say, and raiding retirement funds to pay off post-holiday bills should be discouraged. "Over the years, I have seen so many people undo a great year of living within their means in the name of holiday giving," said Lauren Lindsay, an adviser with Personal Financial Advisors. The Wall Street Journal (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • A geographical look at retirement-plan ownership
    Americans contribute an average of $1,325 to their retirement accounts per year, with workers in California, the Midwest and the East Coast being most likely to have 401(k) accounts, according to an analysis by Esri. This article features two maps from Esri that break down by location the likelihood that people have retirement accounts. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dodd-Frank meant big changes for financial advisers
    Registration requirements mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act mean that in 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission was overseeing more of the assets managed by financial advisers than in the past. For the first time, those advising small private funds or venture funds were required to file Form ADV with the SEC. (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Financial Literacy 
  • Grant promotes financial literacy for those with autism
    The University of North Texas has received a grant to create training videos that prepare educators to teach financial literacy to young adults with autism. The videos will be made available free online. "To my knowledge, UNT is one of the first universities in the country to specifically address the financial literacy of students with special learning needs using video technology," said Kevin Callahan, executive director of the Kristin Farmer Autism Center. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Economy 
  Building Your Practice 
  • Experts: Gay, lesbian niche market is an opportunity for advisers
    As same-sex marriage becomes legal in three more states -- Maryland, Maine and Washington -- an increasing number of financial-planning firms are targeting this niche market. Such marriages are not federally recognized, which can present a problem with estate planning and other tax concerns. "A lot of times, our LGBT clients just don't understand all the hurdles they really face. As we've been out there explaining them, they realize the value and benefit we really bring," said John McGowen of Northern Trust. (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Communication skills trump appearance, top leaders say
    A leader's ability to look the part matters less than their ability to communicate effectively, top executives say. Some 28% of senior bosses say that communication skills predict a worker's leadership potential, but only 5% say that looking "polished and put together" is "a key factor" for future leaders, David Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home."
--Edith Sitwell,
British poet and critic

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