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February 21, 2013
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Advocating Direct Investments through Education

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  • IPA responds to New York Times story about investment vehicles
    A New York Times story that suggests a surge in fraud associated with high-return investment vehicles, including nontraded real estate investment trusts, has been sharply disputed by the industry. "There's simply no 'wave of fraud,' " IPA CEO Kevin Hogan wrote in a letter to the Times. "In fact, we know of no 'finding of fraud' against a person or entity related to a non-listed REIT, [business-development company] or firm that offers private placements." InvestmentNews (free registration)/The INsider blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • SEC is gearing up for fiduciary mandate, Walter says
    Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Elisse Walter told the Senate banking committee that the SEC is seriously considering a rule in which brokers would have a fiduciary mandate. She said the agency is drafting a public request for information on the provision of retail financial advice and regulatory alternatives and probably will seek public comment within two months. AdvisorOne (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News 
  • Financial industry eyes benefits, limitations of cybersecurity directive
    The financial industry is cautiously positive about the White House cybersecurity directive that the president recently signed, as it provides clarification on the authority to share information. More legislation is needed, observers say, including measures to provide liability protection. Also, financial firms need to remain proactive to protect against cyberattacks. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Income Planning 
  • Future U.S. retirees could face tough times, research shows
    For the first time since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, a majority of Americans approaching retirement can expect to be financially less well off than their parents when they leave the workforce, according to research. Because of their limited resources, retirees may have to share homes with younger relatives or turn to government agencies for support. The Washington Post (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Gen X, Gen Y say their financial expertise is limited
    Twenty percent of Generation X and Y consumers say they use a financial adviser, and only 14% consider themselves "very knowledgeable" about the product options available, according to a LIMRA survey. Among Gen X households, 43% of their $3 trillion in assets are in pension and retirement accounts, with 30% in IRAs and two-thirds in defined-contribution plans, LIMRA says. Less than 50% of Gen X members said they save more than 8%, while one-fifth of Gen Y respondents said they're saving less than 3%. AdvisorOne (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • How to succeed as an independent retirement-plan adviser
    Independent retirement-plan advisers who succeed share three traits, Liz Davidson writes: They create clear plans with one-, three- and five-year horizons and an overarching vision for the decade; they plan ahead for clients; and they understand that expenses need to stay low while investments in things that give their firm a competitive edge should be robust. AdvisorOne (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Use adviser tech tools to get your life back
    Technology, including client-relationship management systems, mobile tools and virtual conferencing, has the potential to help advisers expand their business, stay in touch with clients and get their personal lives back, experts say. Tech innovation allows advisers to "work 24/7 without being in the office 24/7," says Jim Dario, managing director of product and strategy at TD Ameritrade Institutional. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IPA Member Information 
  • Looking for the next big thing in REIT education?
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    Education. Advocacy. Collaboration. It's all here in the IPA Proficiency Certification Series. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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